Book your tours

What Our Customers Think

We focus on making each tour memorable, and your guide, Barry Pengelly, ensures that they are tailor-made for every party. Take a look at some of the testimonials left by our customers below. Feel free to send us your own as well if you want to be included!

Barry was an exceptional guide for our day. The Doc Martin & North Cornwall experience was excellent and Barry’s insider knowledge and local background made it extra special and brought it all to life. We covered so many special places and we would thoroughly recommend Barry to make any trip to the area truly memorable.

Worth every penny!

I wish I could give Barry a million stars. I travelled to Cornwall with my mom and boyfriend and we booked Barry, giving him very little direction in terms of what we wanted to see (aside from Port Isaac, of course). He arranged a spectacular three days for us. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything from Doc Martin and Poldark filming locations to local lore and where to get the very best pasties. He was funny, accommodating, kind and knew all of the best spots for seeing the most beautiful parts of Cornwall. We left feeling like we had experienced the best of the best. I highly recommend Barry for anyone who wants a reliable, relatable, knowledgeable guide for their time in Cornwall.

Exceptional Guide in Cornwall

Hired Barry for 2 days to take 4 of us around Cornwall in his Range Rover (a must for many of the roads). He more than held his own with 4 women! Funny, knowledgeable, easy-going — and if you’re a POLDARK or DOC MARTIN fan, he’s driven many of the cast on both series. He’s been to most of the shooting locations and has great insights. Also took us thru the moors where we saw wild horses grazing. Felt like he was an old friend. Hire him!

Great tour guide of anything Cornwall, Los Angeles, California

Four of us spent two days having Barry tour us around Cornwall…. we couldn’t have asked for a better guide, storyteller or professional driver!! When I read the reviews of Cornwall Discovery & Barry, I couldn’t believe he could live up to all the raves…. but he did and was just the most fun we could have hoped for. We laughed and had a terrific time the entire 2 days! Barry has a great wicked sense of humor and his knowledge of Cornwall is just unbeatable. He knows all the best Poldark & Doc Martin locations….and everything else. Sign up — now!!

Barry’s the Best!!! San Diego, California

We spent a day traversing Cornwall, from Port Issac to Lands End, returning to New Quay with Barry and it was one of the best travel experiences we’ve ever had. Barry was cordial, informed and accommodating. He showed us lots of Poldark and Doc Martin sights, but also demonstrated expertise in history, geography, ornithology and chemistry! We had a great day and would definitely book with him again. I recommend him with enthusiasm and without reservation!
Thanks Barry!

Cornish Hospitality and Expertise! Tom, New York

My sister and I want to thank Barry for the best day of touring in Cornwall! Picking us up at our b and b and driving us around to “secret” places, incredible photo ops, interesting historical stories and references, and having lunch at one of his “favorite” pasty restaurants made for an incredible 8 hour excursion! Because we enjoy walking and hiking Barry took us to locations that incorporated both for spectacular views and commentary. He will cater to whatever suits your interest! And as a special “bonus” and because we are Poldark fans he was quite knowledgeable about the filming, cast, and inside scoop of the show! Could not have asked for a better overview of this “well kept English secret area”, though from the crowds in St. Ives we think it’s becoming very trendy! All in a positive way! Let Barry make your stay even more enjoyable!

Julie Forb & Sally Forb

After completing a walking tour along the coast near the Devon border I was in need of easy transportation to Penzance where I was going to be based in order to explore the surrounding area. I decided to employee Cornwall Discovery to do just that and give me a tour of the sites and fantastic scenery in between. I was so glad I did!. Barry was willing to customize this ahead of time and very flexible when I made different suggestions on pick up day. He was creative and so very knowledgeable about his Cornwall but the thing I appreciated the most was how easy and pleasant it was to spend the day with him. Being a woman traveling solo during that part of my trip had me just a bit apprehensive wondering how comfortable I’d be. No worries. Best money I spent on my trip. It was a fantastic day.

Evy, Marietta, Georgia

We were picked up by Barry outside our accommodation had the most comfortable Land Rover for our day out. Barry was excellent both as a local guide and Cornwall county guide, polite with a good sense of humour and very informative.

We had stayed at Port Gaverne many times but not explored further in Cornwall. Barry tailored the day after us telling him where we wanted to go. We went to Bodmin Moor, Fowey, Bodmin Jail, Charleston and Poldark places of interest and a castle.

To finish off we went to Camel Valley Wines for a wine tasting event booked by our self but dropped off and picked up by Barry. A great day out tailored to what we wanted, didn’t have to drive and could sample the wines. Can really recommend this trip and would book again next year.

Thanks Barry

Julie and Alan Bradshaw

We visited in July 2016. Barry Pengelly, owner and operator of Cornwall Discovery, is a charming, engaging, and attentive host and guide. We arranged for him to pick me up at Newquay Airport and began touring on the way to Port Isaac. I chose to hire Barry for my entire stay in Cornwall, but I know he also offers day trips to pretty much anywhere in Cornwall. For 4 full days, I was treated to the beauty of rugged Cornwall coastlines and idyllic hidden treasures I could not have imagined. Afterward, Barry also drove me to Truro to catch the train back to London. Barry was easy to talk with and has a wonderful sense of humor and first hand knowledge of Port Isaac and Cornwall. I loved the experience of going through small lanes and watching the courteous driving of the locals who reverse and squeeze over on the narrow lanes. (He did also take main roads but some of the best locations are off the beaten path.) Barry is an excellent driver and I felt quite safe and attended to in his charge. There are a lot of hills and steps in Cornwall, so if I felt a site looked too strenuous or steep for me to handle, Barry made accommodations so that I could still enjoy every location. No problem at all. He is so flexible and open to doing whatever he can to make your time in Cornwall enjoyable. He is clearly proud of his heritage and his county and he studies to make sure he provides interesting historical background of the places you are visiting. Barry has first-hand knowledge of cast and crew members of both Doc Martin and Poldark and it was wonderful to visit these beautiful locations. Cornwall is a beautiful place and this type of personalized service is so worthwhile to discover places in addition to the more well known tourist attractions. (We did some of those too!) Let Barry know what your interests are and he can customize your tour to maximize your time and enjoyment. I think it will actually save you money and stress to have Barry take care of the driving! I will never forget this amazing Cornwall adventure! It was my first time abroad and I am so happy that I chose Barry as my guide. You will be too!

Diana G, Austin, Texas, USA

Barry Pengelly picked us up from our accommodation and took us on a wonderful tour of North Cornwall.

A request stop was Port Isaac ( Doc Martin fans)  followed by a pub lunch in the delightful cove of Port Gaverne.
We then went on to Rock and caught the ferry over to Padstow where we strolled around the harbour and stopping to look in the various art galleries.

Barry was there waiting for us and took us to Trevibbin Mill for tastings of Cornish wines.  A lovely location and some very good wines. Perfect ending to a perfect day!! We then drove along the stunning coastline taking us back to our accommodation.
Can’t speak too highly of Barry.  With his local knowledge we couldn’t have had a better guide to give is a taste of Cornwall. Barry did everything to make our day memorable.

Terry, Florida, USA

Marcia and I have never enjoyed a visit to the UK more than this trip and you made the trip.

Bill and Marcia

Our group of 4 arrived at Bodmin Station on April 15, 2016. Barry picked us up and took us to The Old School Hotel in Port Isaac. We knew immediately that we had made the right choice in a tour guide. We spent 2 full days with him touring a large part of Cornwall, including filming locations of Poldark and Doc Martin. Barry’s extensive knowledge of Cornwall  and the “locals” was very interesting. He often highlighted individuals who played “extras” in Poldark and Doc Martin

We saw many beautiful scenic vistas, from the rolling hills to the coastline.  Barry also knows where the great pubs are. He dropped us off at St. Kew Inn where we had a great meal and enjoyed the locals, including their dogs!  Barry definitely made our trip to Cornwall. We saw a lot and did not waste time. The roads are extremely narrow with sharp turns so driving ourselves was not an option. Barry has the greatest personality which made for a lot of laughs. He is the best!!

Cynthia Burgess

For our 1st time in Cornwall we choose Barry for our guide and he didn’t disappoint . Tours are not inexpensive and many times one can feel let down . Considering we had some inclement weather, we were nonetheless enthralled with places we had talked about seeing ( being doc Martin fans) and new places that came to life. Nothing surpasses Cornwall for raw natural beauty, but having Barry to narrate and illuminate what we were seeing made the whole tour worthwhile . As a native he knows the nooks and crannies and out of the way places . Our teenage daughter was amazed ( and wary) of negotiating hedgerows on roads clearly once meant for wagons, but Barry is a Hogwarts wizard of narrow twists and turns. When we wanted to spend a few more minutes at some of the spectacular cliffs or within a town he was most accommodating . Although we had many things we couldn’t see due to time constraints, we learned so much knowledge, history and customs of the area that it left us wanting to return. Barry was everything you could ask for; I recommend him without reservation. I thank you Barry for giving us such a magical trip!

Leslie, Virginia, USA

We met Barry Pengelly of Cornwall Discovery when we were arranging the final leg of our vacation. He came recommended to us from our hotel, the Old School House in Port Isaac.

We found that not only was he an efficient and capable taxi driver, he also had a touring business. We hired him on the spot. On the appointed day, Barry took us on what is perhaps the most enjoyable tour day I have experienced. We is very well informed on the history and geography and stories of this beautiful area.  From the Delabole Slate Quarry across the Bodmin Moor (oh, those wonderful ponies on the moor!) to the picturesque village of Fowey and onto the Charleston Harbor where the tall masted ships from so many movies are kept,  Barry educated us and kept us entertained all day! His stories and history and pleasant ways made for the best day of our entire trip.

If you are ever in this beautiful area you should look him up, hire him and sit back and enjoy a day you will not soon forget!

Roberta James, Lynnwood, Washington, USA

My wife and I had a fantastic 4 hour Cornwall tour with Barry, the owner of Cornwall Discovery. Barry is knowledgeable, friendly, interactive and accommodating. With his expertise we learned a great deal of Cornish history and learned interesting anecdotes which made the history come alive. He tailored our tour to fit our interests, as he does for each tour.

Joseph, Pennsylvania, USA

Okay, thank you
This website uses cookies, to read our privacy policy please click here.