Cotehele Quay

Cotehele Quay on the River Tamar is home to the Discovery Centre, the Victorian Tamar sailing barge 'Shamrock' and the Edgcumbe tea-room. The quay has a rich history and is a fantastic starting point for exploring Cotehele.

Cotehele Quay is open every day from dawn to dusk. Entry is free. A £3 parking charge (members with a car sticker free) helps us look after this special place.

The Shamrock

The Shamrock is the only fully restored Tamar sailing barge in the world. She was built in Plymouth in 1899 to carry cargo on the river. You can read about her history and around her and see loads of photos on her blog here.

Sketch of the 'Shamrock' at Cotehele
Sketch of the 'Shamrock' with her sails hoisted at Cotehele, Cornwall

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is a small museum where you'll be able to soak up the history of Cotehele Quay, Find out if you’re a land lubber or an old sea dog, understand limekilns, ketch and smack-rigged barges and the importance of copper, tin and arsenic in the Tamar Valley. It's also where you'll find the first pixie door on the pixie door trail that leads to the mill.

Nancy Belle boat trips

Climb aboard the Shamrock's support boat, Nancy Belle, to cruise up the river, under the Calstock Viaduct and beyond. You'll learn about the history, flora and fauna of the Tamar Valley on this two-hour trip. There are several trips running until Wednesday 30 August -- you'll find details here for dates, times and booking information.

The Nancy Belle on the river Tamar near Cotehele
Passengers aboard Nancy Belle open-top boat near the Calstock viaduct at Cotehele, Cornwall

Fancy a bite to eat?

Visit the licensed Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay for a light lunch or Cornish cream tea. Also, look out for the seasonal ice cream and pasty kiosk near the information point.