Cotehele Quay

Explore the quay

Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels and trade during Victorian times

Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels and trade during Victorian times

Downhill from the house, the quay on the River Tamar is home to the Edgcumbe tea-room, the Discovery Centre and Shamrock, our Tamar sailing barge. The quay has a great history of its own and it's a fantastic starting point for exploring Cotehele.

Shamrock

Shamrock is the only surviving Tamar sailing barge. She was built in 1899 to carry cargo up and down the river. Visit her boat shed and look out for open days when you can hop aboard, examine her hold and meet her crew.

Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre on Cotehele Quay, Cornwall

Visit The Discovery Centre to soak up the history of Cotehele Quay, meet George the shipping officer, find out if you’re a land lubber or an old sea dog, learn about the renewable energy project at Cotehele Mill, understand limekilns, ketch and smack-rigged barges and the importance of copper, tin and arsenic in the Tamar Valley.

Take a trip on the river

Spend a glorious two hours on the Tamar aboard the Nancy Belle

Spend a glorious two hours on the Tamar aboard the Nancy Belle

Climb aboard Shamrock's support boat, Nancy Belle, to voyage under the Calstock Viaduct and beyond. You'll learn about the Tamar Valley before returning to a pasty lunch at the Edgcumbe (£12, includes pasty).

Fancy a bite to eat?

Take a load off your feet with a cheese tea and a nice cup of tea

Visit the Edgcumbe tea-room for a light lunch or Cornish cream tea. Check the boards outside for daily specials. Also, look out for our seasonal ice cream and pasty kiosk near the information point.

Finding the quay

Drive straight to the quay car park or hop on the shuttle bus, which runs most days between the house, quay and mill. The local bus stops here and it's only a 1½ mile walk or mountain bike ride from Calstock.

Facilities at the quay

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  • Car park
  • Shuttle bus stop
  • Toilets
  • Baby-changing station
  • Information point
  • Picnic area
  • Play area

Quay friends

Canoes on the quayside, Cotehele, Cornwall

Feel like trying something a bit more adventurous? Canoe trips with Tamar Trails Centre and gig rowing with Cotehele Quay Gig Club both set out from Cotehele Quay. Visit their websites to find out more.

A gateway to the wider estate

Find this view of the Calstock Viaduct just up the hill from the quay

Find this view of the Calstock Viaduct just up the hill from the quay

The quay is a great starting point for exploring the 1,300-acre Cotehele estate. Pack your rucksack with snacks, or buy some from our kiosk, and get ready for peaceful walks with river views and secret woods. If walking's not your thing, why not jump on our shuttle bus and head to Cotehele Mill or Cotehele House.

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