History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

From English Heritage castles to World Heritage mining sites, Cornwall’s history is emblazoned across its diverse landscapes.

Blue Hills Cornish Tin

Blue Hills Cornish Tin

At the Blue Hills Cornish Tin site you can meet the people who extract it, dress it, refine it and make it into the end product. Follow the working process on a gentle walk around the site, or visit to buy giftware and jewellery.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s premier steam railway, where you can pay once and travel all day! Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time aboard the steam railway trains.

Botallack

Botallack

On the Tin Coast, the Crowns engine houses cling to the foot of the cliffs in a landscape transformed by its past. Botallack is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, from here Cornish miners changed the world.

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

The Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre forms the basis of one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public. There are countless items from a bygone age as well as artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is a fantastic day out for all in the family to experience the excitement of aviation. CAHC celebrates Britain’s aviation heritage from the age when it proudly lead the world.

Cotehele

Cotehele

Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture.

Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine

Visit Geevor Tin Mine the largest preserved mine site in the country. Go underground into a real 18th century tin mine and get interactive in the Hard Rock Museum that tells the fascinating story of Cornish tin and copper mining.

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens too, and enjoy their year-round colour.

Launceston Steam Railway

Launceston Steam Railway

You can spend the whole day at Launceston Steam Railway – use the train to travel to Newmills and its popular farm park, enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treat in the cafe and browse the fascinating exhibits in the museum.

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre provides interactive displays, historical artefacts and a gift shop. For over 250 years, the lighthouse has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The collections at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall consist of a range of objects, boats, art, books and archives in support of its mission to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives.

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

Discover how Pendennis Castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House Gallery & Museum has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area’s unique cultural heritage.

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael's Mount

Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, the iconic rocky island of St Michael’s Mount is crowned by a medieval church and castle – with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Connect the dots at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno and meet the pioneers of global communication. Be transported to another time and place through interactive exhibits, immersive displays and live talks.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lose yourself in the mysterious world of The Lost Gardens of Heligan where an exotic sub-tropical jungle, atmospheric Victorian grounds, an interactive wildlife project and the finest gardens in Britain all await your discovery.

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre puts on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. It’s open all year round for you to explore this amazing place and its history.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur makes it also one of the most famous.

Trelissick

Trelissick

Trelissick is on its own peninsula, with panoramic views over the Fal estuary. Visitors can explore the meandering paths through the woodland garden, leading to exotic plants and herbaceous borders bursting with colour.

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral is an active part of the community welcoming people from all over the world, rather than a ‘heritage tourist attraction’. Therefore it is important to the Cathedral that it ensures entry remains free.