History & Heritage

Cornwall's vibrant identity and culture have evolved through history, going back more than 6000 years. Its heritage still lives and breathes through the sites, art and scenery found throughout the region today. Discover this rich history by exploring museums, ancestral houses, castles, prehistoric sites, galleries and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites.

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Levant Mine, West Cornwall

History & Heritage

Cornwall has a rich heritage and history that gives the visitor much to explore and discover.

A land of Celtic myth and legend, as well as one of the pioneering industrial techniques as evidenced by the engine houses and shafts, spotted along the coast and in the countryside of Cornwall.

Discover days out steeped in history, and learn about how these historic landmarks have shaped Cornwall into how we see it today.

Tintagel Castle
Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain.

One of Britain's most iconic ruins

Discover the atmospheric fortress of Tintagel – a land where history meets legend.

Long associated with King Arthur, this salt-sprayed castle has origins dating back 1,500 years. Explore the footprints of ancient buildings, then wander through the medieval castle and imagine the feasting and merriment of Richard, Earl of Cornwall’s court.

Visitors can now brave an impressive new bridge, high as the clifftops, taking the original route to the castle.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Delve into Cornwall's rich history and heritage on your next visit. Discover more at one of the county's historical attractions, from ancient castles to stately homes.


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  • It will take you around 10 to 15 minutes to walk across the causeway from Marazion to the ticket station at the entrance to the Mount. The National Trust recommend three hours to visit all there is to see, including the gardens.

    Access to the castle itself is via a sttep and uneven path. This is difficult for visitors with limited mobility although there are some benches along the route to the summit which can be used as a resting stop.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to take wheelchairs or pushchairs up to the castle and even going across the causeway can be difficult.

  • Admission to the iconic Cathedral, situated in the heart of Truro is free. However, a donation towards the building upkeep is always welcomed. Current opening times are 10.00 - 17.00 every day (Mon-Sat) and 11.30 - 16.00 (Sun). Visiting times can be subject to change.

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