Places to visit

Looe

A small seaside town with a working fishing port. There is a safe sandy beach and crabbing on the quayside. Fishing and pleasure boat trips available according to the tides. A good selection of independent shops and places to eat.

Plymouth

 Plymouth is a port city. It’s known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets. Sutton Harbour is home to the National Marine Aquarium, where sharks and rays glide in a deep tank. The Mayflower Steps are where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620. 

Padstow

 A charming working fishing port and  foodie destination, made famous by Rick Stein. Padstow is also surrounded by glorious sandy beaches and is start / end point for The Camel Trail, a cycle path on the former railway line. Prideaux Place in Padstow has featured in Rosamunde Pilchers films.

Mevagissey

 Mevagissey is an attractive old town which was once the centre of Cornwall’s pilchard fishery and which still boasts a working harbour, with a few dozen small fishing boats.

Bodmin Moor

 Bodmin Moor is Cornwall at its wildest. The highest and least populated part of Cornwall, Bodmin Moor is rich in ancient history.  Cornwall's most famous smugglers inn made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn novel. Also the location for the filming of Poldark.

Cothele House

Time has stood still in this National Trust property overlooking the Tamar River. There are lovely gardens and a quay as well as a working mill.

Seaton Beach

Seaton beach is mostly shingle and stretches all the way from the Seaton River and country park to the small resort of Downderry, about a mile to the east. 

Eden Project

The Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

 

Port Issac

Port Isaac is a small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall made famous as the location for Doc Martin

St Ives

St Ives is known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor, and its art scene. The seafront Tate St Ives

 St Ives is a town in Cornwall, known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor, and its art scene. The seafront Tate St Ives gallery has rotating modern art exhibitions, focusing on British artists. Nearby, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, in the modernist artist’s former studio, displays her bronzes and other works. Boat trips go to Seal Island, just west of town, to see the seal colony. 

Lanhydrock House and gardens

There are more than 50 rooms to explore in this large National Trust house along with the extensive gardens. There are also off road cycle trails with bike hire available on site.