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What’s Open in Cornwall

29th June 2020

Gardens

National Trust in Cornwall

Most National Trust gardens and parklands are re-open, as well as coastal and countryside car parks. Pre-book your visit online, as visitor numbers are limited, and go to explore and enjoy as normal. Please note that houses remain closed for now.

Trelissick: Garden, car park, parkland and woodland walk all open every day 10.00 – 17.00, the cafe and shop 10.00 - 16.00

Trerice: The garden is open 10.00 - 17.00 and the tea room 10.00 - 16.00

Glendurgan: The garden to re-open from Tuesday 16th June. The maze and gates to Durgan will remain closed. Garden, car park and tea house (for takeaway) are open from 10.30 – 16.30 each day.

Visitors to book in advance. 

Lanhydrock: The car park, gardens, countryside and cycle trail are open 10.00 – 17.00 every day. The cafe, shops and cycle hire open 10.00 - 16.00.

Visitors to book in advance. 

St Michael’s Mount: Open only to visitors who have purchased a ticket in advance of their visit, including National Trust members. It will be open only on days when the tide is low and visitors can walk between the mainland and the island along the ancient cobbled causeway. There will be no public boats. The ticket includes entry to the island, a walk through the village and harbour and a timed slot to explore the Garden terraces. The Castle is NOT open until further notice.

English Heritage in Cornwall

Most of the English Heritage historic sites are now open. You will need to book your visit in advance and each site has specific measures in place to keep everyone safe. Visitor numbers will be limited to adhere to social distancing, therefore visits must be booked in advance online.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The beautiful gardens of Heligan are open to be discovered. Pre-booked timed tickets are available in order to stagger visits throughout the day and ensure social distancing.  Please note that Heligan members and Heligan Local Pass holders will also need to pre-book tickets.

Attractions

The Eden Project

Eden's biomes are open. Please pre-book visits through the website, including existing Eden Project Members and Passholders. Limited, timed tickets are available every day to help maintain effective social distancing. 

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is open daily 09.00 - 17.00 (last entry at 15.00). Visitor numbers are limited therefore visitors are asked to pre-book a time slot online.

Activities

Kayaking

Encounter Cornwall are offering kayaking trips on the Fowey, with each guided trip restricted to six paddlers. Kayak, canoe and SUP hire is also available. All equipment is cleaned before and after each use and not used again the same day. Closer to Perranporth, Koru Kayaking are offering trips from St Agnes and the Helford River. 

Surfing

Ticket to Ride surf school are offering surf lessons and surf hire, here on Perranporth Beach: 01872 888480

Perranporth Surf School are operating at a 8:1 maximum ratio with social distancing and extra hygiene measures in place: 07974 550 823.

Local Walks

Walk along the length of Perranporth beach at low tide to appreciate the three miles of golden sand, undulating dunes, caves, pools and wide-open space.

Hike the dunes past the golf course and caravan site to the common ground where St Piran’s 6th century oratory lies half buried beneath the sands. This ‘Lost Church’ (and the 10th century St Piran’s stone cross next to it), is one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain.

From Crantock’s beautifully big sweeping beach, walk south along the coastal path to take in the dramatic scenery and descend down into the tranquil and secluded cove of Polly Joke.

Visit Trenance Gardens in Newquay for a serene saunter among the rose gardens and mature trees, and view the swan sculpture in the lake.

Climb St Agnes Beacon, one of the highest points around, for miles of spectacular panoramic countryside and coastal views. For a longer walk, incorporate the stretch of coast path at the bottom of the beacon to view the striking remains of Wheal Coates engine house.

For a less challenging stretch of coast path, good for families, walk south from Chapel Porth over the cliffs to be rewarded with Porthtowan’s beautiful Blue Flag beach at the end.

 

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