Quay & countryside

Historic quay

Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels and trade during Victorian times

Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels and trade during Victorian times

Cotehele Quay was a thriving area during Victorian times. For hundreds of years the River Tamar was the principal access route to the estate. The stone lime kilns and old buildings help tell the story of this once-booming industrial hub. Pop into the Discovery Centre to learn about the Quay’s history.

Shamrock

Shamrock is a Tamar sailing barge built in 1899. During her working career she carried cargo up and down the river. Her goods included manure, coal, limestone, sand and fertiliser. She's one of the last of these barges to survive. Come and see her in port and look for open days when you can climb aboard.

Take a hike

Walking boots in the grass near Polperro, in South East Cornwall

Pull on your boots, grab the dog and discover Cotehele's countryside on one of our many walks. You can pick up a walks booklet from our shop.

The countryside

Visit the chapel in the wood to learn about a dramatic escape

Visit the chapel in the wood to learn about a dramatic escape

The Quay is the gateway to a wider 1,300-acre estate. Pack your rucksack with snacks, or buy some from our kiosk, and get ready for peaceful walks with river views and secret woods. Be sure to keep an ear out for woodpeckers drumming in the trees high above you.

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