The island world of St Michael’s Mount is one of the jewels in Cornwall’s crown. Hop on a boat – or walk across the causeway during low tide – to a community where modern life meets over a thousand years of history. Immerse yourself in history, wonder at the architecture and discover the legend of Jack the Giant Killer. You can also explore the sub-tropical terraced garden and enjoy breath taking views of Mount’s Bay.
Go on a legendary adventure at Tintagel – a Cornish castle with links to the stories of King Arthur. Cross the spectacular new bridge to take in unforgettable views of the coastline and explore the history-rich headland. Walk among the castle ruins that still cling to the cliffs, find early-medieval remains and meet Gallos – the life-size bronze statue of an ancient king who keeps watch over the wild seas below.
Stir up your sense of adventure at Pendennis Castle, a coastal fortress with unmissable views over Falmouth. Travel back to wartime Cornwall, climb to the top of the castle keep, and enjoy acres of green space at this historic gem. Family friendly with hands on exhibits.
Take a boat trip from Falmouth to St Mawes for a great day out. Spend a half day exploring St Mawes Castle, one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated. Wander around its charming clover-leaf shape which was originally surrounded by octagonal defences and notice the embellishment of Latin inscriptions in praise of King Henry VIII and his son Edward VI.
With over 15 galleries, the National Small Boat collection, a boatbuilding workshop, exciting exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects, there’s plenty to explore! Super family friendly, hands on exhibits, underwater viewing gallery and climb the tower for the best views in town.
An historic house and medieval garden all set within an ancient and atmospheric estate. Beautiful, romantic garden, with a long and fascinating history. Time has stood still giving it a haunting air of antiquity and peace.
Unlock Cornwall’s dark history. Built in 1779, Bodmin Jail is a landmark historical site in the heart of Cornwall. Showcasing the rich and darkly fascinating legacy of Georgian and Victorian crime and punishment, the jail is an immersive, world class experience for all the family. Award-winning heritage tours, paranormal experiences and self-guided entry provide a unique pathway to the past.
Soaring above the surrounding rooftops, Truro Cathedral is located in the centre of this thriving Cornish city. A must-see place to visit in Cornwall which offers free entry. Truro Cathedral provides sacred space and common ground for all. The cathedral team extends a warm welcome to people of all faiths. Open 365 days per year, the cathedral offers a range of events and services.
The museum is a wonderful place for a visit with all the family and also welcomes dogs. Every day they have things to make your visit easy with activity trails, a play area, sensory backpack (including ear defenders) and a toilet with baby changing facilities.
The Cornwall & Scilly Historic Environment Record contains details of over 56,000 archaeological and historical sites, monuments, buildings, artefacts, landscapes and industrial settlements. Almost all are free to visit. Discover iron age burial chambers, stone circles, fogous, quoits and hill forts.