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The Coroner filming locations - Hope Cove beach

Like our locally-based team in South Devon, we hope you have enjoyed the BBC One daytime TV drama, The Coroner, which was filmed in our region. Starring former ‘Casualty’ actors Claire Goose and Matt Bardock, this show took in some of the most striking scenery in our part of the country. In this article, we have highlighted the Coroner Filming locations, so that you can visit them yourself!

“I think what surprised me about Devon the most is, I never expected it to be quite as stunning” Claire Goose 

For those inspired by the countryside and coastline that have appeared in the series, why not consider booking a short break or holiday in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

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The Coroner filming locations

Hope Cove

The Coroner is filmed in several stunning locations throughout South Devon. Producers of the show commented: “There are seven regular characters; our six regulars and Devon. Devon is the biggest character of all.”

To find out more about the inspiration behind filming in South Devon, watch this short video produced by the BBC, ‘The 7th character in the Coroner: Devon’.

Filming locations include:

  • Salcombe (the main inspiration for ‘Lighthaven’)
  • Hope Cove
  • Burgh Island, Bantham and Bigbury-On-Sea
  • Dartmouth
  • Brixham



The sailing town of Salcombe featured heavily on screen as one of The Coroner filming locations. Indeed, much of the series is based around this scenic town, which has been given the fictional name of ‘Lighthaven’.

Salcombe, with its many sandy beaches and gorgeous quayside, is renowned as a wonderful holiday destination, particularly in the summer months. Families can enjoy crabbing from the waterside, browsing boutique shops, or eating in award-winning pubs and restaurants.

Explore our Salcombe holiday cottages today, or find out more about this picturesque holiday destination from our Salcombe blog pages.

Hope Cove

The Coroner filming locations - Hope Cove, South Devon

A quaint fishing village and former smuggler’s haunt, Hope Cove’s unspoilt beaches, atmospheric eateries and stunning location on the South West Coast Path make it one of the most-loved seaside spots in South Devon.

Walking opportunities abound from Hope Cove, with Salcombe, Soar Mill Cove, South Milton Sands, Thurlestone Sands and Bantham Beach all within comfortable reach of the village. Sturdy boots are recommended!

At Coast & Country Cottages, we offer a wealth of holiday properties in Hope Cove. Spend a fun day on the beach trying new watersports or rockpooling, before strolling back to your home-from-home to enjoy the views in comfort and style.

Burgh Island, Bantham and Bigbury-on-Sea

The Coroner filming locations don’t get much more awe-inspiring than this! As featured in episode two of the first series, Bantham is a surfer’s paradise offering views towards Burgh Island and Bigbury-On-Sea. Visitors can enjoy relaxing on the vast sandy beaches, walking along the Bigbury Bay coastline, or exploring the history of Burgh Island and the iconic art-deco Burgh Island hotel.

Burgh Island, a setting for numerous stories and TV shows, from Agatha Christie's novels to the BBC's The Coroner.


The Coroner filming locations have included iconic spots on the Start Bay coastline and around Dartmouth, with scenes of Start Point lighthouse, Blackpool Sands and the Dartmouth ferry and waterfront.

One particularly memorable scene from The Coroner, the kidnapping during series two’s ‘Pieces of Eight’ episode, took place on Dartmouth’s Foss Street, a walkway well-known for its plethora of independent shops and galleries.

Beautiful Bayard’s Cove (pictured below) is one of the most common Coroner filming locations throughout both series. It’s not hard to understand why!

Bayards Cove is a common filming location for The Coroner

Are you new to Dartmouth? This historic maritime town is situated on the bank of the River Dart, and is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College (reportedly the first meeting place of the Queen and Prince Philip), as well as various other sites of historical and natural significance.

Find out more about Dartmouth from our blog pages, or browse our range of Dartmouth holiday homes.


The Coroner filming locations - Brixham

The traditional fishing town of Brixham offers another fantastic filming location for The Coroner, with a picturesque port and surrounding green countryside.

Rich in heritage, Brixham boasts a bright and vivid historical time line. Originally a Saxon settlement, Brixham was the landing place of William of Orange during the ‘Glorious Revolution’, and is famous for its development of large sailing trawlers in the early 19th century.

Find out more about Brixham in our town guide.

Watching The Coroner offers an excellent introduction to the unforgettable landscapes of South Devon. But nothing beats exploring our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in person, so why not choose South Devon as your next holiday destination?

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