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St Ives – The extraordinary intensity and clarity of light at St Ives lends the place a film set quality. Its legacy as a 20th-
St Michael’s Mount Marazion reached on foot at low tide across a causeway, this former medieval monastery, now home to the St Aubyn family, has been sensitively restored and de-
The Eden Project The world’s largest rainforest in captivity; there’s even a waterfall inside one of the giant Biomes, and these domes are architectural wonders in themselves. The crowds can be tiresome on a dull summer’s day so visit in sunshine and enjoy all the outside exhibits. There are rock concerts in summer and ice-
Newquay Zoo One of Britain’s best zoos, Newquay has 130 species, including lions, meercats, penguins and ring-
Trebah Garden A valley garden full of sub-
Tintagel The seat of the legendary King Arthur, this must once have been a place of haunting beauty: a medieval hamlet protected by a castle-
Land’s End The Cornish have never forgiven Peter de Savary for ruining Land’s End by building concrete bunkers to house second-
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Lanhydrock A grand house on a grand estate, it vividly evokes High Victorian ideals: the careful segregation of public and private, male and female, master and servant. The Robartes family changed very little in the 20th century so it feels as if they have just stepped out for a while. Gardens open all year; house open Mar-
Geevor Tin Mine One of Cornwall’s last working tin mines, which closed down in 1990. The knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, some of them former miners, bring the buildings to life with anecdotes of the lives of the miners as they take visitors underground. Excellent homemade pasties in the cafe. Open all year; closed Saturdays.
Porthleven This deep double harbour is a lovely place for an evening stroll and there’s plenty of space on the pebble beach. There are craft shops and galleries galore, three pubs (try the Atlantic Inn for a sunset drink) and a clutch of good restaurants, including Kota, The Square, Amelie’s, Sea Drift family-
Cotehele, near Saltash, Hidden away on the banks of the River Tamar, this Tudor house remains in a time-
Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey Tim Smit’s first project in Cornwall (before Eden) remains a magical place. It covers 200 acres, so it’s possible to find peace here even in high summer. Beyond the flamboyant Himalayan spring garden are superb restored Edwardian fruit, flower and vegetable gardens. Deeper into the valley there are shady bowers and pools where dragon and damselflies dance. Open all year.
Paradise Park, Hayle A family-
Lizard Point The National Trust, having failed to secure Land’s End, redeemed itself by grabbing The Lizard, Britain’s most southerly point. There are two good, old-
Polperro A real picture-
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum In the 19th century Cable & Wireless pioneered international telecommunications using undersea cables that connected Porthcurno, a sandy cove near Land’s End, to India, the Far East, South America and Africa. It’s an extraordinary story and very well told here especially after its £2.5 million refit which has introduced many more family activities.
Penlee House Gallery, Penzance This is the place to find works by 19th-
Things To Do In Cornwall
Cornwall is packed with attractions, from animal and bird conservation centres, hands-