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National Trust Properties Cornwall

National Trust Attractions in Cornwall

Visiting one (or more) of the National Trust Properties in Cornwall is a great thing to do in Cornwall whether you are on holiday or you live here. They have some lovely houses and gardens to visit and also have lots of different events going on and so can make a great day out in Cornwall.  If you are a National Trust Member you may even be able to visit the properties for free – if not it could definitely be worth joining the National Trust if you are planning on visiting a number of properties or places (some of the Cornwall beaches are National Trust and members enjoy free parking). 

We have highlighted some of the National Trust Properties in Cornwall below.  Below this you can view a list of What’s on in Cornwall at National Trust Properties.

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House and Gardens - St Dominick, Cornwall

South East Cornwall

The National Trust property at Cotehele is a Tudor house set in magnificent gardens on the banks of the River Tamar. One of the leading Cornwall attractions Cotehele is well worth a visit. Once the ancestral home of the Edgcumbe family the house is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The interior tour has changed little over the years and retains a strong sense of history. Outside there are formally planted terraces to wander in and admire, or you can lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Image © National Trust Images/Carole Drake.

There are also two orchards planted with local apples and cherries, where apple grafting workshops are sometimes run. The gardens at Cotehele provide one of the all year round attractions in Cornwall. There is always something to see from the early spring flowers, the orchards in autumn and the snowdrops in winter. The restored sailing barge 'Shamrock' is moored at the quay where you will also find the Edgcumbe tea room and the Discovery Centre which tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden valley to the National Trust's sister property Cotehele Mill. Dogs are welcome on miles of paths on the estate, down at the quay and in the mill grounds. During winter your canine pals are welcome in the Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay too. Sorry only assistance dogs are permitted in the formal gardens. Address Cotehele, St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA. Telephone 01579 351346

Garden - Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Glendurgan is a valley garden dating back to the 1820s, descending to the village of Durgan and its beach on the Helford River. Outstanding floral displays with exotic plants and famous Glendurgan laurel maze, shop, tea room and garden events. Image ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

This National Trust property is a superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families with three valleys full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River. This is an excellent place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles. Find a boat seat, gigantic tulip trees and ponds teeming with wildlife. When Alfred and Sarah Fox began Glendurgan over 150 years ago they had the entertainment of their 12 children in mind. The maze, giant's stride swing and beach are waiting to be explored. Glendurgan is be open from Saturday 14 February 2015 when you should see primroses, violets daffodils and camellias in flower. There is a shop, tea-house and toilets near to the main car park. Dogs - assistance dogs only in the garden - welcome in the surrounding Helford coast and countryside. Glendurgan is at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5JZ. Telephone 01326 252020

Historic House and Gardens - Helston, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Godolphin House and Estate is situated at Godolphin Cross near Helston in West Cornwall. One of the finest Cornwall attractions, Godolphin House was one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall in the 17th century. It is open to the public on selected dates through the year and so if you are looking for things to do in Cornwall this National Trust Property could make a nice day out. The medieval gardens, dating back to the 16th Century are amongst the most important historic gardens in Europe. Dogs on leads are welcome in all outside areas. Image ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

There is a fascinating kitchen garden and great woodland walks. Climb up Godolphin Hill and enjoy magnificent views over Mounts Bay. Exploring the wider estate you will find the Leeds Engine House and Stack and the remains of the Godolphin family mine. Godolphin also offers a tea room where you can enjoy a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake. At certain times you can even stay at Godolphin House, which is available to rent for a very special break. Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE. Telephone: 01736 763194

 - Gwithian, Cornwall

North Cornwall

Said to be the setting for Virginia Woolf's novel The Lighthouse, Godrevy sits at the end of St Ives Bay Cornwall and offers breathtaking and spectacular beaches, cliff walks and views. The well known Godrevy Lighthouse is a stunning site to behold and has a rich history. Famous for the Godrevy seals the beaches are just a couple of miles outside Hayle Cornwall and definitely worth seeing whatever the weather. Large car park for which a fee is payable by non National Trust members, seasonal cafe, ice cream van and toilets.

Large car park for which a fee is payable by non National Trust members, seasonal cafe, ice cream van and toilets. The windswept headlands are rich in wildlife (including adders!) and lead to the dramatic coves of the North Cliffs and Western Hill. The beaches have dog restrictions during the summer months and care should be taken and dogs kept on leads when walking dogs on the headland. In the winter the beaches are dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. Godrevy beach is popular with surfers, families, walkers, nature watchers and those who simply want to sit and admire the view. Definitely one of the good things to do in Cornwall. Please be aware of the state of the tide and take care near cliff edges - keep children supervised. For more information, images and video on Godrevy visit our Gwithian and Godrevy page

Historic Building & Gardens - Marazion Cornwall

West Cornwall

This National Trust property is on an iconic rocky island crowned by a medieval church and castle and is home to a living community. Visit the Medieval Castle situated on the tidal island off the coast of Marazion. Walk across the spectacular cobbled causeway at low tide or take a ride in one of the boat taxis. Explore the island community, harbour, cafe and gift shops before entering the gardens and then the castle.

Fantastic coastal views. Still home to the St Aubyn family the oldest buildings date from the 12th century. You can immerse yourself in history, wonder at the architecture and discover the legend of Jack the Giant Killer. Look down on the subtropical terraced gardens and enjoy the breathtaking views of spectacular Mount's Bay. If the weather is favourable you can take a short evocative boat trip to the island, or at low tide, enjoy the walk across the causeway from the ancient stannary town of Marazion, which is well worth a visit. St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall TR17 OHS. Tel 01736 710507.

Garden  - Truro Cornwall

West Cornwall

The gardens and wonderful walks at Trelissick are one of the Cornwall attractions that have something for all the family. Perched above the estuary of the River Fal Trelissick offers cultivated gardens, woodland walks, exotic plants, an art gallery, National Trust shop and tearooms and an interesting second hand book shop. The gardens are not dog friendly but the estate land is (dogs on leads) Image © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

You can arrive via river ferry from Truro, St Mawes or Falmouth. There are regular events throughout the year providing a variety of interesting things to do in Cornwall, from posy making to archery classes. Trelisssick has more than 30 acres of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants. Although dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens well behaved dogs on leads are allowed to enjoy the wonderful woodland and coastal walks in the 300 acres which surround Trelissick which is at Feock near Truro, Cornwall. Feock Nr Truro, Cornwall TR3 6QL Tel: 01872 862090

Garden - Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Full of exotic plants and spectacular views of Mounts Bay and The Lizard the National Trust property at Trengwainton near Penzance Cornwall offers 25 acres of wonderful gardens and grounds to explore and is definitely one of the things to do in Cornwall to consider if you enjoy beautiful gardens and scenery. It is one of the Cornwall attractions which is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to enjoy the wonderful walks which Trengwainton has to offer. Image ©National Trust Images Andrew Butler.

Spring comes early at Trengwainton with champion magnolias flowering from February onwards. Due in part to the temperate climate, exotic plants and giant tree ferns grow in abundance and you should also be able to spot snowdrops growing in alongside the winding wooded paths. Continue with your walk out of the formal gardens and you will be rewarded with the most spectacular views of St Michaels Mount and Mounts Bay. There is a wonderful old kitchen garden and fresh produce from this can be enjoyed in the on-site tea room. Madron, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8RZ Tel: 01736 363 148

 

 

 

 

National Trust Events in Cornwall

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Monday 6th February 2017 10.00 - 11.00

Outdoor activity event in Cornwall. One of the great things to do in Cornwall this week is to join The National Trust local rangers in their efforts to manage our coastal habitats. there will be a Community Beach Clean at Porthcurnick Beach from 10 - 11. The team meet on the first Monday each month at 10. Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so. All ages welcome, children with ccompanying adults please. Dogs on leads are welcome. Please wear robust outdoor clothing and stout shoes. No booking required.

Porthcurnick Beach, Near Portscatho, Cornwall - South East Cornwall

Saturday 18th February & Sunday 19th February 2017

If you are looking for outdoor things to do in Cornwall this weekend you could go along to the Apple Grafting Weekend in the lovely orchard at Cotehele. There will be more than 20 local apple varieties to choose from and the National Trust team will show you how to do it. No need to book. Take away a grafted tree for only a fiver. Booking not needed. Normal admission charges apply. Suitable for 16 years and above. Prices - Per Item £1 (graft material), Per Item £2 (root stock), Per Item £2 (workshop). Please see the main property page for open and closed days. Image NTI/Jo Whitworth.

For More Information: Cotehele tel 01579 351346 press 0, cotehele@nationaltrust.org.uk

Cotehele, St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA - South East Cornwall

Friday 31st March 2017 2pm - 3pm

Looking for things to do in Cornwall this week and want to do something to help the Cornish landscape? Join the National Trust team and get some fresh air as well as helping us keep Chapel Porth Beach clean and beautiful. Join their monthly beach cleans and see what weird and wonderful things wash up on the beach. They supply gloves, bags and litter pickers. With a free drink for beach cleaners afterwards at Chapel Porth Cafe. Image ©NTI/John Millar

Booking not needed. Meet at Chapel Porth on the slipway onto the beach. Children welcome with a supervising adult. There is a short slope on to the beach and boulders and pebbles at the top of the beach. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

More information from St Agnes Ranger Team tel 01872 552412

or email chapelporth@nationaltrust.org.uk

Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes, Cornwall  - North Cornwall

Saturday 1st to Thursday 13th April 2017 11am-4pm

Take your dog along to National Trust Cotehele to explore a fun dog friendly nature trail. There are clues to find as you go along the trail and a prize at the end! These nature trail events start on 1st April and continue through to Easter week so, if you're looking for things to do with the kids in Cornwall which are also dog friendly this seems ideal! Image ©National Trust Images/Carole Drake

Cotehele, St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA  - South East Cornwall

9th - 12th April 2017 10.30 - 12.30

Outdoor family friendly event in Cornwall for the Easter holiday. Explore the fascinating rockpools around St Michael's Mount at Marazion. Meet weird and wonderful creatures and learn about their lives. No booking required. Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Great Scott! flag near the start of the causeway leading from St Michaels Mount. Nets are not used bu you can bring your own bucket! www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall  - West Cornwall

Friday 28th April 2017 1pm to 2pm

Looking for things to do in Cornwall this week and want to do something to help the Cornish landscape? Join the National Trust team and get some fresh air as well as helping us keep Chapel Porth Beach clean and beautiful. Join our monthly beach cleans and see what weird and wonderful things wash up on the beach. We supply gloves, bags and litter pickers. With a free drink for beach cleaners afterwards at Chapel Porth Cafe. Booking not needed. Children welcome with a supervising adult. Image ©NTI/John Millar

Meet at Chapel Porth on the slipway onto the beach. There is a short slope on to the beach and boulders and pebbles at the top of the beach. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

More information from St Agnes Ranger Team tel 01872 552412

or email chapelporth@nationaltrust.org.uk

Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes, Cornwall  - North Cornwall

Thursday 4th May 2017

One of the outdoor things to do in Cornwall this week. Lanhydrock invites you to discover hidden history in the landscape and find areas of the Lanhydrock countryside never seen before on this free guided winter walk. Booking not needed. Meet by the main reception building. Dogs on leads welcome. Call 01208 265950 to confirm the walk is going ahead. Event starts at 2pm and goes on until 4.30pm. Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply). Image © National Trust Images/Rupert Truman

For More Information: Lanhydrock, 01208 265950, lanhydrock@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD - North Cornwall

11th June 2017

Free entry fun family friendly event in Cornwall. Visit the most Southerly Farm in mainland Britain. Meet the sheep, cows, ducks and hens. Climb aboard a tractor. Lots of children's activities, rural crafts, snail racing, shearing demonstrations, mini farmers market, wildlife displays. Refreshments including BBQ and cream teas. Free entry. Organised jointly by Amiss Family and National Trust. Contact 01326 291022 sales@tregullasfarm.co.uk www.tregullasfarm.co.uk

Tregullas Farm, Lighthouse Road, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NL  - West Cornwall