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Castles Cornwall and Historic Buildings Cornwall

Castles, Mines and Ruins Cornwall

St Mawes Castle Cornwall

There are lots of great Castles in Cornwall to explore. Some Cornwall castles are ruins but impressively some are still standing. Visiting a castle in Cornwall can make a really fun day out. There are also lots of beautiful manor houses in Cornwall many with impressive gardens. For something different you could visit a mine and even take the opportunity to go down a real Cornish mine. You wont be able to choose which day out in Cornwall to pick.

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Historic Building, Gardens and Play Park - Pool, Redruth, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Cornwall's first free cultural playground on a grand scale. Set in the shadow of an iconic Cornish engine house and covering 19 acres, there is so much to explore, from the botanical gardens to the interactive exhibitions. So, whether its breathing in the peace and serenity found in the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, shouting with glee after escaping the Giant's Trap in the Adventure Playground, or being taken back to another time through an immersion scape in the World Heritage Exhibitions, Heartlands has something to suit every age and interest. Read more about this great Cornwall attraction. Read More about Heartlands

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Ruin - Penzance

West Cornwall

This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago. The village consisted of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. There are also the remains of an enigmatic 'fogou' underground passage. Dogs welcome on leads.

Chysauster Ancient Village, Newmill, Penzance, West Cornwall, TR20 8XA Tel: 01736 757934

www.english-heritage.org.uk/chysauster

Castle - Launceston

South East Cornwall

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top is now reached via an internal staircase. The castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. A display traces 1,000 years of history, with finds from site excavations. Dogs welcome on leads.

Launceston Castle, Castle Lodge, Launceston, North Cornwall, PL15 7DR Tel: 01566 772365

www.english-heritage.org.uk/launceston

Castle - Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

For a great value family day out in Cornwall, take a trip to Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post. Dogs welcome on leads.

Pendennis Castle, Castle Road, Falmouth, West Cornwall, TR11 4LP Tel: 01326 316594

www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis

House and Gardens - St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Considered to be one of the most romantic and concealed stately homes in England. A real family home, full of remarkable stories, visitors will be able to view the house very much as the day-to-day residence of Lord and Lady St Germans.

With art works by Reynolds Romney, Ramsey, Van Dyck and mural by Lenkiewicz covering the wall of the Soane Round Room. Outside are the accessible beautiful Park and gardens, Priory church and tea rooms. Private guided tours of the house and basement are available, a chance to see the Dowton type under stairs and a candle lit wine cellar.

Dogs are very welcome to go around the gardens on lead and on Wednesday afternoons may run free on the Park.

For Port Eliot Estate: Port Eliot Estate Office St Germans Saltash Cornwall PL12 5ND Telephone: 01503 230211 E-mail: info@porteliot.co.uk

www.porteliot.co.uk/

Castle - Lostwithiel

South East Cornwall

The great 13th century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. It commands fantastic views and is a favourite picnic spot. When you visit keep an eye out for 'Tetraphasis Obscurus', the 'Black Pheasant' that prowls the castle grounds. Dogs welcome on leads.

Restormel Castle, Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, South Cornwall, PL22 0EE Tel: 01208 872687

www.english-heritage.org.uk/restormel

Castle - St Mawes Cornwall

South East Cornwall

St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary. It is still bedecked with carved Latin inscriptions in praise of King's Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. Easily falling to a landward attack by Civil War Parliamentarian forces in 1646, it remained neglected until partial re-arming during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dogs welcome on leads.

St Mawes Castle, Castle Drive, St Mawes, West Cornwall TR2 5DE Tel: 01326 270526

www.english-heritage.org.uk/stmawes

Castle - Tintagel Cornwall

North Cornwall

For a magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin's Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. Dogs welcome on leads.

Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, North Cornwall, PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328

www.english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Bodmin Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Railway

Full size steam railway. Cafes at the stations. Themed train rides, murder mystery, dining trains - telephone for details. Connected to the main line at Bodmin Parkway and The Camel Trail at Boscarne Junction. Dogs welcome (and free). Bicycles allowed.

Bodmin General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Tel: 0845 125 9678 OR 01208 73666

www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Museum

Known for it's torturous ways and for holding the last public hanging in Britain in 1862 the jail was the first in the UK to hold inmates in individual cells. You can see what life was like for an 18th century prisoner, look around the jail and visit the gallows, underground cells and exhibitions telling of the years of torture. It is also famous for it's paranormal activities and was featured on Most Haunted. There is an on site restaurant.

Tel: 01208 76292

www.bodminjail.org

Caerhays Castle Gardens

St Austell Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Castle / Gardens

100 acres of gardens surrounding the ancient castle building. Owned by the Williams family for nearly 150 years, visitors can see original plants collected in China in the early 1900s together with more modern editions. Overlooking Porthluny Beach. Tearooms and gift shop. Dogs on leads welcome.

Estate Office, Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell PL26 6LY Cornwall

Tel: 01872 501310

www.caerhays.co.uk

Chysauster Ancient Village

Penzance

West Cornwall

Ruin

This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago. The village consisted of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. There are also the remains of an enigmatic 'fogou' underground passage. Dogs welcome on leads.

Chysauster Ancient Village, Newmill, Penzance, West Cornwall, TR20 8XA Tel: 01736 757934

www.english-heritage.org.uk/chysauster

Cotehele Gardens

Saltash Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Garden

Dogs welcome on miles of paths on the estate, down at the quay and in the mill grounds. Sorry only assistance dogs are permitted in the formal gardens, house and shop.

Tel: 01579 351346

Falmouth Methodist Church

Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Church

Located at the junction of Church Street and Arwenack Street. Built by Sir Peter Killigrew. Contains many historic artefacts, children's corner with treasure hunt and quiz. Disabled parking. Refreshments.

Falmouth Parish Church, Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EF

www.binternet.com/-kcm

Geevor Tin Mine

Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mine

Mining centre, underground tours, museum, shop, cafe and picnic area. Fantastic coastal setting.

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW

Tel: 01736 788662

www.geevor.com

Heartlands

Pool, Redruth, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Historic Building, Gardens and Play Park

Cornwall's first free cultural playground on a grand scale. Set in the shadow of an iconic Cornish engine house and covering 19 acres, there is so much to explore, from the botanical gardens to the interactive exhibitions. So, whether its breathing in the peace and serenity found in the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, shouting with glee after escaping the Giant's Trap in the Adventure Playground, or being taken back to another time through an immersion scape in the World Heritage Exhibitions, Heartlands has something to suit every age and interest. Read more about this great Cornwall attraction. Read More about Heartlands

Jamaica Inn

Bodmin / Launceston

North Cornwall

Inn / Museum

Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel 'Jamaica Inn' made this Coaching Inn famous. View the smuggling artefacts and family memorabilia. Fine ales, food and accommodation. Shop, museum, children's play area. Beware the resident ghosts!

Halfway between Bodmin and Launceston just off the A30. Signed.

Tel: 01566 86250

www.jamaicainn.co.uk

King Edward Mine

Camborne Cornwall

West Cornwall

Museum

Undercover attraction. Guided tour through the tin processing plant and find out how the mine complex developed and worked. Museum showing local and social history. Shop

Tel:01209 614681

www.kingedwardmine.co.uk

Launceston Castle

Launceston

South East Cornwall

Castle

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top is now reached via an internal staircase. The castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. A display traces 1,000 years of history, with finds from site excavations. Dogs welcome on leads.

Launceston Castle, Castle Lodge, Launceston, North Cornwall, PL15 7DR Tel: 01566 772365

www.english-heritage.org.uk/launceston

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

Saltash

South East Cornwall

Garden / House

Former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe set in gardens and acres of County Park. Visit can include a cruise of the river Tamar

Tel: 01752 822236

www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

Pencarrow

Bodmin / Wadebridge

North Cornwall

House

The Molesworth-St Aubyn family still live in this Georgian mansion situated between Bodmin and Wadebridge. View the collection of antique dolls, furniture, pictures and porcelain. Grade II listed Gardens, including iron age fort, Italian garden and Victorian rockery. Licensed tea room and Gallery / shop. Cornish slate Wendy House and play area for children. Disabled facilities. Dogs welcome - woodland walks for your dogs. Also caters for Weddings, receptions, corporate entertainment and special events.

Tel: 01208 841369

www.pencarrow.co.uk

Pendennis Castle

Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Castle

For a great value family day out in Cornwall, take a trip to Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post. Dogs welcome on leads.

Pendennis Castle, Castle Road, Falmouth, West Cornwall, TR11 4LP Tel: 01326 316594

www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis

Pengersick Castle

Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Castle

Pengersick Lane, Praa Sands, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9SJ

Poldark Mine

Helston Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mine

A Free entry site with something for all ages. Experience the 18th century tin mine, guided tours and on certain days in summer evening candle lit ghost tours. Craft Workshops, Candle Making including dip your own candle, pan for gold, Pottery throwing, look around Turner's Antiques, Cafe for a cream tea and other refreshments, paint a ceramic, Ceramic Painting, see the wood turners and Silversmiths at work. Please note the mine tour is unsuitable for those in wheelchairs Open backed and high heeled shoes are not suitable for the mine tour and for safety reasons carrying children underground is forbidden, the admission of children under 4 is at the guides discretion. Please telephone to discuss your requirements before you visit to ensure you will have an enjoyable visit.

2 miles from Helston on the B3297 to Redruth

Poldark Mine, Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ES

Tel: 01326 573173

PORT ELIOT HOUSE & GARDENS

St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall

South East Cornwall

House and Gardens

Considered to be one of the most romantic and concealed stately homes in England. A real family home, full of remarkable stories, visitors will be able to view the house very much as the day-to-day residence of Lord and Lady St Germans.

With art works by Reynolds Romney, Ramsey, Van Dyck and mural by Lenkiewicz covering the wall of the Soane Round Room. Outside are the accessible beautiful Park and gardens, Priory church and tea rooms. Private guided tours of the house and basement are available, a chance to see the Dowton type under stairs and a candle lit wine cellar.

Dogs are very welcome to go around the gardens on lead and on Wednesday afternoons may run free on the Park.

For Port Eliot Estate: Port Eliot Estate Office St Germans Saltash Cornwall PL12 5ND Telephone: 01503 230211 E-mail: info@porteliot.co.uk

www.porteliot.co.uk/

Restormel Castle

Lostwithiel

South East Cornwall

Castle

The great 13th century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. It commands fantastic views and is a favourite picnic spot. When you visit keep an eye out for 'Tetraphasis Obscurus', the 'Black Pheasant' that prowls the castle grounds. Dogs welcome on leads.

Restormel Castle, Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, South Cornwall, PL22 0EE Tel: 01208 872687

www.english-heritage.org.uk/restormel

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Castle

St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary. It is still bedecked with carved Latin inscriptions in praise of King's Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. Easily falling to a landward attack by Civil War Parliamentarian forces in 1646, it remained neglected until partial re-arming during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dogs welcome on leads.

St Mawes Castle, Castle Drive, St Mawes, West Cornwall TR2 5DE Tel: 01326 270526

www.english-heritage.org.uk/stmawes

The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre

Penzance / Lands End

West Cornwall

Theatre / visitor centre

An outdoor theatre carved into the coastline rocks. Watch productions set against the dramatic coastline backdrop. Visitor Centre, daytime visiting when you can look around the visitor centre and explore the theatre. Coffee shop. Fantastic views across Porthcurno Bay.

Porthcurno Cornwall TR19 6JU

Tel: 01736 810694

www.minack.com

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Cornwall

North Cornwall

Castle

For a magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin's Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. Dogs welcome on leads.

Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, North Cornwall, PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328

www.english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel

Trelowarren

Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

Garden / historic building

The estate has 1000s of acres of impressive gardens and woodland. Follow one of the marked walks or explore on your own. The estate centres around the historic building which is surrounded by the New Yard Restaurant, Craft Gallery, Plant nursery, Art Gallery and Opi Workshop.

Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6AF

Tel: 01326 222105

www.trelowarren.com

Trerice

Newquay Cornwall

West Cornwall

Manor House

Elizabethan manor house with elaborate internal decoration and collection of English furniture. Gardens including an orchard with old varieties off fruit trees. Shop and restaurant. Quiz trails, special Tudor workshops, brass rubbing, costumed events and try your hand at traditional Cornish skittles.

Kestle Mill Nr Newquay Cornwall

Tel: 01637 875404