Hidden treasures in Cornwall

In Cornwall, these lesser-known places are waiting to be discovered; some of which are now beginning to re-open after deep-cleans and restoration over the winter.

Trerice house with daffodils in the foreground


An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem not far from Newquay, Trerice has been little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries, thanks to long periods under absentee owners.

Antony house framed by mist and branches


Antony House is an 18th-century National Trust house in Cornwall and still home to the Carew Pole family.

A little girl walks along a path in the maze at Glendurgan in Cornwall

Glendurgan Garden

There are three valleys of Glendurgan to lose yourself in - full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants. Big leaves and exotic flowers thrive in the jungle-like lower valley and sun-loving specimens enjoy the upper banks. In spring thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of this steep valley.

The pond in the walled kitchen garden at Trengwainton

Trengwainton Garden

A sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs, perhaps one of the most luxuriant of all the Cornish gardens as exotic and precious blooms flower each year from around the world.

Michell's Engine House East Pool Mine

East Pool Mine

At the very heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sit these two great beam engines, originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers. You can explore the inner workings of this monument to the industrial revolution and experience the lives of Cornish miners from days gone by.

An aerial view of Tintagel Old Post Office

Tintagel Old Post Office

You can retreat from Tintagel's busy high street into Tintagel Old Post Office. This unusual 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse has a wavy slate roof and over 600 years of history. The name dates from the Victorian period when it briefly held a licence to be the letter receiving station for the district.

Godolphin's gardens in April


Enjoy the peace and calm of the ancient garden. With its original medieval layout, there are plenty of places to sit and absorb the atmosphere of this historic place.