Things to see & do

The house

Visit the house and learn about the Edgcumbe family and their passions © National Trust

Visit the house and learn about the Edgcumbe family and their passions

Our Tudor mansion is brimming with tapestries, weapons, armour, antique oak furniture, pewter, brass and countless stories about the Edgcumbe family who owned Cotehele for six centuries.

The garden

The summer house in the Valley Garden offers respite from sun or rain © John Hartland

The summer house in the Valley Garden offers respite from sun or rain

Our estate is vast and varied so whether you just think plants are cool or you're an expert horticulturalist, there's plenty for all tastes and interests in our garden and orchards.

Quay and countryside

Visitors on Cotehele Quay © Lee Searle

Visitors on Cotehele Quay

Immerse yourself in the Tamar Valley down on the quay. Experience its history in the Discovery Centre, inspect the Shamrock both inside and out or just flop on a bench with a Cornish ice cream and watch the boats go by. The quay is also the perfect place to ditch the car, grab the dog and head into the woods.

Shamrock on the quay

Visit the restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock moored alongside the quay © NTPL/Andrew Butler

Visit the restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock moored alongside the quay

Our Tamar sailing barge, Shamrock, was built in 1899 in Plymouth. She spent her working days carrying goods up and down the River Tamar. Today she spends her retirement on Cotehele Quay where she undergoes constant restoration and occasionally her hardy crew of staff and volunteers take her to other ports down the river to show her off. She even has her own blog.

What's on

Something's happening for everyone at Cotehele this spring. From daffodils galore to Easter trails, Nancy Belle river trips, art in the gallery and music in the Barn, you're bound to find something that's right up your alley.

For groups

Visiting us as a group is easy. If you have a party of 15 or more, get in touch with us by email or on 01579 351346 so we can help you arrange the perfect day out for you and your party.

Don't miss

  • Shamrock, our 1899 Tamar sailing barge on the quay
  • Verdant woods and vast countryside
  • The oldest domestic clock still in its original position
  • Our 16th-century dovecote
  • The Mother Orchard with traditional fruit tree varieties once grown in the Tamar Valley

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