The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
For all you crazy folk out there walking the South West Coastal Path you will probably already know that Porthallow is exactly the half way point. This tiny fishing village is a great place to stop for a pint and a pasty!
Great local pub with good food.
This was our local when staying at Roskorwell Manor, as only a 15 minute walk down the lane. Landlord was very welcoming and lovely character interior. Our first visit on a Sunday lunchtime found the pub busy but other lunchtimes it was very quiet (it was February and weather foul!). We had good honest pub grub and Italian chef came out to check everything was okay, which was a nice touch. They are very dog friendly and we enjoyed meeting a regular visitor called Whisky! If you are staying locally or walking the coast path I would make sure to stop off here.
There are great views across the Fal estuary from this sheltered little cove. Sit and watch the comings and goings of the boats, or go rockpooling at low tide. This is a shingle beach with car parking nearby and a cafe.
A Great Pit Stop
Whether enjoying a circular walk around the local countryside, or tackling the Coastal Path, Porthallow is a great place to stop for a breather. The village has unfortunately lost many local facilities, but you can still enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at The Five Pilchards. The brand new village hall, virtually on the beach, must have the best view of any village hall in Cornwall!
The picturesque hamlet of Helford has a lovely walk along the river, up alongside Frenchman’s Creek and then through woodland past Kestle and back to the village.
Finding the tiny cove of Porthallow involves taking the road less travelled. This is the Cornwall of quiet, leafy lanes, hidden beaches and a slower pace of life. If you’re looking for wild nightlife or ritzy shopping, you’re in the wrong place…If you’re after total relaxation and peace, then you’ve found perfection.
There's subtropical lushness around every corner at these stunning gardens on the banks of the Helford River. The views from the 18th Century house across the gardens to the river are not to be missed. Wend your way through camellia groves and chusan palms, woodlands and bamboo; meander alongside pools and streams, giant-leafed gunnera and hydrangeas, to emerge onto Trebah's private beach. Perfect for a swim and a picnic in summer. Not picnic weather? Head to the Planters Cafe (winner of the 2008 Cornwall Tourism Award for Popular Restaurant/Cafe of the Year) or have a browse in the gallery and plant shops. One of Cornwall's, if not England's, finest gardens.
You won't be disappointed
What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!
A mini paradise
This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.
Nice family day out
We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.
We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.
We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.
I love trebah
Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!
A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.
The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.
Well worth a visit time and time again.
Gets better every time
We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.
We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.
Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.
A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.
Suitable for young and old
I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.
A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!
Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!
Taste life on a working organic Cornish farm. Walk the ponds, feed the ducks, watch the cows being milked and then indulge with some of the best ice cream in the county. The cream teas are pretty good too!
A great place to visit with children - lots of animals to say hello to, feed the ducks, watch the milking and of course to sample the yummy ice cream! And, if like mine, your little one enjoys driving then it will be hard to tear them away from driving the tractor!
I return to SW Cornwall once a year - and Roskilly's is always on the agenda for the ice cream and cream teas. It's an additional extra when the tide has forced you off the beach early. You can buy Roskilly's ice cream at a few places - but you never get all the flavours they have on offer at the farm. Idyllic walks around the ponds and watching the organisation of the milking while you work your way through their generous ice creams. Not to be missed! :)
A holiday highlight for our children - especially seeing the cows being milked. The ice cream was beautiful. Having visited last about 8 years ago, my husband and I did feel,that the information in the milking shed could have been updated - it did look tatty! Also, they asked children to name the calves but you couldn't see their names. My son (5) would have liked some commentary when the cows came in to be milked. Overall though, we would definitely return
We were a bit disappointed with this place - it was very commercialised and the shop wasn't very good. The ice cream is delicious, especially the gooseberry yogurt flavour, but you can get that at quite a number of other places around there.
A great place to visit with or without children. The food and organic icecream is lovely. Highly recommend.
I have to say that this is one of my favourite places in South West Cornwall. A great day out for the family with a chance to walk around the ponds and feed the ducks, to watching the local cows being milked in the Milking Parlour. The milk is then used to make the famous Roskilly's ice cream (delicious!!) After a late summer afternoon stroll through the fields why not stay a bit longer and try their delicious evening barbecues.
Fantastic ice creams and so many flavours to choose from - BBQ banana, Hokey Pokey and Blackberry Cheesecake all go down a treat.
Excellent home made food, walks and children's activities.
Walking the ponds and farmland is the perfect excuse to build up an appetite for a lovely ice cream - if you can decide on a flavour from the extensive variety made on site! You could tie it in with a visit to one of the nearby beaches, or a longer walk on part of the South West Coast Path. Lunches in the sunny courtyard are good too.
Got to be the best ice-cream in Cornwall! They do tasty salads and pies and wonderful cream teas. In the summer they do a BBQ in the evening. Great for families.
Great whatever the weather
Well you could start with a wander around the ponds, why not bring the dog it is sure to enjoy this! Maybe feed the ducks or even just sit for a while and watch the world go by! Then head back to the barns for a well deserved ice cream. So many different flavours how do you chose? Why not stop and watch milking the kids will love it. Lovely selection of gifts in the gift shop and great local produce. Stop into the evening and enjoy the popular BBQ or on chillier evenings sit in by the open fire and enjoy a warming meal. What ever the weather your sure to enjoy a few hours here.
Modern organic rustic cooking - simple dishes made with outstanding ingredients, most of which are sourced locally, even the wine is organic. The fish comes from Newlyn and the local fishermen they know bring in what they catch. You can even learn to bake bread with the Owner and Chef of The Greenhouse who runs bread baking courses.
The Greenhouse Restaurant, St Keverne
Locally sourced, organic seasonal food, wonderfully imaginative cooking. Curry nights and fish and chip nights during the winter. Special winter prices.
Michelin listed. Delicious food. A gem!
Planning to eat somewhere on holiday with friends who prefer organic, we found The Greenhouse on Google and booked blind. However, we were not disappointed. A somewhat modest exterior just off the main square of sleepy St Keverne belied a surprisingly interesting and good quality bistro-style restaurant with open-plan kitchen and a well-stocked bar. All the dishes we chose were excellent, the wine fairly priced and the hosts charming. Not your average eating place in Cornwall!
Good Honest Cooking!
An excellent restaurant, tucked away just off the village square in St. Keverne. Good honest cooking, using local and seasonal organic ingredients. Nothing too fancy, and generous portions. Good choice of vegetarian dishes - definitely not the usual 'nut loaf' offered in many hostelries.
The Greenhouse, St Keverne
I'm extremely lucky to have this fabulous restaurant on my doorstep. With a menu to delight and surprise, that is varied and original and sometimes brave, topped off with a warm, cosy atmosphere you will leave this restaurant already planning your next visit. Please book ahead though to ensure you get a table.
Probably the most photographed beach in the area - the rugged, rocky coastline, caves and gleaming white sand make it one of Cornwall’s prettiest, take note though, the beach is totally covered at high tide. National Trust car parking is available with access to the beach via a steep gravelled path. Cafe and toilets are available during the summer months.
England's own Paradise
Great walks and when you actually walk down to see it a low tide you've got to catch your breath. Why people go to other countries looking for similar places I do not know. Absolute stunning.
One of my favourite places in the whole of Cornwall... absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit!
Best Beach in the world
Picturesque, West facing suntrap, great surf, caves and rock pools.
My 10 year old confidently states it is the best beach in the world and I agree.
Well worth the drive
Although there is plenty to see near Falmouth this beautiful beach on the Lizard is a must and if you forget your picnic don't worry there is an excellent cafe when you get there. There are 2 paths to take from the National Trust car park, one a bit challenging and the other one very straightforward and wheel chair friendly. A fantastic morning out, a lovely walk and all very photogenic.
The Place to visit on The Lizard
Kynance Cove is probably the only place on The Lizard that everyone should visit. Spectacular at any time of the year, in all weather conditions, but probably better to avoid high tide, as there is no beach!
We could have spent every day here and not got bored. Beautiful views, sandy beach, caves, mermaids pool, sea, rock pools and a cafe that offered lovely food and great coffee - even the toilets were spotless. The only thing I would say is if you have younger children be prepared for the walk back up to the car after a long day on the beach. But don't let it put you off - its worth it!
Spectacular scenery. We'd already been swimming that day so didn't get in the sea but it was beautiful just to sit up on the cliffs with an ice cream and enjoy watching others enjoy the waves. Being a National Trust member, parking is free so could stay as long or as short as we pleased. Wish we'd spent more time exploring the cove a bit more as I understand there are caves etc. Highly recommended
Best Beach on the Lizard
Whilst some don't rate this beach due to the steep walks down to and back up from the beach and the fact that there is no beach left at high tide, in our opinion it is the best beach on the Lizard and definitely worth a visit.
To avoid having to carry too much don't worry about packing lunch as the cafe there is excellent and has loads of different options from jackets to toasties, cream teas and of course pasties.
The advantage of high tide covering the whole beach is that the sand is always pristinely clean and great for making castles!
The sea is usually pretty calm but fairly cold in comparison with others locally, dolphins are often seen in the waters and fish in the cove round the back of the caves - great for snorkelling.
Toilets on this beach are spotlessly clean too which is a bonus.
The best Beach
One of probably the best beaches in the UK if not Europe and further afield. Spectacular either when calm or during a storm. The pristine sand is cleaned by each high tide and if you make the effort in checking your tide times, fancy a paddle, and get there about an hour before low tide, you could be the first to make your footprints in the untouched sand. A brilliant National Trust cafe where you can get to eat (in my opinion) the best British bacon butty (even though its in a baguette) plus the view to relish. My other half recommends the crab sandwich. And we both say mmmmm to the cream teas. And then you can exercise it all off with the coast walks north or south.
Very pretty beach with some amazing coastal paths surrounding it.
Spectacular wildlife, plants, views and rock formations with a beautiful beach (at low tide) and bathing. Wonderful local walks to the Lizard and Mullion Harbour. National Trust cafe with outside seating.
- Rodney Keen
The Cornish theatre with real ‘wow’ factor is the Minack. Perched on the cliffs at Porthcurno, the Minack is an open-air theatre-in-the-round – and a triumph of vision over reality.
Stunning views, gardens, ammenities and the actual theatre itself is worth the trip down alone. Recommended to anyone visiting Cornwall, add the MinackTheatre to your itinerary.
An Absolute Must!
The views from this magical place are gorgeous and all the gardens that are painstakingly laid out between the seats are a real pleasure to see,but the theatre itself is so spectacular that it almost takes your breath away.We have been to Cornwall lots of times and have always promised ourselves a visit to the Minack but this was the first time that we had made it.I have to say that having been once we will certainly be returning.Thank you Rowena Cade for starting this truly magical place!
An absolute must!
Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!
A unique experience!
What can one say? This was my second trip to The Minack, but my partners first. She was utterly enthralled - the production of "Mack & Mabel" was fabulous! But, let's be honest, the real star of the show is the theatre itself - absolutely tranquil setting, looking out over the sea and Porthcurno Beach while the production unfurls before you (there is something truly magical about the sound of the sea drifting in during the quiet parts of the show). Really - if you do one thing whilst in Cornwall, please make it a trip to see a play at The Minack Theatre. You surely will not regret it - and it's outstanding value for money too (less than a tenner for a seat)!
Minack Theatre – Spectacular
The story about how the theatre was created is fascinating.
The views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Once you have visited the theatre either walk down the footpath or go to the car back at The Telegraph Museum and walk down to Porthcurno Beach. What a way to spend a day.
Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre performance of David Copperfield. The weather on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon had been appalling - pouring rain- but we received text updates from the Minack, and in line with the BBC weather forecast the rain stopped in time for the show and later on the moon shone over the sea. The play was very well done and we all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys. We wrapped up warmly and invested in hire of the Minack padded seat cushions with backs. This year we had stone seats with backs which were much more comfortable than sitting on the grass terraces. I booked the seats online about a month in advance, and I believe they were sold out for the week's run of the play.
Squashbox Theatre - Craig
If Squashbox repeats in 2013 ...you must go and see it. Morning shows for children - but equally enthralling for Adults.
Craig is a fantastic performer and you get the chance to see the Minack.
But you will need to book - performances in August are usually sold out a few days in advance.
Amazing and great value
I rang the theatre to ask for advice and they were incredibly helpful.Unfortunately the weather was rubbish - but the show went on and we enjoyed a great play in an amazing location - even the weather couldnt ruin the evening. Well worth a visit and good value for money.
Worth every penny - the history about how the theatre was created is fascinating; the views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Excellent attraction with fantastic views.
We tried to book tickets online prior to our visit, but the theatre was fully booked. However, when we visited during the day, we found that the booking office had received some cancellations and we were delighted to be able to get tickets for two days later . Worth checking with the booking office when you visit!
This is truly uplifting, the story about it is amazing ,the views are simply wonderful. No plays on when we visited but truly a great place to spend some time, free car-park!! decent reasonably priced cafe, friendly staff.
We got tickets to see Titanic The Musical which was being performed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Adult tickets were a very reasonable £8 for the upper terraces, which gave a decent view. We all wrapped up warm with blankets and foam sit mats (essential) and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The backdrop of the sea and cliffs on the opposite side of the bay gave this show special significance. The real water gushing down the steps and the marine distress flare illuminating the sea made this a truly emotional and memorable experience.
Go to the Minack Theatre - you won't be disappointed
Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!
Saw Pirates of Penzance in Sept and was fab. Do take warm clothes even if the weather seems mild and totally exposed to elements! My partner nearly had frost bite on his ears so had to buy a silly hat! Some people who were not dressed for cold weather left at the interval.
Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.
A wonderful place to visit, for all the family. Attended chidren's storytelling session on a Tuesday morning (on Tues. & Thurs. morning during summer holidays), which was a great hit with both children and adults. Enjoyed some delicious Cornish pasties in the cafe on site before heading down to Porthcurno beach below - a great day out!Superb views when the weather is fine.
Fantastic. Super setting for The Death of Sherlock Holmes which was funny and very entertaining. Wrap up warm, even on a summer's evening, and take cushions to sit on. Plenty of opportunity in the break to wander round and explore,taking photographs, up and down the steps. We bought fish'n'chips in Sennen to eat there which were lovely rather than have the hassle of carrying a picnic round all day.
A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
We loved the Minack: the turquoise sea as a backdrop to the action on the stage. We were there for a matinee on a hot September day in 2010. A traditional production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikardo by actors from Cambridge University. Many years ago, a friend had performed in this at the Minack.
Words of warning: the tiers are very steep, and the sun can be very hot: not a venue for the very elderly (who were there when we were, but a couple were overcome by heat). Recommend the canvas seat covers which make the narrow tiered seats, cut from the rock, more comfy.
The Minack Theatre
A wonderful venue. Attending at least one event is a must. Take plenty of warm clothing along with a picnic and something hot to drink because you really are exposed to the elements. Early booking is essential for many events. If you love the theatre then a visit to the Minack is not to be missed. Plenty of easy access parking.
A stunning location for this original open air theatre. Fantastic views with the possibility of fabulous sunsets. If you are lucky you may also see dolphins. Book early for the summer time plays as it is very popular and remember to take a picnic and lots of warm clothing!
Open air theatre built by Rowena Cade in the most stunning cliff top setting near Penzance at Porthcurno.
Whether you attend a performance or simply visit the site (there's the Rowena Cade visitors' centre and a cafe), you'll find the setting utterly breathtaking. I'm still in awe of the determination of Rowena Cade to create this utterly unique theatre where a great variety of imaginative performances take place. The weather is important, so it's a good idea to check the forecast before you book.
- J Wallwork
This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.
Wow is not enough
To say that it has 'wow' factor is not enough. No photograph does it justice. People walk in through the gates for the first time and their jaws hit the floor. Daytime visitors can enjoy the exhibition about Rowena Cade, the single lady who built the theatre with her own hands, and take refreshments in what must be the most spectacularly appointed coffee shop in the country. But it's even better to come on a summer evening when there is a show on. No trip to Penwith is complete without experiencing this unique and wonderful theatre.
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