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Visitor information for Port Isaac in Cornwall

For a typical example of a traditional Cornish fishing village you need look no further than Port Isaac.

Those familiar with television’s ‘Doc Martin’ will instantly recognise Port Isaac as it was the fictional village of ‘Portwenn’ in the series of programmes that starred Martin Clunes. Whilst you may not see the Doc striding along the narrow streets you’ll never-the-less enjoy the character of this charming village, dotted with whitewashed cottages and squeezed into a narrow valley.

Fishermen still land their catches in Port Isaac, and if you’re lucky you may see the fish being offloaded as the boats come in. Herring and pilchards were once the mainstay of the local economy and this rich harvest was cured and smoked in old fish cellars. These cellars are still in use by the fishing industry, retailing a wide variety of fish and seafood.

For more than 100 years the village lifeboat station has been launching boats in times of need. The RNLI lifeboat station is open daily during the summer, allowing visitors to view the inshore D-class lifeboat and learn more about the bravery of our lifeboatmen.

Visit Port Isaac on most Friday evenings during the summer and you are in for a real treat. The Fisherman’s Friends, a group of local men will be belting out their sea shanty songs on the harbour quay, known as the Platt.

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