Durgan fish cellar

Three colourful chairs in the sunshine outside Durgan fish cellar

An old repurposed fish cellar where pilchards, once the catch of the day, would have been processed it is now a quirky information room led by a team of enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers.

The fish cellar endeavours to be open 11am - 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday each week as well as bank holiday Mondays and all Mondays in August, however the team is entirely volunteer run so please do phone ahead of visiting to check it is open.

A black and white photograph of Durgan Village taken in 1900

Durgan's rich history

There's a wealth of historical information on display in the fish cellar where visitors can learn about the families who once lived in this old fishing community. Now a picturesque and charming village set alongside the Helford River, life 100 years ago in Durgan was not quite as idyllic as it is today. Some families lived in the village for generations, often tending to Glendurgan garden or braving the seas as fishermen for a living. Browse the information at your leisure or have a chat to the volunteers, some of whom have ties to the historic community here.

Second hand bookcases in Durgan fish cellar

Second hand books

Feel free to browse the book nook which offers a selection of second hand fiction, non-fiction as well as gardening, cookery and travel books. All the books you'll find in the fish cellar have been kindly donated by members of the public and the funds raised go towards Glendurgan's 'hedge fund' to restore the historic hedge maze in the garden. We are always delighted to receive donations of second hand books, however please drop them in at Glendurgan’s main entrance as storage and parking is limited in Durgan.

Scrunch buckets to borrow at the beach

Buckets and spades

All are welcome to borrow one of the many buckets and spades on offer for a play on the beach (there’s no age limit for building sandcastles!) Made from recycled silicon the scrunch buckets are 100% recyclable and are more durable and hard wearing than traditional hard plastic buckets. Just pick them up on your way to the beach and drop them back when you've finished.

A child plays beach bingo in Durgan fish cellar

Children's activities

Have a rummage in the activity baskets under the bench in the fish cellar and you'll find plenty of activities for children and families to enjoy, including a game of Durgan beach bingo using shells to mark off objects on the wooden game boards. There are plenty of colouring in fish and colouring pencils, plus plain paper for those who wish to create their own masterpieces. Children are welcome to take their creations home or hang them up on the artwork washing line to be proudly displayed.

the maze at Glendurgan with the summerhouse in the centre

Raffle tickets

Visitors are invited to help themselves to tea and coffee for a donation, all proceeds are invested straight back into our conservation work. There are also raffle tickets on sale and each £1 raffle ticket sold is worth another £1 in National Trust matched funding so Glendurgan's 'hedge fund' receives double the money, helping us raise vital funds to restore this beautiful living puzzle back to full health.

Volunteers enjoying an ice cream on Durgan beach

Callestick ice cream

The fish cellar also sells six flavours of delicious Callestick Farm ice cream in small tubs for £2.20 each, the perfect accompaniment while having a paddle and enjoying views across the Helford River.