Things To See and Do in Cornwall

LOCAL WALKS

The Llawnroc Hotel is set in the village of Gorran Haven on the south coast of Cornwall and just a short distance from the South West Coast Path.
The Roseland Peninsula and South West Coast Path offer some of the best walking in Cornwall – if you are passing by en route along the Coast Path, then why not stop in for a quick drink or a bite to eat.

If you are staying with us in Gorran Haven, then here are some ideas for circular walks from the village :
6m (10k) moderate circular walk including the South West Coast Path – From Gorran Haven, along the coast to Chapel Point, on to Portmellon and then back cross country to Gorran Churchtown and back to Gorran Haven.
3.5m walk from Gorran Haven to Mevagissey – From Gorran Haven, along the coast path and cross country to the harbour village of Mevagissey.

HOUSE & GARDENS

Eden Project

Cornwall’s best known attraction. The site consists of two vast landscaped space age greenhouses, or biomes, containing a variety of temperate and tropical plants.

Lanhydrock House & Gardens

An impressive late Victorian country house near Bodmin with extensive servants’ quarters, church, gardens and wooded estate.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

80 acres of superb grounds with a complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden. Set in one of the most mysterious estates in England.

Caerhays Castle & Gardens.

An imposing 19th century castle designed by John Nash set in 60 acres of woodland gardens and a private beach.

Prideaux Place

An Elizabethan Mansion in a stunning setting above the fishing port of Padstow with fine paintings, porcelain, furniture and a collection of Teddy Bears.

GALLERIES, SCULPTURE & GLASS

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden – St Ives

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden features works in bronze, stone and wood in addition to paintings, drawings and other archive material.

Tate – St Ives

The Tate Gallery in St Ives opened in June 1993 in a purpose-built building with five galleries offering an introduction to modern art.

Newlyn Gallery – Newlyn, Penzance

A fully refurbished art gallery showing contemporary national, international and local work

Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery & Studio – Penryn, Falmouth

A wide variety of distinctive glass made on site.  Try your hand at glassblowing or come and watch the glassblowing at one of their open days.

RAILWAYS

For car free days out, why not consider a journey by train on one of Cornwall’s five wonderfully scenic branch lines:

The Tamar Valley Line – Gunnislake to Plymouth

The Looe Valley Line – Liskeard to Looe

The Maritime Line – Truro/Perranwell/Penryn/Penmere/Falmouth

The Atlantic Coast Line – Newquay to Par

The St Ives Bay Line – north to south coast in just 20 minutes!

World of Model Railways – Mevagissey
The World of Model Railways has a main layout with over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes and is home to a well-stocked model shop.

THEATRES

The Minack Theatre – Porthcurno, Penzance

A stunning location from which to view wild waves or a raging storm, with live performances in the theatre over the summer months.

Hall For Cornwall – Truro

Hall for Cornwall is a thriving theatre in the heart of Truro.  Over the course of the year we welcome over 180,000 theatre goers to everything from classical to rock concerts, and pantomime to touring productions from the West End.

HERITAGE

The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – Charlestown, St Austell

Said to be the largest private collection of shipwreck and historical artefacts on public display in Europe, it includes many items from a bygone age including finds from more than 150 shipwrecks.

Pendennis Castle –  Falmouth

Built by Henry VIII to help defend England against possible attack by France and Spain. Enjoy the interactive exhibition and end your day with a Cornish Cream Tea in the Castle’s tea-rooms.

St Mawes Castle – St Mawes

Like its counterpart, Pendennis Castle it was built by Henry VIII on the opposite bank.

CHURCHES

Truro Cathedral – Truro

A stunning three spired Gothic Revival Cathedral in the heart of Truro city.  Open every day, entrance is free.

St Just in Roseland Church – St Just in Roseland near St Mawes

A 13th Century church surrounded by sub-tropical gardens

SEASIDE PORTS

St Ives

Nestling amongst rich, magnificent coastal scenery, the cleanest beaches and scented sub-tropical gardens.  There are cobbled streets full of history, legend and tradition that wind between pretty fisherman’s cottages.  A magnitude of galleries and craft shops also grace the streets of St Ives.

Padstow

Traditionally a fishing port, Padstow is now a popular tourist destination. Although some of its former fishing fleet remains, it is mainly a yachting haven on a dramatic coastline.

Mevagissey

A traditional Cornish fishing village where you can wander the narrow alleyways and browse gift shops.

Fowey

Fowey is situated near the mouth of the River Fowey. It lies between Mevagissey and Looe.  Its neighbouring town Polruan is situated across the estuary.