St Mawes Castle
When he found out that the French and Spanish fleets had been battling in Falmouth Bay, Henry VIII ordered that St Mawes and Pendennis castles be built to provide strong fortifications in case of further attack. Lots of history to explore and well worth a visit.
St Just Church and Gardens
Described by poet laureate John Betjeman as possibly “the most beautiful churchyard on earth”, the ancient church and gardens are set round a delightful waterside creek. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this special place and explore the many little paths that wind through the exotic plants and vegetation. Miss V’s café is nearby for cream teas and light lunches.
King Harry Ferry
The ferry helps to cut down the trip to Truro and is great fun to use. Use their Mussel card to get better rates if you plan to use the ferry frequently during your stay.
You can reach the city of Truro by catching the King Harry Ferry, a mechanical car ferry, or drive around the peninsula. Well worth a visit is the stunning cathedral surrounded by cobbled streets that lead down to small Cornish shops and markets offering a great selection of local produce, wines, gins etc.
Trelissick House and Gardens
Leaving the ferry from the Truro side, you will find the entrance to the beautiful National Trust gardens and parkland of Trelissick House. The formal gardens are a delight to walk round and they often have pop-up exhibitions. The parkland is perfect for longer walks with four-legged friends who will enjoy the beautiful fields, sea-vistas and woodland walks. There is even the remains of an ancient fort to explore.
National Maritime Museum
There’s always lots to discover and learn from the exhibitions that change regularly. Check their web site for details.
Built by Henry VIII to defend the Fal Estuary, there’s lots to explore including a collection of historic weaponry from the Tudor, Napoleonic and Victorian periods plus 20th-century wartime cannons.
No trip to this part of Cornwall is complete without a visit to the awesome Eden Project. It’s always busy so it’s advisable to book in advance to save queues especially if you want to go on the key attractions like the thrilling zip wire across the whole site. Best days are Sunday and Monday which are often less busy.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
A must for garden lovers. Beautifully laid out with lots to see and do especially exhibitions of local country trades.