Curator's choice: five must-sees at Trelissick

In 2018 I joined the National Trust as Curator for Cornwall from the Netherlands. My background is in medieval studies, archaeology and as museum curator. I particularly like exploring the heritage of coastal areas. As Curator, I work with a wide range of sites, from coast and countryside to manor houses and collections. Trelissick has a bit of all of this. People visit the estate for varying reasons, whether it is to see a piece of the collection or walk the dog in the parkland. Here are my ideas of what you can go see when you visit Trelissick.

Dr. Nelleke IJssennagger , Curator Dr. Nelleke IJssennagger Curator
Two people enjoy the view from the parkland at Trelissick, Cornwal

The views from Trelissick

It is hard to miss the beautiful view from Trelissick house, but did you know there are good and historic views around the estate and garden?

Sunlight streams through the trees in the woodland at Roundwood on the Trelissick estate, Cornwall

Roundwood in Trelissick's countryside

There is a real sense of discovery when you explore this headland with prehistoric remains and an industrial 18th-century quay on foot.

The Spode-Copeland Rhododendron service at Trelissick, Cornwall

Trelissick’s rhododendron service

In the house you can have a close look at some interesting objects from the former Copeland China Collection.

Bench overlooking the Fal in Trelissick garden, Cornwall

Trelissick garden's Cornish Cross

The whole of Trelissick’s garden is a must-see, but if I have to recommend one spot it is this.

A close up of a mantel piece at Trelissick

Silk embroidery in Trelissick house

An unexpected surprise is the presence of Italian embroidered silk in the drawing room.