WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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National trust properties


Antony House & Garden, Torpoint  PL11 2QA

Built for Sir William Carew from 1711-1721 and considered the most distinguished example of early C18 architecture in Cornwall. Colonades, panelled rooms and family portraits. House open East to Oct Tu, W, Th, Su & BH Ms 12-5. Garden Mar to Oct Sa-Th except M, 11-5. 

01752 812191   nationaltrust.org.uk       Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler/Andreas von Einsedel & John Miller

Cotehele House, Quay & Gallery, St Dominick PL12 6TA

A medieval house of grey granite, built from 1485-1627, and set in a romantic position overlooking the River Tamar and Devon, beyond. For centuries, the Edgcumbe family home containing their original furniture, C17 tapestries, armour and needlework. The gardens lie on several levels. Medieval dovecote. Ancient clock in chapel. Refreshments and shop. House open daily mid-Mar to 31 Oct 11-4. Gardens open all year, dawn to dusk.   Cotehele Quay.   A set of quite charming and picturesque C18 and C19 buildings overlook the River Tamar. A small outstation of the National Maritime Museum, and berth for the restored Tamar sailing barge, ‘Shamrock’ Museum, Edgcumbe tea room. Open daily 11-4. The C19 Cotehele Millholds corn grinding shows on Th & Su.  Cotehele Gallery. Showcases professional artists and craft makers from the South-West in seven annual exhibitions. Open daily mid-Feb to Christmas - Summer 11-5, Winter 11-4. 

01579 351346  nationaltrust.org.uk     Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Tamsin Holmes/Andrew Butler/Chris Lacey & Andreas von Einsiedel

East Pool Mine & Taylor’s Engine House, Pool Tr15 3ED

These two great beam engines built in 1892, were used for pumping water, and winding men, and ore, up and down, from depths of over 550 metres. Site includes the Industrial Discovery Centre at East Pool. Open daily except M & Su late Mar to Oct 10.30- 5. Mitchell’s Engine House open 12-4. 

01209 315027   nationaltrust.org.uk    Photography:  Copyright ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith TR11 5JZ

Valley garden of great beauty. Fine trees and shrubs, a maze, a giant’s stride, and a wooded valley of primulas and bluebells runs down to the Helford River. Open daily mid-Feb to 30 Oct 10.30-5.30. 

01326 252020   nationaltrust.org.uk   Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler/Carol Drake/Stephen Robson & James Dobson

Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston TR13 9RE

Romantic Tudor and Stuart mansion c.1475. The Godolphin family’s courtly ambitions and taste are expressed in the evolving design of the house. Tin mining provided wealth for this family of entrepreneurs, soldiers, poets and officials. C16 and C17 English furniture. Estate open daily. Conservation work is being undertaken, yet, the house is generally open the first Sa-Th of every month Feb-Oct (not Aug), plus part Dec. Gardens open daily 10-5. 

01736 763194   nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin     Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Aerial-Cam/Juliet Turner

Lanhydrock, Nr Bodmin PL30 5AD

Cornwall’s grandest house was built in the C17 but following a fire in 1881 was largely rebuilt. It has superb Victorian kitchens and some magnificent plaster ceilings depicting scenes from the Old Testament, and a Long Gallery 116 feet long. C17 Gatehouse. Fine shrub and formal gardens. Woodland walks. Restaurants. Shop. Open daily mid-Mar to early Nov except M when House only closed, but open BH Ms 11-5.30 (-5 in Oct), Gardens open all year 10-6.

01208 265950  nationaltrust.org.uk    Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Photo Library, Lanhydrock

Levant Mine & Beam Engine, Pendeen TR19 7SX

The oldest steam- powered engine in Cornwall restored after 60 years. This area has been used as a backdrop for much of the Poldark TV series. Open mid-Mar to Oct Su-F & BHs 10.30-4. 01736 786156    01736 786156   national trust.org.uk  Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/John Miller/Chris Lacey/Ian Shaw & David Noton


St Michael’s Mount, Marazion TR17 0HS

A legendary place of romance, and pilgrimage, and a child’s dream of a fairy castle. Originally, the site of a Benedictine chapel established by Edward the Confessor. In the C14, the spectacular castle was added. Later, to be used as a nunnery and military fortress before the St Aubyn family purchased it in 1659, living here ever since. Church dates from 1275. Exquisite Blue Drawing Room with Chippendale furniture. Pictures by Gainsborough and the Cornish artist, John Opie. Harbour, railway. Open Feb 1/2 term, then mid-Mar to 27 Oct M-F & Su 10.30-5, last admission 4.15. Guided tours if weather and tides permit, late Feb to mid-Mar, Tu at 11.15 & 2.15pm. Church opens on Sunday at 10.30 for 11am Service. Gardens open mid- Apr to June M-F 10.30-5, July to 29 Sept Th & F only from 10.30. Restaurant and shop open daily Apr-Oct. Special family ticket available. Please Note: access on foot over the causeway at low tide, or during summer months only by ferry at high tide (return ferry tickets should not be taken). Make sure the Mount is open before crossing on the ferry! 

Estate Office for winter opening:  01736 710265   stmichaelsmount.co.uk   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography & National Trust Images/John Bethell

The Old Post Office, Fore Street, Tintagel PL34 0DB

A miniature C14 manor house used in the C19 as a Post Office. Open daily mid-Mar to Oct 11-4 (5 in April/May, 5.30 June-Sept). 

01840 770024   nationaltrust.org.uk      Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Nadia Mackenzie/Andreas von Einsiedel


Trelissick Garden, Feock TR3 6QL

Extensive park, farmland and woods. Large garden, lovely in all seasons with beautiful views over Fal Estuary and Falmouth Harbour. Woodland Walks beside the River Fal. Open daily from 10.30. 

01872 862090    nationaltrust.org.uk    Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler/James Dobson


Trengwainton Gardens, Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ

Large shrub garden with a vast collection of rhododendrons. Colourful in spring/early summer. Views over Mounts Bay. Open mid- Feb to 30 Oct Su-Th 10.30-5. 

01736 363148      nationaltrust.org.uk   Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler/Andrea Jones & Stephen Robson


Trerice House, Kestle Mill TR8 4PG

A delightful, small secluded Elizabethan manor house rebuilt in 1571, containing magnificent fireplaces, plaster ceilings, oak and walnut furniture. Small lawn mower museum. Refreshments. Open daily late Feb to Oct from 10.30. 

01637 875404   nationaltrust.org. uk/trerice    Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler/John Miller