Location Guide: Port Isaac

May 09th, 2023

Port Isaac is a beautiful fishing village between Polzeath and Tintagel village! The stunning coastline and the natural beauty of the countryside surround the area.

Port Isaac is one of the best attractions in Cornwall and a popular destination for holidaymakers each year.

In this guide, we will explore the beautiful Port Isaac to share everything you need to know for your visit.

Is it worth visiting Port Isaac?

Port Isaac is a beautiful Cornish coastal village that is very much worth the visit! The town showcases unique winding narrow streets and many fisherman’s cottages scattered around the village up to the harbour.

If you are a fan of Doc Martin, there are plenty of filming locations within the village to immerse yourself in!

grey weather at port isaac

What is Port Isaac known for?

Port Isaac is a famous filming location for the popular ITV series Doc Martin. The village became best known for the fictional village of Portwenn. 

Port Isaac is also known for being the home of the famous shanty group Fisherman’s Friends. The group used to meet on the harbour to sing old sea shanties where they were discovered and became world famous. Sometimes you can catch them singing in the local village!

harbour of port isaac with water

What is The Best Time to Visit Port Isaac?

May or June is the best time to visit Port Isaac, as you can avoid the peak holiday periods and experience a peaceful visit to the fishing village.

The month of May is known to have the least rainfall meaning you can experience Port Isaac when the weather is warmer.

Does Port Isaac Have a Beach?

Port Isaac does have a beach! The beach stretches out at low tide, revealing glorious sand. The beach is also sheltered from the wind by the cliffs in the west. There are plenty of rockpools providing endless entertainment for the whole family! 

The beach is perfect for those looking to walk along the coast. But if you are looking for a lengthier stroll, peek at our blog below for the best beaches in Cornwall for walks.

How To Get to Port Isaac

There are various ways to get to Port Isaac. You can travel to the village by train, car and bus!

How to Get to Port Isaac by Train

If you are commuting by train, the nearest stop is Bodmin Parkway. Please know that Port Isaac is a 40-minute drive from Bodmin Parkway.

How to Get to Port Isaac by Car

If you are driving to Port Isaac, we recommend you park your car at New Road at the top of the village because the village contains narrow roads which can be hard to manoeuvre. You can take a shuttle bus from the car park into the village.

Postcode to the car park: PL29 3SB

How to Get to Port Isaac by Bus

You can take bus 95 from Truro, St Austell, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Polzeath Beach stations! This bus will take you to Port Isaac.

dog on beach

Is Port Isaac Dog Friendly?

Your furry friend can join you on your visit! Port Isaac is dog-friendly all year round, with plenty of access to dog-friendly facilities, cafes and walks.

If you are looking for more dog adventures, there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall, with dogs not too far from Port Isaac that will provide endless fun.

harbour of port isaac

How Safe is Port Isaac?

Port Isaac is very safe for all the family! The village is sheltered and the sandy beach is great for children looking to explore the rockpools!

If you are looking for more beaches that are child-friendly, check out our guide to family friendly beaches in Cornwall for more information.

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