Poldark Tours is a subsidiary of Cornish Welcome Tours, a family run business that specialises in tailor made tours of Devon and Cornwall. We are based in the beautiful town of Launceston on the Devon/Cornwall border. We are passionate about this stunning little corner of the UK and pride ourselves on our enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.
We have a Poldark Tour for everyone… We offer one day tours of the locations used in the filming and can pick you up from your accommodation anywhere in Cornwall. We have 3 one day tours to choose from, each taking in the very different areas of this beautiful county used during filming. We can adapt the route of your chosen tour according to your holiday location. If one day is not enough to satisfy your need for all things 'Poldark' then why not indulge yourself with our unique 3 day tour? We can tailor make all aspects of your holiday for you including accommodation and transfers and 3 days guided tours of Poldark heaven.
Accommodation is situated close to the Devon/Cornwall border in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast or hotel close to the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston. It is an ideal base for your holiday being centrally situated and close to major road networks.
Tour Costs are just £258 per day per car (maximum of 4 passengers). Included in the tour are: Tour guide/Driver, All motoring costs, parking etc. Not included are: Entrance fees where applicable, Coffees, teas or lunches.
Please contact us by email if you would like details and prices of an individually designed Poldark tour for 2 days or more or if you have a group of more than 4 people.
Three suggested individually designed tours that capture the essence of Cornwall and Winston Graham’s Poldark books.
TOUR ONE. The Deep South: Charlestown Harbour; Church Cove, Gunwalloe; Kynance Cove; Lizard Peninsula. We start our tour in Charlestown Harbour, which is used as the setting for Truro Harbour in the late 1700's. Located about a mile outside the town of St Austell, Charlestown is an amazingly unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. To this day there is usually at least one Square-rigged ship in the harbour, which evokes images of days gone by. From Charlestown we head west to Helston and a fascinating look at the Poldark Mine. Located in the picturesque Wendron Valley now a World Heritage Site, Poldark Mine contains what are believed to be the oldest complete mine workings in Great Britain that are open to the public. It was used as a location for some of the underground mining scenes in the current series and is a fascinating museum (although not suitable for those of a nervous disposition or the disabled) that gives a real insight into the workings of a Cornish tin mine. From here we continue our tour by heading down to the Lizard peninsula and a stop at Church Cove at Gunwalloe where one of the most dramatic scenes of the first series takes place involving a night time shipwreck. This part of Cornwall is full of smugglers coves that were used predominantly during the 18th century, and the area is littered with wrecks of ships that came to a fateful end just off the coast. We then take a well earned break for lunch, either at the Halzephron Inn, one of the most famous and historical inns in Cornwall, or at the Mullion Cove Hotel which stands on the cliff top overlooking the harbour at Mullion Cove and is where the cast and crew of Poldark stayed whilst filming nearby. After lunch our tour then winds its way down the peninsula that is full of pretty coves with white sands and turquoise waters and we arrive at Kynance Cove, one of the most picturesque coves in the whole of Cornwall and used in the second series of Poldark. If you are lucky you may see some of the hundreds of seals that swim in the clear waters below. We stop briefly at the little hamlet of Landewednack also used for some of the shipwreck scenes before making our way back to your accommodation after a fantastic day of exploring this beautiful part of the world.
TOUR TWO. The Far West: Porthcurno and The Minack; Porthgwarra; Botallack and Levant Mines; Penberth; St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates.This tour takes us as far as you can go into Cornwall, down to the magical and unspoilt far West, where abandoned mines and engine houses fill the landscape and Cornwall reveals its most individual and captivating side. Our tour begins on the South coast at Penberth, a tiny fishing village that seems to have remained in the 18th century. It is a truly magical place and has been used in the second series of Poldark filmed in the Autumn of 2015. From here we head to Porthcurno about 3 miles East of Lands End. We will visit the famous Minack Theatre, a wonderful open-air theatre built into the cliff edge that allows superb views across the bay to Pedn Vounder beach, which is one of the most beautiful and widely photographed beaches in Cornwall. The beach can be seen in many scenes throughout the series and it's easy to see why they chose it. From Porthcurno we head West to Porthgwarra, a picturesque fishing hamlet in the heart of the St Aubyn’s estates. The cove, which was once a busy fishing harbour, has a slipway, caves and tunnels that evoke images of the smugglers and pirates for which this area is so famous . It is a delightful secluded little place and the scene where Demelza spies Ross taking his morning swim was filmed here. After soaking up the atmosphere we then continue our way up the West Cornwall coast through the quaint unspoiled town of St Just whose history is so typical of the whole area, rich in mining, farming and fishing from days gone by. As we travel further up the coast we come to the mines of Botallack and Levant. These both feature in the new series with Botallack and nearby Wheal Owles being used to portray Ross Poldark's mine. Spectacularly situated on the side of a cliff edge the engine houses were built at the height of the Cornish mining boom. Levant Mine was used as Tressiders Rolling Mill, and it is the only Cornish beam engine in the world that is still in steam on it's original mine site. Lunch will be taken at either The Gurnards Head or The Tinners Arms at Zennor. Zennor is a small hamlet and famous for the story of the mermaid that came ashore and entranced the vicar’s son who followed her back to the sea and was never seen again. A 500 year old carved image of the mermaid can be seen in the church. From here our tour continues up the coast where we will pass through the idyllic fishing port of St Ives. With its stunning white sand beaches, narrow cobbled street and painted fishermen’s cottages, St Ives also has a strong artistic community. The Tate Gallery St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum are situated here as well as numerous other galleries and studios. The journey from St Just to St Ives is regarded as one of the most beautiful drives in the whole of Britain. Our tour then moves on to our final destination of the day at St Agnes Head. Winston Graham wrote most of his books whilst he lived in Perranporth just a few miles from St Agnes, and the landscape and characters around him during his life inspired much of his work. The area was used to represent Nampara Valley, part of Poldark's family estate in the new series. We will finish our tour at Wheal Coates, one of the most photographed spots in Cornwall (also reputedly haunted by the ghosts of the miners who died there).
TOUR THREE. North Cornwall: Minions and The Hurlers; St Breward and Bodmin Moor; Padstow and The Camel Estuary; Constantine Bay. Our third Poldark tour visits the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor and then onto the stunning windswept coastline of the North Coast. With its rugged landscape that has an air of mystery and intrigue, Bodmin Moor is Cornwall at its wildest. It is remote and at times a bleak place, wild ponies still graze the heather covered moorland, and it's easy to see why it was chosen as a perfect backdrop to Poldark's plot of passion and family drama. We start our tour at Minions, the highest village in Cornwall. Most of the village is over 300m above sea level. The landscape doubles as the rugged land between Ross' and Francis's estates. Many of the horse riding scenes were filmed here. There are few spots as isolated as the old cross track roads at Minions. On a clear day the views from here are stunning and you can see as far as Devon. As well as the high granite tors, prehistoric hut circles and standing stones, there are some more modern historical areas of mining and quarrying. From Minions we wind our way across the open expanse of Bodmin Moor past Bronze Age settlements and through quaint Cornish moorland villages until we reach St Breward.
St Breward was widely used during filming and the exterior of Ross Poldarks cottage Nampara was shot here together with the miners’ cottages. It is a pretty village that boasts the highest church in Cornwall. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the stunning scenery along the way before we head North up to the coast. We continue our tour in Padstow, possibly the most well known town in Cornwall thanks to a certain celebrity chef. Padstow was a already a bustling little port of fishermen and boat builders in the time of Elizabeth I and to this day the harbour is full of brightly coloured boats that can cheer up the dullest of days. Fans of North Cornwall will recognise the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach, whilst the beauty of the wide sandy beach at Porthcothan is hard to miss in the scenes featuring Poldarks fictional 'Nampara Cove'. We continue on to Constantine Bay, our final destination that has a reputation as one of the best surf beaches in Cornwall. The beach offers a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands and is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious Cornish cream tea at the end of our day's excursions.