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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

The gatehouse with the drive leading to the house beyond at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
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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

Fully open today
Side view of Trelissick house and terrace in spring with camellias
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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

Closed now
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
Side image of the magnolia and daffodils blooming in Kings Garden at Godolphin.
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Godolphin 

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

Helston, Cornwall

Fully 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

Partially open today
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 north front of Antony House, Cornwall
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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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4 Mar to 30 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 57 other dates or times
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Visit the house at Godolphin 

Godolphin, Helston, Cornwall

Venture into Godolphin House and discover the rich history within the walls of this once great mining powerhouse. Find out more about those who lived here at lives they lead in what was once Cornwall's largest and finest house.

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4 Mar to 7 Nov 2024
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10:30 to 17:00
+ 51 other dates or times
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Community beach cleans (Pendower) 

Carne and Pendower, Truro, Cornwall

Soak in fantastic views and fresh air whilst helping to keep this beautiful beach clean.

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4 Mar 2024 to 6 Jan 2025
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14:00 to 15:30
+ 10 other dates or times
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Wednesday walk and talk 

Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance, Cornwall

Looking for some company while you explore Trengwainton? On the first Wednesday of every month we're offering you the chance to 'walk and talk' with one of our volunteers and perhaps make some new friends along the way.

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6 Mar 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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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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7 Mar to 27 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
+ 15 other dates or times
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International Women's Day Walk 

Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth, Cornwall

Celebrate International Women's Day by joining us for a walk at Glendurgan Garden, guided by a volunteer walk leader.

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8 Mar 2024
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14:00 to 16:30
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National Lottery Open Week at Cotehele 

Cotehele, near Saltash, Cornwall

We're taking part in National Lottery Open Week to say thank you to National Lottery players for their support.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Free entry for National Lottery Open Week 

Godolphin, Helston, Cornwall

We’re saying thank you to National Lottery players with free entry to Godolphin from 9-17 March during normal opening hours.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 8 other dates or times
Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

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