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About us

Port Isaac Heritage began in 2010 with the aim of collecting and sharing the real history of Port Isaac, which is now a popular destination for thousands of visitors worldwide as a result of the ITV series Doc Martin.

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St Peter’s Church in Port Isaac provides the beautiful, peaceful setting for Port Isaac Heritage exhibition space and is open daily all year round.

Port Isaac Heritage has now established a remarkable collection of exhibitions ranging from the history of fishing, church and chapel, the lifeboat, schooldays and the story of wartime refugees and both of the World Wars. There is even an exhibition about Port Isaac’s very own “buoy” band, The Fisherman’s Friends!

Our latest exhibition can be found here.



Since 1982, TRIO, the parish newsletter, has documented life in our local community. This contemporary record is a treasure trove for historians. Every issue of TRIO, from number 1 in April 1982 up to the one about three months ago can be found here. They are fully searchable documents so you can look for information on a particular person or event.

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Oral Histories

Some of our older residents have been filmed in order to share their memories of Port Isaac as it was in their day. Sadly, some are no longer with us, but they have left behind an important legacy for future generations.



Port Isaac Heritage is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and relies on fundraising and kind donations.

Port Isaac Heritage Award winning cookery books – A Taste of Port Isaac and A Second Helping of Port Isaac – have sold over 5500 copies, and are available from our online shop and at outlets in Port Isaac.

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Our website is now a valuable historic resource with over 2000 images and oral history interviews.

To search our complete content, just put a name, place, or event in the box below.

The official launch of A Second Helping of Port Isaac.


Check out our ‘What’s on’ page to see our events calendar.

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Thank you

With grateful thanks to The Heritage Lottery Fund, Port Isaac History Group, STEER, The Doc Martin Fund and all our supporters and contributors.

To get involved with Port Isaac Heritage in any way, please complete the contact form.

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