Port Isaac is a small, rugged, traditional fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall. Now-a-days it is best known as the home of Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. Port Isaac with kids is a lovely little stop on your Cornish travel itinerary.
Port Isaac with Kids – Getting there
When you first arrive at Port Isaac you might wonder where it is!
The sat nav will deliver you to a very residential looking road with a small corner shop for company. Don’t worry though, you are in the right place.
Port Isaac is nestled down a very steep hill on the cliff edge and I would not advise taking the car down there. Instead, park on the top of the hill and walk down. Port Isaac is definitely one to discover on foot!
The Village of Port Isaac
Port Isaac has a harder feel to it. The browns and the greys of the town make it feel a little more industrious and rugged. It gives the impression it is there to be used rather than looked at.
Port Isaac is not very big at all, but it doesn’t portray itself as small or dainty in the slightest. Its appeal lies in the magnificent views out to sea and its position nested at the bottom of a steep sided valley.
Port Isaac is also the home of the TV series Doc Martin and there are lots of opportunities for you to find some of the iconic locations filmed in the series.
Fern Cottage, which can be seen across the bay when you first arrive, is used as the doctors surgery and can be rented as a holiday let for die hard fans!
You can find suggestions of other places to visit on the Visit Cornwall website.
Things to do in Port Isaac with Kids
Grab an award winning pasty at May Contain Nuts, which is located on that steep hill as you walk into the village. We had two or three from there!
Go for a drink at The Moat beside the boat ramp in the middle of the village. With drink in hand stand and watch the waves crash against the cliffs when the tide is in and enjoy the views of the beach when the tide is out. You may get lucky and see some seals as well! This was the most enjoyable part of our trip to Port Isaac with kids by far!
Go for dinner at the Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen. It is homed in the oldest building in Port Isaac. They do some nice fish dishes at a premium price, but if you are in the market for that the location could not be better!
What Port Isaac with Kids is missing
The main thing to remember when visiting Port Isaac with kids is that there is no shop in the village. The only shop is located on the top of the cliff.
So be prepared to eat out or take a picnic with you so you don’t have to keep walking up and down the hill.