The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Situated in the heart of the village, this traditional Cornish pub offers a warm welcome to visitors and locals alike. Food is prepared using local produce and real ales are on offer from St Austell Brewery. During the summer months you can drink or eat in the beer garden.
Spend a summer day at Porthpean Beach and fall in love with this window into another world. Home to a sandy shore backed with high, vegetation-clad cliffs and spetacular countryside, Porthpean Beach near St Austell is a family favourite. With crystal clear waters, you can take a refreshing dip or lay back on your towel and watch whispy clouds in a bright blue sky.
iwallkcornwall.co.uk have some great walks in the area and this one, starting with a bus ride from Charlestown to the fishing port of Mevagissey offers a lovely scenic seven and a half mile coastal trek. Take a look at their website for further details and other walks in the area.
Approaching St Austell from the west, your first impression will be of a vast, sweeping bay that, on a sunny day, glitters like somewhere far more exotic. St Austell itself is a town in the midst of total transformation; once somewhat workaday, St Austell is now becoming a holiday destination with restaurants, bars and unique shops. The seaside remains the principal draw here, though – from Par Sands in the east to Porthpean in the west, St Austell Bay has many great beaches.
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.
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!
A true secret garden nearly lost to the ravages of time, the Lost Gardens of Heligan open a door to a magical world. Stroll underneath towering green canopies, past pretty pools surrounded by flowers and view all manner of weird and wonderful plants and shrubs. There's no time for dithering; visit the gardens and see what beauty awaits.
Great day out
We had a super day here- wonderful for kids,which was a surprise,they had a marvellous time...rope bridge...building a tee-pee and picnicing in it,5 adults and 5 little ones 1,4,5,5, 8.,great open areas a loads of trees and climbing fun.We too liked the greenery and open areas...good, reasonable food on offer...was expecting National Trust like 'keep off grass time etc'...our day was dull and windy but warm and would recommend and return....and guess would be even better on a sunny day!
Beautiful gardens and there is something for all the family to enjoy. Great day out!
Beautiful place, good picnic area
This is a lovely place to explore, with lots of hidden bits to discover. We were there in early August and it didn't feel particularly busy, so there must be lots of room for everyone. Even our teenager enjoyed it.
It seemed every corner we turned there was something wonderful to look at. There has been a lot of thought put into this and we felt it was excellent value for money, great day out.
A fabulous walk around the gardens, lovely cafe/restaurant and super farm shop, both of which you can visit without paying to go into the gardens. A great day out.
A wonderful place to visit, even at the height of summer when there are many visitors. Magical gardens, wildlife and even chickens. Well managed, great cafe.
A hit with all the family!
A great day out! The gardens, shop and tearooms had a really upmarket feel about it. Every aspect of the gardens has been put together with real love and devotion. My 3 year old daughter's favourite bit was the Jungle - she loved running down all the boardwalks. It really felt like something from Jurassic Park. A hard walk back up the hill though - especially carrying our 1 year old toddler! My husband's favourite part was the ice cream at the teashop, and mine was the impressive vegetable garden. (Forgot to mention that my daughter cried when she discovered there were no melons growing at this particular time of the year - So that for her was a real show-stopper!!) Would recommend although with caution to wheelchair users - Some of the terrain is quite tricky.
Really Lovely Place
Spent all day here and even though it rained a little it really was a lovely day with lots of very special gardens to walk through.
Lovely, magical 'secret' garden. The local, homemade refreshments in the tea rooms are delicious too.
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.
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.
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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.
The beef and lamb here is born and reared down the lane at the award-winning Kestle Farm, keeping food miles to an absolute minimum. In 2009 Lobbs bagged the Taste of the West Gold award for retail outlets in Cornwall and in 2011 was mentioned in the Times "Britain's best farm shops" guide. The Countryside Barn visitor centre here has interactive displays about the farm animals, crops and wildlife found on the farm. While you're here, pay a visit to the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Good place to stock up on treats
The hand-made Trenance chocolates you can get from the shop are amazing, I would definitely recommend purchasing a box of these! There is such a good range of local produce here you don't need to go to a supermarket!
Everything you need!
This place sells it all! Try the local beers they are amazing...
Fantastic selection of meats, veg, cheeses, local beers...the list goes on! A large portion of the vegetables are grown on their own farm and you can certainly taste the difference from the usual supermarket fayre.
A well-stocked farm shop with produce from a wide area of Cornwall. A handy location too, to combine with a visit to Heligan Gardens.
A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.
definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch
Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!
Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.
Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/
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