As the fifth and final series of Poldark hits our screens, we're shining a spotlight on the BBC show's Bristol connections. It might be synonymous with the landscapes of Cornwall, but the production has been based in Bristol, as have a host of other hit TV shows.

As well as 18 sets at The Bottle Yard Studios, filming locations in the city have included interiors for four key houses – Poldark’s home in Cornwall (Nampara) and London lodgings, the Warleggans’ homes in Cornwall and London – as well as the Red Lion Pub, Sawle Kiddley and an impressive period scale replica of the House of Commons.

Follow in Poldark’s footsteps with our guide to some of the filming locations open to visitors.

Aidan Turner & Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (Credit BBC Mammoth Screen)

Image credit: BBC Mammoth Screen 

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic “has a starring role in the series five opening episode,” producer Michael Ray has revealed, when Ross and his friends decide to spend an evening at the theatre in London. 

Located in King Street, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continually-operating theatre in the English-speaking world. It has also featured in productions before, including ‘The Duchess’ – the Oscar and BAFTA winning drama based on Amanda Foreman's biography 'Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire', starring Keira Knightley.

As well as stunning productions, the theatre has a fascinating heritage exhibition and excellent café and bar.

Interior of Bristol Old Vic

Image credit: Philip Vile 

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley's New Room was in series 2 of Poldark, first broadcast in October 2016. The Chapel was transformed into 'Bodmin Assizes Court' for the trial of Ross for alleged murder and wrecking.

The 18th century chapel is the oldest Methodist building in the world, welcoming people from across the globe, and it is regularly used as a set for period drama. More recently, a new museum has opened in the original building, telling the story of John and Charles Wesley, eighteenth-century Methodism and its relevance today.

Inside The New Room, Bristol filming location for Poldark

Image credit: The New Room

St Nicholas Market

Another stunning Georgian location, St Nicholas Market is also a location you will have seen in more than one production.

In Poldark, the market area provides the exterior of Poldark’s London lodgings but it has also featured in Doctor Who (as Victorian London in the 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen) and in Being Human, the supernatural drama series about three people sharing a house in Bristol, struggling to come to terms with their paranormal alter-egos – also starring a certain Aidan Turner. It was also used a number of times in Skins.

Ashton Court Grounds & House

Once home to the Smyth family, Ashton Court Estate is now a historic park just 10 minutes from the centre of Bristol. Designed by Humphry Repton and covering 850 acres of woods and grasslands, some of Bristol’s most notable events and festivals take place here, including Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

As well as being the country estate in Poldark, it has been a set in a number of productions, most recently in Ill Behaviour. It's also where Scumbag College took on Footlights Oxbridge in the iconic Young Ones University Challenge scene and was setting for the Afghan war and horse and carriage scenes in the feature length Sherlock episode, The Abominable Bride.

Aerial view over Ashton Court, Bristol

Image credit: Jon Chamberlain 

Berkeley Castle

Historic Berkeley Castle on the edge of the Cotswolds was a filming location for series two, three and four of Poldark. It provided the backdrop for a handful of scenes, varying from doubling up as Roscoff market when Poldark travels to France to a place of execution. Poldark is just one of many film and TV shows filmed here - The Other Boleyn Girl, Wolf Hall and Johnny English 3 are among the others. 

Berkeley Castle at night

Image credit: Berkeley Castle

Redcliffe Caves

Redcliffe Caves are actually manmade tunnels beneath the Redcliffe area of the city, which were used for interior shots of the tin mines. Dating back to the middle ages, they provided sand for glass making and for pottery, later used for storage of goods. The glass making kilns that once dominated this area are all gone with the exception of one, which has been transformed into the Kiln Restaurant at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

The caves are only open to the public during special events such as Bristol Open Doors. But you can take a peek inside - The Ostrich pub on the Harbourside is one of the many buildings connected, and part of a wall has been demolished to show a little of one of the caves.

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Theatre exterior

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

The New Room Museum
The New Room Museum

The Museum at the New Room tells the incredible story of the lives of John and Charles Wesley, the early beginnings of Methodism and its relevance today. Come and explore our 12 interactive rooms!

St Nicholas Market
St Nicks Market Corn St

Established in 1743 St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in the city.

Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Estate Bristol

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Kiln Restaurant at Doubletree By Hilton Bristol City Centre
Doubletree By Hilton Bristol City Centre Kiln restaurant

The Kiln Restaurant is a truly historic and unique dining space. It is an original 17th Century glass kiln which is a listed building that has now been transformed into an atmospheric dining area.