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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

Ghost Hunting at a Genuine Haunted Establishment - Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

Ghost Hunting at the Jamaica Inn, a famous smugglers Inn. Not for the faint hearted! These special ghost hunting events are sure to bring a shiver down your spine. Especially with the added knowledge that they have recently been awarded the Stamp of Approval from the British Paranormal Association for being a genuine haunted establishment!

You can choose between weekend events which include accommodation, breakfasts and dinners and some a trip to Bodmin Jail or evening events which go on until late. All events involve ghost hunts around the Inn which for years has given rise to stories of strange incidents and sightings and which produced one of the spookiest episodes ever recorded on the TV programme Most Haunted.

More information about the Jamaica Inn

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Ruin - Penzance

West Cornwall

This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the things to do in Cornwall if you are in the Penzance area. 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.

More information and contact details for Chysauster Ancient Village Cornwall

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.

Read more about Cotehele National Trust Attractions Cornwall

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

Read more about Godolphin and National Trust Cornwall Attracions

 - 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.

Read more about Godrevy and National Trust Cornwall Attractions

World Famous Smugglers Inn - Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

The Jamaica Inn, which is open all year round, is found high up on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor and is full of legend, mystery and romance. The Inn was made world famous by Daphne du Maurier's book (and following films and dramas) The Jamaica Inn. A tale of smugglers, rogues and pirates. View the Daphne du Maurier memorial room set up in her memory.

Visit the Inn's fascinating Smugglers' Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life in one of the finest collections of smuggling artifacts in the country.

You can also stay at the Inn or stop off for a tasty meal, snack, drink from the bar, coffee or even a cream tea! The Jamaica Inn is a very dog friendly place in Cornwall to visit.

More information about the Jamaica Inn

Castle - Launceston

South East Cornwall

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape and is definitely an option for things to in Cornwall. 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. Dogs welcome on leads.

More information and contact details for Launceston Castle Cornwall

Castle - Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

For a great 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. Visiting Pendennis Castle is one of the fun things to do in Cornwall. You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

More information and contact details for Pendennis Castle Cornwall

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.

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. If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall Restormel Castle could make an excellent day out. The castle was twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. This is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and dogs are welcome on leads.

More information and contact details for Restormel Castle

Castle - St Mawes Cornwall

South East Cornwall

St Mawes Castle Cornwall 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. Visiting a castle is one of the great things to do in Cornwall. Dogs welcome on leads at St Mawes Castle.

More information and contact details for St Mawes Castle

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.

Read more about St Michael's Mount and National Trust Cornwall Attractions

Castle Cornwall - 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 one of the interesting things to do in Cornwall. A perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

More information and contact details for Tintagel Castle Cornwall

Garden / historic building - Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

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.

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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 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.

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.

Chysauster Ancient Village

Penzance

West Cornwall

Ruin

This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the things to do in Cornwall if you are in the Penzance area. 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.

More information and contact details for Chysauster Ancient Village Cornwall

COTEHELE

St Dominick, Cornwall

South East Cornwall

House and Gardens

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.

Read more about Cotehele National Trust Attractions Cornwall

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.

Geevor Tin Mine

Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mine

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

GODOLPHIN

Helston, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Historic House and Gardens

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

Read more about Godolphin and National Trust Cornwall Attracions

Godrevy

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.

Read more about Godrevy and National Trust Cornwall Attractions

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.

JAMAICA INN

Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

Ghost Hunting at a Genuine Haunted Establishment

Ghost Hunting at the Jamaica Inn, a famous smugglers Inn. Not for the faint hearted! These special ghost hunting events are sure to bring a shiver down your spine. Especially with the added knowledge that they have recently been awarded the Stamp of Approval from the British Paranormal Association for being a genuine haunted establishment!

You can choose between weekend events which include accommodation, breakfasts and dinners and some a trip to Bodmin Jail or evening events which go on until late. All events involve ghost hunts around the Inn which for years has given rise to stories of strange incidents and sightings and which produced one of the spookiest episodes ever recorded on the TV programme Most Haunted.

More information about the Jamaica Inn

JAMAICA INN

Bodmin Moor Cornwall

North Cornwall

World Famous Smugglers Inn

The Jamaica Inn, which is open all year round, is found high up on the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor and is full of legend, mystery and romance. The Inn was made world famous by Daphne du Maurier's book (and following films and dramas) The Jamaica Inn. A tale of smugglers, rogues and pirates. View the Daphne du Maurier memorial room set up in her memory.

Visit the Inn's fascinating Smugglers' Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life in one of the finest collections of smuggling artifacts in the country.

You can also stay at the Inn or stop off for a tasty meal, snack, drink from the bar, coffee or even a cream tea! The Jamaica Inn is a very dog friendly place in Cornwall to visit.

More information about the Jamaica Inn

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

Launceston Castle

Launceston

South East Cornwall

Castle

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape and is definitely an option for things to in Cornwall. 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. Dogs welcome on leads.

More information and contact details for Launceston Castle Cornwall

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

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.

Pendennis Castle

Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Castle

For a great 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. Visiting Pendennis Castle is one of the fun things to do in Cornwall. You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

More information and contact details for Pendennis Castle Cornwall

Pengersick Castle

Penzance Cornwall

West Cornwall

Castle

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

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.

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. If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall Restormel Castle could make an excellent day out. The castle was twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. This is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and dogs are welcome on leads.

More information and contact details for Restormel Castle

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Castle

St Mawes Castle Cornwall 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. Visiting a castle is one of the great things to do in Cornwall. Dogs welcome on leads at St Mawes Castle.

More information and contact details for St Mawes Castle

St Michael's Mount

Marazion Cornwall

West Cornwall

Historic Building & Gardens

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.

Read more about St Michael's Mount and National Trust Cornwall Attractions

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.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Cornwall

North Cornwall

Castle 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 one of the interesting things to do in Cornwall. A perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

More information and contact details for Tintagel Castle Cornwall

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.

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.