Places to Visit - Beaches and Nation Trust Gardens in West Cornwall
If you need a break from relaxing on your holiday there are many places of interest to visit in West Cornwall.
Bodelva, St Austell, PL24 2SG
Tel: 01726 811911
Magnificant domed greenhouses provide the climate for Mediterranean, South African and Californian plants. The huge former clay pit has become one of England's leading tourist attractions.
St. Michael's Mount (National Trust)
Tel: 01736 710507
Originally a Benedictine priory this beautiful 12th century castle perches dramatically on a rocky island and can be reached by boat or across a causway (low tide only). Stunning views of Mount's Bay front the pretty village with interesting shops.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY
This futuristic building in Falmouth docks houses boats and craft of all types. Highly interactive, the museum uses video, sound and the written word to highlight the importance of seafaring.
Bodmin, PL30 5AD(National Trust)
Tel: 01208 265950
Magnificant late Victorian country house with extensive servant's quarters, gardens and wooded estate. One of the most fascinating and complete late 19th century houses in England, Lanhydrock is full of atmosphere.
The Minack Theatre
Tel: 01736 810181
World famous open-air theatre perches on the cliff at Porthcumo. The Atlantic ocean faces the theatre which puts on plays from May to the end of September. Stunning views from the visitor centre coffee shop.
These beautiful islands can play host to an interesting day trip. The five islands lie 29 miles south west of Cornwall.
King Harry Ferry
Tel: 01872 862312
Voted one of the worlds top 10 most beautiful ferry crossings this ferry trip takes you between Trelissick (between Truro and Penryn) and the Roseland peninsula
Levant Mine & Beam Engine
Tel: 01736 786156
Perched on the cliff edge the famous Levant bean engine conjures up the sight, sounds and smells of Cornwalls industrial past.
Half a mile along the cliff is Geevor mine and mining museum and Botallack mine.
Gardens in Cornwall
Caerhays Castle Gardens
Gorran, St Austell, PL26 6LY
Tel: 01872 501310
Informal woodland garden overlooking the sea and extending 60 acres.
The National Magnolia collection is held here.
Open 14th February - 31st May
Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, TR11 5JZ
Tel: 01326 250448
Huge trees, unusual and exotic plants provide all year interest in this garden.
In summer months you can arrive by boat as the garden winds down to the beautiful Helford River.
Open all year
Feock nr Truro, TR3 6QL
Tel: 01872 862090
Tranquil garden set on many levels containing a superb collection of tender and exotic plants.
Situated at the head of the Fal estuary there are panoramic views and parkland. The spring blossom is of particular note.
Trengwainton Gardens (National Trust)
Madron, nr Penzance, TR20 8RZ
Tel: 01736 363148
Sheltered garden with a stream running through its valley. Huge magnolias are a particular highlight in March. The walled gardens contain many rare and unusual species which are difficult to grow in the open anywhere else in the country.
Open 13th February - 30th October
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St. Austell
Tel: 01726 845100
Heligan estate has been recovered from overgrowth and dereliction in a massive restoration project. See the Victorian varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruits in the walled gardens. There are 100 acres of grounds, pastures and woodland.
Open all year.
Trerice (National Trust)
Kestle Mill nr Newquay, TR8 4PG
(National Trust) nationaltrust.org.uk
Tel: 01637 875404
Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden. Unusual plants and an orchard with old varieties of fruit trees.
Grampound Road, Nr Truro, TR2 4DD
Tel: 01726 883647
Over 100 years old the gardens have outstanding collections of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons as well as other rare trees and shrubs.
Open 1st February - 30th September Mon - Sat
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