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A small and picturesque fishing village, regularly seen on TV


Narrow Streets
TV Scenes
Port Issac is one of the gems among Cornish villages. It has evolved over the centuries and the building materials and architecture reflect the villages history and industry. The village has featured in a number of TV series, notably Poldark in the 1970's and more recently, ITV's Doc Martin series was filmed here.

The narrow streets of Port Issac
Photo john47kent
The centre of the village dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, from a time when its prosperity was tied to local coastal freight and fishing. The port handled cargoes such as coal, wood, stone, ores, limestone, salt, pottery and heavy goods which were conveyed along its narrow streets. The pilchard fishery began here before the 16th century and in 1850 there were 49 registered fishing boats and four fish cellars. Fishermen still work from here, landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters.

A fishing boat at Port Issac
Photo Markles55
Visitor Information
There is a large car park at the top of the hill and visitors are advised to walk down to the village as the narrow streets are difficult to negotiate. Port Issac is renowned for having one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain aptly named 'squeeze belly alley'.

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