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5th June 2017 | Regional News

Doc Martin Returns to Cornwall

The beautiful location of Cornwall is not only an ideal holiday destination, but has made the perfect setting for various films and TV programmes. Sandy beaches and pretty villages have made Cornwall the ideal destination for one of ITV’s most successful dramas, Doc Martin, for over a decade.

This year Martin Clunes, the star of the popular medical comedy-drama, has confirmed that the ninth series is set to be the last. For fans of the show, this might come as a disappointment, but the good news is you can step into the action yourself by visiting the places where this award-winning show is filmed.

From the doctor’s surgery to St. Nonna’s Church, we’ve unearthed some of the best Doc Martin filming locations in Cornwall.

Port Isaac

The traditional fishing village of Port Isaac has set the scene as the fictional village of Port Wenn in the Doc Martin series since 2005. Less than 15 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park, this scenic village, with its quaint whitewashed cottages heading down towards the harbour, is a must-visit location for those holidaying in the region.

For those who follow the hilarious comedy-drama, one of the most recognisable locations is the surgery where the grumpy-faced doctor lives and works. Perched on Roscarrock Hill, Fern Cottage is the fictional home and work-place of the doctor – and sits overlooking the beautiful bay below. Fans can take a photo outside, admire the garden where the Doctor relaxes and explore the village below.

Take a stroll around the streets, where most of the exterior shots were filmed, and look out for the familiar locations. You can even stop for a rest in the Golden Lion, the pub used both on and off-screen by the cast and crew. Pass by the familiar cottages and shop fronts and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque town.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning


The small village of Gunwalloe is home to another popular location from the TV series, the church where the funeral of Aunt Joan took place. Only 20 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park, visit the breathtaking setting of the scene that tugged at the heartstrings of viewers.

The church of St. Winwaloe is one of the best examples of 15th century architecture in Britain and is the only church in Cornwall that is located on a beach. Separated from the sea by Castle Mound, it’s known as Church of the Storms due to its unique and exposed position. Wander around the beautiful building and take in the atmosphere of this historic church and enjoy the open views across Church Cove Beach towards the sea.

Church Cove Beach is one of Cornwall’s most secluded sandy spots. This south-west facing cove, set on the stunning Lizard Peninsula, is the perfect location for swimming. A popular beach for families, the small stream running across the sandy shore is fantastic for paddling. There’s plenty of rock pools to explore too and the nearby beach of Dollar Cove also makes for a great day out.

It’s not just the producers of Doc Martin who chose to film in Gunwalloe. Fans of BBC’s historical drama Poldark will recognise the beach as the location of one of the most dramatic scenes of the show, when smugglers caused a late-night shipwreck to try and steal the valuable cargo from aboard the ship.

Video sourced from Duncan Scobie

Doydens Castle

This peaceful, sheltered inlet is one of the finest natural features along Cornwall’s coastline. Perched on the cliff tops, fans of Doc Martin will recognise the familiar feature of Doyden Castle where Mrs. Tishell revealed her long-standing crush on the Doctor in the final episode of series five.

This magnificent castle was built in 1830 and it has a real magical feel to it. Overlooking the crystal blue waters, it was the perfect location for the doomed-romantic scene between Mrs. Tishell and the Doctor. Less than 10 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park, this mini castle and the beautiful surrounding area is definitely worth a visit when holidaying in Cornwall.

The nearby Camel Trail is perfect for walkers wanting to explore the Cornish scenery. This all-ability route aimed at hikers, cyclists and horse-riders shows off the spectacular Cornish coastline and takes you to some of the region’s best sandy beaches.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, the waters along this section of the coast create the perfect conditions for water sports. Based in nearby Port Quin, Cornish Coast Adventures offer paddle boarding, kayaking and other exciting activities for those who fancy an alternative way of exploring this unique stretch of coastline.

Video sourced from 3neilg

St. Nonna’s Church

Around 40 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park you’ll find the romantic St. Nonna’s Church. The church features twice in the series, first when we see the red-faced doctor jilted at the altar by Louisa in season three. The second occasion is much happier, when the doctor finally gets to tie the knot with his beloved.

This 12th century church makes the perfect location for some of the show’s most dramatic and romantic scenes, and is said to have been chosen because of its idyllic setting. Set within the heart of a valley called Penpoint Water, the area is renowned for its natural beauty and its fascinating history. Wander around the Grade 1 listed Gothic church and look out for the historic statues and carvings, some of which date back to the Norman period.

The church is situated in the small village of Altarnun, one of Cornwall’s ancient settlements. There are lots of historic features to look out for in the village, including the holy well of St Nonna, which is only a short walk from the church itself. From exhibitions to craft fairs, there’s usually lots of local events taking place during the summer months.

Nearby you’ll find the magical Tintagel, a place steeped in history, with links to the legendary King Arthur. Explore the dramatic ruins of Tintagel Castle and head down to the beautiful beach below. Take a stroll along the sand, explore the rockpools and look out for the secret Merlin’s Cave, which appears when the tide is out.

Video sourced from Tales from Rama

What’s your favourite Doc Martin filming location in Cornwall? We’d love to hear about it on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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