Places to visit

Eden by Tamsin Williams

The Eden Project: a giant botanical garden for the 21st century. Visit the Humid Tropics biome and experience the sights and smells of the rainforest, or the Warm Temperate biome which takes you to South Africa and California and walks you among lemon and orange trees. Outdoors you’ll find the domeless Cornish biome, where you can discover some of Cornwall’s flora.

Not far away is Wheal Martyn, Cornwall’s museum of the Clay Country. Take a look back in time and find out about ourChina Clay industry in the 1820’s.

The square-rigged ships berthed at Charlestown have been used for many films, and the port itself was the location for The Eagle has Landed, The Three Musketeers, A Respectable Trade, Rebecca, Poldark and many others.

Charlestown’s
Shipwreck and Heritage Centre
commemorates the achievement of Charles Rashleigh, whose vision created a
thriving port out of an obscure fishing village. See some more views of
Charlestown here.


Giant’s Head, Lost Gardens of Heligan

Another
magical spot is The Lost Gardens of Heligan,
seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years which became a wilderness
at the beginning of the century only to be rediscovered in the 1990’s and
restored to its former glory.

Just
down the hill is the delightful unspoilt fishing port of Mevagissey with
its trawlers unloading their catch, narrow twisting streets and little shops
full of curios.

Mevagissey Harbour

You
could catch the Mevagissey
Ferries
boat to Fowey between 26th April and 30th September , providing a
magnificent view from the sea of St Austell Bay.

Along
the lanes from Heligan is Oak
Valley Wines
, the vineyard of St.Ewe.


Fowey Harbour

 In
the other direction we have Fowey,
a beautiful  natural harbour, a haven for
yachtsmen and the major exporting port for China Clay.

Over
the last few years Fowey has been the centre of the Daphne du Maurier festival
of Arts and Literature. You can take a little passenger ferry over to Polruan, the
other side of the river mouth, and enjoy the spectacular views of the port or
walk along the Esplanade to Readymoney beach and up to the castle.

You
can take the car ferry over the river from Fowey along the narrow lanes to Polperro,
a maze of lanes, alley ways and slate-hung white-washed higgledy- piggledy
houses, which lead down to a picturesque and truly unspoilt harbour. It is
still a working port, where at high-tide, boats unload their catch, with pots
and nets lying about the quays.

Looe

Further
around the coast is Looe, with
narrow streets and a Mediaeval Guildhall – now a delightful museum – and the
second largest fishing fleet in Cornwall. In the eighteenth century, as well as
drifting for pilchards, Looe was a copper port, exporting ore from the mines at
Caradon Hill on Bodmin
Moor
.


Lostwithiel,
the mediaeval capital of Cornwall, is just a few miles away with its Norman Restormel
Castle
,
and rich local history. Here are some photos of Lostwithiel
and Restormel
Castle
.

Lanhydrock
House
is one of Cornwall’s grandest houses
set in a glorious landscape of gardens, parkland and woods overlooking the
valley of the River Fowey.

Jamaica Inn, the
setting for Daphne du Maurier’s book is an ideal spot for a drink or a meal
after a walk on Bodmin Moor.

Further
afield you could go on to Tintagel
Castle
where, according to legend, King Arthur lived in the fifth century.


The
city of Truro is
well worth a visit with its beautiful cathedral and shopping centre, museum and
meadery. 

You
can continue on down the A39 and visit the Trebah Gardens or the Seal Sanctuary at
Gweek on the Helford River.

Not
far away is Falmouth,
which has the third largest natural bay in the world, and a strong maritime
history. For those interested in sailing, the National Maritime Museum
in Falmouth is magnificent.


If you are interested in mining take a look at the Poldark Mine or the Blue Hills Tin Streams mine at St. Agnes, and find out about vanning, panning and jigging, all skills of the tinner’s ancientcraft.

St.Ives is
another favourite spot with its soft sand, harbour, cobbled streets, craft
shops and galleries. The Tate Gallery draws
many visitors each year.