Cornwall is home to many iconic attractions and many more hidden treasures.
Dairyland (1/4 mile)
Swings, slides, indoor play gym (opposite Tresillian). Much appreciated by children of all ages.
Trerice (1 mile)
An Elizabethan manor house belonging to National Trust with fine interiors and garden. Open every day except Saturdays. Walk down lane beyond barns next to tennis court and keep going past Trevarthian Farm (dog will bark at you, but Mark the owner is friendly) and turn left at road to Trerice which is 200 yards on right.
Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum (10 miles), Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG
A collection of Victorian mining equipment and a functioning water pumping station with view into a working clay pit.
Royal Cornwall Museum (12 miles), River Street, Truro,TR1 2SJ
www.royalcornwallmuseum.org – Display of objects from Cornwall’s past from prehistoric times to present day including a fine collection of minerals, an Egyptian mummy and some excellent Cornish paintings.
Hire bicycles in Wadebridge (14 miles) and bicycle along the Camel Estuary to Padstow (5.5miles) or Bodmin (5.7miles) along a disused railway line. Hire bikes from Bike Smart , Eddystone Road. Wadebridge, PL27 7AL. Tel: 01208 814545 – (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/camel-trail – http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=13412)
Eden Project (13 miles), Bodelva, near St Austell, PL24 2SG
Millennium project with three large biomes in a clay pit full of trees and plants from tropical rain forests and Africa. Worth visiting on a rainy day.
Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre (15 miles)
Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, PL26 6EN (17 miles)
One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK with restored Victorian walled garden and beautiful mature shrubs. Mevagissey is a pretty seaside town with ferry to Fowey.
Trelissick Garden, near Truro, TR3 6QL (18 miles)
National Trust house with beautiful gardens, glorious coastal views, and a range of excellent trees to climb.
Camel Valley Vineyard, near Bodmin, PL30 5LG (18 miles)
Award winning vineyard producing wine and champagne since 1989.
Guided Tours at 2.30pm, Monday-Friday between 1st April and 30th September.
Grand Tour & Tasting every Wednesday evening at 5.00pm between 1st April and 30th October, with an additional tour at 5.00pm Thursdays throughout August.
Must book Tel: 01208 2077959
Lanhydrock (21 miles) Bodmin, PL30 5AD
A substantial National Trust Property dating back to Elizabethan times, extensively rebuilt fine Victorian kitchens. Take A30 to Bodmin then A38 towards Liskeard and immediately right at roundabout to Lanhydrock.
Fowey (22 miles)
Beautiful old medieval town on Fowey estuary. River trips, nice walks, fishing etc. For fishing/ river trips call Dan Hicks on tel. 07792 20625908 (http://www.fowey.co.uk/)
National Maritime Museum (24 miles)
Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Very good collection of boats and an underwater room with windows looking over harbour floor.
Tate St Ives (33 miles) Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1TG
Beautiful seaside town with harbour and Tate Gallery with galleries of Cornish paintings and a good restaurant.
Tintagel (33 miles)
Medieval castle with earlier ruins from the Dark Ages, long associated with King Arthur, and Merlin; magical cliff top setting.