Port Isaac Travel Guide

  • Looking down on the harbor - tide out
    Looking down on the harbor - tide out
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  • Tide is out
    Tide is out
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  • Traffic jam in Port Isaac
    Traffic jam in Port Isaac
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Port Isaac Things to Do

  • The Haven

    Port Isaac harbour, known as The Haven is a sheltered inlet, the breakwaters are crucial to the survival of this important fishing village (lobster and spider crab) and require regular repair.July 2011

  • Paddling in the Rock Pools

    At low tide there is small, sheltered, sandy beach with an abundance of rock pools where hours can be whiled away just paddling and looking for crabs and small fish.July 2011

  • Doc Martin House

    Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama series, the story centres around a top surgeon who develops a fear of blood and becomes a General Practitioner in the fictitious village of Portwenn (Port Isaac). Fern Cottage is the picturesque detached stone cottage that is used in the series for the doctor’s surgery.email ...

  • the fisherman singers

    go along on a friday night and listen to The Fishermen singing on the harbour, a group of local men with fab voices who sing old songs (some sad some hysterical) whilst enjoying a drink from one of the local pubs. the atmosphere is fab!!

  • More of a 'Must Do' Activity

    Pop into the local Public House, the 'Golden Lion', which is down by the harbour. In all the years I've been going to Port Isaac I have never been inside here - until today. It's a very old pub, and I believe a 'Listed' building, which means it can't be altered in any way, not even different outside paintwork! It's probably packed with tourists in...

  • Port Isaac harbour

    When walking around in this small village you will finally end up at the harbour. Don't expect too much of it but I think it is a nice small harbour with quite a bit of boats in it. I was there at the low tide so the pic is not all that.


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Port Isaac Restaurants

  • Doc Martins Souvenirs

    The Stowaway Tea Shoppe & Takeaway is a café and the only business to sell official Doc Martin merchandise. It also does a nice line in massive pieces of cake. The Stowaway has also been awarded the prestigious 5* CHEFs award for promoting healthy eating, fair and accurate pricing and descriptions of products, and excellent standards of...

  • Great local seafood!

    This restaurant has a very good reputation serving high quality and fresh local produce. The menu is limited though with only about 12 main dishes to choose from. Costs range from about 15 pound upwards.It is also open for lunch...12pm -3pm and has a selection of baguettes, fishcakes, mussels etc. I chose the Sea Bass which was very good! It was...

  • Good pub with great food.

    This lovely pub overlooks the bay and has a nice little balcony where you can sit and enjoy the views. Inside was just as you would expect, with a timeless feel and loads of character. It was very much a quintessential Cornish seaside pub. I had two meals here. For lunch I had a seafood crepe and though it was well cooked and nicely presented I...


Port Isaac Transportation

  • Car Parking – New Road

    Located overlooking the sea with a 10 minute walk along the picturesque coastal path before descending down into the town, this is an open air ground level car park with toilets. There is a shorter more direct route along New Road and Back Hill but not so nice.Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 99 carsSunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm4 Hours:...

  • Carparking

    There are two carparks. One is right down in the heart of the village in the harbour, the other a short walk up hill.If you choose to park in the harbour you will have to park right on the beach itself which poses two main problems. One is getting there...it is an exptremely tight fit getting a car through the very narrow and windy streets. Two,...

  • Getting to Port Isaac

    If like me you don't have a car, don't despair, you can still get there relatively easily. I had to rely on trains and public buses to get me around Britain and this is how I got to Port Isaac. Bodmin is the nearest large town and you can get there by train [ the station is called Bodmin Parkway] I stayed for 2 nights here as I had also wanted to...


Port Isaac Shopping

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    by lou31 Updated Oct 15, 2008

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    This busy little shop is situated at the 'top' end of the village. It is your typical corner store with the usual ware for sale.

    It stays open till 10pm at night.

    What to buy: Bread, milk, fresh fruit and grocery items. It also sells liquor and cigarettes.

    This place also has an ATM machine which I think is the only one in town.

    Typical local store
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Port Isaac Warnings and Dangers

  • Narrow Lanes - Limited Parking

    I would not even think of driving down to the Harbour in high season and was not too happy when we started the descent on a weekday at the end of September. We,fortunately, did not meet any vehicles coming up the hill on our way down and - very luckily found a space to park in the Harbour. Yes, on the sands in the Harbour. A notice tells you at...

  • It's very Steep!

    Visitors to Port Isaac will almost certainly have to park in the public car park at the top of the village. The walk down to the harbour isn't that far, but the roads and paths are quite steep. It might be rather difficult for the elderly or infirm to make the journey on foot. It is, of course, possible to drive through the lower part of the...

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Port Isaac Off The Beaten Path

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    by Monique_T Written Jun 20, 2003

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    You don't have to go far to see this in Port Isaac. Just walk around a bit and you will get to the harbour. Just walk along on the left or right up the "hill" and you will get this view. I can not really describe how it is like to see all the beautifull views. You know what I mean once you get there.

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Port Isaac Favorites

  • Take A Look At The Harbour

    Port Isaac is still a working fishing port, but on a much reduced scale these days. I remember when it was difficult to walk between the fishing boats, and some of them even had sails in 'those' days, haha..The beach is rather a mess, and not much sand for the children. (a better beach is at Port Gaverne, a short drive from Port Isaac). The beach...

  • History of Port Isaac

    Port Isaac dates back to the Saxon times as a fishing village. It is thought that Port Isaac was originally called Portissyk and later Port Izzard before Port Isaac.From the Middle Ages until the mid 19th century, Port Isaac was a busy coastal importing and exporting stones, ores, limestone, salt, timber, coal and pottery. Indeed the breakwater is...

  • Harbour from Roscarrock Hill

    If you have the time, a wonderful walk which affords you with breathtaking views of the Harbour and surrouding cliffs, is by way of the footpath that leads up Roscarrock Hill. This footpath is at the side of the old fish cellars, opposite the Lifeboat House. The white building on the cliffs, and to the right of the picture, is the Old School, where...


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