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 hostory, and learn about how these historic landmarks have shaped Cornwall into how we see it today.

History & Heritage

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Perranporth: history, heritage, boards and beach

A lively bustling village with a strong sense of community, fascinating history, and truly exceptional beach, we recommend a visit to Perranporth to experience a quintessentially Cornish ...

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A Man-Made History of Cornwall

We start with one of the first man-made structures in Cornwall (and possibly the British Isles) still standing. Known as a quoit, this structure is believed to be a Neolithic burial site...

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The History of Tintagel Castle

This week we’re discovering the stories of Tintagel Castle – a clifftop fortress where history and legend intertwine.

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Best Days Out Cornwall

Discover Cornwall’s top tourist attractions and enjoy days of discovery, years of memories. Whether you’re visiting for a holiday or you call Cornwall your home, make each day an adventure.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Great experience visiting with family of 4 with two children 6 years old and 3 years old. Plenty to do and see. Exceeded expectations. Modern yet, traditional museum. Most of the exhibits are hands on, including radio controlled boats, telescope from viewing lookout, and screens to take part in activities like design boats.

Matthew M - TripadvisorReview of 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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  • Yes, but you probably need to be interested in King Arthur and mythology. There are other things to see, the old post office, the clifftop church and the spectacular coastline, but the shadow of the King is always lurking over your shoulder.

  • 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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