The Best Coastal Filming Locations To Visit In The UK

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We’ve all seen them. The endless golden sands, sunset-soaked cinematic locations featured in our favourite hit TV shows, making our jaws drop as we hastily google “where was that show filmed and how on earth do I visit?” The big question is, how do those of us without a locations manager find such gorgeous places to explore? Well, we’re glad you asked.

You see, we’ve got a bit of a nose for finding beautiful locations and we’ve stumbled across a few hidden gems in our favourite TV shows. So, if you’re looking for a quaint cove with bundles of character, or fancy the moody, foreboding harbours of Northern Ireland. We’ve rounded up a few picturesque coasts that have lent themselves to some of our favourite TV shows and films. 

Doc Martin, Port Isaac

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nested in the craggy cliffs of the North Coast of Cornwall, the small picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac acted as the fictional town of Port Wenn in ITV’s Doc Martin. Fans of the show will recognise the crystalline water and cobbled streets of the harbour, a place so beautiful we’re sure it induced many spontaneous Cornwall holidays during the show’s run. Head to Fern Cottage – perhaps one of the most recognisable spots from the hit series – to visit the set of Doctor Ellingham’s infamous GP surgery.

Poldark, St Agnes Head 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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More than just a brooding period drama with copious shirtless scenes (we’re not complaining). BBC’s Poldark has slowly taken the nation by storm with its gripping story lines and character twists. But forget male leads in breaches, we’re lusting over the gorgeous landscapes that feature in almost every scene. Filmed in the picturesque stretch of coast between Chapel Porth beach and St Agnes Head – when it’s not drawing visitors for its natural beauty and great surf – this little spot has taken centre stage in many episodes of the hit series. For those looking for a scenic adventure, visitors can trek along the heathland of St Agnes Head for rewarding (and incredibly photogenic) views of Chapel Porth Beach.

 

Broadchurch, West Bay Beach 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The ominous wall of sandstone that overlooks the West Bay made this Dorset beach the perfect spot to film the critically acclaimed thriller Broadchurch. Fans of the show will recognise the dramatic backdrop of East cliff as the spot where Danny Latimer’s body was found in the first episode of the show. Away from the cameras, this sleepy Dorset town is more famous for its amusement arcades, fish shops and picturesque harbours.

Atonement, Redcar Beach

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With a plethora of awards under its belt, it’s no surprise Joe Wright’s blockbuster film featured some of the most stunning locations around the UK. The gorgeous windswept beaches in Redcar stood in for the shores of Dunkirk during filming in 2006. With a seaside location and nearby steel works, filmmakers were able to transform this quiet town into a dishevelled war zone for a three-day shoot using over 1000 locals as extras. In reality – a far cry from the disarranged scene – this charming old fishing village boasts an array of museums, galleries and monuments that attracts a wealth of tourists every year.

 

Game of Thrones, Ballintoy Harbour 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Situated at the end of a narrow road down Knocksaughey Hill, this picturesque coastal nook provided several exterior shots for the Iron Islands in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. The village itself is located just a kilometre away from the harbour, with several charming shops and tearooms to explore along the way. For those really looking to immerse themselves in gorgeous Irish scenery, make a stop at the Giant’s Causeway – just a 10 minutes’ drive from Ballintoy harbour.

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