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In the early Middle Ages Cornwall came into conflict with the expanding kingdom of Wessex. The Annales Cambriae report that in 722 AD the Britons of Cornwall won a battle at Hehil. Annales Cambriae However, it is not stated whether the Cornish fought the West Saxons or some other enemy. In 814 King Egbert laid waste to West Wealas from East to West. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles tells us that in 825 (adjusted date) a battle was fought between the "Welsh", presumably those of Cornwall, and the Anglo-Saxons. In 838, the Cornish and their Danish allies were defeated by Egbert at Hengestesdune (Anglo-Saxon Chronicles): an unknown location (various places have been suggested over the years from Hengistbury Head in Dorset, Hingston Down, Devon to Hingston Down in Cornwall).

By the 880s Alfred the Great had acquired a small area of land west of the Tamar in the Stratton region, plus a few other small estates around Lifton (on Cornish soil east of the Tamar). These were provided to him illicitly through the Church whose Canterbury appointed priesthood was increasingly English dominated  William of Malmesbury, writing around 1120, says that King Athelstan of England (924–939) fixed the boundary between English and Cornish people at the Tamar, their having until then lived as equals.

In 1013 Cornwall's enemy and Anglo-Saxon neighbour, Wessex was conquered by a Danish army under the leadership of the Viking leader and King of Denmark Sweyn Forkbeard. Sweyn annexed Wessex to his Viking empire which included Denmark and Norway. He did not, however, annex Cornwall, Wales and Scotland, allowing these "client nations" self rule in return for an annual payment of tribute or "danegeld". Between 1013-1035 the Kingdom of Cornwall, Wales, much of Scotland and Ireland were not included in the territories of King Canute the Great

The chronology of English expansion into Cornwall is unclear, but it had been absorbed into England by the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–1066), when it apparently formed part of Godwin's and later Harold's earldom of Wessex

We have a multitude of reference pages which were created some time ago and are now under reconstruction. So on here you will find dedicated pages to specialist activities in Cornwall, Wessex & Mercia. These include a list of Agricultural ,Horse Shows etc, The Wessex Hall of Fame, Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex,Seaside Resorts,Theatres in Wessex & the UK, List of Films made in Wessex, Wessex Names, Golf Clubs, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, and Racetracks . Campers & Caravanners have their own dedicated section too. I have even got my own page for readers letters and news snippets, mainly from my ancient capital Chard.
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tel:01872 322350
Bodmin Tourist
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Shire Hall Mount Folly Bodmin PL31 2DQ
TIC Manager WendyVenning
Tel & fax 01208 76616
e-mail bodmintic@visit.org.uk
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The Harbour Boscastle Cornwall PL35 0HD
Manager RebeccaDavid
Tel/fax 01840 779084
email boscastlevc@btconnect.com
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The Crescent Bude Cornwall EX23 8LE
Manager JackiStephens
Tel; 01288 354240 fax 01288 355769
e-mail bude-tic@visitbude.info
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The Clease Camelford Cornwall PL32 9PL
Manager: Sally Holden - please note this TIC is seasonal April to October.

Tel/fax 01840 212954
e-mail manager@camelfordtic.eclipse.co.uk
Falmouth 11 Market Strand, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Cornwall  TR11 3DR
Web: www.acornishriver.co.uk

Tel: [01326] 312300   
Fax: [01326] 313457        
E-Mail: info@falmouthtic.co.uk
Fowey 5 South Street  Fowey  Cornwall  PL23 1AR
Web: www.fowey.co.uk/
Tel: [01726] 833616   
Fax: [01726] 834939        
E-Mail: info@fowey.co.uk
Hayle Hayle Library, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE Tel: [01736] 753196
Fax: [01736] 755932
E-Mail: hayle.library@cornwall.gov.uk
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79 Meneage Street  Helston  Cornwall  TR13 8RB
Web: www.go-cornwall.com/
Tel: [01326] 565431   
Fax: [01326] 572803        
E-Mail: info@helstontic.demon.co.uk
Isles Of Scilly Hugh Street  Hugh Town  St Mary's  Isles of Scilly  Cornwall  TR21 0LL
Web: http://www.simplyscilly.co.uk/

Tel: [01720] 422536   
Fax: [01720] 423782        
E-Mail: tic@scilly.gov.uk
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Market House The Arcade Launceston PL15 8EP
Managers: Allison Jeffery and Shirley Evely
Tel 01566 772321 Fax 01566 772322
email Launcestontica@btconnect.com
Liskeard Foresters Hall  Pike Street  Liskeard  Cornwall  PL14 3JE Tel: [01579] 349148      
E-Mail: tourism@liskeard.gov.uk
Looe The Guildhall  Fore Street  East Looe  Cornwall  PL13 1AA Tel: [01503] 262072      
Fax: [01503] 265426 
E-Mail: looetic@btconnect.com
Lostwithiel Lostwithiel Community Centre  Liddicoat Road  Lostwithiel  Cornwall  PL22 0HE Tel: [01208] 872207      
Fax: [01208] 872207     
E-Mail: tourism@lostwithieltic.wannado.co.uk
Mevagissey St Georges Square  Mevagissey  Cornwall  PL26 6UB
Web: http://www.mevagissey-cornwall.co.uk/

Tel:  0870 443 2928
Fax:  0870 443 2928    
E-Mail: info@mevagissey-cornwall.co.uk
Newquay Municipal Offices  Marcus Hill  Newquay  Cornwall  TR7 1BD
Web: http://www.newquay.co.uk/
Tel: [01637] 854020      
Fax: [01637] 854030     
E-Mail: info@newquay.co.uk
North Cornwall TIC's and
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North Cornwall Tourism North Cornwall District Council
3/5 Barn Lane Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1LZ
Tourism Officer: SteveKessell

Tel: 01208 265632 Fax 01208 265674
e-mail Tourism@ncdc.gov.uk
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Red Brick Building North Quay Padstow Cornwall PL28 8AF
Manager Tara Mcburnie.

Tel 01841 533449 fax 01841 532356
e-mail padstowtic@btconnect.com
Penzance Station Road  Penzance  Cornwall  TR18 2NF
Web: http://www.go-cornwall.com/
Tel: [01736] 362207      
Fax:  [01736] 363600    
E-Mail: pztic@penwith.gov.uk
Perranporth Tourist
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8 Tywarnhayle Square, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR60ER 
Opening Times: 09:00 - 17:30, Monday to Saturday
Web: http://www.perranporthinfo.co.uk/

Tel: 01872 575254
Email: info@perranporthinfo.co.uk
Redruth The Cornwall Centre, Alma Place, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 2AT
Web: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/cornwallcentre
Tel: [01209] 219048
Fax: [01209] 210283
E-Mail: cornishstudies.library@cornwall.gov.uk
St Austell By Pass Service Station  Southbourne Road  St Austell  Cornwall  PL25 4RS
Web: http://www.cornishriviera.co.uk/

Tel: [0870] 445 0 244    
Fax: [01726] 874168     
E-Mail: tic@cornish-riviera.co.uk
St Ives The Guildhall  Street an Pol  St Ives  Cornwall  TR26 2DS
Web: http://www.go-cornwall.com/
Tel: [01736] 796297      
Fax: [01736] 798309     
E-Mail: ivtic@penwith.gov.uk
St Just The Library  Market Street  St Just  Penzance  Cornwall  TR19 7HX
Web: http://www.go-cornwall.com/
Tel: [01736] 788669      
Fax: [01736] 788586     
E-Mail: stjust.library@cornwall.gov.uk
St Mawes The Roseland Visitor Centre  The Millennium Rooms  The Square  St Mawes  TR2 5AG
Tel: [01326] 270440      
E-Mail: manager@roselandinfo.com
Tintagel Visitor Centre  Bossiney Road Tintagel PL34 OAJ
Manager RebeccaDavid

Tel/fax 01840 779084
e-mail tintagelvc@btconnect.com
Truro Municipal Buildings  Boscawen Street  Truro  Cornwall  TR1 2NE Tel: [01872] 274555      
Fax: [01872] 263031     
E-Mail: truro@touristinfo.demon.co.uk
Wadebridge, Rock and Polzeath
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Rotunda Building Eddystone Road Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7AL
Manager DianneMeeks

Tel 0870 122 3337 fax 01208 813781
e-mail wadebridgetic@btconnect.com
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Bodmin on the western edge of Bodmin Moor is the largest town in North Cornwall and lies equidistant between the south coast and the dramatic North Coast bordering the Atlantic. Bodmin has the best of all worlds, suiting those who love the countryside and a thriving town centre dominated by the newly refurbished Shire Hall sitting proudly on Mount Folly Square. This Grade 11* Listed Building was Cornwall's Assize Court but now houses the Court Room Experience where the trial of Mathew Weeks is re-enacted. Bodmin is the perfect place to discover more about North Cornwall's turbulent history. It's on display in the town museum where you can trace history from the earliest of times. Over 200 years of Regimental history is on display at the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Museum.The former barracks now houses the regimental museum with uniforms, pictures and medals. Bodmin has the largest Parish Church in Cornwall - St Petrocs. Rebuilt in 1469-72 it stands right in the heart of the Town and it houses the 12th century casket said to contain the relics of St Petroc. Bodmin is on the Camel Trail, 12 miles of traffic-free walking and cycling along the River Camel from Bodmin through Wadebridge to Padstow or to Poleys Bridge. There are steam trains, nature reserves and away from the town there is Bodmin Moor, with its strange muted fury in the landscape. Wisps of mist curl around stone circles, wild ponies graze the wind-shaped tors, birds of prey patrol the open skies - Bodmin Moor is an untamed world. Yet in moorland villages like Blisland, St Breward and Altarnun, you'll find welcoming oases of stillness, with cosy inns and churches steeped in history.
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Shire Hall Mount Folly Bodmin PL31 2DQ

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TIC Manager WendyVenning

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Aerosorus Hot Air Balooning
Cornwall, famous for its Cornish pasties, is a county in the South West of England that is rich in rolling countryside, golden beaches, towering cliffs, mythology and magnificence. Cornwall has a history dating back to Celtic times and the Cornish Language (Kernewek) is the direct descendant of the ancient language spoken by the Celtic settlers. As a hot air balloon has no steering wheel and is directed purely by the wind, all our balloon rides meet between Bodmin and Launceston thus placing us in the center of the county.  North Cornwall has spectacular landscape and dramatic coastline where nearly one third of the region is a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty. From the sky you could fly over Beacon Hill, Bodmin moor, many striking country houses, medieval castles and numerous places of interest. Views stretch for miles, in the north to Lundy Island and the breathtaking cliffs of Forrabury, to the east Exmoor and Dartmoor and to the west King Arthur’s Tintagel, Port Isaac and the surfing centres of Newquay and Rock.
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    The Kings Head, Five Lanes, East Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, PL15 7RX
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17th century coaching house 8 miles south west of Launceston, on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor a few hundred metres off the A30 near the village of Altarnun.
Tel : 01566 86241
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway offers a trip into nostalgia with steam trains operating from the historic town of Bodmin through scenic countryside along the preserved six mile Great Western Railway branch line to Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction. Locomotives include newly restored Great Western Railway pannier tank loco no.4612. Trains run on selected dates from March to December and daily between the end of May and September 30. Special events include the annual visit of "Thomas the Tank Engine" from July 26 to August 4 2002.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Bodmin General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AQ

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Bodmin Beacon

The Bodmin Beacon to the south of the town, can be seen stretching high into the sky from most points in the town. The Beacon was erected in 1856 in memory of Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, a local town dignitory born in Priory House.In 1994, the Beacon was declared a Local Nature Reserve and the development of a whole diverse range of wildlife is encouraged within the Reserve. 18,000 trees have been planted to develop a community woodland and several surrounding fields are managed as traditional hay meadows.


Off Barn Lane, Bodmin 
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tel:  01208 265642
fax:  01208 265686
Bodmin Jail
Bodmin Jail was built in 1779 and was the first jail built according to the ideas of the reformer John Howard, including the new concept of housing inmates in individual cells. However executions by hanging were carried out in public until 1862, often attracting enormous crowds, after which they continued inside the walls until 1909. It ceased functioning as a jail in 1927 and since then under different owners has been a private club, a restaurant and now a fascinating museum. Some people have reported paranormal experiences, perhaps related to the building’s dramatic history.
Bodmin Jail
Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin,
 Cornwall PL31 2NR

Phone: +44 (0)1208 76292  -  Fax: +44 (0)1208 76292
Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is ten square miles of wilderness that has provided the Cornish peoples with home, health and wealth since time immemorial. The granite Tors stand as testament to places where the earth was smelted and they pin the moor to its footings.The mineral legacy of these volcanic beginnings has provided a hard won wealth for generations of people that have inhabited the moor and its surroundings and is still doing so today.Apart from the sporadic mining of clay and quarrying of slate, the primary trade is farming and the sound that you are likely to hear are the sound of birds calling and the occasional noises of itinerant farm animals that graze in and about the rocky outcrops.Nowadays, the moor provides an outstanding resource for a large variety of outdoor sports and leisure activities that provide a welcome balance to the attractions of the Cornish coastline.Access to the moor is good and it is well signposted on all major roads with places of special interest clearly marked with brown Heritage signs.


Tourist Offices

North Cornwall Tourism North Cornwall District Council
3/5 Barn Lane Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1LZ
e-mail Tourism@ncdc.gov.uk
Tourism Officer: SteveKessell
Tel: 01208 265632 Fax 01208 265674
EducationalBodmin Town Museum
A local history museum with a collection of minerals and fossils and Cornish kitchen. There are many varied displays with photographs, artefacts and text relating to World War One and Two, the fire service, agriculture, wildlife and law & order along with the railways and Victoriana.
Bodmin Town Museum
Mount Folly, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2HQ

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Phone: +44 (0)1208 77067
Camel Trail

The Camel Trail passes through some of Cornwall’s most beautiful countryside. It is a completely free resource, which is available throughout the year, and covers a total distance of seventeen miles. Cornwall County Council converted eleven miles of disused railway track from the town of Padstow, on the North Cornish coast, as far as Bodmin. The track from the latter town turns north onto Bodmin Moor, where the river runs through an enclosed wooded area. This extension to the main track follows the river towards Camelford.Vehicles, other than cycles are banned from the track, which is also used by walkers, joggers and birdwatchers. In fact there is a purpose-built bird hide half way between Padstow and Wadebridge. The surface is smooth, although not tarmac, making it suitable for wheelchairs and prams. As it runs along a disused railway track, it is virtually level for the whole distance. It is a much easier walk than many of the woodland and coastal tracks in the area and stays close to the river from the estuary to Bodmin Moor.Several pubs en route provide refreshments for the walker or the cyclist. At the northern end of the trail, just below Poley’s Bridge, the more energetic can negotiate the long, steep climb to the village of Blisland, an extraordinarily pretty moorland village with a large green. From here the rugged scenery of Bodmin Moor may be explored.Throughout the length of the trail, the River Camel is always nearby and there are many lovely spots in which to linger. Many parts of the trail are very quiet, particularly out of the summer season. There are great contrasts in scenery, from the peaceful beauty of the Camel Estuary to the wildness of the moorland at the northern end of the trail. On some occasions, it is not easy to recognise old railway cuttings which have become so overgrown over the years.For those who have not brought their cycles on holiday, there are several bike hire shops in Padstow Wadebridge and Bodmin. Everything is available from mountain bikes to tandems and bikes for all ages. The Camel Trail is particularly popular during the annual school holidays. The trail is jointly owned by North Cornwall District Council and Cornwall County Council. It is well maintained and used by approximately 350,000 people each year.

eleven miles  from the town of Padstow, on the North Cornish coast, as far as Bodmin.

Food & Drink
Camel Valley Vineyards
Camel Valley is large by English standards (90,000 bottles per year) and set in beautiful rolling hills. There are tours offerred at set times but people can also go along and have a tasting without booking. You can also purchase a bottle for consumption on their lovely sun terrace whilst enjoying the views. Perfect for a sunny day!

Camel Valley Vineyard
PL30 5LG 

Tel: +44 (0) 1208 77959
Fax: +44 (0) 1208 77959
Cardinham Woods
Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with local dog walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.With the exception of bridleways horse riders require a permit to ride in these woods. Please contact the District Office on 01392 832262 for an application form.
Cardinham Woods

Bodmin and Fletchers Bridge are the nearest towns or villages.OS Grid Reference: SX100667
From Bodmin take the A38 towards Liskeard. 400 metres beyond the Carminnow Cross roundabout follow the brown tourist signs left and then left again into Cardinham Woods.
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Tel: 01392 832262
Fax: 01392 833767
EducationalCourtroom Experience

On the 2 August 1844, farmhand Matthew Weeks came to trial at the Shire Hall for the murder of young Charlotte Dymond.In the very courtroom in which Matthew was tried you watch a 30 min re-enactment - and before the historic verdict is pronounced - you have the chance to vote Matthew ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’.Next it’s down to the holding cells, where in the chilly air, you can almost sense the ghosts of anxious prisoners awaiting their fate.
Other Facilities
Gift and book shop; accommodation and National Express booking services; toilets and baby changing facility; level access and toilet; hearing loops; internet point, dogs are welcome.

Courtroom Experience
Shire Hall
Mount Folly
PL31 2DQ 
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Tel: +44 (0) 1208 76616
Good for KidsLakeland Adventure Park
Alternate Technology and Education Area: Cavern of Discovery an Underground experience.- Conservatory and Solar Energy Exhibits.
Museum of Country Life. - 12th Century Cornish Longhouse.

Nature Conservation Area
Nature Trail through natural marshland with explanatory labelled flora and fauna. - Bird watching hides.
Ancient Freshwater Spring -Overshot water wheel etc. - Lake view walk.
Indigenous Species Breeding Programme - Barn Owls - Partridges - Red Squirrels - Pheasants and fowls - Small Animal Centre & Aviary birds -
Buzzard Aviary
Undercover Adventure Area 1: Indoor Activity Course - Caribbean Cove with real Boat - Play Bus and Landrover.
Undercover Adventure Area 2: Castle with Dropslide - Black Hole Slide and Ball Pool - Skittle Allet etc. - Aerial Rope Glide - Toboggan Run - Pool Table - Football Games - Play houses - Sand mini diggers - Waterpumps and water wheel.
Undercover Adventure Area 3: Crazy Golf Course - Paddle Boats - Air Rifle target range - Pedal Power track - Children's Bumper Boats - Children's Electric Cars.
Main Season Opening Times
10.30 daily from Easter to the end of September
Lakeland Adventure Park
Lakeside Adventure Park
Bolventor - Bodmin Moor -
Cornwall - PL14 6PZ
Tel: 01208 821469
Lanhydrock is one of the finest Victorian country houses in Cornwall. This magnificent property is now owned by the National Trust, but originally belonged to the Robartes family. The estate boasts an imposing 17th Century gatehouse, a neighbouring church, and 450-acres of grounds. The gardens and woodland are beautiful throughout the year, and the house boasts an extensive array of rooms that are open to the public – including the stunning ‘long gallery’, which occupies the length of one entire wing of the house.
Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AD
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Phone: +44 (0)1208 265950  -  Fax: +44 (0)1208 265959
Shop: (01208) 265952
Restaurant: (01208) 265951

EducationalLight Infantry Museum
This small military museum is located o Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and houses a historic collection related to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regiment. The museum is divided into two parts, the Historical gallery and the Armoury. The Historical Gallery traces the history of the regiment from its foundation in 1702. The Armoury contains a good collection of small arms and machine guns, as well as historic weapons.
Light Infantry Museum
The Keep, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EG
Phone: +44 (0)1208 72810  -  Fax: +44 (0)1208 72810
Old Mill Herbary
The Old Mill Herbary is located in an idyllic valley setting, with about 3 acres of semi-wild terraced gardens on a steep south facing bank. There are mature woodland walks interspersed with several islands and bridges alongside the unspoilt River camel, now an S.S.S.I and S.A.C.The mini arboretum of approximately 1.25 acres, is planted with over 40 named unusual trees, in a small level meadow adjoining Helland Bridge, which is listed in "The Patent Rolls" of 1381.Finished c.1415, Helland is one of the best 14th Century medieval bridges in Cornwall, notable for its 4 pointed arches springing from water level, and rounded arch for leat. In the Great Flood of 16th July 1847, caused by a waterspout on Davidstow Moor, the ensuing flood water sped down the Camel valley some 12-18 feet high, and all the bridges, with the exception of Helland Bridge and Wadebridge were swept away.

Old Mill Herbary
Helland Bridge
PL30 4QR

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Tel: +44 (0) 1208 841206
Fax: +44 (0) 1208 841206
The present Georgian House was completed by Sir John Molesworth, 5th Baronet, circa 1770. The East side has an imposing Palladian entrance; on the West can be seen part of an older house; whilst the back faces a courtyard, cottages, Tea Rooms and a Children's Play Area. The interior contains an impressive inner hall and vaulted ceiling and a vast heating stove made in Plymouth in the 1830s. The music room has a fine plaster ceiling depicting the four seasons; with simulated birds-eye maple grained panelled walls. The panelled entrance hall has a secret door into the drawing room. There is a superb collection of paintings with works by Arthur Devis, Samuel Scott, Richard Wilson, Henry Raeburn and many other well known artists, in addition to the family portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, set amongst some outstanding furniture and porcelain.

PL30 3AG


Tel: +44 (0)1208 841 369
Fax: +44 (0)1208 841 722
EducationalSt Petroc's Parish Church
Named after the founder of Bodmin, St Petroc's is the largest parish church in Cornwall. The site is believed to be the original location of St Petroc's monastery, though most of the present church was built in 1469-1472. Part of the tower comprises masonry from the Norman period; the Font is 12th century and is carved with figures of good and evil. Several medieval misericords make up the Lectern. The pillars are typical 'Cornish Perpendicular' with small capitals. Excavations in 1999 revealed remains of a medieval cemetery on the grounds.
St Petroc's Parish Church
Priory Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DT 

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EducationalSt Thomas à Becket Chapel
This 14th Century chantry chapel was originally used to offer prayers and celebrate masses for the souls of the dead, in order to speed them through Purgatory to Heaven. After the Reformation, the building was used as a Grammar School and later as a School for Girls. It fell into disrepair in the mid-19th century. The chapel retains a fine 14th Century decorated window. It is built over a crypt which may have been a Charnel House (a vault where corpses or bones are stored).

 St Thomas A Becket Chapel Priory Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DT

Boscastle Attractions:
Listed below are attractions in Boscastle:
Boscastle is an idyllic village on the north Cornish coast, with it’s unspoilt Medieval harbour, ancient woods, and white washed cottages dating back to the 15th Century. Take a walk along the harbour or village with it’s jumble of cottages, and, if you listen at low tide the ‘Blow Hole’ can be heard. There are a choice of boat trips on offer that depart from the harbour to Long Island or perhaps sea fishing may tempt you. The quaint shops have much to offer, or why not visit the Museum of Witchcraft which houses the largest collection of witch items in the world. St Juliot church has links with the great novelist Thomas Hardy when he worked on the restoration of it, and is where he met his wife. The old Castle Mound dates back to 1100 AD and is all that remains of Bottreaux Castle, or perhaps follow the coastal footpath along the cliffs to King Arthur’s Castle perched high above the sea at Tintagel, the mystical scenes beguile the visitor, surrounded by legend of King Arthur, and Merlin’s Cave. Three rivers, three churches, three inns, and Boscastle’s magic weaves it’s spell on many a visitor, again and again.

Tourist Offices
The Harbour Boscastle
Cornwall PL35 0HD

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Manager RebeccaDavid

Boscastle Harbour
After the extensive damage caused by a flash flood in 2004, a restoration programme was undertaken to return Boscastle to its rightful place as one of the glories of the north Cornish coast. A natural harbour, protected from the Atlantic by a sharp bend at the mouth of the Valency river, Boscastle has been home to fishermen for centuries. It was also a favourite place of the poet Thomas Hardy, who met his first wife on the cliffs above the town, and refers to many local landmarks in what is generally regarded as his finest verse – the poems written in her memory after her death.
Boscastle Harbour
Cornwall PL35

Boscastle Pottery
The Digital Museum of Cornish Ceramics
Boscastle Pottery was established in 1967 by Roger Irving Little who has since been joined by his son, Tim.
The pottery specialises in Mocha ware. This is a technique where "mocha tea" is applied to wet slip. The tea runs through the slip creating a tree or fern-like pattern. The tea contains a staining agent. Traditionally tobacco was used for this but nowadays coffee or various chemical recipes are used instead.
The Old Bakery
PL35 0HE
Phone: +44(0) 1840 250291
EducationalMuseum of Witchcraft
The Museum of Witchcraft houses the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. The museum is 50 years old and has been in Boscastle since 1960. It is one of Cornwall’s most popular museums.
Museum of Witchcraft
The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall PL35 0HD 
Phone: +44 (0)1840 250111
Bude Attractions:
Listed below are attractions in Bude: 
A friendly seaside resort being the most northern town in Cornwall, with Atlantic waves a perfect base for surfers, the sandy and pebble beaches such as Sandy Mouth with plenty of rock pools for explorers, Summerleaze overlooked by Bude Castle built in 1830, was once home to Sir Goldsworthy Gurney an inventor. Crooklets beach was where the first ever ‘Surf Life Saving Club‘ opened, gives weekly demonstrations. Or if a gentle pause is required then the stunning cliff and Valley walks beckons walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers. Near the beach there is trampolines, mini golf, an indoor sea water pool, and even a Laser Dome. The Canal originally dug in 1823 carried the mineral rich sand to Launceston for fertilizer and returned with produce, now only travels a few miles inland, but the pleasure boats or fishing on offer is a delightful way to spend some time. If you fancy a round or two at an 18 hole golf course then why not try Bude Golf Club, the 19th hole is also available for a tipple. Although there are many indoor activities on offer with pubs restaurants and Leisure Centre, the outdoor fun is endless, one is ‘Atlantic Pursuits’ where anyone can enjoy the exhilarating feeling of Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, or Boogie Boarding, have a go if you dare. A mile away is the village of Poughill the Church of St Olaf is home to the unusual collection of bench ends with intricate carvings depicting the ‘Passion‘, and two 15th Century paintings which will definitely please. Bude Museum houses many interesting wonders, or travel just over a mile to the historical village of Stratton where a Civil Battle took place in 1643. Whatever the reason walking fishing sightseeing surfing or painting, Budes’ exceptional beauty entices her visitor to stay.



Tourist Offices
The Crescent Bude
Cornwall EX23 8LE

Manager JackiStephens

Tel; 01288 354240 fax 01288 355769
                                          for KidsBrocklands Adventure Park

Brocklands Adventure Park near Bude is a great all weather family day out with an array of activities to suit all age groups.The Upper Valley Adventure Land has a wonderful 15" guage steam Railway as well as paddle boats, racing cars, pony rides and an exciting outdoor assault course.The Lower Valley Adventure Land has go-kart racing, bumper boats, aerial slides as well as wonderful wildlife walks and picturesque pond.There is ample free parking and fantastic facilities for families including a fully licensed restaurant, Pip's Place, which serves a wide range of snacks, meals and refreshments throughout the day.
Brocklands also boasts Brock Bowl, a four lane, fully computerised, Ten-Pin Bowling Alley which is open to the general public all year round, although booking is recommended. The bowling alley also has pool tables, air hockey and even a play area for under 6's.A great all weather family day out!

Brocklands Adventure Park
West Street
EX23 9QW 
Tel: +44 (0) 1288 321920
Fax: +44 (0) 1288 321387
EducationalBude-Stratton Museum
Cornwall as a county has a long and illustrious history that is quite separate from the rest of England, and in many quarters there are still people who call for a return to Cornish independence. This small but fascinating museum explores the role of this community and the surrounding areas in the history of the county. Through displays of archaeological and antique discoveries, history is brought to life before your eyes.
Bude Stratton Museum
Lower Wharf, Bude,
Cornwall EX23 8LG
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Phone: +44 (0)1288 353 576
Crooklets Beach

A large bay surrounded by gently shelving cliffs and rocks, facilities include a large car park, beach huts, Cafés and Bude town centre is only a short walk away.

The nearby town is a lively affair with plenty of good pubs, clubs and shops. An annual Bude festival takes place on the 3rd Saturday in August and the Bude Jazz Festival on the August Bank Holiday.

Crooklets Beach
Crooklets Beach
Bude Cornwall EX23 8NF


Killarney Springs Conservation,
Adventure and Leisure Park

Adventure and Leisure park. Farm animals, childrens play area, cafe & picnic area.66 fun packed acres of wonderful countryside with lots of animals to meet, indoor games and mobile action.

Killarney Springs
EX23 9PX  map  
Tel: +44 (0) 1288 331475
Fax: +44 (0) 1288 331119
The low, grass-covered ruins of a medieval manor house, surrounded by a protective moat
Signposted from Week St Mary, off a minor road off A39 from Treskinnick Cross (10 minutes' walk from the car park on the forest track)

Sandymouth Bay
A large pebble beach with plenty of sand at low tide
Directions:Sandy Mouth is approximately 19 miles from Camelford and 29 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 from Wadebridge or Camelford.Shortly before Kilkhampton turn left and follow this road through Stibb and shortly after Stibb turn left for Sandy Mouth

Summerleaze Beach
Bude is a large seaside resort with an excellent beach called Summerleaze which includes a free tidal swimming pool. At low tide the sand extends north to Crooklets Beach.
Summerleaze Beach
Bude is approximately 17 miles from Camelford and 27 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 from Wadebridge or Camelford.Shortly before Bude turn left onto the A3073 and drive into the town centre


Widemouth Bay
A large sandy beach with good surfing and parking/facilities close to the beach
Widemouth Bay
Directions:Widemouth Bay is approximately 14 miles from Camelford and 24 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 from Wadebridge or Camelford. Several miles before Bude turn left for Widemouth Bay

Cadgwith Harbour
Cadgwith is a small fishing village close to Lizard village. Steep lanes lead down to a picturesque harbour still with its fishing fleet presenting a colourful display when drawn up above the tide line. The village lies on the South West Peninsula Coast Path and there are fine walks up onto the cliffs on either side. For the holidaymaker, there are restaurants and pubs plus the obligatory shop selling ices and gifts.
Cadgwith Harbour
Cadgwith, The Lizard,
Cornwall TR12

EducationalSt. Grade Church
This church, whose full dedication is to The Holy Cross and St. Grade is a notable landmark across the entire south end of The Lizard plateau. The church is very remotely situated with no buildings immediately in sight. It dates from approximately the 12th Century and has a tower built out of serpentine, a rock unique to Cornwall, which when polished resembles coloured marble; the lectern and pulpit are of the same material. The church was extensively rebuilt in 1862 but retains a 13th century font.
St Grade's Church
Cadgwith, The Lizard,
Cornwall TR12

Listed below are attractions in Camborne

Camborne (Cornish: Kammbronn, 'Crooked Hill') was once one of the richest mining areas in the world and is located in north Kerrier, Cornwall, forming the western end of the greater Camborne, Pool and Redruth conurbation. It is now an ex-industrial town with a population of 20,010  When included with Redruth, Pool and 'satellite' villages, the conurbation is 39,937  , making it the largest conurbation in Cornwall.

EducationalKing Edward Mine Museum

Inside, find out about Cornwall's fascinating industrial past...

  • The old mineral tramways.
  • The mines they served.
  • The old mining ports.
  • The people and places that made it all happen.
  • The Mineral Tramways exhibition is housed in the old Calciner.

  • King Edward Mine, Troon, Camborne,
    Cornwall. TR15 3SE

    Tel 01209 614681.
    Tehidy Country Park
    It was once part of a created estate that was owned by the wealthy mining family - the Bassets.  Covering 250 acres, the estate was purchased by the County Council in 1983 and turned into a recreational country park for the enjoyment of the community. Visitors an stroll around the lake, explore leafy glades or wilder areas of woodland or be immersed in the rich flora and fauna. With a different type of beauty for every season, Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round. The Park hosts a variety of facilities including an events field, where a range of activities are held, BBQ hire facilities in a specially designated woodland, a Summer and Winter Events Programme, outdoor education facilities, a permanent orienteering course and a Schools and Youth campsite.
                                Country Park
    Tehidy, Camborne, TR14 0HA

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    Telephone: +44 01209 714494
    Fax: +44 01209 612764
    EducationalTrevithick Cottage
    Trevithick Cottage, once home to Richard Trevithick, is nearby at Penponds and open April to Oct, Wed 2–5, free (donations welcome)
    Trevithick Cottage
    TR14 0QG 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1209 210900
    Camelford Attractions:
    Listed below are attractions in Camelford:
    Choose Camelford as a holiday base and you're within hopping distance of the coast and its beaches on one hand, and Bodmin Moor on the other. This is the land which inspired the writings of Hardy and Tennyson - Beeny Cliff, Valency Valley, mythical Tintagel. It still inspires today, with Port Isaac the setting for hit films such as Saving Grace. Here you can watch the fishing fleet set sail at dawn, and find the day's catch on restaurant menus that night! There are superb sandy beaches, too - Bossiney, Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand - all suntraps sheltered by the dramatic cliff curtain.Not surprisingly, every nook and cranny of this landscape has its story to tell. Tales of shipwreck and smuggling at Boscastle, of medieval mystery at Tintagel, of industrial heritage at Delabole Slate Quarry. Story-telling is also one of many events staged at the Indian King Arts Centre in the ancient town of Camelford. Watching the kittiwakes soar above Bounds Cliff, rambling over the Iron Age ramparts of Rumps Point, wandering beside the waterfalls of Rocky Valley or making a pilgrimage to the shrine of St Nectan's Glen... wherever you go, take your time, and let the spirit and atmosphere of this beguiling place work its spell on you.




    Tourist Offices
    The Clease Camelford
     Cornwall PL32 9PL

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    Manager: Sally Holden - please note this TIC is seasonal April to October.

    Tel/fax 01840 212954
    EducationalArthurian Centre

    The Arthurian Centre is located on the site of King Arthur's last battle.Marked by a stone carrying a Latin inscription which dates back to the 6th century it is belived to be the location upon which Arthur and Mordred fought their last battle which ended the fellowship of the round table in AD 537.The centre itself is dedicated to telling the stories of King Arthur and includes fabulous exhibits of photographs, illustrations and paintings.The exhibition was put together over 20 years ago by Mr Ian Forrester Roberts and continues to grow.A fascinating place to visit which certainly brings the legend of King Arthur to life. An interesting and insightful day out for all the family!!

    Arthurian Centre
    PL32 9TT
    Tel: +44 (0) 1840 213 947
    Fax: +44 (0) 1840 212 450
    EducationalBritish Cycling Museum
    The nations largest and foremost museum of cycling history from 1818 to the present day, with over 1000 cycling medals and badges, window displays of gas, candle, battery and oil lighting, enamel signs and framed pictures. An extensive library all 1 mile north Camelford on B3266 to Boscastle. Open all year, Sun. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm.
    British Cycling museum
    The Old Station, Camelford,
    Cornwall PL32 9TZ
    Phone: +44 (0)1840 212811
    Indian King Arts Centre
    The Indian King Arts Centre was formerly an inn. The name goes back to the 18th century, when a Cherokee, his wife and son arrived from North America. The name was later changed to the Higher King's Arms and then the King's Arms but the original name has now resurfaced.
    Indian Kings Art Centre
    Fore Street,
    PL32 9PG
    Tel: 01840 213 888
    EducationalNorth Cornwall Museum
    Opened in 1974, this privately owned museum is set in a building that was originally used for making coaches and wagons. The museum covers many aspects of life in North Cornwall from fifty to a hundred years ago. These include farming, the dairy, cidermaking and wagons. A special feature is the reconstruction of a moorland cottage at the turn of the century. There are sections on the tools of the carpenters, cooper, blacksmith, saddler, cobbler, and tailor, printer, doctor, granite and slate quarryman. Open April to Sept, Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm.
    North Cornwall Museum
    The Clease, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9PL -
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    Phone: +44 (0)1840 212954  -  Fax: +44 (0)1840 212954
    Rough Tor
    The second highest part of Bodmin Moor is Rough Tor, at 1,311 feet. The Tor has two granite outcrops which nature has evolved to form stacks of impressive bun-like stones; otherwise the moor is bleak and treeless. This outcrop is inside a stone fort, where the remains of hut circles belonging to the late Bronze/early Iron Age have been found.
    Leave Camelford on the main road in the direction of Bude, take the very first turning right going up the hill away from Camelford and follow the signs for Rough Tor. On arrival at the car park at the foot of the Rough Tor, you will see various paths across open moorland scrubleading to a short climb to the summit
    Falmouth Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Falmouth:
    Falmouth’s natural harbour is the third largest deep-water harbour in the world, the traditional gateway to the Atlantic and one of the world’s great sailing harbours. The world-class National Maritime Museum Cornwall houses the small boat collection and offers unique and interactive displays of boats and their place in people’s lives. The clear water, sheltered creeks and mild temperatures of the Fal estuary provide fine natural oyster beds, sustaining the last remaining oyster fisheries still dredging under sail and oar in Europe. Falmouth’s maritime tradition is regularly celebrated through regattas and festivals. The town’s shopping streets lie just off the waterfront and are connected by small opeways offering tantalising glimpses of the water and link the harbour with a charming mix of shops and art galleries. Cafés and restaurants offer a selection of both world and local cuisine. Within walking distance you will find beaches offering safe, crystal clear waters, sandy stretches and secluded coves ideal for family bathing and watersports. Sightseeing in the Falmouth area could not be easier. Climb aboard one of the many trip boats that ply the local waters, or hop-on and off the road train that in summer links the town, beaches and Pendennis Castle. Population 22,000
    Falmouth Harbour

    Falmouth life Boat

    Tourist Offices
    11 Market Strand, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Cornwall  TR11 3DR
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    Tel: [01326] 312300   
    Fax: [01326] 313457  
    EducationalFalmouth Art Gallery
    Falmouth Art Gallery offers one of the most well loved pieces of local cultural exchange anywhere in the region. The gallery is filled with brilliant works that have been created by artists both based in the local region and inspired by the beautiful surroundings for which this area has become famous. No matter what your taste, there will almost certainly be something for you on offer.
    Falmouth Art Gallery
    The Moor, Falmouth,
    Cornwall TR11 2RT

    Phone: +44 (0)1326 313 863  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 312 662
    EducationalFalmouth Arts Centre
    Falmouth Arts Centre is an exciting venue that offers a wide variety of entertainment ranging from cinema and theatre to art and music. It is situated on the main shopping street in Falmouth town centre. The cinema offers films as broad in scope as Hollywood blockbusters, foreign language films, art house, and old black and white classics. The live events hosted by the venue include classical music and theatre as well as traditional Cornish folk music events. The centre also has three exhibition spaces for artists.
    Falmouth Art Centre
    24 Church Street, Falmouth,
     Cornwall TR11 3EG 
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    Phone: +44 (0)1326 212300  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 319461
    Falmouth Harbour
    Falmouth Harbour is the third largest in the world and is of considerable historic significance. Indeed, Falmouth itself was established by the Killigrew family who, through pirating and smuggling, made Falmouth one of the most important ports in the world. The pirates might have disappeared but the charm of this pretty Cornish harbour definitely hasn’t. Visitors can take boat trips and can even go shark fishing or, for the faint-hearted, there is an excellent Maritime Museum. And a trip to Falmouth Harbour wouldn’t be complete without a good fish and chip lunch of course!
    Falmouth Harbour Falmouth, Cornwall


    Phone: +44 (0)1326 211376  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 211352
    GardensGlendurgan Garden
    A romantic garden leading down to the beach at Durgan, with tantalising glimpses of the Helford River. Glendurgan is a feast of colour in spring from the many flowering shrubs, and wild flowers growing in profusion on the banks in early summer. To entertain children and families there is the challenge of the maze, fly high on the Giants Stride and the Victorian School Room provides a place to sit and enjoy the views. After all this exertion why not relax over a cup of tea and a snack in the teahouse. The shop and plant sales provide that perfect momentum of this 'Little bit of Heaven on Earth'.
    Glendurgan Gardens
    Mawnan Smith
    TR11 5JZ
    Tel: +44 (0)1326 250 906
    Fax: +44 (0)1872 865 808
    EducationalNational Maritime Museum
    If you’re looking for guaranteed entertainment for all the family, come rain or shine, then the National Martime Museum Cornwall has it all. With one of only three natural underwater viewing locations in the world there are breathtaking views from the 29m tower with hands on interactive experiences and the opportunity to get our and discover the marine life around our coastline.
    National Maritime Museum
    Romney Road, Discovery Quay,
    Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY 
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    Phone: +44 (0)1326 313388  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 317878
    Ocean Bowl
    New to Falmouth.

    12 lanes- Score Friendly Bumpers for Children -Licensed Restaurant -
    Licensed Bar - Fast Food Diner - Ocean Light Bowling Nights -Large Car Park -Open 7 Days a Week - 11am til late -East to use Scoring system with up-to-date Screen Graphics.
    Ocean light bowling nights with "glow in the dark" lanes, pins and balls & music.Pool Tables -
    Video Games - Digital Sound Surfer -Kids Parties -Special Bowl & Meal Deal

    Ocean Bowl

    Falmouth Dock Station, Pendennis Rise,
    Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LT
    On entering Falmouth on the A39 follow signs to town centre and then follow signs to dock station.


    Tel: 01326 313130

    Pendennis Castle - English Heritage
    Major developments at the castle have revealed the full history of this superb fortress. 450 years of history can now be traced from its origins to its last military role as a secret Second World War base. A Discovery Centre packed with hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history. Also new is access to the restored underground Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells! The everyday life of the garrison at Pendennis is brought to life in the War Shelter, whilst the drama of Pendennis at War is also recreated. Besides this there is the 16th Century keep to explore with its lofty battlements and mighty Tudor gun-deck with the sights and sounds of battle. There is also the First World War Guardhouse, complete with cells.
    Pendennis Castle
    TR11 4LP 
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    Tel: 0871 716 1939 or 01326 316594
    GardensPenjerrick Garden

    Visit one of the most unspoilt and beautiful gardens of Cornwall. This garden is of considerable historic and botanic interest but also the perfect place to relax. Discover hidden paths, duck under branches that grow across the paths, and marvel at numerous tree ferns and enchanting blooming shrubs. We always enjoy returning to Penjerrick Garden and hope you will feel the same.

    Penjerrick Garden
    Budock Water
    TR11 5ED
    Tel: +44 (0) 1872 870105
    The Poly
    The Poly is right in the centre of town, in the Falmouth Arts Centre building, which also houses a gallery and a theatre. It’s pretty good value as far as cinemas go, but they don’t sell popcorn! They do sell ice cream in those little tubs that last until around half way into the first advert, so bring your own cinema snack food.Like many small town cinemas, it is a one screen job that shows movies for a day or two at a time, typically about a month after everyone else in the English speaking world has seen it. But that’s part of the charm.

    Falmouth Poly

    24 Church Street, Falmouth,
    Cornwall, TR11 3EG

    tel: 01326 212300
    Princes Pavillion & Gardens
    The Princess Pavilion & Gyllyngdune Gardens have a long and distinguished history as a principal entertainment venue for local residents and visitors to Falmouth.The site was originally part of the Gyllyngdune Estate between De Pass Road and Membley Hall. The Pavilion building was not added until 1910 The Theatre seats 400 or 500 standing and has one of the best sprung dance-floors in the region 

    In April 2003 management passed from Carrick District Council to Carrick Leisure Limited, an Independent Provident Society
    Work is currently underway to renovate the verandah at a cost of almost £1/4m; the first part of a £1m project proposed for the gardens and buildings.

    Princess Pavilion
    41 Melvill Road Falmouth
    Cornwall TR11 4AR

    From A39 Melvill Road to a small car park on the north side of the building. Gyllyngvase Terrace and Cliff Road (the sea front) have pedestrian access only.
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    tel: 01236 211222
    St Anthony Head

    ShopperSt George’s Arcade
    Falmouth’s St George’s Arcade used to be Falmouth’s first cinema which was, when it was built in 1912, one of the largest in Britain. However, the cinema was badly damaged by fire during the war. Today, it is a shopping arcade housing shops selling a variety of items ranging from books and maps to clothes and music. The ornate façade to the arcade features a figure of St George slaying the dragon. Above the arcade is a popular nightclub.
    St Georges Arcade
    Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3DH


    St. Mawes Castle
    St Mawes Castle is the best preserved and most elaborately decorated of any of the coastal defence positions that Henry VIII constructed throughout his reign. The building was constructed in order to counter invasion attempts from the French and the Spanish navies and has a counterpart, Pendennis, on the other side of the Fal estuary. The castle fell to Parliamentarians in 1646 and was not properly re-fortified until the late 19th Century.
    St Mawes Castle Falmouth, Cornwall TR2 3AA

    Phone: +44 (0)1326 270526
    GardensTrebah Garden

    Trebah is a magical 26-acre ravine garden descending to a private, secluded beach on the historic Helford River. A stream cascades over waterfalls, through ponds full of giant Koi carp and exotic water plants, through two acres of blue and white hydrangeas, before spilling out over the beach. Glades of enormous tree ferns, bamboos and palms mingle with giant gunnera and a rolling canopy of 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and a multitude of trees and shrubs, with ever changing colour and scent throughout the year.This is a garden that children adore. They marvel at the gunnera passage, a tunnel of giant rhubarb 16 feet high, and race around the bamboozle. Trebah is full of play areas and trails for children of all ages, and with swimming and picnics on the beach, it makes the perfect setting for a family day out.The award-winning Planters Cafe serves mouth-watering homemade dishes. With a wide selection of gifts and plants in the Gallery and Garden Shops, and dogs welcome in the garden, Trebah really does have something for everyone.

    Trebah Gardens
    Mawnan Smith
    TR11 5JZ |


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    Tel: +44 (0) 1326 250448
    Fax: +44 (0) 1326 250781
    EducationalUniversity College Falmouth
    University College Falmouth is recognised as one of the best and most forward-thinking academic institutions in the West of England. Taking a particular interest in fine art and design, the University uses the beautiful Cornish surroundings to inspire a new generation of painters and designers. The main gallery at the university exhibits a collection of work by graduates and undergraduates on a regular rolling programme. It now incorporates the world renowned Dartington College of Arts.
    University College Falmouth
    Woodlane, Falmouth,
     Cornwall TR11 4RH

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    Phone: +44 (0)1326 211077  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 213700
    Fowey Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Fowey:
    A bustling seaport and historic town on the mystic South Coast of Cornwall. Was the centre from which the ‘D’ Day landings launched. Today the natural deep water harbour is a haven for yachtsmen, together with the large ships and cruise liners makes this harbour a bustling port. This is an ideal place for painters and photographers with the colourful yachts and sparkling sea. Stroll along the esplanade and drink in the scenery or walk over the cliffs where the path hugs the coast, with sandy beaches to swim, fish or explore the rock pools. Or head inland and climb the narrow lanes and winding cobbled walkways with Medieval cottages, where in the 18th Century was the preferred haunts of the smuggling fraternity. An interesting place to see is St Catherine’s Point at the harbour entrance, during Medieval times St Catherine’s Chapel stood on top of the cliff acting as a lighthouse. The Fort below was built in the reign of Henry V111 to protect Fowey from French invasion, and can be reached by a pretty woodland walk. There is much to see and do in Fowey such as the Lifeboat Station which has been operating some 150 years. Headland gardens, one and half acres of cliff top gardens with the most astounding sea and river views. Historical guided walks that operate from the Town Quay, to an enjoyable fishing trip or river cruise. One of the most famous inhabitants of Fowey was probably Daphne du Maurier and a visit to the Literary Centre next door to the church is a lovely way to spend some time. Or why not indulge in a trip on the passenger ferry that travels across the mouth of the River Fowey to the neighbouring village of Polruan. Drake, Raleigh and Frobisher all sailed from here, now it’s your turn.



    Tourist Offices
    5 South Street  Fowey 
    Cornwall  PL23 1AR
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    Tel: [01726] 833616   
    Fax: [01726] 834939     
    Bodinnick Ferry
    For visitors to the estuary town of Fowey the charming little Bodinnick car ferry offers perhaps the most pleasant entry to the town. Approached by narrow lanes leading down from the B3359, the ferry departs from a slipway adjoining a house called ‘Ferryside’ where the author Daphne du Maurier once lived and worked. For walkers, the ferry marks the start of the Hall Walk footpath which loops around the west bank of the estuary to Polruan, from where there is a passenger ferry back to Fowey.
    Boddinnick Ferry
    Near Fowey,
     Cornwall PL23

    Ethy Woods
    Ethy Wood is a small mixed woodland which lies adjacent to the estuary of the River Fowey and its tributaries. Its stunning location and the estuary's diverse birdlife make this wood well worth a visit. On the estuary Heron, Little Egret, Shelduck and Curlew can be seen, along with other wading birds. The wood itself is home to mammals such as roe deer, badger and fox as well as woodland birds such as Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch and Goldcrest. Buzzards are frequently seen circling above the treetops.
    Ethy is beautiful at any time of year but the best views of the estuary are during the Autumn and Winter, when the trees have lost their leaves. The best time to see estuary birdlife is when the tide is going out.


    Lostwithiel and Lerryn are the nearest towns or villages.
    OS Grid Reference: SX125565
    Ethy Wood is approximately 4 kms south east of the town of Lostwithiel. The nearest village (with car-park, shop, pub, toilets etc.) is Lerryn.
    From Lostwithiel on the A390 take the road for Lerryn. After approximately 2 miles turn right at a crossroads – the turning is signed St Winnow. This road will bring you to the hamlet of St Winnow.

    Fowey Harbour
    The mouth of the River Fowey is one of the finest estuaries in Cornwall, a mecca for pleasure boating and sailing and still a vibrant working port. China clay from the moors above St Austell is loaded onto ships here for distribution around the world. But it is for its leisure facilities that most people visit Fowey harbour. A sailing regatta, one of the most important in southern England, is held every August, and on any day of the year a vast array of yachts can be seen sailing in and out of the harbour. For the less adventurous or well-off sailor, there’s always a motor boat to be hired by the hour. It was in a house overlooking this water that Daphne du Maurier wrote some of her celebrated novels.
    Fowey Harbour
    Cornwall PL23

    Readymoney Beach
    Looking across the mouth of the Fowey River to Readymoney Cove.
    Behind the beach is one of the houses Daphne du Maurier lived in. To the left is St Catherine's Castle guarding the harbour and on the right presumably something to do with the Rashleigh familyA small and sheltered sandy beach on the outskirts of Fowey which is a very pleasant town with much to see. Its also worth climbing up to St Catherines Castle for some spectacular views of the estuary. There are regular ferries to PolruanDirections:Fowey is 9 miles from St Austell and 19 miles from Liskeard. Approach from east or west on the A390. 2 miles west of Lostwithiel turn left onto the B3269. At a roundabout go straight across (onto the A3082) and turn left at the next two roundabouts. Instead of driving down into Fowey follow the road above the town for the two car parks. The Readymoney Beach car park is a 10 minute walk from the beach
    Readymoney Beach
    Directions:Fowey is 9 miles from St Austell and 19 miles from Liskeard. Approach from east or west on the A390. 2 miles west of Lostwithiel turn left onto the B3269. At a roundabout go straight across (onto the A3082) and turn left at the next two roundabouts. Instead of driving down into Fowey follow the road above the town for the two car parks. The Readymoney Beach car park is a 10 minute walk from the beach
    Tel: 01726 223300
    St Catherine's Castle

    St Catherine's Castle was built in 1536 by Henry VIII, to protect Fowey harbour from French Invasion and as one of several fortifications running along the south coast. This small castle is now in poor condition and is managed by English Heritage.Blockhouses were added to each side of Fowey harbour mouth for extra support. The blockhouse and bastioned curtain wall are on the tip of a rocky headland at the entrance to the River Fowey estuary, facing Polruan across the water from Fowey. The blockhouse was refurbished to form a two gun battery, below the 16th century fort, during the Crimean War and was used as a practice battery towards the end of the 19th century. During the Second World War an emplacement for a gun battery was dug at the point.The castle remains overlook the estuary and can be approached by a short path from the beach. They are situated to the south west of Fowey along a footpath from the car park at Readymoney Cove.

    St Catherine's Castle
    1 1⁄2 miles SW of Fowey, along a
    woodland footpath off A3082

    Tel: 0871 716 1939
    St Sampson’s Church
    It’s said that there are more saints in Cornwall than there are in heaven. St Sampson is one of them – a Celtic missionary who passed through the county sometime in the seventh century, and was responsible for a place of worship high on the valleyside overlooking the River Fowey at Golant. The present church dates from the thirteenth century, and is remarkable for its exquisite wooden ceiling and numerous ancient pieces of furniture, including a bishop’s chair which dates from the sixteenth Century.
    St sampson's Church
    Cornwall PL23
    Phone: +44 (0)1726 833535
    Tamar Valley Donkey Park

    The Tamar Valley Donkey Park is home to about 30 donkeys, many rescued, and most of which are on the site open to visitors. The park is set in the lovely countryside on the edge of Cornwall, close to the border with Devon, with breathtaking views of Plymouth Sound. In addition to the donkeys there are lots of other animals including goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and pigs. Children can ride the donkeys and feed the rabbits in their warren, in addition to stroking and petting many of the other creatures.The Park offers other family entertainment including an adventure play ground. Eeyore’s Souvenir Store has a range of gifts to take home and it is even possible to “adopt� a donkey. Holly’s Café offers both hot and cold meals and Cornish cream teas. There is also a picnic area for those planning lunch outside, and plenty of shady spots in which to relax.Situated at Gunnislake, not far from the Tamar Bridge, the park has ample parking and facilities for the disabled. It is open daily from the beginning of April until the end of October each year and at weekends and during school holidays in the winter.

    Doney Park
    St Ann's Chapel
    PL18 9HW 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1822 834072
    Hayle Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Hayle:
    Hayle is a town on the north coast of Cornwall, with an impressive industrial past from the Bronze Age to the 18th Century when Harvey’s Foundry was built and produced beam engines for mines all over the world. The sweeping crescent shape of the stunning beach edged by sand dunes is pure pleasure for swimmers and surfers alike. Godrevy lighthouse built in 1859 still looks blinking out to sea, has graced many photographs and paintings and was inspiration for Virginia Wolfe. The town is close to the mouth of the River, and at low tides the jetties and piers are an ideal place to fish for Rays, however the tidal flows are strong and care must be taken. If you prefer to fish for trout or eels then there are lakes close by in a wooded valley. Paradise Park is a fun place to spend some time with lots to offer from the Wildlife Sanctuary, rare parrots, delightful gardens and miniature railway. Whatever the reason for arriving in Hayle whether it’s the beach or seeing the migratory birds visit in their thousands, to the thought provoking coastal walks where seals and wild flowers combine, you won’t wish to leave.

    Hayle Old Quay

    Tourist Offices
    Hayle Library, Commercial Road,
    Hayle, TR27 4DE
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    Tel: [01736] 753196
    Fax: [01736] 755932
    Contract Interiors Gallery
    Interestingly, this building is not just a gallery, but also a place of business. The gallery is owned by two young entrepreneurs who used their money to establish a gallery to exhibit art, one of their passions. The result has been this well respected and visited gallery in the heart of Cornwall, a county that attracts artists from across the world to bask in its beauty and charm.

    Cornwall TR27 5JR
    Phone: +44 (0)1736 757333
    Country Skittles
    Townsend - A whole host of games awaits you in the bowling arena! Serious bowling or just great fun - any number can play. A fantastic fun-filled family venue in the heart of beautiful West Cornwall.
    Over 60 different games! including:• Crazy Golf • Pool Tables • Table Football • Air Hockey • Video Quiz Games • Arcade Games • Giant Draughts • Shuffleboard • Batak • Darts • Traditional Wooden Games
    • Family Board Games • and many more!
    Country Skittles
    Townsend Hayle
    TR27 6ER
    From  either Hayle or Helston take the B3302 (from Camborne take the B3280) to Leedtown, then take the B3280 to Townsend Village. Turn right at the crossroads and you'll find Country Skittles about half a mile on the right.

    Telephone: 01736 850209
    Greenacres Short Golf
     St Erth - Superb 9 hole course, set in 12 glorious acres. Great value golfing for all in picturesque surroundings
    Greenacres Short Golf
    Telephone: 01736 757600
    Jeepers Karting
    Jeepers Karting is one of 3 great attractions, family owned and run, all in one place in St Erth, Nr Hayle, West Cornwall. Jeepers Karting offers Go karting for all the family boasting 2 circuits and a choice of karts.At Jeepers Karting your safety is our main priority therefore helmets and a full safety briefing is provided and our karts are regularly maintained for maximum safety and performance. We offer an arrive & drive facility and can also cater for corporate groups (please contact us).

    Jeepers Karting
    Chenhalls Road St.Erth Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HJ

    Look for the brown and white signs at the St.Ives / St.Erth roundabout on the A30 

    Tel: 01736 754960 or 757600
                                        for KidsParadise Park Wildlife Sanctuary

    Now Paradise Park has an international reputation for breeding rare species, is home to the World Parrot Trust charity and was chosen twice by the independent 'Good Britain Guide' as Cornwall's Family Attraction of the Year.Hundreds of beautiful birds, from parrots to penguins and eagles to flamingoes plus otters, red pandas and red squirrels. In 2004 a group of alpacas will join donkeys and rabbits on the Fun Farm. Many pairs of owls, toucans and cranes have large aviaries and mixed groups of parrots have plenty of flying space. Sheltered exotic gardens with new 'Gazebo Garden'.A full timetable includes Penguin, Otter and Rainbow Lorikeet feeding. The amazing Free Flying Bird Show allows visitors to admire the beauty and intelligence of the parrot family. The 'Fort Paradise' play area and a wildlife quiz for children to win a badge are favourites too.Paradise Park is a great choice for a family day out - worthwhile conservation work and entertaining for all ages.

    Paradise Park
    Glanmore House
    Trelissick Road
    TR27 4HB 
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    Tel: +44 (0) 1736 751020
    Fax: +44 (0) 1736 751028
    Penwith Pitch & Putt
     St Erth - Superb 18 hole course, set in 16 glorious acres. Great value golfing fun for all ages and abilities.
    Penwith Pitch & Putt

    Telephone: 01736 754343
    Helford Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Helford:

    The house at Carwinion was built in the late 18th century, but the gardens were developed much later. It is believed that this may have happened in conjunction with several other neighbouring properties. Expeditions were financed by groups of friends and relatives and exotic plants were imported to the Cornish gardens.The long narrow valley, in which this garden flourishes, contains several ponds and a lovely collection of trees and shrubs including eucryphias, camellias and rhododendrons. Since the nineteen eighties, the garden has been particularly well-known for the large collection of various species of bamboo. The clumps of this plant have been made into a particular feature and are distributed all around the garden.Many of the plants growing in the garden, including some species of bamboo, can be purchased at the nursery. This was formerly the Camellia and Hydrangea Nursery in Porthtowan. A Fern Garden lies in the quarry on the east side of the valley and many large leafed sub-tropical plants abound in the valley which runs down towards the Helford River. As a contrast, there is an area containing some rare and lovely wood anemones.The garden is close to the village of Mawnan Smith and belongs to the National Trust and the Rogers family, who continue to manage the estate and gardens. It is open every day
    Carwinion Road
    Mawnan Smith
    TR11 5JA

    Tel: +44 01326 250258

    Fax: +44 01326 250903

    River Helford
    The Lizard peninsula is almost cut in half by the River Helford and the various creeks and tributaries feeding it. It is totally different to the rest of the Lizard, being a quiet, tree-lined haven of quiet where yachts can anchor at leisure. One of the headwaters, Frenchman’s Creek has been immortalised in the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier and on the upper reaches of the river lies the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek
    River Helford
    Helford, The Lizard,
    Cornwall TR12

    Helston Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Helston:
    Helston is a delightful small yet bustling market town in the south of Cornwall. Midway between Falmouth and Penzance and awash with Inns and traditional shops it makes for an excellent base when touring the county. Its main street is steep and charming with a stream often running down one sideIn the Domesday Book, the town is, referred to as Henliston and King John granted its charter in 1201. Helston has always been associated with mining - the river was once a very rich tin stream. The town became a coinage town during thr reign of Edward I and more than 100 tin and copper mines, have been worked in the district over a long period of timeThese days of courses the mines have long since closed and the areas main industry now is tourism ensuring a plethora of local accommodation for you to choose from.
    Helston Coinagehall Street

    Tourist Offices
    79 Meneage Street 
    Helston  Cornwall  TR13 8RB
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    Tel: [01326] 565431   
    Fax: [01326] 572803 
    GardensBonythorn Manor
    lies close to Cury Cross Lanes on the Lizard peninsula. Although the original estate dates back to the 13th century, many of the trees were planted during the early 19th century, around fifty years after the construction of the present house. Most of these are beech and Monterey pine. Paths wander between the trees, surfaced with pebbles from the nearby Loe Bar beach.Much of the garden as it is today was planted in recent years. Lawns and shrubs have been laid along the drive and there has been new planting in the walled garden. Some of this area is quite wild in appearance whilst the vegetable garden adds an additional splash of colour.Beyond the orchard is Lake Joy, which has its own island and resident swans. A second lake has been more recently planted with many South African species of plants, imported by the present owners. The garden is open to the public during the summer months and is being constantly developed by the owners, who have already rescued many of the original features.Open from April to October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the times of 10-00am and 4-30pm.

    Bonythorn Manor Bonython Estate, Cury Cross Lanes,   Helston,  Cornwall,  TR12 7BA
    Phone +44(0)1326 240550     
    Fax   +44(0)1326 240478
    Gardens Bosahan

    Close to the Helford River, Bosahan serves-up horticultural bliss with a breathtaking view to the estuary and sea.Bosahan has its own microclimate, enabling a fusion of tender plants from both hemispheres to flourish in the moist shelter. Radiant rows of rhododendrons and azaleas are mixed with the likes of magnolias and southern hemisphere tree and shrub species. The exotic palm groves and mature Maidenhair trees have made a lush canopy under which to explore the 'sub-tropical' environment. Bosahan is blessed with a meandering stream trickling through the centre, creating a wonderful garden for walkers to follow a trail along the fern-edged banks and palm-fringed pond.

    Bosahan Estate Office
    TR12 6JL

    Tel: +44 01326 231351

    Fax: +44 01326 231497

                                        for KidsThe Flambards Experience

    Step back in time in the award winning Flambards Victorian Village – a compelling life-size re-creation of a lamp-lit village with more than 50 shops, traders and homes showing the magic and mysteries of life in Victorian England. Or, move forward to 1941 and experience the dangers of Britain in the Blitz, a life-size re-creation of a World War II blitzed street. Walk onto the flight deck of the original Concorde mock-up and let your imagination rip you into jet set travel or browse through the fascinating exhibitions, which will include a new display of a Century of Pioneering Flight.Then, outside, overdose on Family Thrill Therapy. Challenge the mighty THUNDERBOLT, dare the awesome EXTREME FORCE, ride the HORNET, the rollercoaster with a sting in the tail and splash down the Thunder River LOG FLUME. And new for this year test out the Rocking Tugboat and the fantastic traditional 50ft Carousel.The new Cornish Mine Train offers a fun ride for young children.Visit Ferdi’s Funland with its wide selection of rides specially designed for children and including the fabulous new Shuttle. Meet Gus Honeybun and explore his burrow. Let the Clowns Orchestra entertain toddlers in the Tots Playzone while older children tire themselves out in the Sealegs Safari, the COOL ZONE or Wobbly Bridges.Test your presentational skills in the Weather Forecasting studio and visit Cornwall’s hands-on Science Centre with its unique disorientation tunnel and experience and explore scientific phenomena.Interact with animals, birds, rats, reptiles and snakes in the Really Wild Experience.And, on the Centre Stage in the high season, there’s children’s entertainment, magic and circus workshops and several special events throughout the year.There’s just so much to do and enjoy for all ages. For our 2008 programme – please go to the Flambards Website or pick up a brochure.

    Flambards Experience
      Helston, TR13 OQA.

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    Telephone: (01326) 573404
    Fax: (01326) 573344
    Godolphin House
    A stately home of some note, this, Godolphin House, is one of the most impressive pieces of private architecture in the local area. The house is open to the public and enjoys a great deal of beautifully kept grounds that have changed very little in style for many hundreds of years. The internal features of the house are similar and offer a grand and well preserved environment for visitors looking for a taste of the past.
    Godolphin House Godolphin Cross
    TR13 9RE

    Tel: +44 (0) 1736 763 194
    Fax: +44 (0) 1736 763 194
                                        for KidsGoonhilly Earth Station The Visitors Centre
    It is Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station Experience. With over 60 huge dishes, it makes a dramatic impression on the Lizard Peninsula landscape.
    Check out our fully interactive Visitors Centre. Explore the world of communications. Experience tomorrows technology today and see your own animated 3D virtual head!
    Get up close and personal to some of the dishes on our fascinating Guided Bus Tour.
    The Visitors Centre has film shows; children’s play areas, a large retail zone, and a licensed café.

    Goonhilly Earth Station
    Goonhilly Downs
    TR12 6LQ   map
    Tel: +44 (0) 800 679593
    Fax: +44 (0) 1326 221438
    Halliggye Fogou
    Roofed and walled in stone, this complex of passages is the largest and best-preserved of several mysterious underground tunnels associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements. The purpose of such 'fogous' - a Cornish-language word meaning 'cave' - is unknown. Refuges, storage chambers or ritual shrines have all been suggested.
    Free entry to the fogou. Entry to the rest of the Trelowarren Estate is charged.

    5 miles SE of Helston off B3293. E of Garras on Trelowarren Estate
    Tel: 0871 716 1939
    EducationalHelston Folk Museum
    Helston Folk Museum is concerned mainly with the social history of this area, as opposed to the many museums that have a top down view of the country. Through a fascinating set of exhibitions, the museum brings to life the lot of the simple man and woman who have grown up and lived in this area for thousands of years. Using artefacts and documents that have been found, it examines their culture and how it has developed to what we see today.
    Helston Folk Museum
    Market Place, Helston,
    Cornwall TR13 8TL
    Phone: +44 (0)1326 564027  -  Fax: +44 (0)1326 564027
    Lizard and Kynance Cove, The
    The Lizard peninsular is an interesting area  that is well worth a detour to visit. The most famous site on the peninsular is Lizard Point which is the most southerly point in mainland Britain. Here you will find a lifeboat station and details of the many ships that have got into difficulties in these tricky waters over the years. There is also a shop and cafe from which to admire the view.A steep path leads down from Lizard Point to a small cove and the lifeboat station. The area has been the site of several ship wrecks in the past and there are details of rescues on a board at the top of the path. Nearby there is also a fine lighthouse and walks along the cliffs towards Coverack in the east and Vellan Head to the west.  Also on the peninsular are RNAS Culdrose, from which rescue helicopters fly and Goonhilly Downs which is the World's largest satellite earth station. In the area nearby are Mullion Cove, a tiny fishing village and very picturesque too and Kynance Cove where they collect the serpentine rock, that can be seen in many local gift shops.
    Kynance Cove

    Loe Bar
    The River Cober flows through Helston and empties into The Loe, a large lake just west of the town. This is separated from the sea by a wide bank of soft, white sand – Loe Bar. This long, pleasant stretch of beach is a mile or so south of Porthleven, accessible from there by road or by taking the Berepper turning near the Culdrose airbase south of Helston. The beach can also be reached on foot by following the Penrose Walks along the Loe valley from Helston itself.
    Loe Bar
    Cornwall TR13

    Loe Pool

    National Seal Sanctuary
    Welcome to the National Seal Sanctuary, home to the UK’s busiest rescue centre for marine mammals.NEW FOR 2008 ~ SEAL RESCUE CENTRE: This year you won’t just learn about seal rescue you can become a rescue volunteer yourself. Discover how to tube-feed a rescued pup and how to take its temperature. Don’t worry through; our special ‘plastic’ seal pups don’t bite. Check out these graceful swimmers through our special underwater observatory.CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SEAL RESCUE IN CORNWALL:This year the Seal Sanctuary will celebrate its 50th anniversary of seal rescue in Cornwall. First started back in 1958 the Sanctuary has now become the UK’s leading rescue centre, with between 40~50 seal pup rescues every winter. Seal pups can spend between 3~6 months receiving rehabilitation before being released back in to the wild.
    PROVIDING A PERMANENT HOME TO SEALS & SEA LIONS:As well as the rescued pups we care for every winter, the Seal Sanctuary also provides a permanent home to other animals that either could not be returned to the wild, or retired from other wildlife parks from around the UK. The National Seal Sanctuary facts:The UK’s ONLY Artic Hooded Seal - One of the UK’s largest sea lion, weighing in at 350 kilos- The WORLDS oldest seal ~ who in 2008 celebrated his 40th birthday. - Providing a permanent retirement for the most diverse collection of seals and sea lion in the UK. - Entry ticket valid all day - Safari Bus (summer season) - Feeds and talks throughout the dayMeet some of our other residents that include Asian Short Clawed Otters, Goats and Ponies. Check out the creatures that live on the British shoreline at our Cornish Coast Rock Pool.

    National Seal sanctuary
    TR12 6UG

    Tel: +44 (0) 1326 221361
    Fax: +44 (0) 1326 221210
    Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
    Loe Pool is Cornwall's largest freshwater lake, separated from the sea by a great shingle bar. Wildlife is in abundance here, including many birds and mammals including notable species such as the otter. A variety of walks around the estate, including a circular route around the Loe. A natural treasure hidden from view .
    Gunwalloe – sandy beaches and Medieval church nestling in the dunes

     Penrose Water Garden nr Helston, Cornwall TR13 0RD
      Email Penrose Estate

    tel: 01326 561407
    Fax: 01326 562882
    Poldark Mine

    An all weather site set in the picturesque Wendron Mining District World Heritage Site. In addition to its important mining heritage Poldark contains a growing range of local craft shops, interactive craft workshops and activities for all age groups.Take a guided tour of the Poldark Mine, described by the Chairman of English Heritage as ‘one of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe’, visit our Museum and learn some of the fascinating story of early tin mining and the Cornish overseas, try your hand at the varied activities and amusements, brows the antiques and craft workshops or just relax in the Garden Café with a cream tea or light lunch – whatever your age you will find something to interest you at Poldark.Interactive Crafts include: Candle Making, Ceramic Painting, Pottery Throwing, Wood Turning Silver Jewellery Making, and Gold Panning. In addition the site contains: a children’s play area; amusement arcade pool, air hockey and much more; Gem Sands where you can search for genuine gem quality DIAMONDS (22 found in 2006) in addition to other precious and semi precious stones !
    Souvenir and craft shops include: Turner’s Antiques and Books, Cheri Rose Cornish Crafts, The Poldark Wood Turners, The Sands of Cornwall, The Jeweller’s Workshop, The Cap Lamp Press and the Poldark Mine Shop - all with their own unique range of goods.

    Poldark Mine
    TR13 0ER
    Tel: +44 (0) 1326 573173
    Fax: +44 (0) 1326 563166
    Roskilly’s Ice Cream
    Sometimes the simplest is the best.  Cornish ice cream has certainly stood the test of time.  Made with organic milk sourced from the farm’s freely-grazing Jersey herd and free from artificial ingredients, Roskilly’s offer a taste of Italian ‘artisan’ ice cream in the heart of England. Their range is sold through a range of ‘scoop outlets’ and shops across the country and there are more than 40 different flavours to choose from. These stretch from old favourites (vanilla, strawberry) to the luscious Blackcurrant Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie and Marshmallow. Andy Phillips, commercial manager for Roskilly’s, told me that their ethos is all about classic flavours: “Fancy, Heston-type ice cream may be popular in Michelin-starred restaurants, but the public really want simple, delicious flavours.  We recently made our Coral Crunch flavour, which is passion fruit and mango with sherbert pips, and it’s been a huge success with children and adults alike.”
    Half-litre takeaway tubs cost £4.00, while individual, eat-away 110 ml pots cost just £1.60.
    Ice Cream  Roskilly's Ltd
    Ice cream & Organic farm
    Tregellast Barton,
    St. Keverne,
    TR 12 6NX
    Email:  admin@roskillys.co.uk

    Tel : 01326 280479
    Fax: 01326 280320
    Trelowarren House and Chapel

    Trelowarren lies on the Lizard peninsula, close to the River Helford. This spot has been inhabited for thousands of years and the Iron Age Halligye fougou is very near. The estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book and has been owned by the Vyvyan family since the first part of the 15th century. Even then, there was mention of an existing garden and there was certainly a deer park in Elizabethan times. Both house and garden were remodelled in the Georgian era and subsequently a ha-ha was created to separate the gardens from the surrounding moorland.Pleasure gardens were created to the south of the main house and three walled gardens were created. Lady Vyvyan’s Garden is one of these and it has particularly interesting walls containing gothic windows and a turret. Another of the enclosed gardens has a central temple style building, which was originally intended to be a library. This garden was part of an ambitious project for a botanical flower garden based on the Linnaean classification system. An interesting seed house has survived within this garden.Lawns surround the house and wide stone steps lead to raised gardens above these. The pleasure gardens contain the highest point in the gardens, and the highest point on the whole of the Lizard. This fifty foot high mount was originally called Three Seas point, as the coast on all three sides of the peninsula could be seen from this spot. The view today is inhibited by the many trees in the surrounding woodlands.Trelowarren is particularly interesting because there are still many different styles of garden to be seen here. Formal geometric gardens have survived beside the more open aspects favoured by such later gardeners as Capability Brown. The Pleasure Garden is a good example of a small Rococo garden. The restoration of the grounds is an ongoing project.
    In addition to the gardens and house, there are a number of outbuildings which have been converted to various uses. These include a restaurant, a shop and a local craft display centre. The estate is open
    each day from April until September every year.

    Trelowarren Estate
    Mawgan, Helston

    GardensTrevarno Estate Gardens & The National Museum of Gardening

    Trevarno Gardens is one of Cornwall's secret treasures. Set in a valley, 2 miles from Helston, home of the Flora dance, this wonderful Victorian garden is a plantsman's paradise, featuring an extensive collection of trees, shrubs and exotic plants. Other notable features include the 100 year-old Serpentine Yew Tunnel and a Victorian Boathouse.The Estate also includes the National Museum of Gardening containing a remarkable celebration of Britain's glorious gardening heritage in ten themed areas, illustrating how gardens and gardening have influenced people's lives.There's also the Vintage Soap collection supporting our Organic Skincare production; a Vintage Toy Collection, Plant Sales, Shop, Children's Play Area, .Extended Estate Walk and Viewing Platform. Various events throughout the year.

    Trevarno Gardens
    Trevarno Manor
    TR13 0RU
    Tel: +44 (0) 1326 574 274
    Fax: +44 (0) 1326 574 282
    Isles of Scilly
    Scillonian Cross

    The Isles of Scilly is an archipelago of five inhabited islands and numerous other small rocky islets 28 miles off Lands End - the most South Westerly point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over two thousand, an exceptionally mild climate, and countless golden sandy beaches, Scilly is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility loved by visitors and locals alike.The one thing you are sure to want to do is to explore the islands, and there are lots of ways to chose from.
    Of course, there are lots of boat trips to the various inhabited and uninhabited islands.  To see the islands from a unique perspective try a sailing trip on the catamaran 'Halcyon Daze', or an exhilarating rib ride with Island Sea Safaris.
    There are also bus tours of St Mary's, including Island Rover (01720 422131, operates daily at 10.15 & 13.30) and the classic tour bus 'Katie bus'. These include commentaries about local history and places of interest. Bus tours leave from the strand in the centre of Hugh Town.For the more energetic, you can explore St Mary's at your leisure by hiring a bike from Buccabu Bike Hire at Porthcressa. Bikes can be hired for half a day, a full day, 24 hours or a full week (an adult bike costs £6 for a full day). Contact them on 01720 422289.                  
                      Guided walking tours of the Islands are also available.Resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff runs Island Wildlife Tours (01720 422212), offering a daily walk either on St Mary's or one of the off-islands. For daily itinerary, see Will's board on the quay.Archaeologist Katharine Sawyer (01720 423326) leads archaeological and historical guided walk around St Mary's on a regular basis throughout the season       However you chose to explore, make sure you pay a visit to Carreg Dhu Community Garden in the centre of St Mary's.

    St Martins

    Scilly Isles

    Isles of Scilly

    Tourist Offices

    Hugh Street  Hugh Town  St Mary's  Isles of Scilly  Cornwall  TR21 0LLE-Mail: tic@scilly.gov.uk
    Web: http://www.simplyscilly.co.uk/

     Council of the Isles of Scilly
    Town Hall,  St Mary's
     Isles of Scilly TR21 0LW
    Tel: 01720 422537
    Fax: 01720 422202
    mailto: enquiries@scilly.gov.uk

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    Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village

    In a wonderfully scenic location, on a hill above the site of the ancient Iron Age village, stands this Bronze Age burial mound with entrance passage and inner chamber.
    Bants Carn Burial Chamber
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
    1 mile N of Hugh Town


    Tel: 0871 716 1939
    Cromwell's Castle
    Standing on a rocky promontory guarding the lovely anchorage between Bryher and Tresco, this round tower is one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain, built after the conquest of the Royalist Scillies in 1651.
    Cromwell's Castle
    Tresco, Isles of Scily
    On the shoreline, approach with care,
     3⁄4 mile NW of New Grimsby


    Garrison Walls
    Extensive defensive walls and earthworks dating back to the 16th century You can enjoy a two-hour walk alongside the ramparts of these defensive walls and earthworks, dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
    Garrison Walls
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Around the headland W of Hugh Town

    Harrys Walls
    16th-century fort built over St Mary's Pool harbour, but never finished
    Harry's Walls
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
    1⁄4 mile NE of Hugh Town


    Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial Chambers

    Two Bronze Age communal burial cairns of particularly Scillonian type, with fine views. The upper cairn is the best preserved on the islands.

    Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
    1 3⁄4 miles E of Hugh Town

    EducationalThe Isles of Scilly Museum
     holds a comprehensive collection of maritime, social and natural history of the islands. Bronze age artefacts - Then and Now photographs - Wild flowers - Nautical knots - 16th Century artefacts - Cargo from the Cita - Musical instruments - Hollandia Coins - Flotsam and jetsam - Barrel organ - Domestic pottery - Katie's kitchen - Weights and measures - Royal visists - Cannon muskets swords - Ships' bells - A fully rigged pilot gig built in 1877 Opening times:Easter - 30th Sept: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 16.301st October - Easter: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 12.00

    Church Street, St Mary's Tel 01720 422337
    King Charles's Castle
    Remains of castle built for coastal defence on the north side of Tresco.The ruins of a mid 16th-century coastal artillery fort, later garrisoned - hence the name - by Civil War Royalists. Reached from New Grimsby by footpath.
    King Charles CaSTLE
    Tresco, Isles of Scilly
    Located 3⁄4 mile NW of New Grimsby. Coastal location, approach with care

    Library and internet access

     The library has a wide selection of books for loan, and also a small selection of CDs, videos and audio tapes. Visitors can borrow books using their mainland library card. Public internet access is available in the library.Opening hours:Monday - Thursday: 09.30 - 12.00 and 15.30 - 18.00 Friday and Saturday: 09.30 - 12.00Internet access is also available at the following places - the Tourist Information Centre (Hugh Street), The Deli (WIFI, Hugh Street), The Boat Shed Bistro (Porthmellon), Tregarthen's Hotel, The Airport, and Longstone Centre.
    The Public Library
     is located at Buzza Street, St Mary's.
    Tel 01720
    Michael Morpurgo
    (Children's Laureate 2004-2005)



    Old Blockhouse

    Substantial remains of a small 16th-century gun tower protecting Old Grimsby harbour, vigorously defended during the Civil War.

    Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber

    A large and imposing Scillonian Bronze Age entrance grave, with kerb, inner passage and burial chamber all clearly visible.

                                Hellick Down Burial Chamber
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
    1 3⁄4 miles NE of Hugh Town

    Radio Scilly
    Since September 2007, Radio Scilly has been a permanent, full time service to the islands, broadcasting on 107.9FM and around the world on www.radioscilly.com. For more information, to hear podcasts of the latest news from the islands, to sign up for the Scilly Lottery, or to sign up to the Radio Scilly email newsletter, visit their website.


    Food & Drink
    Restaurants and Cafes

    Kavorna Bakery, St Mary's 422660
    Little Arthur's Farm, St Martin's 422457
    Vine Cafe, Bryher 423168
    The Quay shop and cafe, New Grimsby, Tresco 423266
    Tresco Abbey Gardens Cafe, Tresco 424116
    chef Licensed
    Iif phoning from the mainland use Scillonia code 01720

    The Boat Shed, Porthmellon, St Mary's 423881
    Dibble and Grub, Porthcressa, St Mary's 423719
    Chez Michel, St Mary's 422871
    Pilot's Gig, St Mary's 422654
    The Galley, St Mary's 422602
    Old Town Cafe, St Mary's 422045
    Tolman Cafe, St Mary's 422242
    Airport Buffet, St Mary's 422232
    Juliet's Garden Restaurant, Porthloo, St Mary's 422845
    Covean Cottage, St Agnes 422620
    Polreath, St Martin's 422046
    Round Island Bar and Bistro, St Martin's on the Isle, St Martin's 422092
    GardensTresco Abbey

    The tropical gardens at Tresco Abbey in the Isles of Scilly have long been a popular place with tourists visiting the islands. The gardens were originally planted by Augustus Smith in the early 19th century, when he was lord proprietor of the island. The ruined abbey buildings seemed to be an ideal spot for a garden, which soon grew from a small formal area into a seventeen acre site of terraces, walkways and fish ponds.Augustus Smith was responsible for importing and planting many of the exotic species seen in the gardens today. Over a period of forty years, he developed the gardens to include various species of palm trees and succulents alongside various other exotic plants. This included the first planting of trees and shrubs to form the Long Walk.The Dorrien-Smith family have continued to develop the gardens since the latter part of the 19th century. One of the first and most important adaptations was the construction of a windbreak composed of Monterey pines and cypresses. This provided additional shelter for further exotic varieties from such places as New Zealand and South Africa. The ruins of the abbey itself are particularly attractive due to the attractive climbing plants which have been encouraged to festoon the old stones.The mild climate of the Scilly Isles has enabled many plants, normally only grown under glass in the British Isles, to thrive here. There are banana trees and citrus trees, which fruit regularly. Many of the more tender varieties are found in the Well Garden and around the series of small pools from which the West Rockery climbs upwards. Throughout the gardens are a number of viewing points offering wonderful vistas of the sea and gardens.Tresco Abbey Gardens are open all year. A boat trip from Hughtown on the main island of St Mary’s takes the visitor to Tresco, where there are a number of hotels and guest houses catering for visitors. During the summer season, there is also helicopter access.

    Trsco Abbey
    Isles of Scilly
    TR24 0QQ
    Tel: +44 01720 424105

    St Ildierna’s Church
    High on a hill looking out across beautiful Lantivet Bay in southern Cornwall is the fifteenth Century St Ildierna’s, the parish church of Lansallos. There are fine views across the bay to Pencarrow Head and Dodman’s Point from the churchyard. A path leads down from the church to the totally unspoilt Lansallos Cove, where visitors can inspect a huge cleft in the cliffs cut by generations of farmers to enable seaweed to be carried on horseback from the beach to the surrounding fields.
    St Ildiernas Church
    Lansallos, Near Looe,
    Cornwall PL13 2PU

    Launceston Attractions :
    Listed below are attractions in Launceston:
    Launceston is the Gateway to Cornwall with its Georgian houses, intricately carved church, narrow streets and market square it is a delightful rural town offering a range of shops and services. The Lawrence House Museum showcases the town's history, from the Bronze Age to World War II and standing proud over the town is the Norman Castle. The castle at Launceston dominates the surrounding landscape - perched on top of a large, natural mound this was the ultimate status symbol of Middle Age wealth and power. Originally known as Dunheved the Castle was an impressive and strategically important building that controlled the river crossing in and out of Cornwall. Launceston is the chief town of a wide area lying between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
    In Saxon times it was the site of a Royal Mint. By the 12th century the town itself had become walled (the only walled town in Cornwall) and for centuries the Assizes were housed here, in the castle itself and Guildhall in the town. The Prince of Wales comes to Launceston once in his lifetime as Duke of Cornwall to receive the feudal dues which are his right within the Duch of Cornwall. Launceston has been and still is an important market centre; the rights to hold such markets were among the privileges granted by Royal Charter. All around Launceston the area oozes history and is dotted with villages and hamlets set amid open fields - it is quite literally a delight for the visitor and walker.

    Tourist Offices
    Market House The Arcade
     Launceston PL15 8EP
     Email Launceston

    Managers: Allison Jeffery and Shirley Evely

    Tel 01566 772321 Fax 01566 772322
    Aerosorus Hot Air Balooning
    Cornwall, famous for its Cornish pasties, is a county in the South West of England that is rich in rolling countryside, golden beaches, towering cliffs, mythology and magnificence. Cornwall has a history dating back to Celtic times and the Cornish Language (Kernewek) is the direct descendant of the ancient language spoken by the Celtic settlers. As a hot air balloon has no steering wheel and is directed purely by the wind, all our balloon rides meet between Bodmin and Launceston thus placing us in the center of the county.  North Cornwall has spectacular landscape and dramatic coastline where nearly one third of the region is a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty. From the sky you could fly over Beacon Hill, Bodmin moor, many striking country houses, medieval castles and numerous places of interest. Views stretch for miles, in the north to Lundy Island and the breathtaking cliffs of Forrabury, to the east Exmoor and Dartmoor and to the west King Arthur’s Tintagel, Port Isaac and the surfing centres of Newquay and Rock.
    Hot air Ballooning in Devon,
                                Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and
                                Wiltshire   Homeleigh Garden Centre,
     PL15 9SP
        * OS Map Info: 201 (340 858)

    Very well known garden centre ½ mile north of Launceston on the A388 Launceston to Holsworthy road. Meet at the entrance to the car park. Café/restaurant facilities during opening hours.
     Tel : 01566 773147
    Hawk's Tor
    Tourists and holidaymakers speed through the heart of Bodmin Moor on the A30 trunk road, perhaps stopping at Jamaica Inn or Dozmary Pool. But to see the real moor, you have to get off the main roads and head for the remote hills. Hawk’s Tor near North Hill is one of the best of all, and at around 1000 feet above sea level, is one of the highest. The summit consists of huge granite boulders, shaped and reshaped through millions of years of frost and rain.
    Hawks Tor
    North Hill, Near Launceston,
    Cornwall PL15

    Food & Drink
    Jamaica Inn

    Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn, set high amongst the wild yet beautiful landscape of Bodmin Moor, offers the same warm welcome today as it has done for many years to families, coach parties and other visitors. Sample our fine ales, enjoy a good selection of food or stay in one of our comfortable four-poster rooms. Who knows, you might even be visited by one of our residential ghosts! Whilst you’re here, why not visit the Daphne du Maurier room full of memorabilia including her famous Sheraton writing desk. Then you can experience the fascinating Daphne du Maurier’s Smugglers at Jamaica Inn – a spectacular theatrical presentation of her most famous novel, Jamaica Inn, told in tableaux, sound and light.
    Then it’s off to see one of the UK’s finest collections of smuggling artefacts dating from the present day back to the days of the old coaching inn when our guests weren’t quite as salubrious as they are today. Visit the shop at Jamaica Inn where you can buy a souvenir of the Inn, a Daphne du Maurier book or a gift. Let the children enjoy the play area under your watchful eye - they can even climb aboard our very own wooden pirate ship!

    Jamaica Inn
     Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7TS

     Email Jamaica Inn
    Telephone: 01566 86250
    Fax: 01566 86177
    Launceston Castle
    Located in the heart of the Cornwall countryside, this castle would have once been one of the most important pieces of architecture in the area. Local people and visitors still visit the site in large numbers to enjoy what remains of the original structure, which has been preserved to as much degree as is possible. The area is surrounded by nice views and good walks for all the family.
    Launceston Castle
    Cornwall PL15 8JE

    tel: 01566 772365
    EducationalLawrence House Museum
    This museum is based in the heart of Launceston and provides a first class visitor attraction for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the way that this community has developed throughout the centuries. On display is a large collection of artefacts and documents that has been arranged in such a fashion as to engage and educate visitors.
    Lawrence House Museum
    9 Castle Street, Launceston,
    Cornwall PL15 1RT
    Phone: +44 (0)1566 773277  -  Fax: +44 (0)1566 773277
    The Launceston Steam Railway

     links the town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. Trains are hauled by steam locomotives built at the end of the 19th century.The Launceston and South Devon Railway opened in 1865, between Launceston and Plymouth. It was a subsidiary of the Great Western Railway and was taken over 21 years later by the London and South Western Railway. The line closed in 1966.In the second half of the 1960s, Nigel Bowman restored the locomotive Lilian, which he had purchased from the Penrhyn Slate Quarry in North Wales. From 1968, Lilian was occasionally used on a short length of track owned by a friend. In 1971, after looking at various sites, Nigel approached Launceston Council with proposals to lay a narrow gauge railway. The first half mile of track eventually opened on Boxing Day 1983 and the route to Newmills was completed in 1995.Tickets are valid all day, so visitors can have as many rides as they wish. At Newmills, there is the riverside Farm Park whilst at Launceston Station there are a museum, caf', and shop. The car park is on the site of the former LSWR station

    Launceston Steam Railway

    EducationalPotters Museum of Curiosity

    Southgate Arch Gallery
    The Southgate Arch is one of the most imposing buildings in this small Cornish community, and his home to the town hall as well as this art gallery. The gallery houses a series of exhibitions through the year, showcasing the talents of various artists based in the region, as well as visiting collections. The centre has a commitment to helping develop the talents of young and emerging artists.

    Southgate Street, Launceston,
    Cornwall PI15 7DP

    Phone: +44 (0)1566 777051
     Tamar Otter Sanctuary

    The centre which is run by the Otter Trust is the only place in the West Country to breed British otters on a regular basis. It also runs a fabulous programme of reintroducing young otters back into the wild every year as part of the Otter Trust's re-introduction programme. The sanctuary also runs a rehabilitation centre for orphaned otter cubs.As well as the many playful otters the centre is also home to three species of deer which roam freely around the grounds as well as peacocks, wallabies and water fowl.There are also nature trails, woodland walks, 2 large lakes, picnic areas, tea room and a gift shop.

    Tamar Otter Sanctuary
    North Petherwin
    PL15 8LW
    Tel: +44 (0) 1566 785646
    Trecarrell Manor Chapel and Hall
    Medieval chapel c1500, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and banqueting hall of same period with interesting carved roof which has been restored.

    PL15 9QG 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1566 782286
    Trethorne Leisure Farm

    Virgin Hot Air Balooning
    Where Cornwall meets Devon lies Launceston; ancient capital of Cornwall. Flanked by rugged Bodmin Moor, the Atlantic Coast, Dartmoor and the River Tamar it is considered an area of considerable beauty and charm with easy access to both north and south coasts plus cities Exeter, Plymouth and Truro.Launceston is dominated by its 11th Century castle built by Brian de Bretagne (first Norman Earl of Cornwall). It is the only walled town in Cornwall and boats much ancient architecture and historical features. The 16th Century Church of St. Mary Magdalene has one of the most lavishly carved exteriors of any church in England. You might see the distinctive Southgate arch if you drift over the town and down below you could see the Town Hall with its fine clock and quarterjacks or the Town Square with its surrounding narrow streets where Georgian houses stand in splendid array.Launceston Priory (founded in 1126 by the then Bishop of Exeter) lies below and to the north of the town alongside the River Kensey where people may still cross by the ancient Clapper Bridge. Our Launceston launch site is a fabulous spot from which to catch a glimpse of ancient Cornish towns and the wilds of Dartmoor depending on which direction the wind decides to carry you.
    http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk/gallery/full/002.jpg Launceston launch site:-
    The postcode for the meeting point for this launch site is PL15 7QN.
    PLEASE NOTE: All passengers must meet the balloon crew at the meeting point detailed below and should not go directly to the launch site itself first. Driving on A30 heading West
    The meeting point is the first parking area on the left after passing Launceston and is approximately 4 miles from the turn-off to Launceston. Driving on A30 heading East
    Approximately 16 miles after passing Bodmin the meeting point can be found on the left hand side of the road. It is not possible to turn right into the parking area therefore it is necessary to continue for approximately 1 mile until the turning point on the A30 is reached in order to go back.

    01952 212750
    Wesley Cottage
    PL15 7TG 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1566 86158
    Liskeard Attractions :
    Listed below are attractions in Liskeard:
    Liskeard is an old Market town, historically a place where Tin Miners brought their tin for weighing and valuing, and was granted it’s Market Charter in 1240, since then has held it’s Cattle Market every month. Cornwall’s second largest church is here, built in the 15th Century with it’s tower raising some 85’, eight bells and lovely carvings . North of the town is Bodmin Moor with it’s mystical past, burial chambers, holy wells and Bronze Age settlements. Or if journeying through beautiful countryside on a steam train pleases, then Bodmin and Wenford Railway is a must. Perhaps music boxes, organs, pianos, Wurlitzer’s, are your thing, then a visit to Paul Corins Magnificent Music Machines is entertaining. Or why not try The Arts and Environmental Centre, a theatre and art gallery where live music is performed outside. If animals and the great outdoors is favoured then Porfell Animal Wildlife Park is an exciting place to visit, where feeding the ducks, chickens and Deer are just a few of the things to try. One of the most delightful places to experience is Carnglaze Slate Caverns where three underground caverns, with a mesmeric subterranean lake is carved out from the wooded hillside.

    Tourist Offices
    Foresters Hall  Pike Street 
    Liskeard  Cornwall  PL14 3JE
     Email Liskeard

    Tel: [01579] 349148      
    Callington Attractions :
     Listed below are attractions in Callington:
    Callington (Cornish: Kelliwik) is a small town and civil parish in southeast Cornwall,  The civil parish had a population of 4,783 in 2001, according to the 2001 census, although recent figures show that the population has risen to around 6000. In the 18th century, Callington was one of the most important mining areas in the British Isles. Deposits of silver were found nearby in Silver Valley. Today many old mining stacks dot the horizon, but there are no active mines apart from some granite quarrying on Hingston Down.The Callington constituency elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons, and was considered a rotten borough. Its representation was abolished by the Reform Act 1832.On the first Wednesday in October each year, the Honey Fair brings to the town street traders, entertainers and exhibitors from far afield. Thousands of people flock to the unique annual event
    Callington Honey Fair
    EducationalCallington Museum
    Callington Museum is a fascinating collection of archaeological finds, artefacts, pictures, paintings and documents that have been collected in order to chart the history of the area. It has been well put together by a loving group of curators and volunteers, many of whom are on hand to tell you interesting stories about the borough. The museum has been put together over a period of many years and therefore is one of the best in the area.
    Callington Museum Liskeard Road, Callington,
    Cornwall PL17 7HA

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    Phone: +44 (0)1579 382697  -  Fax: +44 (0)1579 341046

    Carnglaze Slate Caverns
     consists of three underground caverns reaching over 100 meters into a wooded hillside between Liskeard and Bodmin.
    Carnglaze St Neots, Liskeard, PL14 6HQ

     Email Carnglaze Caverns
    tel: 01579 320251
    High on Bodmin Moor stands one of the strangest ‘tors’, or granite hilltops, in all England. Centuries of wind and rain, snow and frost, have eaten into the weakest points of the stone, carving an extraordinary shape which is said to resemble a cheesepress, hence its name. The views from the hill are remarkable – on a clear day you can see from the blue waters of St Austell Bay, across the moor, and up to Brown Willy – the highest summit in Cornwall. A network of paths around the Cheesewring makes the district a popular destination for ramblers and riders.
    Minions, Near Liskeard,
    Cornwall PL14

    Colliford Lake Park
    Bodmin Moor
    PL14 6PZ 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1208 821469
    Dobwalls Adventure

    Dobwalls, Nr Liskard
    Duloe Church

    The village of Duloe lies to the south of Liskeard on the road to the coastal town of Looe. The massive, square tower with its squat, pyramid-shaped roof dominates this church and dates from the 13th Century. Unusually, the tower is attached to the south transept and leans perceptibly from the vertical. The splendid north chapel was added during the l5th Century and includes the tomb of its principal patron, Sir John Colshull. A pretty, well-maintained churchyard surrounds the church and is particularly attractive when its daffodils are blooming.
    Duloe church Duloe, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 4PN
    Tel: 01503 265351
    Dupath Well House
    If you walk out of town on the Tavistock Road and turn right after the roundabout but before the garage you will have a pleasant walk down a quiet lane and will eventually come to Dupath Farm where the spring is covered by a building dating from  1510 although it is believed to be the site of a pre-Christian shrine. This is one of the most imposing well houses in the County.
    Dupath Well Callington
    PL17 8AD
    1 mile E of Callington off A388


    Golitha Falls
    A National Nature Reserve, Golitha Falls is an area of ancient woodlands beside the river Fowey as it cascades through a steep gorge. The scenery is beautiful in any season, the falls are at their best after rain. The woodlands are largely of oak, ash and beech. The site is home to a wide variety of lichens, liverwort, moss, birds and moths, including some rare species. A few industrial remains are now well merged into the landscape. The site is an easy walk from a nearby car park but reaching the lower sections requires some rock scrambling.
    Golitha Falls
    Near Liskeard,
    Cornwall PL14

    Herodsfoot Church
    Herodsfoot's Church of All Saints was built in 1850 on a hillside above the village. It is a modest building in keeping with the small size of the village that it serves. The walls are well-buttressed, with a high and steeply-pitched roof that inside the church creates a pleasing sense of space. A single bell is enclosed in a turret at the western end. A nicely crafted porch welcomes visitors. A programme of refurbishments since 2000 included the removal of the original pipe organ installed in 1880
    Herefoot Church
    Herodsfoot, Liskeard,
    Cornwall PL14 4QX

    Hurlers, The
    On the outskirts of the village of Minions are no fewer than three stone circles, collectively known as The Hurlers. The circles, which date from the Bronze Age, around 1500BC, were probably erected as some kind of sacred site, although like Stonehenge, they could have served some other, unknown purpose. According to local folklore, the stones were once men; foolishly, they decided to play hurlers on the Sabbath, and were turned to stone for their sins.
    The Hurtlers
    Minions, Near Liskeard,
     Cornwall PL14
    Located 1⁄2 mile NW of Minions, off B3254


    Kart World - nr Liskeard
    Enjoy the thrill and excitment of racing against your colleagues and friends. Follow the results on our computer displays, and strive to be the top drive on the day. This is an excellent arena for team building, company parties and stag entertainment.
    Kart World

    King Doniert's Stone
    Two richly carved pieces of a 9th-century 'Celtic' cross, with an inscription commemorating Dumgarth, British King of Dumnonia, who drowned in c. AD 875.

    St Cleer
    1 mile NW of St Cleer, off B3254

    Kit Hill Country Park
    Panoramic views of South East Cornwall can be seen from the top, look south to the Tamar estuary and Plymouth, east to Dartmoor, north across rolling countryside and west towards Bodmin. The town of Callington nestles at the foot of the hill. The recommended route is to walk using one of the footpaths that wend outwards from the town, but if you are not very mobile you can slowly drive to the top.Kit Hill can offer picnicking space, history, mining remains, wildlife, hidden peaceful corners like the old quarry, fantastic views. Leaflets available at the Town Hall.
    Kit Hill Callington
    Tel: +44 (0) 1579 370030
    Fax: +44 (0) 1579 370038
    EducationalLiskeard and District Museum
    Liskeard and District Museum has been established in order to provide a home for the many artefacts and antiques, pictures and maps that have been brought together over many hundreds of years of fascinating history in this region. The collection is well looked after by a group of enthusiasts who are careful to ensure that all visitors enjoy learning about the long and fascinating history of the borough.

    Foresters Hall, Pike Street,
    Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3JE 
    E-mail Liskeard and District Museum
    Phone: +44 (0)1579 346087
    EducationalPaul Corin's Magnificent Music Machines
    Come to the Old Mill in the lovely Looe valley, for an unforgettable nostalgic musical entertainment. This delightfully eccentric museum created on the back of one man's passion for music boxes, Wurlitzers, and organs of yesteryear.
    Paul Corin's Magnificent Music
                                Machines St Keyne Station
    St Keyne Liskeard
    Cornwall PL14 4SH
    Email: paulcorinmusic@yahoo.co.uk
    Tel: +44 (0) 1579 - 343108
    The Southern Gallery

    Home to the worlds largest exhibition of work by the Belgian artist Carl Brenders. With over 200 limited edition prints and original watercolours on display and for sale. Also housing work by Lancashire born Steven Townsend. "Free Admission". Email or telephone for more details.

    Havett Road, Dobwalls
    Liskeard, Cornwall
    PL14 6HB 
    Visit Website
    Tel: 01579 320325
    Sterts Arts & Environmental Centre

    tel: 01579 362382
    Trethevy Quoit
    Trethevy Quoit is awesome in every respect. With an estimated construction date of around 4500 BC, it is one of the oldest manmade structures in Britain. It is also the best preserved of all the Cornish dolmens, or burial sites, and one of the easiest to visit, being situated in a field right next to the road in the centre of the hamlet of Trethevy. It’s believed that the stones were originally covered with soil and grass, but over the centuries the earth has disappeared to reveal the extraordinary ‘skeleton’ of granite beneath.
    Trethevy Quoit
    Trethevy, Darite, Near Liskeard,
    Cornwall PL14
    1 mile NE of St Cleer, near Darite; off B3254

    Virgin Hot Air Balooning
    The Liskeard Virgin Hot Air Balloon Flights launch site is a fantastic spot from which to explore the beauty and history of what is, arguably, the jewel of the West Country. Once linked by canal to the charming coastal town of Looe, Liskeard, is found draped about a gently steeped hill, flanked on all sides by beautiful, rolling Cornish countryside. Overlooked by its own part-Norman, Church of St Martin, the second largest church in the county, Liskeard is now a thriving, bustling market town.  If fortunate, during your flight, to pass low and slow over the town it is possible to see buildings of all styles and ages radiating out from the town's central square.  Southwest of Liskeard lies the picturesque coastal town of Fowey where once the author, Daphne DuMaurrier, drawn to the natural beauty of the region, lived and wrote, whilst in a more southerly direction are found a wealth of typically quaint fishing villages such as Polperro and Looe.  Our Liskeard launch site provides the perfect base for those wishing to traverse the wide Cornish skies.
    http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk/gallery/full/002.jpg Liskeard launch site:-

    The Butcher's Arms
    St Ive
    PL14 3LX

    The pre-arranged meeting place for flights in and around Cornwall
    is The Butcher's Arms at St Ive.
    01952 212750
    Food & Drink
    Yarg Cheese Farm

    Looe Attractions :
    Listed below are attractions in Looe:
    Looe is an old seafaring town with a long history of fishing and smuggling. Just 17 miles west of Plymouth. East and West Looe are split by the river running out to sea with a landmark seven arched stone bridge linking the two sides. The town 'centre' is at East Looe, with its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, shops and the busy fishing harbour.
    Banjo Pier


    Tourist Offices
    The Guildhall  Fore Street  East Looe  Cornwall  PL13 1AA
     Email Looe

    Tel: [01503] 262072      
    Fax: [01503] 265426 
    EducationalLanreath Folk and Farm Museum Lanreath Folk & Farm Museum
    PL13 2NX 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1503 - 220321
    Lantivet Bay
    This bay lies immediately to the east of Pencarrow Head, midway between Polruan and Polperro, and is overlooked by the beautiful parish church at Lansallos. It encloses several separate coves each with its sand or shingle beach, of which none is likely to be crowded even on the brightest summer afternoon. Access is either from the coastal footpath or by a beautiful 15-minute, gentle walk down from one of the National Trust car parks at Frogmore or Lansallos
    Lantivet Bay Lansallos, Near Looe,
    Cornwall PL13

    Liskeard-Looe Railway
    This is one of the most picturesque railways in the country. It opened in 1860 to serve the granite and copper mines of Bodmin Moor, following the towpath of a canal that had been built in 1828. Passenger service started in 1879, and in 1901 the line was extended by a steep, almost circular section that approaches the main line at Liskeard. The single track follows the valley of the East Looe River, passing four tiny intermediate stations before terminating beside the pretty tidal estuary of Looe.
    Liskeard-Looe Railway
    Station Road, Looe,
    Cornwall PL13 1HN

    Looe Island

    St. George’s Island is a small Cornish island. Better known as Looe Island, it lies just a mile off the southern Cornish coast, near the small fishing village of Looe. The island is 22½ acres in extent, one mile in circumference, and rises up to 150 feet.From the early 1960s until 2003 the island was owned by the indomitable Atkins sisters. The story of how Evelyn and Babs Atkins came to find themselves on the island was told in the bestselling We Bought an Island and Tales From Our Cornish Island by Evelyn, who died in 1997. When Babs died in 2004, she left the island to the care of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.The island has been a popular tourist attraction for decades, as it enjoys magnificent coastal views from Prawle Point in Devon to the Lizard Peninsula. With snow and frost virtually unknown it has an exceptionally mild climate. Daffodils bloom at Christmas, and unlike most small islands it is wooded. A natural sanctuary for sea and woodland birds and one time haunt of smugglers, its known history includes a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 of which only a few stones remain visible. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Christ.

    Looe Island
    Station Road, Looe,
    Cornwall PL13 1HN


    Monkey Sanctuary Trust, The

    The Monkey Sanctuary has been home to a colony of Amazonian woolly monkeys since 1964. It was established to provide a stable setting for woolly monkeys rescued from lives of isolation as pets. Today the monkeys live in a beautiful setting on the Cornish coast, in an extensive territory formed of several grassed enclosures linked together with heated indoor rooms.Visitors can watch the monkeys forage and play in the trees and listen to their keepers describing the monkeys lives and explaining their behaviour. This allows visitors to gain a true insight into the personality and social life of these amazing creatures.A new addition to the Monkey Sanctuary is a CCTV linked Bat Cave, which allows visitors a glimpse of the private lives of our resident colony of lesser horseshoe bats.The beautiful conservation gardens at the Sanctuary also provide a home for native plants and wildlife encouraging environmental awareness closer to home. There is a play area and activity room for children, a gift shop, and the Tree Top Café', serving delicious vegetarian meals and snacks.The Monkey Sanctuary is open from the Sunday before Easter to the last week in September -Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 4.30 pm Easter, May Bank Holidays & Autumn Half Term. To find us please follow the signposts from the B3253.

    Monkey Sanctuary
    PL13 INZ

    email info@monkeysanctuary.org
    Tel & Fax
    (01503) 262532
    EducationalOld Guildhall and Gaol
    This Tudor building has been well preserved and is a fantastic piece of historical architecture that allows visitors to see a period of time that has long passed by come to life. The collection shows the modern visitor how the gaol and courts would have operated many hundreds of years ago. It is an imposing and rather grim exploration of the way that people used to live, and the tough conditions prisoners were kept in.

    Higher Market Street, East Looe, Cornwall PL13 1BP
    Phone: +44 (0)1503 263709  -  Fax: +44 (0)1503 265674
    Porfell Animal World Wildlife Park
    Exotic, wild and domesticated animals in peaceful, tranquil setting near Liskeard in fifteen acres of fields bounded by streams, with woodland walks.
    Porfell Wildlife Park
    John & Joy Palmer
    Trecangate, nr. Lanreath, Liskeard
    Cornwall PL14 4RE

    Tel: 01503 220211
    South East Cornwall Discovery Centre


    Lostwithiel is a pretty town nestling in the Fowey River Valley, known as the antique capital of Cornwall. Originally founded by the Normans. The streets, lanes and Medieval bridge of this historic town brings you upon Restormel Castle, which was home to the Norman lords who built Lostwithiel. St Bartholomew’s Church with it’s 13th Century octagonal lantern spire and stunning carved font is a delight. The Museum which is housed in the old Corn Exchange has many exhibits covering history over the last 200 years. Or an unusual experience is the former court house Shire Hall, now beckons her visitor to become a member of the jury in a courtroom trial from the 19th Century. Perhaps a sedate round of golf in wooded countryside, or game of tennis or even swimming, all can be enjoyed at the Golf and Country Club. Or visit the Farm Museum in the hamlet of St Winnow. Lanhydrock House is an impressive Tudor Mansion built in 1630 where you can tour around this interesting house and experience 49 rooms both above and below stairs. The ‘Long gallery’ has a carved plaster ceiling depicting scenes from the Old Testament, all set within 22 acres of gardens.
    Tel: [01208] 872207      
    Fax: [01208] 872207    

    Nestled just inland from Fowey, Boconnoc is a beautiful estate boasting lush scenery, historical roots and grand architecture.Wind down the driveway past a striking obelisk framed by two classical shrines, and you immediately get a hint that Boconnoc is a fascinating historical garden. It's true that Charles I made the estate his headquarters during the Civil War, but more importantly, it is a rare example of medieval parkland that has survived to this day.

    The Estate Office
    PL22 0RG

    Tel: +44 01208 872507

    Fax: +44 01208 873836

    Restormel Castle
    Restormel castle lies just to the north of Lostwithiel village, overlooking the River Fowey. This is one of Cornwall's often forgotten corner's, lacking the fame of the nearby castles.Restormel is the ideal location for quiet afternoons with the family. The grounds are ideal for picnics, with splendid views across wooded valleys.Children with love exploring the ramparts (supervision needed, as the steps can be slippery), or racing around the top of the moat.The castle, originally built by the Normans on a spur, overlooking the river valley, stands proudly one mile upriver from Lostwithiel.You can still make out the ruins of Restormel's keep, gate and Great Hall, and even the kitchens and private rooms. They were built around 1100, making Restormel one of the oldest and best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in Cornwall.The castle was rebuilt by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall in the late 13th century, as a splendid residence for himself. The bailey (a large courtyard where the retainers lived) has now disappeared, so has the deer park, where Edmund kept 300 deer. The Black Prince held court here briefly in 1354.Restormel's defenses were perfect. The castle was built behind a 17 metre moat, upon slopes which were artificially steepened. These clearly acted as a powerful deterrent, for Restormel has seen action only once during its long history in 1644, when Charles I's forces drove out the Parliamentarian garrison during the Civil War.The Castle still belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. It is administered by English Heritage and is open to the public. Various events are staged here from time to time, bringing history to life. The views over the valley from the top of the castle wall are magnificent.
    In the spring, Restormel Castle is surrounded by banks of daffodils and bluebells. It lies a mile to the north of the attractive medieval town of Lostwithiel.
    Restormel Castle
    PL22 0DB 
    Tel. 01208 872687
    Fax. 01326 319911
    Madron Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Madron:

    Lanyon Quoit
    The most visited of all West Cornwall’s dolmens, or burial mounds, Lanyon Quoit owes its popularity to its location, a short walk from a main road. The monument is thought to date from the Neolithic, or New Stone Age, and has a capstone weighing more than eighteen tons. It once stood high enough off the ground for a man on horseback to sit comfortably beneath it, but the capstone fell to the ground in the early nineteenth century, probably as a result of excavations, and was replaced by a team from the Royal Navy, who found they had to lower the height of the ‘legs’ in order to accomplish the repairs.
    Lanyon Quoit
    Madron, Near Penzance,
     Cornwall TR20

    Madron Well

    Religious site

    1/2 mile NW of Madron village


    Of all the enigmatic ancient remains of West Cornwall, none is more puzzling than the Men-an-Tol (stone of the hole). Nobody really knows the purpose of the structure, or even quite how old it is, although most agree that it dates from the early Bronze Age, around 2000 BC. The Men an Tol is actually four stones – one of which has fallen, but three of which remain standing. The hole in the centre stone is just wide enough for an adult to pass through, and traditionally it has been used to promote well-being. It was said that tubercular children could be cured by being passed through the hole three times, and even today many visitors to this ancient site squeeze through the Men an Tol in the hope of good luck and good health.
    Madron, Near Penzance,
    Cornwall TR20

    Mevagissey Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Mevagissey:
    Mevagissey is an unspoilt fishing village on the South Coast of Cornwall. This pretty village whose history stretches back to 1313, famed for it’s smuggling and boat building. The paint pallet of cottages perch on the slopes overlooking the harbours, and whether you linger to photograph, paint or simply enjoy it, will be hard to leave, perhaps one of the many boat trips on offer will be one temptation too many, from sea fishing, shark fishing, or a pleasant ferry trip to nearby Fowey. The village with narrow twisting labyrinth of streets whisk you back in time, and are a real pleasure to explore with many treasures to discover.. The Aquarium is housed in the old RNLI Life Boat House, and proudly displays many interesting exhibits. As does the Museum which was previously used for the repair and building of smuggling vessels. The World of Model Railways is an amazing place to visit with over thirty trains, as is The Lost Gardens of Heligan or Caerhays Castle and 60 acres of woodland all are close by . With stunning sandy beaches, harbour and winding streets, not to mention it’s smuggling history and pilchard cellars, Mevagissey weaves it’s spell every time.
    Mevagissey Harbour

    Tel:  0870 443 2928
    Fax:  0870 443 2928    
    EducationalMevagissey Folk Museum
    This museum is a marvellous heritage treasure. Youll be transported back through time, as you observe their creative displays of Cornish culture. The lifestyles and traditions, of long-ago fishermen and farmers, have been carefully reconstructed. The beautiful exhibits, models, paintings and collections of rare photographs, will fascinate you!
    Megavissey Museum
    East Quay
    St Austell
    PL26 6QQ 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1726 - 843568
    Mevagissey Harbour
    Mevagissey is one of several beautiful little fishing villages along the coast of southeast Cornwall. The harbour has always served as the focus of village life. The present inner harbour was built in 1774, and the outer harbour in 1888 although it was severely damaged by a storm in 1891 and was rebuilt a few years later. The battle with the sea continues on behalf of the modern fishing and tourist industries, which make the harbour a hive of activity in the summer months. In 2006 the aquarium was re-opened in the old lifeboat house.
    Megavissey Harbour at dusk
    Harbour Office, Mevagissey,
    Cornwall PL26 6QU
    Phone: +44 (0)1726 843305

    World of Model Railways

    Over forty computerised locomotives travelthrough a variety of intricate and detailed scenery. Control the trains on the indoor garden layout, completewith fresh summer fragrances!Watch the fairground rides and lights in an interactive display.Enjoy further improvements to Junior Junction, especially for the younger spectators.Browse through our extensive model shop; ideal for the experienced modellers and the Thomas the Tank Engine enthusiasts.130 metres from the picturesque harbour of Mevagissey.
    World of Model Railways

    Telephone: 01726 842457
    Morval Attractions: 
    Listed below are attractions in Morval:

    St Wenna’s Church
    The church of St Wenna lies hidden well away from the main roads in a secret hollow of the East Looe valley. It is well worth seeking out – a beautiful granite parish church dating back to the 13th Century. The roof of the aisle is said to be the original, and there is a 17th Century alms box with iron hinges and mountings. Outside, the churchyard has some fine Cornish crosses.
    St. Wennas Church
    Morval, Near Looe, Cornwall PL13 1PN

    Newquay Attractions:
    Listed below are attractions in Newquay:
    Newquay is a lively resort on the north Cornish coast spread over dramatic cliffs, with the curved headland of the harbour and varied nightlife, together with eleven beaches and range of water sports, makes this a fun place to be. With diverse claims to fame such as an Iron Age Hill Fort and the surfing capital of Britain Fistral Beach hosts major international competitions, to the Beatles having filmed part of ‘The Magical Mystery Tour here’. For a busy day with lots to see and do, why not try the Zoo with hundreds of animals, and lush sub tropical lakeside gardens, Tarzan trail and face painting, or perhaps Springfield’s Fun Park and Pony Centre with it’s giant indoor barn, train rides and wet woodland trail. Or how about Dairy Land Farm World, with it’s Animal Ark, bottle feeding and pony rides, mini tractors and trampolines. If all this is not enough then there is always The Owl Sanctuary, or terrific historical Mine, all capped off with unforgettable steam trains on the Lappa Valley which originally opened in 1849. For a more relaxed day the visit to Tunnels Through Time is a true insight into scenes of history and is well worth the visit, as is the impressive Trerice House built in 1573, an Elizabethan Manor House with ornate clocks, needlework and Great Chamber with it’s Barrel Ceiling, and enchanting orchards home to old varieties of fruit. Why not walk the Discovery Trail and learn of Newquay history, myths and legends as you go or the 138 seats on offer at the Lane Theatre, started in 1931and home to a variety of live entertainment, to many Art galleries and specialist Surfing shops and large shopping centre. Whatever the reason for your visit the only problem will be what to do first.

    Newquay Surfing
    Tourist Offices
    Municipal Offices  Marcus Hill  Newquay  Cornwall  TR7 1BD
     Email Newquay

    Tel: [01637] 854020      
    Fax: [01637] 854030   
    Blue Lagoon Leisure

    Blue Reef Aquarium

    From the Cornish coast to the 'underwater gardens' of the Mediterranean and the dazzling beauty of tropical reefs the aquarium recreates the magic of the undersea world.The sights, sounds and smells of the sea are vividly brought to life by more than 30 innovative displays.t its heart is a spectacular coral reef display housed within a gigantic 250,000 litre ocean tank - home to exotic tropical species like black tip sharks and giant wrasse as well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish.Visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters inside an underwater walkthrough tunnel which runs through the centre of the reef, via a series of underwater viewing windows and even from the surface - along a specially-constructed boardwalk overlooking the coral atoll.Other displays are home to everything from octopus and seahorses to giant crabs and lobsters. Daily talks and feeding demonstrations bring the experience to life. An amazing experience whatever the weather.

    Blue Reef Aquarium
    Towan Promenade,
     Newquay. TR7 1DU


    24-hour Information line: (01637) 878134
    Cornwall Pearl

                                          for KidsDairyland Farm World

    There’s masses to do outside and in, with children’s activities a huge undercover play area “The Bull Pen” with climbing nets, slides and ball pools and outside there’s trampolines, assault courses, play area for smaller children, mini ride on tractors & JCB’s, Wendy House, Tarzan House, Aerial Ride and even a Maypole swing.Then for Mum, Dad, Granny & Grandpa there is the opportunity to visit a bygone age in the Cornish Heritage Centre and educate the children how life and work used to be which sits next to the alternative energy centre. There is also a Milking Museum, a recycling display and Newquay’s Old Cornwall Society gallery.A tranquil nature trail rolls down through the valley with woodland walks to lakes filled with wildlife from fish to swans and for those not up to walking there is a Hayride daily from 1pmRemember this is still a working farm and the centrepiece of the attraction remains the unique daily milking session (around 3.45pm) when the cows step aboard a merry-go-round milking machine and are milked to a rousing musical accompaniment. This amazing milking parlour is just like a space-age nightclub, complete with glitter ball. This is an interactive attraction with hands on experiences, pat-a-pet, bottle-feeding and milking ‘Clarabelle’ the cyber cow.What our visitors say!
    “I visited with my children and now I visit with my grandchildren and the experience just gets better with every visit”Hazel Cowley,Dunstable.
    Meals and snacks available (made with mostly local ingredients) Shop, Disabled access.

    Dairyland Farm World
    On the A3058 Newquay to St. Austell road, 4 miles from Newquay. SAT NAV TR8 5AA

     Email Dairyland
    Tel  01872 510246
    Fistral Beach
    A huge sandy beach which is one of the best surfing beaches in the UK
    Fistral Beach
    Directions:Fistral Beach is on the western edge of Newquay which is 50 miles from Plymouth and 81 miles from Exeter. Approach from the east or west on the A30 and at Indian Queens turn north at the roundabout onto the A39. Proceed until the next roundabout then turn left onto the A392 to arrive at the west of Newquay

    Tel: 01637 850584
                                        for KidsHolywell Bay Fun Park

    17 all-age, all-action attractions, – from Adventure Golf to Formula 1.
    Free parking and entry Pay as you play, spend as much or as little as you like. Rides and attractions from 50p to £4.We're easily found: 4 miles from Newwquay just off the (A3075) Newquay to the Redruth road. Look out for the brown signs. Please note! Long sleeve top and socks needed for the trampolines and Planet Holywell kiddies area.
    Why not try our "best in the west" 18- hole pitch & putt course which is open all year and offers fun for all the family. Takes approximately 2 hours and has wonderful views of the Gull Rocks and Atlantic Ocean. This facility is open all year.

    Holywell Bay Fun Park
    Newquay Holywell Bay Fun Park,
    Holywell Bay Newquay,
    Cornwall TR8 5PW

    4 miles from Newquay, just off the (A3075) Newquay to Redruth road. Look out for the brown signs.

     Email Holywell Fun Park

    Telephone: (01637) 830095
    Fun Factory

    GardensThe Japanes Garden & Bonsai Nursery

    Discover an oasis of tranquillity nestled in the lush Vale of Lanherne. Set in just one-and-a-half acres, the Japanese Garden is a perfect example of what is small is beautiful. Diminutive it may be in size, but its paths lead into a myriad of divine features, including the Water Gardens, Stroll garden and a Zen Garden - created in accordance with the philosophy of the East.

    St Mawgan
    TR8 4ET

    Tel: +44 01637 860116

    Fax: +44 01637 860887

                                        for KidsLappa Valley Steam Railway

    Board our 15” gauge steam train, Zebedee or Muffin, at Benny Halt and travel on a mile-long journey through a beautiful Cornish valley to our leisure park at East Wheal Rose. Then ride on two more miniature railways: the 10 1/4" gauge climbs nearly half a mile further up the valley, and the 7 1/4" gauge travels a circuit of 320 metres.Families love our canoes and pedaloes, crazy golf, children’s play area, and nature walks. For those interested in the past, an imposing mine engine house stands in the leisure park and its story is told in a dramatic video presentation. We also have a brick path maze designed on Cornishman Richard Trevithick’s world-first 1804 steam locomotive.Careful ecological management of our site, which we have looked after since 1974, allows wild flowers, ferns and trees to thrive and provides a good habitat for a large variety of native birds, animals and insects.We also have a licenced coffee shop to relax in and well-stocked gift shop.

    Lappa Valley Steam Railway
      St Newlyn East, Newquay, TR8 5LX.

     email Lappa Valley Railway

    Telephone: 01872 510317

    Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre

    This is a beautiful beach - not very big at high tide. The surf is good, the beach is clean & the facilities excellent. Lusty Glaze restaurant is situated on the beach which is well worth a visit for an evening meal. When the tide is out you can walk along the beach to Newquay but you have to keep your eye on the returning tide!! This is a stunning place

    Lusty Glaze
      Lusty Glaze Road

     Email Lusty Glaze

    Tel: 01637 872444
    Fax: 01637 859718
    Mawgan Porth Beach
    A wide sandy beach with sand even at high tide. There is level access to the beach and toilets and parking are close to the beach
    Mawgan Pawth Beach

    Directions:Mawgan Porth is 7 miles from Newquay. Approach Newquay on the A30 and turn onto the A39 at the Indian Queens roundabout. Proceed on the A39 and continue on the A39 across the 1st roundabout and at the 2nd roundabout turn left onto the A3059 for Newquay. At Newquay follow the directions for Padstow onto the B3276. Continue on the B3276 to Mawgan Porth. Approaching from the east there are shorter cross country routes avoiding Newquay. Consult an OS map
    Tel: 01726 223300
                                          for KidsNewquay Zoo

    Award winning Newquay Zoo (a registered charity) is set amongst exotic lakeside gardens with animals from all around the world ranging from the smallest monkey the Pygmy Marmoset to African Lions.While at the zoo you can enjoy fascinating talks and feeding times throughout the day. See the very popular otter family playing in the stream in the Oriental Garden, which is also home to some rare and endangered animals like Owston’s Civets from Vietnam and stunning Hornbills from Asia. Look out for meerkats on sentry duty, penguins playing in their pool, the beautiful colouring of the Red Pandas and glimpse the strange and endangered lemurs and fossa.The Tropical House is another stunning exhibit with an open jungle rainforest enclosure where you can spend time spotting a variety of exotic animals including sloths, toucans, monkeys, toads and much more. See displays on the zoo’s overseas conservation work and visit the minibeasts room with snakes, skinks, dart frogs and other creepy crawlies.Fun for all age groups with plenty of delights for children including the tarzan trail, a children’s play area, the village farm and the dragon maze. Face painting and a ‘Wild Times’ creative club are also available on most days during the summer. There is plenty of seating and picnic areas plus the Café Lemur restaurant, Tippy’s snack bar and a tasty summer barbecue by the lake.Newquay Zoo is the first attraction in Cornwall to achieve a GOLD accreditation from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

    Newquay Zoo
    Trenance Gardens,
    Newquay TR7 2LZ.

     email Newquay Zoo
    tel: (01637) 873342
    Offshore Extreme

    Penhale Adventure Centre

    Absolutely fantastic experience. The whole family had a great day coasteering we would recommend Penhale Adventure Centre to anyone.

    Penhale Adventure
         Penhale Training Camp
    Holywell Bay Newquay TR8 5PF
    Tel: 44 0 1637 831206
    Towan Beach
    Directions:Towan Beach is 16 miles from St Austell. Aproaching from the east or west on the A390 about 4 miles east of Truro turn onto the A3078 for St Mawes. Continue on the A3078 and then turn left at Trewithian. Follow this road for about 4 miles and just after Porth Creek, park at Porth farm
    Tel: 01726 223300

    A delightful small Elizabethan manor house, Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away from the world in a web of narrow lanes and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age.Behind the Dutch-style gabled facade are ornate fireplaces, elaborate plaster ceilings and a collection of English furniture of the highest quality.The summer-flowering garden is unusual in content and layout and there is an orchard planted with old varieties of fruit trees. Trerice also features a shop, restaurant, plant sales and a museum which traces the history of the lawnmower.

    Kestle Mill
    TR8 4PG 

    Tel : (01637) 875404
    Shop: (01637) 879216
    Restaurant: (01637) 879434

    EducationalTunnels Through Time

     gives an enjoyable and interesting look at Cornwall's history and I absolutley love the Cornish Knockers, as for the Dungeon I think it's a good portrayal of punishment back in the day and not scary, more informative! Every exhibit has an information plaque so you know exactly what its about, the staff are very friendly and you can visit whether its rain or shine!

    Tunnel Through Time
    St. Michael's Road
    Newquay TR7 1QZ


    tel: 44 1637 873379
    Watergate Bay Beach
    A lovely sandy beach located approximately 3 miles north of Newquay. In peak season this beach is popular with locals as they avoid the more crowded beaches in Newquay. Watergate is also a favorite with those new to surfing, and the immediate area offers some great walking opportunities. The beach has two car parks, toilet facilities, a shop and restaurant. Watergate Bay is signposted off the B3276.
    Watergate Bay Beach
    Newquay, Cornwall TR8

    Directions:Watergate Bay is 2 miles from Newquay. Approaching Newquay on the A30 at the Indian Queens roundabout turn north onto the A39. At the next roundabout go straight across to continue on the A39. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A3059. Continue on the A3059 which becomes the A3058 on the outskirts of Newquay and then turn right onto the B3276. After about two miles on the B3276, the road descends into a valley where there is parking and facilities for Watergate Bay

    West Coast Surfari

    Padstow Attractions :
    Listed below are attractions in Padstow:
    Padstow, with its fleet of trawlers, netters and crabbers, and colourful harbour surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses, is an example of what Cornwall does best - it's a working port which wears a holiday hat.Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day in Padstow. And when this gets too hectic, then spread your towel on the nearby beach at Harbour Cove, and watch the sails of the passing river traffic. Or get a sailor's view of the Camel Estuary on a boat trip, sailboard or ferry ride. Take time away from the quayside to explore the port's rich heritage - the hidden curiosities of the Town Trail, the maritime displays in Padstow Museum, and the grounds and lavish interiors of Prideaux Place, home of the Prideaux-Brune family for 400 years and film location for Twelfth Night. On balmy summer evenings there are quayside concerts, where the brass band plays as the sun goes down. And once a year on May Day, Padstow dances to a different tune, when the pagan 'Obby 'Oss is unleashed and the narrow streets throb to the ceaseless drumbeat and wild cavortings of this age-old fertility celebration.
    Hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages are never more than a seagull's cry from the water's edge. If Padstow had a visitors' book, it would make for interesting reading. You'd find entries from the prehistoric Beaker folk, from Romans, Celtic Saints and even Viking marauders. Later inhabitants include Sir Walter Raleigh, whose Court House stands on Riverside and the internationally acclaimed Chef Rick Stein. Population 4,000
    Padstow harbour

    Padstow Street

    Tourist Offices
    Red Brick Building North Quay Padstow Cornwall PL28 8AF
     Emai Padstow

    Manager Tara Mcburnie.

    Tel 01841 533449 fax 01841 532356
    Constantine Bay Constantine Bay
    Padstow , Cornwall PL28 8JJ
    Directions:Constantine Bay is approximately 11 miles from Newquay. At Newquay follow the directions for Padstow onto the B3276. Follow the B3276 past Watergate Bay through Mawgan Porth and then Porthcothan. Immediately after Porthothan turn left onto a minor lane. On this road take the second left and then turn left again for Treyarnon Bay. Park at Treyarnon Bay and walk the coast path to Constantine Bay. An alternative route is to drive from Wadebridge to Padstow on the A39 & A389 and pick up the B3276 at Padstow. Shortly after St Merryn, turn right for Constantine Bay or take the next right for Treyarnon Bay

    Harlyn Bay
    One of the best family beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is a wide and spacious beach popular with families and surfers. There are several access points to the beach. The coast path can be walked to Mother Iveys Bay and Trevose Head. Note that part of the coast path is on the beach, so this route may be impassable at high tide
    Harlyn Bay
    Padstow  Cornwall PL28 8SB 
    Directions:Harlyn Bay is approximately 10 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 west from Wadebridge or the A39 from the Indian Queens roundabout (on the A30). About 3 miles west of Wadebridge, turn onto the A389 for Padstow. Shortly before Padstow turn left onto the B3276. Keep on the B3276 until a right turning for Harlyn Bay

    Food & Drink
    The National Lobster Hatchery
    Discover the fascinating world of lobsters and their environment. See live lobsters develop. Learn about the West Country lobster fishing industry.
    National Lobster Hatchery
    South Quay, Padstow,
    Cornwall PL28 8BL

    Telephone +44 (0)1841 533877
                                          for KidsOld MacDonald's Farm
    - Porthcothan Bay - A relaxing farm with lots of animals to see and touch, along with camping facilities, on the Cornish coast. Fun for all the family.
    Pony Rides | Train Rides | Crazy Golf | Bottle Feed | Lambs | Tractor Races | Trampolines | Birds of Prey photo sessions
    ..... and for Mums and Dads, Free scrumpy tasting, Local made craftware, Bonsai Trees, Cafe serving delicious cream teas, home-made cakes, etc.....
    Old MacDonald's Farm
    Porthcothan Bay, Padstow,
     Cornwall, PL28 8LW

    Tel: (01841) 540829
    Padstow Beach
    Padstow is a picturesque harbour town on the western banks of the Camel Estuary. To the north of the town and accessible by the coast path is a super stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. The walk from Padstow to St Georges Cove takes about 20 minutes. There are great views across the estuary

    Directions:Padstow is approximately 8 miles from Wadebridge and 16 miles from Bodmin. Approach Wadebridge on the A389 (from Bodmin) or the A39. At Wadebridge continue on the A39 for Newquay and then turn right on the A389 for Padstow. Continue on the A389 until Padstow

    Padstow Harbour
    This delightful fishing port lies on the southern side of the Camel estuary and at the end of the Camel Trail, a hiking and biking track along the line of the old railway from Bodmin. The harbour houses a fleet of inshore vessels fishing mainly for lobsters and crabs, together with an increasing number of leisure craft. A tidal gate maintains a minimum water depth of three metres in the inner harbour. Facilities are excellent, with access to several fine restaurants near the harbour as well as to the rugged beauty of the nearby coastline.
    Padstow Harbour
    The Harbour Office, Padstow,
     Cornwall PL28 8AQ 
    E-mail Padstow Harbour 
    Padstow Harbour Web site
    Phone: +44 (0)1841 532239  -  Fax: +44 (0)1841 533346
    EducationalPadstow Museum
    The Institute
    Market Place
    Padstow  Cornwall PL28 8AD  
    Tel: +44 (0) 1841 - 532470
    GardensPrideaux Place

    Prideaux Place is a delightful Elizabethan manor house within extensive grounds located near the popular harbour town of Padstow. This beautiful historic house and gardens has been owned by the prominent Prideaux family of Cornwall for approximately 400 years. The house itself, which was built in 1592 by Nicholas Prideaux, offers many hidden treasures and beautiful décor for visitors to admire.  The stunning, well kept grounds include formal gardens and a deer park and are a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll followed by refreshments in the tearoom! Open Sunday to Thursday from May to October, Prideaux Place is a wonderful place to visit for a tranquil break from the norm

    Prideaux Place
    PL28 8RP

    Visit Website
    Tel: 01841 532411
    Fax: +44 (0) 1841 532 945


    Mid Cornwall Galleries

    Par Sands
    A wide sandy beach popular with families. There is a huge expanse of sand at low tide and there is still some sand left at high tide
    Par Sands
    Directions:The village of Par is less than 1 mile from St Blazey which is 4 miles from St Austell. Approach St Blazey from the east or west on the A390. There are several roads from St Blazey to Par, including the A3082. Follow the A3082 through Par towards Fowey and just after the 2nd railway bridge, turn right for the car park.

    Par Sands
    Tel: 01726 223300
    GardensTregrehan Garden Tregrehan Garden
    PL24 2SJ 
    Tel: +44 (0)1726 814 389
    Fax: +44 (0)1726 814 389
    Penzance Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Penzance:
    Penzance is an historic town set in the far west of Cornwall and is home to 22,000 people. Positioned on the edge of the beautiful, evocative Mounts Bay, where the view of St Michaels Mount raising some 230’ above the sparkling sea has beckoned Pilgrims since Medieval times, whether you arrive by small boat or walk across the causeway at low tide, the stunning view is perhaps only surpassed by the Church or the castle perched at the very top. The working harbour is busy with colourful yachts, boats and a ferry in Summer that journeys to the Isles of Scilly, or there is always the thrill of a deep sea fishing trip or a gentle saunter along the Cornish coast where cliffs, secret coves, and sandy beaches edge the sea. The town is peppered with a patchwork of architecture left by Georgian‘s, Victorian’s, and old Cornish Fishermen’s cottages. A walk through the labyrinth of streets will lead you on a trail of discovery, from a Canon from the Spanish Armada outside of the Library, to the Hotel where Nelson’s victory was announced. Or how about a dip in the Art Deco Open Air Bathing Pool, which is set into the rocks and filled by the sea. For all things Maritime a visit to Trinity House Lighthouse Centre tells a fascinating story of Lighthouses where visitors can sound a foghorn or see what life was like for the Lighthouse keepers. Why not take a stroll along the promenade, or enjoy the wide sandy beach, or perhaps the Maritime Museum is more for you as it proudly displays the reconstructed interior of an 18th Century Man Of War ship. The chapters of time are reversed as far back as Neolithic Lanyon Quoit or how about Chysauster Ancient Village which dates back 2,000 years, or there is always Prussia Cove where infamous smugglers roamed. Penzance has been visited by Smugglers, the Spanish Armada, and Medieval Pilgrims now it’s your turn……………….
    Tourist Offices
    Station Road  Penzance 
    Cornwall  TR18 2NF
     Email Penzance
    Tel: [01736] 362207      
    Fax:  [01736] 363600    
    Art Gene
    A gallery with a great reputation at the heart of Penzance, this art space focuses on the works of the many artists who live and work in Cornwall. The county has attracted a great many painters and sculptors for generations because of the inspirational countryside and fantastic landscapes and natural light. The essence of this is captured in many of the works in the gallery.

    4 Chyandour Terrace,
    Penzance, Cornwall TR18 3LT
    E-mail Art Gene  
    Art Gene Web site
    Phone: +44 (0)1736 330820
    Bash Street Theatre Company 
    Bash Street Theatre Company produce inventive and fast-moving comic-strip shows, featuring a fusion of live music, physical theatre and circus skills. Street shows, walkabouts and mid-scale productions are toured to indoor/outdoor venues and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
    Bash Street
     35 Belgravia Street  
    Penzance   TR18 2BL • UK

    Tel +44 (0)1736 360795
    Branwells Mill Entertainment Centre

    Carn Euny Iron Age Courtyard House Settlement


    Indulge your sights and senses in this dramatic garden carved into the cliff edge teetering over the stunning Lamorna Cove.From its staggering perch on the edge of the ocean, this waterside garden tiers down in steep steps and terraces to meet sheltered woodland. A striking range of vibrant species stands out against a rugged backdrop, and as well as the spectacular sea view, Chygurno also boasts a unique decked vantage point that puts you on eye level with the treetops.

    Chygurno Lamorna
    TR19 6XH
    Tel: +44 01736 732153
    EducationalChysauster Ancient Village
    The Ancient Village was put together to give visitors a chance to see the way that people in this area would have lived many centuries ago. There have been a great deal of archaeological discoveries made in this area and therefore it is known that there has been a civilisation here for thousands of years. Visiting the village shows reconstructions of the way people lived socially and politically long before the luxuries that we now take for granted.
    Chysauster Ancient Village
    New Mill, Penzance, TR20 8XA

    4 miles North of Penzance off B3311
    tel : 07831 757934
    EducationalCornwall Geological Museum
    The Cornish Geology Centre is something of a goldmine for anyone interested in this subject as it is made up of a fascinating series of different rocks, making for an unusual and fragile place to visit. This museum looks into the study of this area and brings together a large body of research derived from across the county and many other academic institutions on why and how the earth is as it is in the region.

    St. John's Hall, Alverton, Penzance,
     Cornwall TR18 2QR

    Phone: +44 (0)1736 332400  -  Fax: +44 (0)1736 332400
    EducationalGeevor Tin Mine

    Geevor Tin Mine, situated in the village of Pendeen on the B3306 road between St. Ives and Lands End, was the last mine to work in West Penwith finally closing in 1990. Until then tin was won for centuries in workings that eventually stretched far out under the sea. Set in dramatic coastal scenery, Geevor is now the largest complete mining site in Britain where visitors can follow the story of the mining and processing of tin.In the museum there is a unique collection of mining artefacts and memorabilia, mineral displays, photographs of the mine and miners at work and the incredible 3D model of the coastal mine workings.The surface buildings contain magnificent machinery such as the winders and compressors. The walk through the mill will enable visitors to see where the ore was processed to produce the tin concentrate that Geevor sold. An underground tour with an expert guide takes visitors into the fascinating long-abandoned 18th Century Wheal Mexico adit mine, which was re–discovered in 1995.Refreshments are available in the Count House café, and there is well–stocked shop.

    Geevor Tin Mine

    Pendeen, Penzance,
    Cornwall TR19 7EW

    Email Geevor Tin Mine
    01736 788662.
    Fax: 01736 786059.
    Grand Casino Amusements -
     We offer excellent entertainment with outstanding views, we are located in the centre of Penzance promenade with children's adventure playground close by.
    Grand Casino

    You will find us in the centre of the promenade by the children's adventure playground, restaurants and the tennis court.

    TEL: 01736 363824
     The Egyptian House,
    Chapel Street, now a National Trust shop, dates from 1835 and was built to house a geological Museum
    Egyptian House

    Hardy Exotics Nursery
     - With the largest collection of Exotica in the UK. An inspirational, highly educational, an adventure and enormous fun to visit.An inspirational, highly educational, an adventure and enormous fun to visit.At the heart of exotic gardening in the UK We are not a garden centre, we are a nursery growing and developing a unique collection of over 1,500 species.
    Gilly Lane - Whitecross -
    Penzance - Cornwall - TR20 8BZ

    Isles of Scilly Steamship Company Limited
    Steamship House
    Quay Street
    TR18 4BZ 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1736 334220
    Fax: +44 (0) 1736 351223
    Lamorna Cove
    Lying about 4 miles south-west of Penzance, Lamorna is in many ways a typical small Cornish cove, backed by a narrow valley. In addition to its compact beauty and solitude, it also has had, since the early 20th Century, a record of being associated with the arts. Many painters have drawn inspiration from working and living here, including Augustus John and Alfred Munnings. More modern writers such as John le Carré and Derek Tangye also have links with the cove. Unusually for West Cornwall, the approach to the sea is through a heavily wooded river valley.
    Lamona Cave
    Lamorna, Near Penzance, Cornwall TR19

    Directions:Lamorna Cove is 6 miles from Penzance which is 27 miles from Truro and 14 miles from Helston. Take the A30 to Penzance and follow the A30 around the outskirts of Penzance. Shortly after Penzance turn left onto the B3315 and follow the B3315 until a turning for Lamorna

    Lamorna Pottery

    Land's End

    • Doctor Who ‘Up Close’ – A fantastic exhibition that provides you with a chance to get ‘up close’ to many of the actual props, costumes and monsters from the hit TV series including some of the doctor’s famous enemies. The exhibition has been updated for 2008 with new exhibits added throughout the year.• The Return to the Last Labyrinth multi-sensory exhibition – discover stories of shipwrecks, witches and monsters.• Air Sea Rescue simulation show – be a fly on the wall when the Sennen Lifeboat is launched to rescue a stricken fisherman.
    • Greeb Farm- a chance to meet the animals and to witness the art of the craftworkers.• The End to End Story – travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats at 6000mph and experience the many different and strange ways people have been inspired to make this journey.
    New for 2008 and opening in May is an exciting, interactive and informative exhibition based on the popular TV series ‘COAST’.
    The West Country Shopping Village is a 400 square metre undercover shopping experience that houses 3 fantastic shops all located around an indoor village street. Inside the Trading Co you will find a large selection of locally made jewellery, pottery, books and a range of Doctor Who toys and merchandise. The Taste of the West stocks many locally produced treats including fudge, biscuits, jams, Cornish Scrumpy and Liqueurs. Finally, there is the Land’s End Clothing Co with its selection of sweaters, fleeces, jackets and Cornish Fisherman’s smocks.There are many refreshment outlets to choose from including the ‘Cornish Pantry’, which serves a selection of hot and cold meals that can be enjoyed in a large indoor dining area; ‘The Longships Bar and Restaurant’ housed in a glass conservatory with stunning views forming a backdrop to your meal; the ‘Old Bakehouse’ is home to the Cornish Pasty and serves a selection of Take-away food which can be eaten on the panoramic sun terrace.

    Lands End
    Sennen, Penzance,
    Cornwall, TR19 7AA

     Email Lands End
    Telephone: 0870 458 0099
    Levant in Steam

    Situated on a cliff edge 5 miles from Land's End, the oldest beam engine in Cornwall is being driven once more by steam thanks to an extensive programme of restoration and rebuilding.
    The Levant mine is famous for its rich undersea deposits of both copper and tin. The minerals were pursued for more than a mile out under the Atlantic ocean.The mine is also known for its long working life from the end of the eighteenth century to 1930, though there is evidence of mining activity on the site from the Elizabethan period. The main engine house still stands, clinging to the edge of the cliffs, exposed to the fierce Atlantic Gales. The winding engine is still intact, or whim to give it its Cornish term, being the sole surviving piece of machinery of the mine. The winding engine stands in the same house as it worked in for 90 years. The cliff edge location, making it the most westerly steam engine in the country. The mine is one of Cornwall's oldest. Built in 1840, by the West Country's foremost engine builder, Harvey and Co. of Hayle.
    In 1935, just five years after the mine was closed, the beam engine became the first to be preserved on its working site by a group of private individuals - the Cornish Engine Preservation Society. The engine is now under the care of the National Trust having been handed over by the Society in 1967 along with other engines, including Taylor's 90 inch pumping and Michell's 30 inch whim, both on display at East Pool, Camborne.

    Levant Steam Engine
    Trewellard, Pendeen,
    St Just, Cornwall

    Tel: 01736 786156
    Marazion Attractions
    Listed below are attractions in Marazion:

    Marazion is one of the towns claiming to be Britain's oldest town. Marazion (Cornish: Marghasyow) is a civil parish and town in the Penwith district of Cornwall, . It lies on the shores of Mount's Bay, two miles east of Penzance and is served by the Great Western Railway. A causeway passable at low tide unites Marazion with the otherwise insular St Michael's Mount.The charter attributed to Robert, Count of Mortain granted lands and liberties to St Michael's Mount opposite Marazion and included a market on Thursdays. This appears to have been held from the first on the mainland. From it is probably derived the Marghasbigan (Parvum Forum) of the earlier and the Marghasyewe or Marketjew (Forum Jovis) of the later charters. It may be added that a Jewish origin has been ascribed to the place from the name Marketjew.

    Marazion Beach
    A long sand and pebble beach which stretches from Penzance to Marazion. Good parking and facilities at Marazion and its definitely worth visiting St Michaels Mount. To visit St Michaels Mount use the causeway at low tide and use the ferry when the causeway is under water
    Directions:Marazion is about 7 miles from Hayle and 10 miles from Helston. Approaching from North Cornwall use the A30 and at Hayle follow the directions to Penzance. Proceed on the A30 and shortly after Crowlas there is a roundabout. Take the second left for Marazion. This road follows the coast line and there are 2 car parks by the beach and a smaller car park in Marazion. You can also approach Marazion on the A394 from Helston

    Tel: 01736 796297
    EducationalMarazion Museum
    Marazion Museum is located within the town hall building at the heart of this small town in the beautiful Cornish countryside. The museum presents a fascinating insight into the way that this community was founded and has developed into what we see today. With reference to many archaeological and historical artefacts, the exhibition engages and interests visitors of all ages.

    Market Place, Marazion,
    Cornwall TR17 0AR

    Phone: +44 (0)1736 710234
    EducationalMaritime Museum Penzance
    *The Penzance Maritime Museum is well worth a visit, it has a surprising interior, re-creating an 18th century four deck man-of-war, complete with creaking floorboards and hosts displays of pieces of eight and other artefacts recovered from wrecks off the Isles of Scilly.

    19 Chapel Street, , Penzance,
    Cornwall, TR184AW
    Tel: 01736 368890
    Merry Maidens Stone Circle
    Restored in the 1860s, this 23.8-metre stone circle is Cornwall’s pride and joy. Each of the nineteen stones, which represent maidens that were turned to stone according to tradition, is around a metre high and spaced at regular intervals. A large gap is located at the east, which may indicate an astronomically related entrance to the circle. Access to the site can be gained from just off the B3315 from Penzance.

    Near Penzance,

    Minack Theatre

    Daytime Visitors:Visit us by day and explore this unique open-air theatre created from the Cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. Enjoy the spectacular views over Porthcurno Bay to the Logan Rock.The Rowena Cade Exhibition tells the remarkable story of how a girl who enjoyed the gentility of Victorian Cheltenham grew up to build this internationally famous theatre with her own hands. It shows how a local village play in 1929 led to the summer season now staged in the Minack‚s 750 seat auditorium. Enjoy the wealth of photographs, models and audio-visual displays.Explore the theatre, be surprised by our sub tropical plants, relax in our Coffee Shop overlooking the theatre and soak up the magic of the Minack.Theatregoers:Our summer season of plays, opera and musicals runs for seventeen weeks. Experience everything from Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sullivan in this 'theatre under the stars'.  

    Mimack Theatre
    Penzance, Cornwall.

     email Minack Theatre
    Tel : 01736 810181
    Morrab Gardens
    were started out as the property of wealthy brewer, Samuel Pidwell. Pidwell built Morrab House in 1841 as his home on a three acre strip of land running from the town centre to the sea front. In fact the word Morrab comes from the Cornish for sea-shore (mor = sea and app = shore)When in 1889, Pidwell moved, the property was bought by the local council, or Corporation as it was known then, for use as municipal park to cater for the ever growing number of tourists. The house became the Penzance town library and the gardens fell under the guardianship of landscape gardener, Reginald Upcher.Whilst Upcher was largely responsible for the layout of the gardens, Morrab’s reputation for its array of sub-tropical plants was developed somewhat later. Amongst the fine examples of tender and rare plants are huge examples of the ubiquitous cordyline (or Cornish palm), tree ferns, banana plants and Japanese Bitter Orange.
    Morab Gardens

    Mousehole Harbour
    The life of the quaintly-named village of Mousehole is very much centred around the small picturesque harbour. At one time, the economy of the village was based on the pilchard fishing industry but this has now moved away and the huddle of grey cottages around the harbour has become a major tourist attraction. In the winter, the area can be lashed by violent Atlantic storms and, sadly, the harbour is linked to the 1981 Penlee lifeboat disaster when eight volunteer crew – all sailors from Mousehole - died.
    Mousehole Harbour
    Mousehole, Near Penzance,
    Cornwall TR19

    Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital & Sanctuary -

    This famous hospital on the Cornish Cliffs was founded in 1928 by the Misses Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias. Over the years the Sanctuary has become famous, especially so, during the Torrey Canyon disaster, when over 8,000 oiled sea birds passed through the Hospital. After the sisters found it had become too hard a task running the Hospital alone, they approached the RSPCA who finally agreed to take over the massive task of running the hospital in 1953.

    Mousehole Wild Bird Sanctuary

    Raginnis Hill, Mousehole,
    near Penzance TR19 6SR


    Tel : +44 (0)1736 731386

    Newlyn Art Gallery
    This gallery has a great collection on display throughout the year, and regularly changes the pieces that are displayed, sometimes choosing a particular theme, and other times a group of artists according to style. Education is an important part of the galleries mandate, and it focuses a great deal of its attention on making sure that people who visit leave with a better understanding of art.

    Exchange Art Gallery
     Princes Street Penzance TR18 2NL
    E-mail Newlyn Art Gallery  

    Newlyn Art Gallery Web site
    Tel: 01736 363715
    Pendeen Lighthouse
    Pendeen Lighthouse is dramatically positioned on a jagged stretch of coastline in Cornwall and is a good place to look out for seals, kestrels and buzzards. The light in the lighthouse used to be lit by an oil Argand lamp which was replaced by an electric lamp in the 1920s. This can now be seen in the Trinity House National Lighthouse Centre in Penzance. The light has been automated since 1995 but the position of the lighthouse, despite its technology, still creates an aura of romanticism around it.