Nine iconic Cornish experiences to visit
Why not visit some of Cornwall's most iconic experiences. From towering castles, beautiful gardens and places steeped in legends and history, you'll be spoilt for choice. Here are a few to get you started.
St Michael's Mount - Marazion
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history whilst you stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked.
Eden Project - Near St Austell
Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. The Eden Project is a fascinating location, but, more importantly, Eden is a fun and family friendly day out.
Geevor Tin Mine - Pendeen, near Penzance
Located in Pendeen on the dramatic Cornish coastline, Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Housed in two acres of listed buildings, Geevor’s collections and guides bring the story of Cornwall’s rich industrial past to life.
Tintagel Castle - Tintagel
For a magical day out take the family to Tintagel Castle, steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit nearby Merlin's Cave. Tintagel Castle is set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offering dramatic views.
Lanhydrock - Bodmin
Lanhydrock boasts a magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate. Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living. Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens and enjoy their year-round colour.
Trebah Garden - Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth
One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world, discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River.
Minack Theatre - Porthcurno
The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. With a summer long programme of plays and musicals it offers the ultimate outdoor theatre experience and lucky theatre goers may even spot dolphins in the bay below.
The Camel Trail - begins at Padstow
The 18-mile Camel Trail links Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin via a largely traffic-free route that follows an old railway track alongside the river Camel. Great for cycling, walking and nature watching for all the family. Contrasts in scenery are striking and access to country and seaside towns provide opportunities to use local shops, pubs and visit attractions.
Tate St Ives - St Ives
Situated on Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony. The gallery offers a lively programme that embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art, presenting temporary exhibitions, special commissions and works from the Tate Collection.
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