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Cornwall

Discover the best things to do in Cornwall; from visiting exotic gardens or ancient houses, to exploring the mining history, all encircled by a much-loved coastline.

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Top places to visit in Cornwall

View across mown lawns to Lanhydrock’s gatehouse, shrouded in mist and low autumn sun
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Lanhydrock 

As well as the magnificent late Victorian country house and garden there is 1,000 acres of parkland, woodland and heath to discover at Lanhydrock. Explore two miles of the River Fowey, plus adventurous woodland cycle trails.

Bodmin, Cornwall

Partially open today
Couple walking the dog on a frosty morning at Trelissick, Cornwall
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Trelissick 

A welcoming house and garden set in an estate with surrounding maritime views and woodland walks.

near Truro, Cornwall

Partially open today
A view of the front of the house and garden at Cotehele on a sunny day, Cornwall
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Cotehele 

An atmospheric Tudor house with Medieval roots, a mill on a historic quay and a glorious garden with valley views. Visit the wider estate for miles of springtime walking.

near Saltash, Cornwall

Partially open today
Spring at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall
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Glendurgan Garden 

A historic and exotic wooded valley garden leading down to the River Helford.

Falmouth, Cornwall

Fully open today
A magnolia tree in flower with the sun rising in the background
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Trengwainton Garden 

Sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs

near Penzance, Cornwall

Fully open today
The garden at Godolphin House, Cornwall. The house, dating from the 17th century, is one of the most spectacular in Cornwall
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Godolphin 

An ancient and atmospheric estate with a medieval garden and historic house

Helston, Cornwall

Partially open today
A view of the house at Trerice in summertime
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Trerice 

Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden

near Newquay, Cornwall

Fully open today
A view out to sea of a curving headland, the Rumps, at Pentire, Cornwall
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Pentire 

Pentire is an exceptionally beautiful headland with far reaching views and managed for wildlife. The café at Pentire Café offers undercover and indoor seating throughout the year.

near Wadebridge, Cornwall

Partially open today
The engine house at East Pool Mine at Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall
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East Pool Mine 

Impressive Cornish Beam Engine and industrial heritage discovery centre. Open by pre-booked tours.

near Redruth, Cornwall

Closed now
Visitors at the Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Cornwall
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Levant Mine and Beam Engine 

High-up on the exposed cliffs on the 'Tin Coast' and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Levant Mine and Beam Engine is open by pre-booked tours.

near St Just, Cornwall

Fully open today

Easter egg hunts in Cornwall

An adult and two children explore the garden surrounded by daffodils in spring at Cotehele, Cornwall

Easter adventures in Cornwall 

Discover the best places to explore as a family in Cornwall this Easter. Plan your days out for a memorable visit that the whole family will enjoy.

Castles and forts in Cornwall

With a rocky island crowned by a castle and an Iron Age hillfort with a wartime bunker, there is a lot of history and beautiful views to admire from these castles and forts in Cornwall.

A view across the water at low tide at St Michael's Mount in the distance
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St Michael's Mount 

The Mount is managed by both the National Trust and the St Aubyn family, working together. This unique partnership supports the Mount's vibrant island community, continuing a remarkable legacy. St Michael's Mount is open throughout the year however, dates and times vary during winter months. Click here to find out more and book your tickets online.

A child stands in the earth ditch of an Iron Age fort, which has green moss and ivy covering its banks
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The Iron Age fort at Trelissick 

Travel back through thousands of years of Cornish history to the very impressive Iron Age promontory fort and 18th-century quay. The fort is the only one of its kind in Europe and its well defined ditches and embankments are still clearly visible.

The open hatch to the ROC Veryan bunker on Nare Head in Cornwall
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The wartime bunker on Nare Head 

Nare Head, next to Carne and Pendower, is home to an underground bunker, which started life as a Royal Observer Corps post spotting aircraft during the Second World War.

Places reopening in spring

The outside of Antony House seen from afar across a lawn on a sunny day
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Antony 

18th-Century house set within a magnificent landscape garden, still home to the Carew Pole family

Torpoint, Cornwall

Closed now

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View of Barras Nose, Smith's Cliff and Willapark at Tintagel in Cornwall
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National Trust brings coastal land at Tintagel into its care 

A stretch of rugged Cornish coastline that borders the medieval fortress of Tintagel has been acquired by the National Trust. Smith’s Cliff, on the north Cornwall coast, will be cared for as a space for wildlife to flourish, for heritage to be conserved and for people to access and enjoy for ever.

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Cornish coastal meadows project 

We are working to create 250 hectares of new species rich grassland at National Trust sites across Cornwall. The project, due to be completed by 2026, will help us rise to the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Holidays in Cornwall

Stay at a National Trust holiday cottage in Cornwall this year and discover some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK.

The exterior of Hayloft, Roseland, Cornwall

Hayloft 

Beautiful interiors and sea views for miles in this former farm outbuilding in the hamlet of Gwendra.

The exterior of Durgan Quay and Beach Cottages, Cornwall

Durgan Beach Cottage 

A traditional stone cottage just a few metres from the shores of the Helford Estuary.

The exterior of Cotehele Dairy Cottage, Cornwall

Cotehele Dairy Cottage 

A quiet and luxurious cottage, with access to Cotehele's house and garden.

Sustainable Travel

Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Cornwall? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.

Family exploring the cycle trails at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
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Sustainable travel in Cornwall 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Cornwall, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Kober, Arsenik, Sten – A Changing Landscape 

Botallack, near St Just, Cornwall

Immerse yourself in the rich history and ongoing evolution of Cornwall’s mining sites through a new photographic exhibition by Noah Breslin.

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29 Feb to 30 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
+ 61 other dates or times
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Feb half-term animal aerobics trail 

Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance, Cornwall

Spring into the new season with our Animal Aerobics family trail. Can you wriggle like a worm, hop like a bunny or flap like a bat?

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29 Feb to 3 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 1 other date or time
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Garden Tours 

Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth, Cornwall

Grow your knowledge of plants with an exclusive in-depth tour through the exotic and playful valleys of Glendurgan Garden.

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29 Feb to 27 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
+ 16 other dates or times
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Cornish Short Films at East Pool Mine. Tom's Dream and Kestav. 

East Pool Mine, near Redruth, Cornwall

As part of the C-Fylm and Screen Cornwall's celebration of Cornish Film, Kernow Kino, East Pool Mine will be hosting a free screening of Cornish short films.

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1 Mar 2024
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11:00 to 11:30
+ 2 other dates or times
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Cornish Short Films at East Pool Mine. Mab Hudel, Anoraks, Mowes (Lass). 

East Pool Mine, near Redruth, Cornwall

As part of the C-Fylm and Screen Cornwall's celebration of Cornish Film, Kernow Kino, East Pool Mine will be hosting a free screening of Cornish short films.

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1 Mar 2024
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11:45 to 12:15
+ 2 other dates or times
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Enys Men at Botallack, Celebrating Cornish Film. 

Botallack, near St Just, Cornwall

As part of the C-Fylm and Screen Cornwall's celebration of Cornish Film, Kernow Kino, Botallack Count House will be screening Enys Men, a film by Mark Jenkin.

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1 Mar 2024
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18:00 to 20:45
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Hemmick beach cleans 

The Dodman, St Austell, Cornwall

Help us keep Hemmick beach beautiful

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2 Mar 2024 to 4 Jan 2025
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10:00 to 11:00
+ 10 other dates or times
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PondLife! at Cotehele Quay 

Cotehele, near Saltash, Cornwall

Discover weird and wonderful creatures in the pond at Cotehele quay with monthly drop-in, pond dipping sessions.

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2 Mar to 5 Oct 2024
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10:00 to 13:00
+ 7 other dates or times
Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.