WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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Museums & Art galleries



Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, Barnoon Hill, St Ives

The house, studio, sculpture garden and workshop of the late sculptress. 40 sculptures, paintings and photographs. Open daily, all year from 10.

01736 796226   tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Bodmin Museum, Mount Folly

Exhibits of local history, Victorian kitchen. ‘Echoes of Bodmin Moor!' Open Apr-Sept M-F 10.30-4.30, Sa 10.30-2.30, Oct M-Sa 10.30-2.30. 

01208 77067


Boscastle - Museum Of Witchcraft

A long established museum, of 50-years, holds the world’s largest collection of genuine witchcraft, related artefacts. With over 3,000 books and, since 2000, the Richel Collection. Open daily Easter to Halloween, 10.30-6, 11.30-6 on Su. 

01840 250111   museumofwitchcraft.com


Bude, The Castle

Celebrates the heritage of Bude and Stratton with a tableaux of interactive displays and exhibits: Canal, shipwrecks, lifeboats and railways. New “Gurney” exhibition of Bude’s Forgotten Genius, Sir Goldsworth Gurney. Café. Open daily, all year from 10. 

01288 357300   thecastlebude.org.uk



Charlestown - Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

The largest shipwreck artefact collection in the UK. Titanic display. Hands-on rescue equipment and lots more. Nelson Gallery. Open daily Mar-Oct 10-5. 

01726 69897   shipwreckcharlestown.com   Photography: Supplied By Subject

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum, The Keep

Three hundred years of military history, including weapons, medals, uniforms, memorabilia and extensive archive/research facilities. Open Mar-Oct M-Sa 9-5. Winter, check. 

01208 72810   cormnwalls-regimentsmuseum.org  Photography: Supplied By Subject



Falmouth Art Gallery, The Moor

Maritime pictures and quality temporary exhibitions. Work by J W Waterhouse and Henry Scott Tuke. Open all year M-Sa 10-5. 

01326 313863   falmouthartgallery.com   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Mevagissey Folk Museum, East Quay

Exhibits of local origin; fishing, agriculture and domestic life in an old 1745 building where luggers (fishing boats) were built. Open East- Oct 11-4. 

01726 843568   mevagisseymuseum.co.uk



National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

With breathtaking views from the 29m tower, one of only three natural underwater viewing locations in the world. Hands-on inter-actives, A/V immersive experiences, talks, special exhibitions, and the opportunity to get out onto the water. This new generation of museum has something for everyone. New Viking Voyagers. Open daily 10-5. 

01326 313388   nmmc.co.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road

An enterprising, and at times, shocking art venue with changing exhibitions of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. Installation and esoteric space is a concept practiced with panache, and endearment. Gallery & coffee shop. Open Tu-Sa 10-5.




Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance

An elegant gallery and museum set within a Victorian house and park. Changing exhibitions mainly feature famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists (1880-1930). There is a fine café and well- stocked shop open daily Apr-Oct 10-5, Nov-East M-Sa 10.30-4.30. 

01736 363625   penleehouse.org.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

The site of the first undersea cable laid in 1870 that became the world’s largest and busiest submarine telegraph station. Thereafter, 14 cables linked Porthcurno to the British Empire employing a binary code, the forerunner of the internet. Café. Sculpture garden and picnic areas. Open daily East-Oct 10-5, winter W/Es & M 11-4.30. 

01736 810966   telegraphmuseum.org   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro

World-famous collection of minerals, archaeology, ceramics, paintings and old master drawings. Open M-Sa 10-5 (except BH’s). Next door, the Arts Café

01872 272205     royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach

Newly expanded, transformed and refurbished, this is the first port-of- call for thousands who visit St Ives. They wish to walk in the shadow of Art and all its finery. Here you will discover displays of contemporary work in all variety of media. There are some very fine sculptures by Hepworth and a comprehensive show of St Ives’ famous son, Alfred Wallis, fisherman and scrap merchant who didn’t paint until he was 70! Worth a journey just for the view from the coffee shop and a visit to the bookshop. Open daily Apr-Oct from 10, Nov-Mar Tu-Su 10-4.20,

01736 796226    www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives   Photography: Supplied By Subject


The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance

A major art space developed in conjunction with the Newlyn Art Gallery. This showcase
for national and international art holds regular educational programmes. Coffee shop. Open M-Sa 10-5, BHs 11-4 (closed M/Tu in winter). 

01736 363715   newlynartgallery.co.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject