The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one
of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the
nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only
a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil
over this "Sleeping Beauty". After decades of neglect, the
devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens
of Heligan to a footnote in history.
The Blue Reef Aquarium
The Blue Reef Aquarium is situated on Towan Beach in the centre of
Newquay.Be amazed by the variety of local marine species from the
Cornish coast and the hundreds of tropical species which swim freely
in the gigantic ocean display, complete with an underwater tunnel to
take you deep into the colourful world of the sea and its creatures.
Blue Reef is a great place for visitors of all ages to find out more
about what lives within the deep seas.
The Eden Project
One of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK, the Eden
Project is a dramatic global garden, housing three giant biospheres
containing tropical and temperate plants.
Continually growing and expanding, each time you visit there is
something fresh to see, something new to learn. A fantastic day for
people of all ages.
Bodmin Jail has a very dark and sinister past which has made it
popular with tourists and ghost-hunters alike.
This ominous and foreboding 18th Century stone building was built in
1776 to house the county prison. It was the first jail to hold
inmates in individual cells and famously carried out grisly public
executions by hanging until 1862, 55 in total!
This mid-Victorian prison was also home to the Crown Jewels, Doomsday
book and other national treasures during the Great War.
The prison's dramatic and ominous history has brought it to the
attention of many paranormal investigations and was recently a
location for the popular Living TV's Most Haunted.
The prison finally closed in 1927 and since then has become a popular
tourist attraction with fascinating exhibitions telling of the 150
years of torture and punishment which took place in this dark and
National Seal Sanctuary
The National Seal Sanctuary, set in the picturesque Helford Estuary,
by the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall they have over 50
years experience in Seal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release, The
Sanctuary also provides a much needed haven for a variety of other
animals, such as Otters, Ponies and Goats. Open every day of the Year
except Christmas Day from 10am.
Ben's Play World
Ben's Play World is a fabulous indoor adventure centre for children.
The massive play area features mega slides, giant tubes, ball pools
and much, much more.
There are also a variety of outdoor activities available including
token operated electric bikes and cars, 9-hole western themed mini
golf course and family picnic areas.
Ben's Play World also offers a variety of family orientated
facilities such as free parking, baby changing, indoor pram park, a
secure locker room and friendly staff.
There is also the Sunset Boulevard restaurant which offers a variety
of refreshments from a simple cuppa for parents who want to sit and
relax while their little ones tire themselves out to family meals.
Ben's Play World is a great value family day out, especially if it’s
Charlestown and Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Museum
See pewter plates, gold and silver coins recovered from wrecked ships
and scenes of Cornish village life. A time honored tradition in
Cornwall was to plunder shipwrecked ships, or better yet, help a ship
come to grief on the rocks. Charlestown the harbour is the home port
for a famous collection of old tall ships which are employed in film
projects all over the world - they have brought work and life to the
quays and harbour buildings and are a particular draw for visitors.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
This railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated
by steam locomotives and the trains run through some delightful
The Railway is typical of a branch line in the 1950's. Great Western
steam tank engines are the main locomotives to be seen here but
diesel traction is also used, particularly on Saturdays. The main
station on the line is at Bodmin General. The engine sheds are here,
as well as a Souvenir shop and refreshment room in the restored
station buildings. Boscarne Junction provides a direct link with
the "Camel Trail", the cycle and footpath running to Padstow along
the route of the old Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway.
Bodmin Parkway station is on the main rail line from London to
Penzance and has a beautiful walk along the old carriage drive to the
Trains operate from March to December - daily from 26th May to
30th September and there are lots of Special Events
The Minack Theatre
The stunning Minack Theatre at Penzance in Cornwall with its Roman
amphitheatre architecture carved out of a cliff and the azure
Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop! Surely, one of the truly breathtaking
venues for a play!! The Minack is an outdoor theatre made entirely of
stone/rock that has been carved into the cliffs overlooking
Porthcurno beach. It was created by Rowena Cade, initially in the
early 1930s. It has developed over the years since its inception into
a world-famous venue and a summer season of plays and musical
entertainment is held every year from the end of May until late
September. The programme includes a wide variety of productions -
straight plays, comedies & musicals - ranging from Shakespeare to
Gilbert & Sullivan as well as modern productions. It is the perfect
backdrop to see plays, and just to have a look round during a bright
sunny day is a breathtaking experience. Along with the theatre, there
is a colourful garden to gaze upon. Performances are still held here
(please check website), and it is best to bring a cushion to make the
event more comfortable!
The Tate St Ives
Artists have been coming to work in St Ives since the nineteenth
century. From the 1880s onwards, Newlyn, St Ives and the west
Cornwall hinterland were firmly on the map as destinations for
artists seeking a quasi-communal way of living and working. Tate St
Ives presents modern and contemporary art, often created in or
associated with Cornwall. Its location in St Ives, with dramatic
views across the town and harbour to the east and Porthmeor Beach to
the north, provides a unique opportunity to view work in the
surroundings in which, in many cases, it was actually created. The
displays at Tate St Ives change regularly, allowing a different
selection from Tate's extensive collection of St Ives art to be shown
Falmouth Maritime Museum
This year Falmouth Maritime Museum will be exploring man’s voyage
into the deep with a new major exhibition called Under the Sea.
Diving deep into a world of shipwrecks, free diving, submarines,
sport and commercial diving, physiology, underwater warfare and
photography, this new exhibition promises you an experience under the
water without getting wet.
One of the major exhibits is a replica of the very first submarine.
Made of wood and designed in 1620 by Cornelius Drebbel, this four
oared, underwater rowing machine has to be seen to be believed and is
the beginning of a journey through time focusing on the advancement
of technology in submarines and submersibles.
It is estimated that there are over 3,000 wrecks off the south
Cornish coast. Wrecks are a major feature of this new display.
Highlighting a few of the most famous wrecks with rare and unseen
artifacts, this exhibit shows the truth behind shipwreck and the
challenges of salvage.
China Clay Country Park & Museum
Set in 26 acres of woodland nestling in the historic Ruddle Valley on
the outskirts of St Austell, the China Clay Country Park provides a
fascinating day out for all the family. The Park, now part of the
Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is set in the grounds of two
former working China Clay Pits and provides visitors with a
fascinating insight into China Clay - how it was mined, what is was
used for and what it meant for the families who lived in the area.
Now National Trust property, Lanhydrock was the home of the Robartes
family for over 300 years. It was largely rebuilt after a disastrous
fire in 1881, but the long gallery, famous for its carved plaster
ceiling, and the valuable library it contains, escaped and can still
be seen in all its glory. The house perfectly reflects the life of
the Victorian and Edwardian gentry. The gardens at Lanhydrock are
cared for and developed continually, and are a source of delight to
thousands of visitors. Although the house is closed from 31 October
to 31 March, the park and gardens stay open throughout the year.
Crealy Adventure Park
With Six Realms to explore in over 100 acres of beautiful Parkland,
excitement is around every corner and the friendliest Rangers are on
hand to assist you in enjoying the best of family time together.
Cornwall's Crealy is famous for Shire Horses - and now there are
other Heavy Horses too with Percheron, Suffolk Punch and Clydesdale
to compliment the award-winning Shires. You can also play and with
lots of little animals which you can touch and feed.
Castledore is situated on the Lostwithiel to Fowey road, the B3269,
just before the left turning in to Golant. Evidence from excavation
suggests that the site was occupied from about 100BC. At first it is
understood that there was an open village of rectangular huts but
later defense walls about 3 metres high and two ditches more than
three metres deep were created. The site is one of the highest in the
area at 126 metres above sea level.
Castledore was known as a palace of Cornish Kings. The name has been
said to refer to the golden colour of the gorse that still grows on
the site today.
A decisive battle in the civil war was fought at Castledore on 31st
August 1644. King Charles had been pushing the parliamentarians
further west and loyalists in the extreme west were marching
eastwards. The parliamentary forces made a stand but were routed and
surrendered the following day.
St. Catherine’s Castle
One of a pair of small artillery forts built by Henry VIII in the
1530s to defend Fowey Harbour, consisting of two storeys with gun
ports at ground level.
The great 13th-century circular shell-keep of Restormel still
encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good
condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep
dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by
the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644
Caerhays Castle, which is owned by the Williams family is located in
a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Cove on the South Cornish
Coast equidistant from Truro and St Austell. Caerhays Castle is an
English Heritage Grade 1 Listed Building which was built by the
famous architect, John Nash, for the Trevanion family. Building work
started in 1807 and was completed by 1810. The surrounding parkland
and woodland gardens were created originally from the discoveries of
the plant hunters in China shortly after the turn of the 20th
century. Since then a great deal of hybridisation work and especially
the creation of the first x williamsii camellias has taken place at
Caerhays to create the extensive woodland gardens which visitors can
admire and enjoy today.
Discover the wartime secrets of Cornwall’s greatest fortress.
Pendennis Castle was built by King Henry VIII to defend against
possible attack by Spain and France. Throughout its 450-year history,
Pendennis Castle has faced new enemies, right up to the Second World
St Mawes Castle
The best preserved and most elaborately decorated of Henry VIII's
coastal fortresses, St Mawes was built to counter invasion threats
from France and Spain. Its counterpart is Pendennis, on the other
side of the Fal estuary.
Readymoney Beach, Fowey
A small sheltered gently sloping sandy beach. It is situated in a
cove sheltered by cliffs which open out on to the mouth of the River
Fowey Estuary. To the North it is bounded by the medieval part of the
Fowey. To the South West is St Catherine's Castle.
Facilities are fairly limited but include disabled access and toilets.
The small sandy cove in the village of Polkerris is very popular
during the summer. A curved breakwater protects the water and there’s
a pub more or less on the beach for those in need of a bit of
refreshment. Beach facilities include toilets and refreshments.
A quiet beautiful cove with white sands. Being hard to find and
difficult beach access mean that there is very rarely a crowd. No
A large sandy beach, excellent for swimming and all water sports -
swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, water skiing and
sailing. Jet skis are banned but canoes and sailing dinghies can be
hired from the Holiday Park. Bathing is safe except in strong
easterly winds. Dogs are not allowed from 1st April to 1st November.
An amazing sandy beach in a tranquil setting. A large, sheltered
sandy beach bordered by sand dune ideal for exploring for wildlife.
An ideal setting for a lazy day. The beach benefits from disabled
access, toilets and a café. It is also fairly close to local shops
and a pub.
Porthluney Cove Beach
A sheltered sandy beach close to Caerhays Castle Estate. This is a
quiet beach with fairly safe swimming and a ban on motorised craft to
maintain to the peace and quiet. Its part of the Caerhays Castle
Estate and the gardens may be visited in the early part of the year.
Beach facilities include toilets and refreshments.