From the Lord of the Rings Hobbit Village in New Zealand to the King’s Cross Station in London boasting the infamous Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter franchise, film tourism is skyrocketing in popularity. Over the years, many producers, including Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Chan-Wook Park, and, of course, Tim Burton, have wooed us with their enthralling skills. While Burton’s movies are often animated, some, like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which grossed $296.5 million at the Box Office, is set amidst spectacular scenery that makes you want to pack your bags and get a few extra stamps in your passport. Luckily, you don’t have to board a fantasy train or click your heels three times to visit the setting of Ransom Riggs’ popular book either as Miss Peregrine’s was extensively filmed in the small and secluded English village of Portholland.
Portholland: A fitting Cairnholm
Tim Burton is known for his dark imagery and distinct visual style which is evident in both his art and his movies of which Miss Peregrine’s is no exception. According to Architectural Digest, most of the scenes that were meant to take place on the fictional island of Cairnholm were filmed in Portholland on the south coast of Cornwall. With its pristine sandy beaches and lush-green rolling hills, the village, which has only 40 full-time residents, also has a somewhat eerie air about it which befits the movie perfectly.
What to do in Portholland
While you will obviously want to visit the three shops and pub that were built in the village specifically for the movie and walk along the sandy beaches, you might want to consider exploring a bit further afield as well. There are a number of tourist attractions in the region that will undoubtedly pique your interest. The imposing 19th-century Caerhays Castle & Gardens are situated a stone’s throw away from the fishing village of Mevagissey and is open to the public during March, April, and May every year. The Lost Gardens of Heligans comprises 80 acres of beautiful grounds including a large productive vegetable garden. The landscape also contains four walled gardens among which are the Sundial Garden, the Pleasure Garden, and the Grotto – the most popular among tourists.
With there being 3 (and soon to be 4) books in the Miss Peregrine’s franchise, there is no telling where in the world filming will take place next. Whether you visit Portholland purely to experience the ambiance undoubtedly left behind by the film crew and cast or want to indulge in the untouched beauty of the English coastline, you are bound to fall in love with the tiny village with the big heart.