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Doc Martin's Portwenn Cornwall

Doc Martin's House Port Wenn CornwallDoc Martin's House Port Wenn Cornwall

Those of you who are Doc Martin fans and have been enjoying watching the cantankerous Doc Martin inflict his unique GP skills on the village of Portwenn may be wondering where is Doc Martin filmed, especially if you are planning to visit Cornwall as then you would be able to take a trip to the so named Portwenn and walk around the village and Doc Martin setting in the steps of Doc Martin himself, looking for places you have seen in the TV programme.

Well, the answer is that the Doc Martin location is Port Isaac.  The fictional village of Portwenn (or Port Wenn as it is often written) is actually the real harbour village of Port Isaac Cornwall. 

Much of the filming to create Portwenn, the fictional  setting for Doc Martin, takes place around the village of Port Isaac, so if you do visit Port Isaac you will recognise Portwenn as you explore.

If you would like to see a Port Isaac map so that you can view the location of Port Wenn Cornwall click here Portwenn Cornwall England Map.

The village of Port Isaac itself is beautiful but the countryside around Port Isaac is also stunning and is often used for in filming Doc Martin episodes  – remember the episode Doc Martin: Out of the Woods - when PC Mylow ventures out of Port Wenn and heads for the woods with Al for a stag weekend and it all goes horribly wrong, prompting Park Ranger Stewart to set off with Doc Martin to search for them?

Doc Martin follows the story of the short tempered Doc Martin (played by Martin Clunes) who, after developing a blood phobia, has to give up a successful career as a surgeon.  He leaves London and takes up the post of GP in Port Wenn Cornwall.  As a surgeon Doc Martin (as the Portwenn locals call him) is not used to dealing with people and his skills in this area are somewhat lacking.  So, although his medical expertise may be top notch, the Portwenn locals are very sceptical about him due to his rather abrupt manner.   The programme follows Doc Martin’s progress as he tries to settle into Portwenn and be accepted by the Portwenn residents. The Doc's lack of people skills and brusque attitude result in some funny and awkward situations. Running throughout the many episodes of this very successful series is the on off romance between the local Port Wenn primary school teacher Louisa (played by Caroline Catz) and Doc Martin.

Watch video of Doc Martin filmed in Port Isaac

If you watch Doc Martin Cornwall you will see the Doc going about his daily business on the streets of Portwenn and nearby towns and villages. View images of Portwenn Cornwall.

If you visit Port Issac and take a stroll around the village you will recognise lots of spots from Portwenn where they filmed Doc Martin on outside.  You will recognise the steep walk down into Port Isaac and the pretty cottages alongside the road – one of which was Louisa’s house.  You will also see the Portwenn school where Louisa, Doc Martin’s on and off love interest in the programme, works.  The building is not a school for Port Isaac anymore but you can recognise the outside of the building and the playground in which many scenes have been set.  eg where the little boy who wanted to be a doctor just like Doc Martin collapsed.

If you keep walking into the village of Port Isaac Cornwall then you will go past the Pharmacy which features in many episodes and where Doc Martin frequently has disagreements with the pharmacist Mrs Tishell.  Generally he is annoyingly right but sometimes he gets it wrong – remember when he made Mrs Tishell remove her neck brace?

At the bottom of the hill you will come to Port Issac harbour and small beach where many scenes have been filmed.

The Golden Lion Pub by the harbour in Port Isaac is the Portwenn village pub which in the series is called The Crab and Lobster.  When filming is not taking place this is a regular pub which you can go in.  Just near to here is The Mote Restaurant, which is a real seafood restaurant in Port Isaac. The terrace of this restaurant is used a lot in Doc Martin.

If you then keep going up the hill and out of Port Isaac you will pass the house which is used as the setting for Bert’s restaurant with outside seating and lovely views over Port Isaac harbour.   This is not actually a restaurant though.

Slightly further up the hill you will come to Doc Martin’s house and doctor’s surgery. Many scenes have been shot in the garden at the front of Doc Martin’s house – often ending in Louisa storming off down the hill into Port Wenn and Doc Martin being left looking bewildered outside his house (dog by his side).

If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall then visiting Portwenn or, more officially, Port Isaac can make an excellent day out.  Port Isaac is a pretty Cornish village with a choice of places to eat and drink, beautiful views and quaint streets. And visiting will provide an answer to the burning question of where was Doc Martin filmed!  

Read more about Port Isaac Cornwall.

Doc Martin's House Port Wenn Cornwall

Map of Portwenn Cornwall England Map

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