Places to Visit and Cornish Attractions

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Launceston
The ancient market town of Launceston (locals call it Lanson) is known as "The Gateway to Cornwall" and was once the capital of Cornwall. Located on the Cornwall and Devon border, lying between two moors, Bodmin and Dartmoor, the ancient town is quintessentially Cornish, with its Georgian houses, intricately carved church, narrow granite lined streets and market square. Launceston Castle, built after the Norman Conquest, dominates the town and skyline.

Kitt Hill
Located between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, this wild, rugged granite hilltop is famous for its fine views and fascinating history as well as its flora and fauna. With 400 acres (152 hectares), Kit Hill is the most dominant landscape feature in East Cornwall.

The Camel Trail
This is arguably the most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK. The Camel Trail is a 19 mile route that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. Don't forget your bike as the trail is also suitable for cycling. Alternatively bike hire available at several locations nearby.

Port Isaac to Port Gaverne
A wonderful walk that enables you to explore two idyllic harbour side villages and the lovely wooded countryside between them.  Port Isaac has classic Cornish character by the boat load - clusters of tiny whitewashed cottages, narrow twisting lanes and the lovely scent of freshly-caught fish.  Port Isaac is also where the popular series Doc Martin is set.

Boscastle
Three Inns, three Rivers, three Churches, and a most popular harbour. A great day out in Cornwall, with excellent facilities, historic harbour, parking, public toilets, shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, stunning scenery and breathtaking views. Boscastle Farm Shop has become the place to buy Cornish produce and has a wonderful restaurant/cafe area where you can experience home cooking.

Tintagel and the Rocky Valley
Take a peek at the castle ruins in Tintagel before setting out south along the coast path towards Boscastle. The views of the coastline throughout this walk are spectacular. Along the way you’ll come across a ruined village and Bronze Age carvings.

Padstow
Traditionally a fishing port, Padstow is now a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Cornwall.  The town is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately five miles northwest of Wadebridge.  Here you can enjoy spectacular scenery, picturesque walks around the harbour and many shops and restaurants, which include the world famous Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant.

Camel Valley Wine Tours
Drive to Nanstallon, Bodmin and visit the award winning world class Camel Valley Wines.  Great wine tastings and an excellent shop.

Lanhydrock House
Located a few minutes from Bodmin, Lanhydrock House is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate. One of 21 excellent National Trust locations in Cornwall.

Cotehele House and Quay, near Saltash
In the woods above the tidal River Tamar nestles Cotehele, built by the Edgcumbes in Tudor times. It is a house of many stories, myths and legends.

Antony House and Gardens, near Torpoint
Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a mixture of the formal and informal, the venerable and the modern.

The Eden Project
Located between Bodmin and St Austell, The Eden Project is open all year round and it takes 3-4 hours to get around, an excellent day out.  A former china clay mine that has been turned into a rich global garden boasting the worlds largest greenhouses.

Lost Gardens of Heligan
Drive South near Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond. Here you can also find Lobbs Farm Shop an excellent place to find presebts and wonderful Cornish produce.

Pencarrow House, near Bodmin
A stately home with magnificent gardens – 50 acres including a sunken Italian garden, a lake and over 700 varieties of rhododendron. In summer plays are staged here.

The Launceston Steam Railway
A narrow gauge steam railway running from the historic Cornish town of Launceston, through the glorious Kensey Valley, to the hamlet of Newmills.

Tintagel Castle
The remains of Tintagel Castle are at the heart of Arthurian legend. The location of the castle is spectacular – half a mile outside of Tintagel, across rugged clifftops, with no vehicular access. Tintagel Island, attached to the mainland by a sliver of land, enhances the wild and romantic atmosphere.

Carnglaze Slate Caverns
Carnglaze Slate Caverns are a popular all weather tourist attraction, a booklet on the history of Carnglaze is available in the gift shop which also sells unique hand-crafted items from the slate craft workshop.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Park, near Torpoint
Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.