Whether you’re interested in history and heritage, natural landscapes, food and drink, or art and culture, Cornwall has an abundance of things to do and places to see.
Many of Cornwall’s best attractions are within easy reach of Trevalsa Court Hotel. Here’s just a few of our favourite things to do in the area…
The Eden Project
A spectacular attraction only 20 minutes away from Trevalsa Court Hotel, a visit to The Eden Project is an absolute must when you’re exploring Cornwall. Tucked away in an old china clay pit, it is the brainchild of Tim Smit who wanted to build the biggest, captive rainforest in the world. On your first visit here, you’ll be amazed at the sheer size of the site and at the incredible interconnecting biomes – the two largest being the Rainforest Biome (50m high!) and the Mediterranean Biome. As well as being an astounding feat of engineering, The Eden Project is home to a huge collection of plants, helping us all to understand how reliant we are on them for our every-day products such as chocolate, coffee, rubber and sugar. One of our favourite things here is the Rainforest Lookout – offering a bird’s eye view of The Eden’s Project most spectacular biome. A visit here is everything you could wish for and perfect come rain or shine.
A picture-perfect fishing village and just a short stroll down the hill from Trevalsa, Mevagissey simply has to be on your list to visit. Wander through the winding, narrow alleyways, spend your pennies in the wonderful little gift shops, browse around stunning art galleries, enjoy indulgent fudge and ice cream, sip a pint in one of the many characteristically Cornish pubs and while away the hours watching boats and trawlers come and go in the harbour. It’s almost like stepping back in time; traditional, unspoilt and a fantastic place to visit if you’re looking for a ‘proper job’ Cornish day out.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Now we’re sure you have heard of The Lost Gardens of Heligan before! A real-life secret garden, it was lost for decades following the outbreak of WW1, but in 1990, it was rediscovered to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Since the late 1500s, the Gardens belonged to the Tremayne family who lovingly cultivated their grounds until the outbreak of WW1, when all of their employed gardeners were sent off to battle. The gardens became overgrown and fell into disrepair, before being restored by Tim Smit, the founder of The Eden Project. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are home to an incredible collection of camellias and ancient rhododendrons, and even if you’re not a keen horticulturalist, you will enjoy every minute of your visit. With flourishing backdrops, the wonderful Kitchen and Bakery, fascinating wildlife (look out for kingfishers!), jungle gardens and even a Rare Breed Farm, you may need a few visits here to see everything on offer. All this, within a 5-minute drive of Trevalsa.
Charlestown is an amazingly pristine, unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. As well as being a film location for the likes of Poldark, Alice in Wonderland and Hornblower, Charlestown also harbours a fleet of square riggers ships. There are usually at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour at all times and they really do transport you into the past.
The Camel Trail
Is there any greater joy in life than a serene cycle ride, river-side, with tasty treat stops along the way? The Camel Trail was originally the railway line that connected Bodmin and Padstow and stretches over 17 miles alongside the Camel Estuary. The trail passes through the quaint Cornish town of Wadebridge where you can refuel with a pasty stop or an ice cream and browse the independent shops before hopping back on the bike to cycle home.
If you’re looking for a picturesque beach to spend the day, they don’t come much better than Pentewan. It’s a safe, sheltered beach with golden sand, plenty of great food, and lots of activities. So if you fancy an afternoon kayak or paddleboard, this is the place for you!
If you’re keen to venture further afield, there are countless hidden beaches, beautiful gardens, kids’ activity centres, historic houses, art galleries, delicious restaurants and local secrets within easy reach.
Trevalsa Court Hotel
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