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Doc Martin Tour

1. Doc Martin Tour

If you’re a fan of the TV show Doc Martin, this fully guided walking tour will take you around the fictional Cornish seaside village of Portwenn. In reality, it is filmed on location in Port Isaac, a small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall. Now in its seventh series and popular with fans around the world, this Doc Martin tour is the best way to see the main locations from the show which first aired in 2004. The walking tour is led by a local who has been involved in the filming of Doc Martin itself as an extra and shares many anecdotes about the filming of this show.  Locations from the show that you will see include the Doc’s house and surgery, Louisa’s school, Mrs Tishell’s pharmacy and much more. However, the village itself has a long and fascinating history dating back to King Henry VIII and your guide will show you hidden village paths, historical buildings, beautiful views and give you an insight into local life. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way. 

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Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London

2. Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London

Discover the landscapes and history of the wild Southwest of England on this 5-day minicoach tour. Combining the best of Devon and Cornwall, including the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor, Lands End, Tintagel Castle, 2 nights in the Roman city of Exeter, and 2 nights in the harbor town of Falmouth, this tour offers a unique view of a beautiful part of Britain. Day 1 Depart London and travel through the old kingdom of Wessex to the historic city of Winchester. The former capital of Anglo-Saxon England boasts a magnificent cathedral and the Norman Great Hall. From this bustling city, head to a quieter but equally profound place, the standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having explored this mystical place, your tour will continue to Exeter, the Romans most southwesterly fortified settlement and your base for 2 nights. Day 2 Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the ancient "Clapper Bridge" at Postbridge, and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore the Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and famous 12th-Century Norman Cathedral. Day 3 Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. The day’s highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston, with its 12th-Century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin Moor, and the Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle. Indulge in a cream tea, take a stroll out to the dramatic headland or learn a spell or two in the Museum of Witchcraft. Continue to the west coast and the romantic Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur, before travelling south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for 2 nights. Day 4 Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day, taking in St. Michael’s Mount, the incredible Minack Theater, built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. Look out for pirates at Penzance! England’s most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities, up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Return to Falmouth for the night. Day 5 This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch. Glastonbury Tor rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will return back eastwards to London, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall. Staying in a range of locally owned, friendly B&B's and guesthouses, you will enjoy en suite facilities, and tranquility in scenic locations in the lovely southwest of England.

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Cornwall 2-Day King Arthur Tintagel and Boscastle Tour

3. Cornwall 2-Day King Arthur Tintagel and Boscastle Tour

Discover the legend of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere on a 2-day sightseeing tour of Cornwall, visiting the historic castle of Tintagel, source of the fabled Arthur’s Stone. Enjoy hikes across Dartmoor and along the banks of the wild Dart River, and imagine pixies, faeries, and wizards lurking among the woodland. Day 1: Drive from Glastonbury to Dartmoor to visit 2 parts of the wild Dart River in the remains of the ancient Dartmoor Forest. At Dartmeet there is a very old bridge made of large slabs of local stone that look megalithic. Stop off at an old hunting lodge for lunch. Then, visit Wistmans Woods to walk among miniature oak trees and large boulders, where it’s not hard to imagine pixies and faeries hiding. Next, visit the small church of Brentor, situated on a rocky hill dedicated to St. Michael, and connected to the Michael ley line. Day 2: Start today with a tour of Tintagel. Go to King Arthur's Great Halls to meet, greet, and connect with the legendary monarch. Continue to Tintagel Castle and Merlin's Cave for a guided meditation. Savor a traditional Cornish pasty for lunch. In the afternoon, you will walk the coastal path to Rocky Valley to sit and connect with the Bronze Age labyrinths. Continue to St. Nectan's Glen, staying until dusk to capture the mystical atmosphere. While there, join a ceremony to tune into the goddess, before walking home along the cliffs, hopefully serenaded by a wonderful sunset.

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Newquay: Coasteering Adventure

4. Newquay: Coasteering Adventure

Discover the raw beauty of the coast on this tour from Newquay. Make your way to caves and inlets as you participate in adventure swimming, climbing, and rock hopping. Feel safe with a local guide and high-quality safety equipment.  Meet your guide at the shop and make your way to the shore. Gear up with the help of your guide and begin your trip. Swim through sluices and whirlpools. Feel your heart pound as you leap from cliffs and scramble up gullies.  Find large sea caves and admire the serenity of secluded sections of coast. Learn sea survival skills from your guide that you can take with you on future trips to the coast. 

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From Cornwall: Private Poldark Tour with Pickup

5. From Cornwall: Private Poldark Tour with Pickup

The 2015 BBC drama Poldark, adapted from the Winston Graham series, shows off the dramatic beauty of the Cornish landscape and coastline. Now you can step into the world of Ross Poldark and visit some of the breath-taking locations featured on the show in this Poldark tour of Cornwall. Your first stop will be a beautiful unspoilt Georgian working port that was used as the location for Truro Harbour in the new BBC series of Poldark. From here you'll wind your way down past the real Truro and Falmouth and on to the far West stopping firstly at a picturesque fishing cove used in the second series of Poldark. You'll then travel a couple of miles on to The Minack Theatre from where you can see over to the beach used in series one and down to Porthcurno beach used in series two. The views from here are unrivalled and it is one of the most iconic photo locations in Cornwall. You then head on further West to visit a pretty cove used in series one for the pilchard boats scene, and also from where Demelza spies on Ross taking his early morning swim. It was also used as the location for Marks escape by boat to France in series one. You will then stop for lunch at a reputable pub/restaurant in the area. After lunch you will wind your way up through the unspoilt mining town of St Just and on to Botallack. The farmhouse ‘Botallack Manor’ was used in the original 1970’s series as Ross Poldarks’ home, ‘Nampara’. The dramatic cliff top settings at Botallack and disused Engine houses and mine buildings here are used as the locations for Wheal Leisure and Wheal Grambler. Botallack is your last location on the days tour and from here you'll head up the scenic coastal road to St Ives and back up to Launceston arriving at approximately 18:00.

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Newquay: Introduction to Surfing Lesson

6. Newquay: Introduction to Surfing Lesson

Enjoy a surfing lesson that is tailored to beginners with this attraction ticket in Newquay. Participate in a group lesson that breaks down everything from beach safety to how to ride a wave. Be welcomed by your instructor at the surf shop. Listen as your instructor provides you with an introduction to surfing talk and a quick overview of the day's activity. Put on your wetsuit and hop in the water. Take it easy with a lesson that takes place in waist high water with no need for strong swimming skills. Learn in with the support and guidance of your surf coach who will ensure your learning needs are met throughout the experience. Find out how to manage your surfboard and get comfortable with your board in the water. After a quick break and recap on the beach, cover some tips and techniques on how to pop up on your board and ride a wave back to shore. Leave with new skills that will last a lifetime.

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Newquay: Surf, Yoga & Woodland Wild Camp

7. Newquay: Surf, Yoga & Woodland Wild Camp

Develop your surfing skills, get to know the best beaches in Cornwall, and enjoy some restorative yoga on this 2-day trip just outside Newquay. After an introduction and an overview of what lies ahead, dive straight into your first activity for the day. Learn basic surfing techniques, then, end the day with a restorative yoga session back at the camp in the woodlands. In the evening, have a bbq, participate in woodland games such as axe throwing, enjoy the campfire, and sleep in shared canvas bell tents. The next day, wake up with a yoga session then build on your surfing knowledge at another of Newquay's renowned beaches.

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Private Transfer-Newquay Airport to Newquay Town Centre

8. Private Transfer-Newquay Airport to Newquay Town Centre

Travel in comfort and style between Newquay airport and Newquay Town Centre on your very own private, chauffeur-driven transfer that is both easy and stress-free. Having cleared customs, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign displaying your name at the Arrivals Halls. In case of uninformed delays, the driver will wait for 45 minutes from the time of landing after which time your transfer voucher will no longer be valid. You will be escorted to your chauffeur-driven car, and your luggage taken care of and loaded into the vehicle. Then you will be driven safely and in comfort to your chosen destination. On arrival, your driver will unload your luggage. Rest assured all flights are tracked therefore we will accommodate for any flight delays and flights set for early arrival.

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Private Transfer: Newquay Town Center to Newquay Airport

9. Private Transfer: Newquay Town Center to Newquay Airport

Travel comfortably and relax as you are transferred privately to Newquay airport in a timely manner by a chauffeur. Passengers departing from the hotel need to be checked out and waiting by concierge desk in the lobby at confirmed pick-up time.  The suggested collection times for departure transfers are 3-hours before the flight.  These lead times can be extended or shortened at your discretion by ringing the operations center. Remember to allow for adequate check-in time for your transfers. The driver will meet you at your hotel and provide luggage handling. Arrive at the airport on time and without hassle.

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What people are saying about Cornwall

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

This was an excellent mix of Doc Martin stories and local history. Our guide is part of the “extras” cast on the show so we got super insider information! It lasts an hour and a half, has some steep steps but the pace was slow so even a 85 year old man on our tour managed ok.

John was the best guide ever. All the places were absolutely superb and well chosen. Thank you for an experience above the ordinary. Gunhild and Ib

Very enjoyable tour Great tour guide named Dave Very nice man , and interesting man Would highly recommend

Really enjoyed the tour...not only the Doc Martin elements but the local history as well.

Lovely day out, learnt lots of knowledge about the local area