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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

Fully open today
View of Cotehele from the East Terrace
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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

Fully open today
Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall
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Glendurgan Garden 

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

Falmouth, Cornwall

Fully open today
Flowers at Trengwainton Garden with a drive behind
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Trengwainton Garden 

Sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs

near Penzance, Cornwall

Closed now
A visitor talks to a volunteer gardener pruning plants in a sunny garden
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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

Fully 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

Closed now
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

What's on this May half term

Make the most of the school holidays with a visit to one of the places we look after in Cornwall. There are plenty of events and activities on offer from dressing up in Tudor inspired costumes and falconry displays to pond dipping and storytelling sessions.

Three happy laughing girls in a garden

May half term in Cornwall 

Everything you need to plan a fun-filled family day out.

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.

Our work

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C:UP Lanhydrock Long Gallery ceiling conservation project 

The Long Gallery ceiling at Lanhydrock is a masterpiece of Jacobean plasterwork. One of the few part of the house that survived the great fire at Lanhydrock in 1881, the ceiling is now undergoing a major conservation project to clean and restore it. Climb the scaffold to get up close to the ceiling, see the conservation specialists at work and find out what it takes to care for this delicate piece of art.

Coastal landscape near Kynance with rocks & thrift in the foreground and the sea in the background.
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Looking after the Lizard's rare habitats and species 

Find out more about how a National Trust recovery project is focusing on unique and vital “microhabitats” found on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

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 

With sea views for miles and a 10-minute walk to family-friendly beaches, this cottage is in a clifftop cluster of restored farm buildings.

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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Very Important Pollinators 

Cotehele, near Saltash, Cornwall

Discover the very important pollinators who live in at Cotehele this May Half Term.

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on
24 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 9 other dates or times
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Rosie Mack Exhibition 

Botallack, near St Just, Cornwall

Inspired by the landscapes of Cornwall and it's ever changing moods, an exhibition by Rosie Mack is now showing at Botallack Count House.

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on
24 May to 31 Jul 2024
at
10:00 to 17:00
+ 68 other dates or times
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Life on the Tamar 

Cotehele, near Saltash, Cornwall

Discover more about life on the banks of the River Tamar.

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on
24 May to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
+ 163 other dates or times
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May Half Term at Godolphin 

Godolphin, Helston, Cornwall

Get in touch with your senses this May half term as you explore the gardens around Godolphin.

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on
25 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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May half term trail 

Trelissick, near Truro, Cornwall

This May half term follow the trail around the garden to create an adventure story inspired by your visit to Trelissick.

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on
25 May to 2 Jun 2024
at
10:00 to 17:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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Chough and wildlife walk 

Lizard Point, near Helston, Cornwall

Join the volunteers and staff from National Trust and Natural England for a chough and wildlife walk, as part of National Nature Reserves Week, along the cliffs at Lizard Point.

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on
25 May to 28 May 2024
at
10:30 to 12:30
+ 1 other date or time
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May half term: Hands on at Lanhydrock 

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall

Grab your brushes and sponges this May half term and get stuck into conservation at Lanhydrock with free hands-on activities and crafts.

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on
25 May to 2 Jun 2024
at
10:30 to 16:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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'50 Things' Challenge 

Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth, Cornwall

Get involved this May half term in '50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' activities.

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on
25 May to 2 Jun 2024
at
10:30 to 17:00
+ 8 other dates or times
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

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