Places to Visit
There are so many things to do and places to visit in Cornwall, our Hotel is the perfect base for visiting a number of sites and attractions throughout the county.
Here are a few of our suggestions:
The National Trust’s late Victorian country house is set out to reflect the heyday of the Agar-Robartes family, who lived a wealthy but unpretentious existence tucked away in this quiet corner of Cornwall. There are extensive gardens to explore including a network of woodland, parkland and riverside paths – and it’s just next door!
The world-famous Eden Project allows you to experience several continents in a day by visiting their giant biomes packed with flora and fauna from as far afield as the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. The Eden Project is a truly unique experience and its only 10 miles away from us!
Bodmin & Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s only full-size railway still operated by steam locomotives and it’s Bodmin & Wadebridge line was one of the first railways in the world to use steam trains! The station regularly runs both steam and diesel locomotives and offers a variety of themed events throughout the year.
The Camel Trail is a popular recreational cycle route, ideal for those looking for easy cycling (on the level) and a great way of exploring the beautiful Camel Estuary, Camel Valley and surrounding forestry. The trail runs a little over 17 miles from Padstow to Wenfordbridge via Wadebridge & Bodmin. With various bike hire outlets locally and several stop offs on the way, including Camel Valley Vineyard why not make a day of it?!
Explore by Bike is a local bike hire business offering bike hire, bike servicing and rock climbing sessions. Explore by bike is run by Martin who has a deep passion for what he does and loves introducing people to the outdoors.
Still a family home, Pencarrow is a resplendent predominantly Georgian house, whose name means ‘head of the valley’ or ‘high fort’ in Cornish. Located just 20 minutes from us, take a tour of the house and visit over 50 acres of gardens and grounds.
There is a fantastic choice of Coastal, Moorland and Country walks within easy distance of Lanhydrock. For coastal wanders, choose from north or south coast – The South West Coast Path allows you to explore miles of coastal paths – all 630 of them if you’re feeling really fit!
The European lobster is the most valuable fish caught in the UK and is part of a major export industry. This one species alone is worth £30m each year and without it, many small coastal communities would have very little, other than tourism, to create jobs and keep the harbour alive. Visit the Lobster Hatchery visitor centre and learn about lobsters, the fishery and marine conservation.
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by losing yourself in Heligan, a haven within the 13th century estate. ‘Lost’ for a century, before work began to uncover and restore the dilapidated gardens to their former glory, Heligan has everything from a Victorian pleasure garden to sub-tropical jungle, ancient woodland to a working garden.
Located on the North Coast roughly 45 minutes away, Tintagel Castle doesn’t fail to impress. The dramatic castle and coastline has various links to King Arthur and is home to early settlement ruins which date back to the 5th Century as well as the 13th Century castle ruins which remain today.
Try your hand at surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or wave skiing, or have an ‘Extreme Day’ at Newquay’s much-loved Watergate Bay.
Aiming to share the story of the sea and the place it holds in the lives of the people of Cornwall, the museum in Falmouth offers an interactive exploration of maritime history, culture and industry as well as promoting sports and activities linked to the sea.
A little over an hour from Lanhydrock, the Minack Theatre is definitely worth the drive! Built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, the theatre hosts a variety of performances and events throughout the year.
Did you know Cornwall is home to a castle on an island? St Michael’s Mount is located on the West Coast, roughly 1 hour away from Lanhydrock, it’s only accessible via boat, or via the causeway at low tide and is home to a small community of islanders as well as the impressive castle & gardens.
Activities for Rainy Days in Cornwall
Get a taste of Cornwall’s mining history with a tour through these underground caves. There are three huge caverns to explore, and there’s even a stunning Subterranean Lake with crystal clear waters at the end. Keep a look out for events in the summer; they host comedy nights, live music gigs and lots of different shows – a unique Cornish experience!
If you’re looking for a tranquil day out, step back in time with a visit to Trerice House and Gardens. You can explore the ornate decor and beautiful features of this Elizabethan heritage property before taking a stroll around the grounds. There’s a shop, second-hand book store and restaurant on site.
Sister establishment of the famous Tate Modern in London, The Tate in St Ives is perfect place to marvel at artwork, with local Cornish pieces as well as national works on display. The gallery sits just above the magnificent surfing beach of Porthmeor and is walking distance from the town if you’re keen to explore more of the area whilst you’re there.
We guarantee that this place is unlike any garden centre you’ve been to before…Over the past few years, the Potager Garden team have transformed what was an abandoned plant nursery into a vibrant eco-space. As well as hosting events and workshops, it’s also home to the Glasshouse Café, a gorgeous greenhouse-style setting which doesn’t have a set menu as it serves seasonal meals made from the produce grown in the gardens.
Because it doesn’t rain in pubs! A visit to Skinner’s Brewery in Truro is the chance to experience the hoppiest beer in The Duchy. After a tasting tour we recommend heading over to their pub, The Old Ale House, to watch some live music and sample more of their range!
With their ever growing popularity, it’s no wonder Escape Rooms have made it to Cornwall! Perfect for competitive families, group outings, and stag and hen dos, can you solve the puzzles and make it out in 60 minutes? Our favourite is the DreadLock Escape Rooms in nearby Lanivet. Let the games begin!