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History and Heritage attractions Explore Cornwall's vibrant past

Cornwall has achieved international recognition from UNESCO that has credited World Heritage Site status to ten industrial landscape areas which best represent our mining past. Cornwall's vibrant identity has evolved from history going back 3000 years and a rich traditional culture much of which still lives and breathes through the sites and scenery found throughout the region today. Discover this rich history by exploring museums, ancestral houses, castles and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

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  1. Penlee House Art Gallery | Penzance | Galleries in Cornwall

    Penlee House Gallery and Museum

    Penzance

    An elegant gallery and museum set within a Victorian house and park.  Changing exhibitions mainly feature famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists (1880-1930).  There is an excellent café and well-stocked shop.  Open daily M-Sa 10-5 Easter-Sept, 10.30-4.30 Oct-Easter.

  2. Gardens in Cornwall, Trewithen Garden and House, near Truro

    Trewithen House and Gardens

    Truro

    From champion trees to rare shrubs, from a wildflower meadow to woodland glades, exotic fern collections and tree top viewing platforms, it would be hard to find anywhere more beautiful or more intriguing than Trewithen's deservedly famous garden.

  3. Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Steam Railway, Bodmin, Cornwall

    Bodmin and Wenford Railway

    Bodmin

    Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway - Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives.

  4. Wheal Martyn Country Park, St Austell, Cornwall

    Wheal Martyn Museum + Country Park

    St. Austell

    The UK's only China Clay Museum set in a 26 acre Country Park with woodland walks and access to the Clay Trails for walking and cycling. Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

  5. Historic House in Cornwall | Port Eliot House and Garden | Port Eliot | St Germans

    Port Eliot House and Garden

    St Germans, near Saltash

    A perfect outing for the family where children love to run free on the lawns.  Wander amidst rhododendrons and camellias; get lost in the maze, picnic on the award winning Best Picnic Spot. One of the most beautiful places in Cornwall.

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