It’s the summer of Doc! A brand new season of Doc Martin is currently being filmed and Vision will have it for you later in our 2015/16 broadcast season. Watch our Doc Martin show page for premiere dates soon. In celebration, seasons one through six will air in July and August to help you get caught up. Click here for the schedule.
But if you can’t wait until season seven for the return of Doc Martin, perhaps you should plan your own trip to the real Portwenn…er, Port Isaac.
Port Isaac is the stand-in town for Doc Martin’s home. Every season of the show has been filmed in this small fishing village which is located in Cornwall on the southwest peninsula of Great Britain.
It retains much of its traditional character. The narrow laneways are lined with small, whitewashed cottages. There are several restaurants that specialize in local sesafood. The population is just 721.
The town attracts many tourists who want to walk the high cliffs and partake in the Doc Martin experience. If you’re looking to plan your own, start with these locales.
Doc must pass the harbour anytime he goes from his surgery to downtown. Yes, you can park on the beach but be mindful of the tides or the ocean might swallow your car. Occasionally, local singing group, Fisherman’s Friends, perform concerts on this beach and sing sea shanties.
The school is not actually a school at all. It’s actually a hotel and restaurant called…The Old School. The menu is full of local seafood and the hotel has five kingsize rooms named after subjects (Latin, English, Biology, Art & Mathematics). They’re even licensed to perform marriages. A Doc Martin themed wedding needs to happen immediately!
The Bert Large Restaurant
If the school is a restaurant then the restaurant must be a school! No, unfortunately it is a private residence and apparently even the show’s film crew is not allowed inside. This is typical, however, since most of these buildings are only used for their exteriors. The interior shots are done in a converted barn fifteen miles away.
From time to time, the people of Portwenn will grab a pint at the The Crab & Lobster. Luckily, this is real place although in Port Isaac it is known as The Golden Lion. It is the town’s only official pub and it was used for the interior shots in season one.
The Doc Martin Cottage
Its real name is Fern House and – surprise, surprise – it’s not a doctor’s surgery or a even private residence. It is a cottage for rent, located exactly where it should be, on top of a hill on the South shore of the harbour.
Unlike what we see on television, the interior is beautiful: double bedrooms, large modern bathroom, stone fireplace and gas fire, beamed ceiling and slate flagged floor, separate dining room and a modern fitted ‘galley’ kitchen.
In conclusion: you can live in Doc’s house, drink at his bar, and get married at his school. Get on this theme wedding, you lovebirds!
Watch Doc Martin on Vision this summer. Seasons 1 – 5: Weekdays at 5pm ET/2pm PT starting July 1. Season 6: Wednesday nights at 9pm ET/6 PT starting July 8.
One last thing! The new, massively popular, BBC period drama, Poldark, starring Aidan Turner, is also filmed in breathtaking Cornwall. This epic series will be our must-see television event of the new VisionTV fall season when it premieres Wed., October 14 at 9pm ET/ 6 PT. Don’t miss it!
Photos, in order, by Michael Taylor, Yates & Co, Elizabeth Harper, Doc Martin House,