Public transport in Cornwall: www.cornwall.gov.uk
The maritime town of Falmouth grew up by the large natural harbour and its docks remain important today. It developed as a holiday resort following the arrival of the Great Western Railway. Falmouth PlusBus tickets are valid within the local urban area but NOT to Glendurgan and Trebah Gardens.
TI 11 Market Strand, Prince of Wales Pier. Tel. 01326 741194.
If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.
Britain's maritime history. Topics featured include smuggling and search & rescue.
Look Out tower with views over the harbour, docks and estuary. Tidal zone with underwater views.
Pontoon directly in front of the building. Café. Tel. 01326 313388.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
One of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII to counter a threat from France and Spain.
Pendennis Castle has seen action in many conflicts, including the Second World War.
Tearoom. Tel. 01326 316594.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 in Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu (and WThF in Mar) 1000-1600. The castle may close early on Saturday and for an hour at other times if an event is booked, please check the website.
Free guided tours of the lifeboats. Tel. 01326 318375.
Open Apr-Oct, M-S, see website for times.
One of the leading art collections in Cornwall with works by old masters, major Victorian artists,
British Impressionists, marine artists and contemporary painters and printmakers.
Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01326 313863.
Open M-S 1000-1700.
Swanpool is a brackish lake, a rare habitat in Britain. As well as ducks, swans, coots and abundant wetland plants,
it is also home to trembling sea mat which looks like an underwater plant but is in fact a primitive animal.
Open at all times.
Created by the Quakers Alfred and Sarah Fox as a 'small peace (sic) of heaven on earth',
this valley garden runs down to Durgan beach on the Helford River.
Camellias, magnolias and primroses bloom in early spring, followed by rhododendrons and bluebells.
Dramatic colour in autumn. Maze. Tea-house. Tel. 01326 252020.
Open mid Feb-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH (Daily in Aug) 1030-1730 (closes dusk if earlier).
Bus 35 from The Moor Bus Station (¾ mile from Falmouth Town station) and Kimberley Park Road (½ mile from Penmere station) to entrance on the left shortly after Mawnan Smith, watch for the NT sign. About 20 minutes journey, M-S about hourly. Operated by Transport for Cornwall.
The National Trust has many holiday cottages in Cornwall, including some at Durgan Beach.
A sub-tropical valley garden running down to a secluded beach on the Helford River.
Exotic blooms, rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Hydrangea Valley. Adventure play areas.
Cafés. Tel. 01326 252200.
Half-price entry on presentation of bus ticket.
Open Daily 1000-1630.
Bus as for Glendurgan Garden above, to entrance on the left shortly after Glendurgan Garden.
The partner of Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, St Mawes Castle is the most elaborately
decorated of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses. It is built in a clover-leaf shape
and was designed to mount heavy 'ship-sinking' guns. Tel. 01326 270526.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 in Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu (and WThF in Mar) 1000-1600. The castle may be closed on Saturday if an event is booked, please check the website.
Ferry: from Prince of Wales Pier (¾ mile from Penmere station) to St Mawes Quay, then ½ mile walk to Castle. For ferry times please see www.falriver.co.uk.
A Mediterranean style garden with the sea as a backdrop and running water in the many pools and streams.
Rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. Palms and tree ferns. Tel. 01326 270800.
Open Apr-Sep, Wed & Fri 1000-1700.
Ferry: as for St Mawes Castle above but ¾ mile walk to Gardens from St Mawes Quay.