The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This traditional pub with its flagstone floors is situated in the heart of Duloe. It is very much a huge part of the local community and serves a varied menu for both lunch and dinner.
Not a pub at all !!
It is important to know that this is not a pub at all !
It is a restaurant.
We went in for a drink and felt uneasy when we were told we could only have a drink at the bar, but there were people having dinner, so it felt awkward.
Not what it seemed
From seeing The Plough and reading about it when booking out cottage it appeared to be a nice family pub. On arrival at our cottage this was the nearest eating place so we went along to get dinner. When we arrived at 5.50pm an it serves food from 6pm. We were first i the restaurant but advised it was fully booked. The manager said she would squeeze us in but needed the table back by 7.30pm (plenty of time so saying that just made us feel unwelcome). The menu is extremely limited an the only bar facility is two stools at a bar in the restaurant. During our visit, a couple of were advised of the bar where they were welcomed to buy a drink however later in our visit a family were turned away being told there was "no bar facility". Overallvery pricey with limited choice of food. Not the local friendly pub we expected.
The beach is a mixture of coarse sand and shingle with flat rock formations stretching out to sea. It is a brilliant location for kayaking and there are many rock pools to explore.
From Looe station this walk takes you through the wooded estuary of the West Looe River and along the South West Coastal Path. The is a fairly challenging walk of nearly seven and a half miles with some steep ascent and descent.
Situated at the mouth of a river on the south coast of Cornwall, a holiday cottage in Looe will be well placed to enjoy a holiday with all the family. The town has formed around the harbour, allowing for picturesque exploring, and the high-sided surrounding valley lends itself to scenic walks.
Looe is a fishing town, with a long history of trade, and now has one of the largest fleets on the Cornish south coast. Think lobster cages on the sea wall and traditional wooden boats bobbing out on the harbour then eating out at local restaurants which serve up the freshest cuisine from the sea.
The sea is predominant in the lifestyle of Looe, and visitors can enjoy a whole host of water-themed activities, from snorkelling and diving, to trips on a glass-bottomed boat. A holiday in Looe can be activity filled, or you can sit back and watch the professionals, with regular boat races from the sailing club, and the old lugger boat regatta in June.
For family beach holidays, East Looe beach has safe swimming and lots of soft sand for sandcastles and sunbathing. For a little more exploring and adventure, West Looe beach has cliff faces and rock pools to scour with your crabbing line.
The South West Coast Path runs right through Looe, so walkers rejoice. There are walks for all abilities from the town centre and the South East Cornwall Walking Festival is held in September. Head inland for wooded valley walks towards open moorland, or amble along the cliff path where you are likely to spot a rare grey seal - it’s the best place in the country for a siting!
If you fancy a day trip, Looe is close to many attractions such as The Monkey Sanctuary and the famous Eden Project.
Be transported to faraway lands at the wonderful Eden Project. An educational charity and social enterprise, the Eden Project teaches visitors all about global environments and the importance of sustainability. Get lost in the tropics before stopping in the Med, who knows where your day could take you.
Eden project and amazing few hours visit
My daughter and myself visited here and we both were overwhelmed by the whole experience, very well laid out and something for everyone.
Worth a visit
Worth a visit but look out for discount codes or vouchers as can be expensive to get in but ticket valid for a year.
Visited a few years ago so wanted to revisit to see what had changed or improved. The plants in the domes have grown in to good sized plants. A few more sculptures & places to eat.
Great for families
We've been several times and always had fun. You can get annual tickets when you gift aid your entry which is very worthwhile as it isn't cheap. Went twice over Easter week once going in as it opened and enjoying the biomes in the pouring rain! Core building also great for kids and not as busy as biomes. We went again later in the day another day and discovered that you can have an evening meal in the Mediterranean biome midweek from Easter to October which was a lovely treat and then they give you a lift back up the hill afterwards! Staying til it closes gives you a quieter time too!
Amazing place, well worth a visit
A fun day at Eden
Myself and my two children (aged 4 and 7) visited Eden Project during the school holidays. We had a great day out which was enjoyed by all. The Biomes were busy at times but there was plenty of little hideaway places outside to get away from the crowd and recharge the batteries. We took our own picnic so don't know about pricing / food of the onsite eateries but I can say that the ice creams were lovely and in my opinion great value at £2 each.
Simply great !
Last year we bought an annual ticket and could visit The Eden Project 3 times. Every time we went it was a great day out !
Excellent all round.including zip wire!
We went on a rainy day in the summer hols and understandably everyone else had the same idea so it was packed. It was nice to see the iconic biomes and interesting to look round but we thought it was very expensive for what it was - £60 for 4 of us plus we ate there so an extra £40 for that. We also seemed to spend a lot of time queuing for food, to look round the biomes, for the park and ride etc . We would go back but perhaps out of season to have chance to explore fully. We'd also look round for cheaper tickets!!
Have wanted to visit here for many years. It was quite interesting, the Biomes were amazing to look at from the outside. We bought tickets from the tourist information centre before we visited which they sell at discounted prices and also went after 3.30pm when entrance is less. The cakes in the cafe were all a bit stale, at nearly £40 for a piece of cake and a drink for 7 of us we thought they would be lovely and were not so good. Maybe it was a bad day for cake. Glad to have visited, would probably only go once.
good value with stores vouchers....
Visited for the first time 10 years ago, and of course in 10 years it HAS changed...more grown up, but we remarked to each other many times that it didn't feel as "magical" as the first time we wound our way down to the domes. The large 'flags' have gone that marked the way down the paths.....perhaps that was it? entrance was £23 each for adults & £9.50 each for kids....So to be honest we really wouldn't have visited had it not been for a certain store voucher scheme that meant we payed £5 each and the kids £2.50 each ...so we did treat ourselves to lunch..£5 for most mains with salad or new potatoes....YUMMY, filling & VERY good value, with free pitchers of water on the tables and help yourself mugs hang above - all very handy. Plenty to see and do although our kids sped around the place and ended up where they REALLY wanted to be..in the shop. A great day out though , as they slept like logs on the way home!
What a wonderful way to spend a day. The weather was perfect for us, but that didn't matter as it would be okay on a poor day at Eden. It was early in the year when we visited but still plenty to see and do.
Had lunch there and it was very good value for money.
We will be back!
Definitely lived up to expectations and has grown considerably in content since our last visit 9 years ago.
Its excellent, go and have a great day.
Absolutely fabulous. The highspot of our holiday. So much to see and enjoy, will definitely return.
We felt that £20 per adult was a lot to pay, yes there was plenty to see; however, on a wet, cold, windy day walking the outside paths was not great.The two domes well worth seeing, but again not worth £40. We came away saying to each other that we felt the Eden Project to be a great Educational Centre for children, schools and colleges to visit, there were other gardens we visited in Cornwall we felt much better value.
There aren't may concert venues where there are no queues for the loo or the bar! A great venue with staff who actually smile - and if you don't like the band you can always wander around a biome (or two).
The Eden Project really is somewhere very special. Leave loads of time to look around and I would recommend staying for the evening as this is when the place really comes alive. The lighting and scenery in the evening has to been seen to be believed, it’s so beautiful.
A great day out with loads to do for all ages. In winter, skating on the ice rink is great fun and the hot, tropical Biome is a great antedote for the winter blues. There's lots of delicious food to choose from in the cafes and restaurants too.
Fabulous day out
The biomes are amazing, and the educational centre is interesting too. Watch the film on the making of Eden. It's a good couple of hours long but worth it. With ice skating and gigs playing at this exciting venue too it makes a good day out for all the family.
Eden Sessions and Biomes
My trip to The Eden Project was amazing. I visited in the summer to see a band and included in the ticket was access to the rest of the grounds; we went early and took a trip around the Biomes before the gig started. The sound quality from the open-air gig was fantastic, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance (but remember tickets sell out fast!).
Plants and gigs!
A visit to the Eden Project is a must. The biomes which house the plants from all over the world are amazing! And if you get chance to see a gig then it will be an experience you will not forget - tickets are often sold out!
In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Talland Bay comprises of three secluded coves, each with their own character. Guests are spoilt for choice with coves to explore, natural tidal pools to bathe in and plenty of activities on offer. Rent a kayak from the nearby cafe or spend the day luxuriating in the sand, this is a slice of Cornish heaven.
A very nice area to visit get there early for a place in the free car park which is further along than the main £3 car park! The cafe on the beach looks good but we went to the cafe with a huge garden set back and it was very pleasant. A nice beach for families as well as nice and quiet for couples. In late September the tide comes in very early in the afternoon so beware! Lots of rock pools to mooch about in too which is fun for children.
Your satnav probably won't find it but it's worth discovering.
When the tide is out this is a perfect spot for the family. The small Talland Bay café is located at the bottom of a very steep, single-lane laneway to the beach. There's a car park there that cost £3 for one day when I was there.
The café sells sandwiches, paninis, cornish cream teas, ice-creams and teas and coffees.
The beach has some amazing rock pools that can keep kids entertained for ages and when the tide is out, lovely sandy beach is exposed. When the tide is out there are also some large-ish pools of water left behind on the beach that were perfect for my 16 month old to paddle in (under supervision of course!). If the weather is good then you can easily spend a whole day here.
This is a great beach to go to we had a couple of fantastic days here. Great for all ages my daughters aged 16& 14 loved swimming and the Kayaking you can do there. (You can hire out the Kayak's for £8.00 per hr from the beach cafe).
My son is 4yrs old and he had so much fun playing in the water & climbing over the rocks to see what he could find in the Rock Pools.
All in all a great day out for the whole family
Sandy beach with rock climbing, swimming, surfing and canoes for hire. It also has an award-winning cafe with the best crab sandwiches we have tried yet, and can be accessed from the car park, or via the coastal path from Polperro to Looe.
Take the branch line train from Liskeard to Looe, a great day out for the whole family.
A beautiful sunny day by the sunny
We enjoyed a lovely trip by train to Looe (3 adults and 2 children cost in total approx. £10 return). It's about a 10 minute walk from the station to the town but there is lots of lovely shops, quaint narrow streets and activities for children. We went on a trip out to see on a glass bottom boat, but didn't see anything below the water! Crabbing is very popular and a simple kit cost £3 and kept the children entertained for quite a while. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Courtyard Bistro. A quick visit to the beach and an ice cream back to the train completed a great day out.
Very scenic journey
A very pretty little branch line that drops dramatically down through the wooded valley. There is always plenty of bird life and wading fowl on the water as you go by, and the walk into Looe from the station is short and level. Highly recommended, lots of pubs and restaurants in Looe make it a nice winter's day trip, with a pub lunch by a real fire an added bonus! You can get off at some of the little stops on the way and do circular walks from those stations.
Great short train journey for the kids to enjoy en route to the beach at Looe. Hot day (no a/c on the train) and was completely packed on the carriages.
The branch line train journey from Liskeard to Looe a fantastic experience for the whole family with plenty of parking at Liskeard Station.
Situated at the mouth of the River Fowey, this ancient town formed around the natural harbour as a trading port with merchant houses along the waterfront, some of which are now holiday cottages in Fowey. Historically there was much smuggling and piracy in the area, but as trade diverted to Plymouth, Fowey became more of a fishing port, although china clay is still exported from here today.
The harbour is appealing to various seagoing vessels, with many yachts sheltering in the bay and often large cruise liners bringing visitors to the town. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water for sea fishing or pleasure boating with guided river trips, kayaking, canoeing and coasteering.
There is a good mix of shops and places to eat, with something for everyone. The Daphne du Maurier Festival (now called the Fowey Festival of Words and Music) is held here each May, when the town comes alive with literary inspiration and the Royal Regatta is worth a visit.
The main beach for Fowey holidaymakers is Readymoney Cove, but Whitehouse and Polridmouth Cove are also nearby. You can walk between them if you’re a keen walker - there are coast path stomps, estuary meanders, leisurely woodland strolls or town tours to wear you out before heading back to your Fowey cottage.
Self drive boat hire
Whilst in Fowey we hired a self drive boat it was really enjoyable we saw kingfishers and other animals. You can moor up and have lunch. We had the boat for 3 hours which I would say was plenty as the tide made where we could go restricted. We hired our boat from a lovely guy called Steve( he is located in the blue hut in the harbour)
small but perfectly formed
We came over twice on the Bodinnick ferry which docks at the far end of the esplanade, and parked in the main car park at the top of the town. Only very brave people would attempt to drive through and park in the town, even out of season. The ferry runs all year.The town bus was essential to get back up the very steep hill. It was very helpful that the minivan bus took the dog on board as well as us. The tourist information office is next to the bus stop in town, and the staff were very friendly, with plenty of suggestions for our visits. We enjoyed lunch one day at a dog friendly café called, I think, Pinky Murphy's. The Fowey Hotel was also pleased to allow us to bring the dog in whilst we had lunch in the bar overlooking the beautiful estuary. I would visit Fowey again with pleasure.
Fowey is a beautiful little town with stunning views. We parked in the main top car park and used the bus to get up and down ( I am slightly disabled) The bus driver was extremely helpful and friendly. The town is fascinating, full of history, good little shops, galleries and restaurants etc. We also took a 45 min boat trip round the estuary which was fun and good value.
Great for shopping and eating. Park at the Boddinick end so you dont have to climb the steep hill!
What a beautiful place! With gorgeous views!
Must visit Fowey Hotel Bar for a cream tea, with views over the bay from their balcony. Lovely! From there, wander down to Readymoney Cove.
Enter via the delightful Boddinick Ferry which docks at Daphne du Maurier's childhood home. There are beaches, boat rides, and canoeing on offer, as well as many pubs, restaurants, and delicious local ice cream. My only tip is to leave your car in one of the car parks, explore on foot and enjoy the atmosphere.
Explore the magnificent Lanhydrock House. Steeped in history and encompassed by flowing grounds, the castle allows visitors a sneak peek into the lives of both the aristocracy and the servants who lived there. Bikes can be hired to explore the ancient woodlands and peaceful riverside paths, too.
Great place, nice house
A good day out
Lanhydrock House and Gardens are well worth a visit. The house is interesting and well presented and the gardens were a mass of colour when we visited. There are also plenty of woodland walks for those who like to be energetic
So good we went twice :-)
We're NT members so usually visit nearby sites when on holiday. Highlight of this property was the amazing mountain bike trails. We'd brought bikes with us, but did hire mountain bikes for some. Friendly and helpful staff and well marked trails made it the highlight of my 7yo's holiday! We also enjoyed gardens (including Easter egg trail) and house
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the historic Lanhydrock House. First we used the cycle paths which the children (aged 5 and 8) really enjoyed. We then visited the house and gardens and were taken back in time. The children loved following the trails and it kept them entertained. The staff were extremely helpful. A great place to visit.
Well worth a visit
Lanhydrock has something for everyone. The house is really interesting and the friendly guides are knowledgeable about its history. Although I didn't visit the formal gardens on this occasion, I did join an organised estate walk, which was led by rangers who were most informative and, again, very friendly. We had lunch in the restaurant, which was tasty and fairly priced. We would certainly recommend a visit.
Lanhydrock House and Estate is between Bodmin and Lostwithiel The National Trust House provides a wonderful insight into local history and you can also walk the estate, free of charge, by parking in the car park down by the river, close to Respryn. River side footpaths take you through wooded areas which are covered with wild flowers.
After a good walk you can drive towards Lostwithiel, on the back lanes, to the Duchy Nursery for lunch. Not only is it a pleasure to wander among the plants and trees but the shop and restaurant are designed to add ambience to the whole experience. 5 star
The house and grounds are beautiful, quite a sight as you walk down the drive from the car park. The grounds themselves offer lots of different walks, but the one that goes down to the river then back through the woods is my favourite.
Magnificent late Victorian country house with expensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate near Bodmin.
Visiting this house entails a drive, but it will provide you with a full day out. The house itself is fascinating, mostly because it has been wonderfully Victorianised in every detail - the kitchens, dairy and pantries are extensive - and the history of house, as well as that of the last generation of Robartes to live at Lanhydrock, gradually unfolds as you move around the house (with, of course, the help of National Trust volunteers). There are various options for lunch (picnic, cafe, restaurants) and the grounds are a joy to wander around afterwards. There are quizzes for children and the option of driving right up to the gate if a member of your party can't manage the walk down the drive.
- J Wallwork
Well worth a visit for the grounds as well as the house. The kitchens are a real eye opener with all the old utensils. Walk down through the grounds to the River Fowey and the beautiful old Respryn Bridge. If you prefer you can drive down and park beside the bridge. Lovely walks beside the river.
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