Antony House & Gardens
Antony Estate, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2QA 01752 812191Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. Still the home of the Carew Pole family, it contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds bordering the Lynher estuary, landscaped by Repton, include a formal garden with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Woodland Garden, owned and run by the Carew Pole Garden Trust, has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. Antony was used as the film set for Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway General Station
Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1AQ 01208 73555, our headquarters and principal station, beautifully restored to reflect the 1950s, centrally situated - short walk to the town centre. Historic Cornish town, featuring the Shire Hall, Town Museum, Jail and nearby DCLI Military Museum – see www.bodmin.gov.uk, Free car park. Souvenir Shop and Refreshment Room (open on all train operating days), Exhibition Coach, featuring displays, artefacts etc about the railway and its history, Picnic area. Workshop viewing area, with locomotives and rolling stock on display (occasionally closed for Health & Safety reasons)
Carnglaze Caverns & The Rum Store
St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall, Pl14 6HQ, 01579 320251. Open All Year for self-guided tours underground, 3 Gigantic Caverns with stunning, Subterranean Lake, 6.5 Acres of Ancient Woodland with an exceptional walk. An Enchanted Dell starts a children's Counting Game, Concerts Underground ~ classical to Rock, Weddings in 4 locations.
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre & Heritage Centre
Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall .PL25 3NJ 01726 69897. The many and varied exhibitions reflect village life in Charlestown, it's history, shipwrecks and the once thriving China Clay industry. The exhibition shows a tremendous range of maritime history dating back to 1715 and one of the largest underwater diving equipment collections in the country, including various suits used for treasure seeking and naval purposes.
Cotehele House & Gardens
St Dominnick, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA 01579 351346. A Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture; a magical experience as little has changed over the years. Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries. Cotehele Quay is the home of the restored Tamar sailing barge 'Shamrock' and gateway to a wider estate. The Discovery Centre tells the story of the Tamar Valley.
St Dominnick, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA 01579 351346. Cotehele Mill is a working mill with an atmospheric reminder of the recent past when corn was ground here for the local community. A range of outbuildings includes workshops for a traditional furniture-maker and a potter. There are also displays of other traditional crafts such as blacksmith, saddler and wheelwright. The mill can be seen grinding grain on Tuesdays and Thursdays and daily tours are offered every day at 3pm.Jump on the shuttle bus to Cotehele House and Quay.
Cornwalls Crealy Great Adventure Park
Tredinnick, St Issey, Nr Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA 01841 540276 Special events at Crealy Great Adventure Park really are just that – totally Special! We have a wide range of special events that run throughout the year that make our Park the place to be for the best family day out in the Southwest! We make your entrance fee go further on special event days too. Look out for our character events where your usual entrance fee includes the chance to meet or watch your favorite TV character in the Park!
Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG 01726 811911. The Eden Project does much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall. Eden is also a charity and social enterprise. As well as creating stunning gardens and laying on fantastic arts and music events, much of our energy goes into: running transformational social and environmental projects on our doorstep and around the world creating unforgettable learning experiences for students doing valuable research into plants and conservation making sure we run our operations in the greenest possible way.
Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3PJ 01579 347229 Huge 800m track. Plenty of opportunities for overtaking, long fast straight sections. Race up to 40mph, exceptional safety record & take home a print out of all your lap times!
Kidzworld Indoor Play
Stadium Retail Park, Par, Moor Road, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3LP 01726 815553. Welcome to Cornwall's award winning play centre. Providing over 54,000 sq ft of family fun, Kidzworld has plenty for everyone, which includes adults too, and with the majority of our areas undercover, a visit here is a great day out, come rain or shine. All the activities are included in the admission price and you can stay as long as you like. Now there is even more to do at Kidzworld following the introduction of Skytrail*, standing 12 metres high, Skytrail is not for the fainthearted! Secured at all times by safety harnesses, all the climbers are totally safe. The climbing frame consisting of more than 20 obstacles is a test for all ages.
Lanhydrock House & Gardens
Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD 01208 265950 Lanhydrock is essentially a very grand Victorian house that evolved from much earlier beginnings around 1650. The name Lanhydrock comes from St Hydroc, believed to have been an Irish missionary to Cornwall. The estate was owned by the Priory of St Petroc in Bodmin until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's by King Henry VIII. After a number of owners, it was purchased by Sir Richard Robartes, a powerful local merchant, the son of a very successful Cornish moneylender, in 1620. Sir Robert and his son John, completed the construction of a new house on the site, a traditional four-sided house around a central courtyard.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN 01726 845100 At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years’ later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this “Sleeping Beauty”. After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history. Instead, events conspired to bring us here and the romance of their decay took a hold on our imaginations. Our discovery of a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens, was to unlock the secret of their demise. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. We were fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.
Murrayton House, St Martin, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1NZ 01503 262532. The Monkey Sanctuary is home to 36 individuals; each one with their distinct characters and personalities. As we are an active rescue centre dealing with individuals that have often not had a very happy start to life, the needs of the monkeys always take priority. As a result of this, some areas of the rescue centre are not accessible by our visitors so as to give the monkeys the time they need to recover and progress physically, emotionally and socially. Of course you will have the opportunity to meet some of our residents on your visit to us and we have experienced keepers on hand all day to explain all there is to know about these beautiful and fascinating animals and the work that goes into caring for them on a daily basis.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust
Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL. 01822 832766. Morwellham Quay is an award-winning World Heritage site, featuring hitoric port, copper mine, working Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining. Just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar, amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, discover this lost world with the help of our Living History team.For many, a highlight of the visit is the narrow-gauge Mine Railway. Travel by train along the banks of the River Tamar before venturing deep underground in the George & Charlotte copper mine. Here, in their real abandoned workplaces, displays illustrate the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners and our train drivers offer an expert commentary on the technical aspects of hard rock mining.
Mount Edgcumbe House and Gardens
Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ 01752 822236. Mount Edgcumbe House was first built in the 1500s and was restored after World War Two. It is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and is one of the regions most popular historic tourist destinations.
National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LF 0844 8937938. For a fun family day out in Plymouth with a splash of learning, visit one of the finest Devon attractions - perfect in all weathers. New for 2011 - Eddystone and Saving Seahorses.
Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol
Higher Market Strret, East Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1AA 01503 263709. The collection charts the Heritage and Development of Looe as an important port servicing both fishing and mining industry. Also the transformation of the town into a major tourist centre. One of our most popular displays is that of Looe Island. Recently featured on Time Team, the island Chapel site, combined with a nearby mainland monastic site excites a lot of interest. The subsequent history of the Island from smugglers to the Atkins sisters is well documented.
Polperro Model Village
The Old Forge, Mill Hill, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2RP. 01506 272378. Come and meet Merlin the Lizard, see the model railway and model village.
Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary
Trecangate, Near Lanreath, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4RE 01503 2202211. Porfell Wildlife Park is a wild family attraction only a few miles from Looe in South East Cornwall. It offers sanctuary to more than 250 animals from around the world. They might be neglected, injured, imported illegally or simply no longer wanted. For whatever reason they come to us, they’re always welcome.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park
St Annes Chapel, Gunnislake, Cornwall. PL18 9HW 01822 834072. Come and meet the donkeys and other animals also let the children play in the indoor area.
Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary
Moorlands Farm, Treesmill, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2TX 01726 825222. Wingz can be found nestled in rural Treesmill which is situated between Tywardreath and Penpillick hill. Brown signs can be followed from the A390 just outside St Blazey, a friendly welcome awaits you at Wingz by owners Grenville & Anita.Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary was the brain child of Grenville Allen built using his own private collection of birds and animals. With the help of his wife Anita and Son Kian who was born in 2006 and brought up on the building site of Wingz they acheived a zoo licence.
The Zip Adrenalin Quarry
Lower Clicker Road, Menheniot, Near Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3PJ. 01579 308204. Experience the UK's Biggest Zip Wire at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall. The Zip is 490m long, 50m high and reaches speeds of 40mph over a disused quarry near Liskeard. It takes a leap of faith to go over the edge on The Zip. But once you do you will experience a rush of adrenalin unrivalled in this country. You will fly high above the lake-filled quarry as sheer cliffs flash past. This is the closest you get to the freedom of flying while attached to a wire. There are two Zips side-by-side, so you can fly with a friend, challenge Dad or race your mates all the way down.