This pretty cottage 'Old Walls Cottage' has a Cornish name on the front Fosow Koth.
The wood-burner creates a cosy warmth on those cooler days and evenings, guests have commented that the cottage 'charmed us with its warmth and character.'
A great spot to sit with a glass or two or breakfast before you go out exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area.
The open plan kitchen/dining-room has plenty of space to prepare, cook and eat a meal.
The comfy sofa and chairs are perfect for relaxing after a day out exploring with or without the wood-burner.
The pretty double bedroom, one guest said in the visitor book 'comfy beds and lovely decor, a great find.'
Guests enjoy exploring this pretty village including a visit to Constantine church.
To the rear of the cottage is the private courtyard which can be a real sun-trap.
The well-equipped kitchen.
This pretty single bedroom has plenty of storage.
The single bedroom is opposite the double room at the front of the cottage.
Looking through to the dining-area from the sitting-room.
The view from the single bedroom window over to the church.
The bathroom is on the first floor.
The spacious landing.
The log-store to the rear of the cottage, your first basket by the fire is complimentary.
Don't be confused by Old Walls Cottage Cornish name sign 'Fosow Koth'.
Pretty calm colours.
The view from the window.
There is an electric piano on the landing, great fun whether you know how to play or not!
The comfy double bedroom overlooks the village.
You can walk around the back of the cottage through the parking-area.
The fabulous view from the churchyard across the  surrounding countryside.
There are lots of walks on the doorstep and lots of pretty countryside to explore.
River moorings on the Helford Passage, why not hire a boat and spend some time on the water.
This end of terrace stone cottage is in the heart of this pretty village.
The Ferry Boat Inn at Helford Passage is well worth a visit, here you can join the coastal footpath or take the ferry across to Helford village.
The Lizard peninsula is only a short drive away with spectacular coastal walks and scenery to explore.
Port Navas is another beautiful spot right on the doorstep, whilst there you can pop into the Yacht Club for a visit.
The lovely beach at Swanpool is within a 20 minute drive.

Old Walls Cottage

2935

5.3 miles SW of Falmouth / Sleeps 5 + cot*

7 Nights from £425 - £978

Nearest pub

Trengilly Wartha Inn (¾ mile)

A traditional bar with classic choices - try the bangers and mash, which takes this dish to a whole new level. In the restaurant, three Cornish chefs compete to make their mark on the burgeoning specials board.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Cameron April 2016

Great food!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Lindley-Smith August 2011

We have visited this pub several times over the past few years and it continues to offer excellent food at a reasonable cost. The childrens menu is as good as the adults. Board games are available to entertain the kids whilst you wait, this is the perfect family pub.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2011

Trengilly Wartha Inn

Lovely country pub in the middle of nowhere - can be tricky to find but worth it when you get there! Good wine and beer selection and much of the food on the menu was locally sourced.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Eating

Lovely pub in unspoilt part of Cornwall with good food - aim to arrive early as it gets full very quickly.

Nearest beach

Gate Beach (2 ¼ miles)

There are lots of rock pools to explore on this beach, just keep yourself safe by watching the tide.

Nearest walk

walkitcornwall Guided Walks (2 ½ miles)

Learn about Cornish history, myths, culture and much more while walking some of Cornwall's most spectacular coastline, discovering hidden coves or exploring inland. walkitcornwall offers light-hearted, informative and entertaining walks for all the family at locations across the Lizard peninsular.

Nearest town

Helford River (2 miles)

A lush river valley landscape of ancient woodlands tumbling down to the banks of the still, blue waters; the views will not disappoint. Utterly undisturbed, with little pockets of civilisation popping up at convenient intervals, anywhere along the Helford River will make for the perfect holiday. Kick off your deck shoes and dangle your toes in contentment, you'll feel a world away in seconds.

Also nearby

Trebah Garden (2 ½ miles)

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs D September 2015

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!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs McCauley-Tinniswood July 2014

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Darvell July 2014

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gibb June 2014

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Haines May 2013

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Chetwode December 2012

I love trebah

Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bradford September 2012

Trebah Garden

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Stewart May 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Trebah Garden

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Wallwork August 2008

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas August 2008

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!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs German August 2008


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Walking

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!

Potager Garden and Glasshouse Cafe (1 mile)

Gardens don't get much more chilled out than this; laze in a hammock, take a snooze among the trees or take tea in the glasshouse. Potager was selected for Alistair Sawdays' 'Slow England' guide for its uniquely calm atmosphere - soak it up and enjoy the beautiful, relaxed surroundings. If you are careful with your carbon footprint and arrive on foot, bike or on the bus, entry is free to the garden!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2015

Wholesome food and hammocks

The food which is all local (mostly grown on site) and vegetarian is always incredible. The cakes are excellent and the grounds really top it off. Kids love it here, there is so much to play with and the hammocks are pretty good after a fill of frittata, tea and cake. Couldn't recommend it enough


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Cave June 2013

One of my favourite spots

Such a lovely setting and the food is excellent. As a meat eater I love their superb vegetarian breakfasts.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Binns September 2012

A friend saw the Potager Garden & Glasshouse Cafe reviewed in the Telegraph so we paid it a visit. Very pleasantly surprised. Idyllic location, refreshingly non-commercial, rambling garden areas with traditional games you can play, and a very pleasant organic cafe for refreshments and light lunches.
Well worth finding.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Warren Family May 2011

Potager Opening Times

Potager is a wonderful 'experience' and the food and atmosphere are great! Please, however, do take note of the opening times! It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from about 10 a.m. and evening meals are served only on Fridays.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Whitehorn June 2010

Alternative Sunday Lunch

If you like weekend lunches to be long and laid back then try this place. The vegetarian menu is simple but delicious - truly 'just picked from the garden' freshness - and then find a sunny corner to while away the afternoon in this peaceful oasis. A hidden gem but restricted opening so check times.

Minack Theatre (22 miles)

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Halliday August 2017

Beautiful

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mason October 2016

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!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Heather September 2015

An absolute must!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Harris June 2013

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)!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage November 2012

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.

Anne Gage


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lincoln September 2012

Amazing

Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hubbard August 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss AGM July 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Stockdale June 2012

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Lewis May 2012

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!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Anderson May 2012

MINACK THEATRE

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Jones April 2012

Mesmerising

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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Graham & Judy October 2011

Spectacular!

Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Savage October 2011

Worth Going

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Nash September 2011

Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hamilton July 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Tourist July 2011

Great Evening

A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
Will return.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Weiner June 2011

Marvellous Minack

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Powell June 2011

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

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!

Jean Speake


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Minack Theatre

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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas July 2008

This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gray July 2008

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.

St Michael's Mount (14 miles)

This local landmark looks like something straight out of a fairytale; a medieval castle perched on top of a little tidal island, complete with cobbled streets and even its own harbour and gardens. At low tide, 'the Mount' can easily be reached on foot from Marazion town by way of a man-made granite causeway. Wait for high tide to take the lazy option and go by ferry. If you've got time to kill while you wait, you can enjoy the view across Mount's Bay with a pint in hand at The Godolphin Arms near the ferry departure point.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bruderer April 2016

Perfect also for children


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Gonzalez August 2015

A MUST TO VISIT....

St Michael's Mount is a truly unique and magical place and was the highlight of our stay. Check the tides on the website; you need to walk the Causeway one way and get the boat in the other as the tide will come in/out while you are there. I would advise going early during the high season. That way you will park easily in the National Trust Car Park on the beach and will avoid the worst of the crowds. Both National Trust Cafes on the Mount do amazing food, often sourced from local producers, and they have spectacular views of the mainland. The Crab Rarebit will linger in my memory...mmm!

The warnings of uneven ground should be heeded; you do need to wear supportive footwear...no flip-flops! The cobbled, steep paths up to the Mount are poorly maintained and have great gaps in between the cobbles. One section known as 'The Pilgrim Steps' dates from mediaeval times and are now little more than tumbledown boulders that have to be scrambled up. Buggies are better left behind or you will end up carrying them (and the kids)!

However, it is SO worth the climb for the amazing views from the top and to look around the house and Church. What a history! Medieval Abbey, to Civil War fortress, and now a private residence. Stunning!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mitcy Dupres August 2015

Be prepared to hike

Whether you walk across the causeway or get the ferry (likelihood is you'll do both), at some point you will have to walk. The walk from quay to either the gardens or the castle is a bit of a trek, with the latter needing the visitor to scramble up steep cobbled steps and pathways. Once you reach either the strenuous walk is immediately forgotten as you are left agog at the stunning views, both natural and man made.
The top of the castle commands spectacular views across Mount Bay, with Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion all within a perfect vista. If you're brave enough you can peer over the ramparts and spy the fabulous gardens from on high.
Children are easily entertained by the castle quiz and they get a prize at the end, adults can simply wonder at the artefacts on display and the fabulous architecture.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Well worth a visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to St Michael's mount. The castle was delightful and there was much more to it than we had expected. Would recommend a walking stick/pole for the ascent to the castle.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Boho68 September 2012

Perfect day out

We love St Michael's Mount. If the tide is right you can walk across to the mount and then get a boat ride back. The house and surrounding area are very atmospheric and if you are fortunate enough you will get to see the Basking Sharks. A great day out and well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Ingleson August 2012

Good day out for all the family

Took the ferry as it was high tide. A long queue but with several ferries we didn't have to wait long. Kids enjoyed the ferry ride and the interesting things in the castle. Quite a steep climb on cobbles up to the castle so wished I had worn more sensible shoes but worth the climb. Cafe's were good and also places to picnic. Lovely views from the castle. Spent several hours on St Michael's Mount.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Lewis May 2012

A truly worthwhile visit and highly recommended. But you do need to be physically fit and able to cope with steep uphills on cobbled paths! Not for the elderly or infirm!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Harding April 2012

Lovely day out

We got there on a small boat. Had a nice scone in the cafe and waked around the house. Lovely day out


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Roberts September 2011

Fabulous views on the mount !

The views are amazing and the castle is full of history. A bonus is the castle is still inhabited as a family home, which gives it a nice lived in feel. Gardens look fantastic from the ramparts, but are not open every day. Phone up before you visit to check tide times. We went out by boat, then walked back across the causeway.
The NT cafe is lovely, and you can have an above average waitress served meal.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

I would recommend everyone to make the walk across to the Mount, it is magical but do watch the tides!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hamilton July 2011

ST M's Mount

Well worth being a member of the National Trust to be able to enjoy this treasure. Great afternoon's outing for family - we had our 2 older teenage kids who were very happy to go round the castle. Lovely place to sit and relax too enjoying an ice cream after you've viewed the property. Keep your eye on the tide though - it comes in very quickly but it adds to the fun to have to wade back through thigh-high water!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Guest June 2011

The view from Sunnyside over St Michael's Mount is magical and a trip there doesn't disappoint. We were impatient for the tide to recede and so began our visit by paddling over the causeway, an adventure in itself. The walk up to the house was an exciting scramble, but not for the infirm. At the top the views were tremendous and the property quite as wacky as the octagonal dairy on the way up suggested it would be. Lunch in the tea shop was one of the best we had during our stay. All in all, a delight. Brilliant for anyone with children. Best not paddle over the causeway if you're taking the buggy though.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Penney January 2009

Wonderful St Michael's Mount

When in the area there is nothing nicer to do, whatever the weather, than walk or take a boat to the Mount (depending on the tide). At low tide you can meander up the causeway the to the Mount where a nice NT cafe awaits and a steep walk up to the castle (passing over the giant's heart on the way), here the views across the Mount's gardens are second to none. A magestic place.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Check the tide times before you leave, as it's great to walk over to the mount. If you have small children it is better to walk or bring a baby carrier as pushing a buggy on the cobbles is really hard work. It's a magical place, nothing quite like it, it's amazing how the access to the mount suddenly appears and then disappears later in the day. There is also a fab outside play area for children with plenty to do for small tots and children up to about 12 years.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sub tropical gardens

Great attraction to visit if you haven't already been. The castle is worth the climb, and the gardens are wonderful - many sub tropical species there which can only be found in this part of England. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Set out from a beautiful beach, this is a great place for a day out. If the tide is in you can get a boat across to the Mount which is great fun. There are lovely gardens as well as the Mount to explore.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe September 2008

A trip to St Michael's Mount is a wonderful way of spending a sunny summer's afternoon or even a beautiful autumn one, if you want to avoid the crowds! The view of the castle in the bay is so well known, it is lovely to get another perspective of the coastline by looking back from the island to Marazion beach and the sweep of the bay to Penzance. To get the full experience you need to walk across the causeway at low tide (there are often puddles!!) but the walk up to the castle itself is very steep, so not a day for heels! The restaurant is nice, and there is also a tea-room/cafe, but we like to buy pasties in Philps at Marazion and sit round the island's harbour to eat them. On your ascent to the castle don't forget to look out for the heart of Cormoran the Giant, now turned to stone...


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Hurst July 2008

Wonderful five minute trip by sea or if the tide is low, you can walk across the causeway to this fairy tale castle which dominates Mounts Bay. Steep walk up to the castle itself which is not for the faint hearted! Those who would rather not can wander round the little harbour. Good coffee and pasties at the Cafe or there is the Sail Loft Restaurant. N.T. shop. There is plenty to see in the Castle and the views from it are stunning.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary (2 ¼ miles)

Previously known as The National Seal Sanctuary, Abandoned and injured seals are brought here to be nursed and rehabilitated before being released back into Cornish waters. Feeding time is always quite a spectacle.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2012

A few hours distraction but fairly costly

We went to Gweek when the Lizard was shrouded in cloud, so did not benefit from views of the presumably lovely Helford river. The admission cost for a family of 3 + baby was fairly high for what was only a two hour visit on a damp day.

The main site is quite a way away on a "land train" (land rover and trailer with seats). Son 1 was pleased to see the seals and feed them mackerel. We didn't bother going to see the otters down the muddy track, 1/4 mile away from the main site. Staff were very interesting and informative, but the cafe could only offer cake or two choices of sandwich for a hungry Mum at 2.30pm.

I would not go back unless the kids were older and had a big conservation interest. There are other better ways to spend our time (make your own nature train in the woods for free!) without having the only way out available through a cramped shop groaning with overpriced tat and in your face 'pick-and-mix' sweets.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

Well worth a visit

We have been here before, but this time we saw only a few seals. This is wonderful as it means that the seals are doing well. The hospital was empty, as were a couple of the enclosures. In fact there were only the resident seals plus a couple of others on show. This is not a problem, this is good news. The ones there put on a good show at feeding time. The penguins were a delight as were the otters. We also had a display of birds of prey, an eagle owl had its eye on our little dog so we put her out of sight. Don't miss the nature trail. It is all part of a day out. Thank you to all who devote there time to such a good cause.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Mascord September 2011

Very expensive for what you get unless you see this as a contribution to seal rescue. Access is via a steep path or on a rather bumpy land train. Staff are generally informative and some very focused on visitors. The sanctuary is family friendly and children enjoy the feeding sessions. However the observation areas are in some cases limited. If rescuing seals is something you want to pay for then this is for you


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I was disappointed with the experience at the Sanctuary. Arriving at 10 when it opened the hospital was shut, as were the kiosk and the cafe. I imagine it is busier during the winter when the weather is bad and more pups are lost/abandoned and perhaps one should not wish for animals to be in peril just for humans to be able to look at them. I enjoyed the penguin pool, but viewing other pools at feeding time was nigh on impossible unless one was first on the scene. Sorry to be negative as I know the Sanctuary does marvellous work, but it was expensive and I did not feel humans were as well cared for as the seals.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Ritchie July 2011

This is a remarkable santuary, the seals are a joy to watch especially at feedtime, but their antics in and out of the water are so entertaining - although this is not a circus. All seals that can be released are so as soon as they are fit and healthy. Remember to visit the penguins and otters. A fantastic location right by the river.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Milne November 2008

If you like wildlife this is well worth a visit and a must for children.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs German August 2008


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Henthorn July 2008

Rewarding and Fun

To see the seals this close up in an environment that has obviously been designed in consideration of their comfort is a real treat. The rehabilitation work carried out here is inspiring and the devotion of the staff to the animals' welfare and their knowledge of the animals really shines through. Dogs are permitted here on a lead.

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