From Looe to the Tamar Valley, BBC One drama Beyond Paradise is packed with honeypot destinations and dreamy locations. Although its setting of Shipton Abbot is fictional, filming took place in some very real locations in the West Country. Surprisingly, however, for a show that pitches itself as Devon-based, it's hard to spot any Devon locations. Did we miss something along the way?


Beyond Paradise UK film locations

Looe, Cornwall

Much of the series is filmed in the coastal town of Looe, which plays the role of fictional (and purportedly Devonian) town of Shipton Abbot. This pretty Cornish fishing harbour sits between Plymouth, which lies 20 miles east, and Fowey, located 10 miles west. Looe Bridge joins East and West Looe and the village is blessed with a wide sandy beach, rich woodland and cobbled streets. Looe, aka Shipton Abbot, is where Detective Humphrey Goodman and his fiancee Martha Lloyd relocate to after their Caribbean adventure in Death In Paradise. Humphrey is working with a local team of coppers, while Martha is setting up a cafe with a former flame.

Sally Bretton on East Beach, Looe
Sally Bretton as Martha Lloyd on East Beach, Looe./Credit: Red Planet Pictures,Craig Hardie

Looe's wide, sandy beach appears in episode five, when Martha has an outdoor yoga class while grappling with relationship issues. As you do.

Kris Marshall as Humphrey Goodman at East Beach, Looe./Credit: Red Planet Pictures,Craig Hardie

Humphrey also takes to the beach to ponder the difficult questions in life, but he prefers to perch on a rock.

Phil Daniels in Beyond Paradise, Looe Harbour
Phil Daniels as Marvellous Harris./Credit: Red Planet Pictures

The show features a raft of guest stars in each episode - Phil Daniels stars in episode two as a grizzled fisherman called Marvellous Harris, who sells Humphrey a dilapidated boat while they chat at Looe Harbour.

Launceston, Cornwall

Street scene, Beyond Paradise
Zahra Ahmadi and Kris Marshall film on Church Street in Launceston in Beyond Paradise./Credit: Red Planet Pictures, Craig Hardie

DI Humphrey Goodman and DS Esther Williams look for leads in the market town of Launceston, the ancient capital of Cornwall, which sits on the south side of a large hill and is overlooked by 11th-century Launceston Castle. So if you're not in town to solve crimes, you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing and shopping.

Port Eliot House and Gardens, Saltash, Cornwall

protestors holding placards on driveway
Annette Badland as artist Isla Jay in episode three./Credit: Red Planet,Craig Hardie

In episode three, Humphrey investigates the disappearance of a rare painting, and several of the scenes feature Port Eliot House and Gardens, which plays Shipton Manor. A large country estate in St Germans, Saltash with 100-acre Repton-landscaped gardens, Port Eliot is located on the north of a steep hill and offers views over the estuary and striking St Germans viaduct. The gardens boast a vast rhododendron garden, maze, bowling green, orangery and arboretum. There is plenty to enjoy without the need to pinch any historic artworks, but our fictional thief couldn't resist. Determined to retrieve said artwork, Humphrey interviews the owner of Shipton Manor, Louise Fitzalan (Pooky Quesnell) on the estate.

Kris Marshall and Pooky Quesnel in woodland
Kris Goodman with Pooky Quesnel in the grounds of Port Eliot./Credit:Red Planet,Craig Hardie

The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is in a 9th-century Cornish liturgical fragment kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It refers to Ecclesia Lnanledensia, which is considered the pre-Christian name of this place. Once home to Augustinian monks, the house has been inhabited for 1,000 years and contains many artworks and treasures. The house and gardens are open to visitors.

Beyond Paradise characters at table in stableyard
Archie Hughes (Jamie Bamber), Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton) and Anne Lloyd (Barbara Flynn) at the stableyard on the Port Eliot Estate./Credit: Red Planet Pictures,Craig Hardie
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A fishing boat being winched up a beach

Pentille Castle and Estate, Cornwall

Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton as Humphrey Goodman and Martha Lloyd./Credit: Red Planet

Well, it is on the Tamar, but it's still not in Devon. Built in 1698, Pentillie Castle is a country house set in Repton-designed woodland gardens on the Cornish bank of the river.

Werrington Park, Launceston, Cornwall

Two actors in Werrington Park
Zahra Ahmadi and Sally Bretton in Werrington Park./Credit: Red Planet Pictures, Craig Hardie

Historic Werrington Park gets close in that it used to be classed as Devon, however since boundary changes in the 1970s, it is still very much part of Cornwall.


Better luck next season, Devon.


Maria Hodson is production editor at BBC Countryfile Magazine, alongside Margaret Bartlett. Since moving to Bristol in 2014, Maria has made every effort to escape into nature and loves all things wild and watery, from surfing and swimming to paddle-boarding and kayaking. Her adventure highlight in recent years was sea kayaking around remote St Kilda, off the coast north-west Scotland, in 2016. Most weekends, however, are spent exploring the great outdoors with her small child and doing accessible walks. Favourite family adventures are bird-watching at Slimbridge Wetland Centre and exploring the Forest of Dean, as well as an annual pilgrimage to see the starling murmuration on the Somerset Levels.