Busy days at Trelissick

The columned facade of Trelissick house in Cornwall lit up for the Christmas illuminations

Trelissick is a popular place to visit, especially so during Christmas. Here are our tips to plan your visit and what to expect when you arrive.

Our busiest days this December are expected to be on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Friday 20 through the weekend to Monday 23. While Trelissick has the capaicity to accomodate many people, space is limited in the car park. This unfortunately results in queues to get parked up.

The suberb car park team are very effective at managing a full car park and sending cars to spaces when they appear, however there is inevitably a wait due to the sheer volume of cars. At peak times there can be waits of 20-30 minutes.

To help you prepare and help us cut down this time we have these tips for you to consider before you visit:

  • Dog walkers and countryside users please consider visiting before 11am to avoid a busy car park.
  • Booked in to see Father Christmas or for other events? Plan to arrive half an hour before your event is due to start.
  • Car share where possible or, if appropriate, use the 493 bus service from Truro (not in service on Sundays).
  • If you would prefer to visit during quieter times for the illuminations and festive house, we recommend visiting during the week Monday 16 to Thursday 19 December and after Christmas from Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 December when we unlikely to be quite as busy.


Look out for the yellow signs on the approach to Trelissick which will direct car traffic along the parkland drive to the car park. We use this entrance when we expect queues that would cause congestion on the road at the normal entrance. Queing through the parkland means less congestion on the road which is an important emergency service route.

The parkland drive was not historically intended for this purpose, it is a single track and so once you are in the queue there is no turning around and returning the way you have come. Please consider this before commiting to this entrance. 

A wreath hanging on the open front door of Trelissick house with a decorated tree in the hallway

Christmas at Trelissick

There’s plenty of festive cheer, exciting events and activities to enjoy this Christmas at Trelissick.