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Last updated: 30 July, 2023

This picturesque waterfront town on Cornwall’s southern coast has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of Poldark. It served as the main town and bustling port in the hit the BBC television series.

The period drama follows the life of Ross Poldark, a former British army officer, and masterfully captures the essence of Cornish history. Themes and storylines incorporate the Cornish tin’s industrial heritage, smuggling and piracy, the struggles of the working class, the clash between tradition and progress, and Cornish legends and folklore.

Charlestown itself has a rich history of shipbuilding and was once a thriving commercial centre during the 19th century. The atmospheric narrow streets feature historic buildings and well-preserved Georgian architecture, against a backdrop of typically rugged Cornish coastline. The perfect setting for Poldark’s many trials and tribulations.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest airport is Newquay, followed by a short car or train journey. There are also direct trains from London and other major cities. Local bus services run from nearby towns, and driving is also an option with ample parking available.

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Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

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A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.