Filming Location, Vessels & Props


Charlestown Harbour is synonymous with some of the most famous TV and film productions. It’s unspoilt working harbour and surrounding areas have made it perfect for the likes of Poldark, Dr Who, The Three Musketeers and Taboo. The inner harbour functions as one of the largest marine film tanks in the UK with an area of water around 5,400 square meters. There are is also the Outer Harbour and surrounding beaches. Underground, there is a network of 19th Century tunnels, historically used as transport tunnels for clay, connecting to the harbour. There are also the lakes and woods, consisting of two large leat ponds built to supply the harbour with water. Surrounded by 25 acres old English deciduous woodland, the lakes and woods are completely private.


St Austell Bay itself offers a picturesque location for onboard and aerial filming. The backdrop of the rugged Cornish coastline is relatively unpopulated and can double for many coastal locations worldwide.


The team at Charlestown are expert in facilitating productions of all sizes and can assist with prop building, tall ship hire and green screen and the filming in the marine tank. The Harbour also has a wide array of props available for hire, ranging from fishing nets, lobster pots and market stalls through to dinghies and longboats. Most recently, the Charlestown Harbour Team provided the full rig and marine coordination for the ship Demeter for BBC One’s Dracula, produced by the team behind Sherlock.


If you wish to make an enquiry about using Charlestown as a filming location, or would like a copy of our filming prospectus, please contact