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Port Isaac and Doc Martin

Port Isaac

From Poldark to James Bond and Pirates of the Caribbean to World War Z, Cornwall provides a prime and popular location as a set for film and TV.

Televised to audiences across the globe, the BBC’s hugely popular Doc Martin series is filmed at one of the county’s most sublimely scenic locations: Port Isaac.

Fictionally known as the village of Portwenn, it is here where the comically turbulent life and times of its main character, GP Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) is played out against the stunning harbourside backdrop and its surrounds.

Whether you’re staying in Port Isaac or fancy a day trip out in order to traipse in the footsteps of the much-loved characters of Doc Martin, Port Isaac presents everything from the show’s most recognisable people and places to a series of other nearby things to see and do to make unforgettable your time spent in north Cornwall.

In Port Isaac:

Fern Cottage

Undeniably one of the most identifiable buildings from the programme, Fern Cottage acts as the doctor’s surgery and can be found by walking up the hill toward Port Quin. Affording spectacular aerial-like views over the harbour and village, it’s definitely one of the Doc Martin must-sees.

Golden Lion Pub

Used by cast and crew after filming, as well as featuring on-screen, the traditional 18th century pub boasts gorgeously rustic interiors, a snug local feel and fabulous food and Cornish ales – the ideal way to unwind or refresh after a day’s celebrity spotting.

Village shops and houses

There’s a scattering of other sights that regularly appear in the spotlight, such as Little Dolphins on Middle Street that is used as Mrs Tishell’s chemist, and the Liberal Club that serves as the village shop. Meanwhile on Fore Street you’ll find a series of set locations such as Louisa’s old and new houses, Bert’s Restaurant, the school and quay.

Around Port Isaac:

Port Gaverne

Mostly used as an exterior location, the neighbouring cove to the east is a gorgeous secluded spot to enjoy some downtime and escape Port Isaac’s hoards of high summer.


The barn near Roscarrock Manor Farm is used for multiple interior filming purposes such as the surgery, along with outside shots of the surrounding area.

St Nonna’s Church, Altarnum

The site of the Doc’s ill-fated wedding to Louisa, St Nonna’s is a beautiful 12th century church in the centre of the village.

Doydens Castle, Port Quin

Doyden Castle

The mini castle (named Pentire Castle in the show) is situated on the cliffs in Port Quin and oozes a sense of old school romance – making it the ideal place for Mrs Tishell to declare her feelings for the doctor.


Delabole Slate Quarry

Reputedly where Martin Clunes stays while filming and where cast and crew mingle after shooting, Delabole is Cornwall’s third highest village and – at 425 feet deep and a mile-and-a-half in circumference – is home to one of Europe’s biggest holes: the Delabole Slate Quarry and museum.

Other Doc Martin featured sights to see include:

Dinnabroad Farm, St Teath – Aunty Joan’s farm

Pencarrow House – Martin and Louisa’s first date

The Old Inn, St Breward – for the delivery of Louisa and Martin’s baby

St Winwaloe, Gunwalloe Church Cove – Aunty Joan’s funeral