Things to do and places to visit in Cornwall

The Eden Project

Only a short drive away is the internationally renowned Eden Project. Situated in an old China Clay pit, the enormous ‘Biomes’ themselves are a wondrous sight, and the collections of plants from every corner of the world enable the visitor to experience life in the rain forests and the Mediterranean in the space of a few hours.


The capital of Cornwall! A splendid cathedral city, Truro is a great place to spend some time, whatever the weather may bring. Life here varies greatly day by day, season by season, but remains firmly influenced by the thriving Cornish tourist market.

Gift shops and tearooms exploit Truro’s charm at every opportunity and rightly so, as there is much to be proud of here. With stunning Georgian buildings along Lemon Street and a breathtaking cathedral, Truro is a place you will remember.

A great way to learn more about life in Truro, both present and past, is to join one of the regular guided walking tours of the city. These are led by the knowledgeable Blue Badge Guides, who are more than happy to answer any questions that may pop into your head along the way. Here are some useful travel tips about life in Truro.

St. Austell

This ancient market town is only 10 minutes drive from The Galleon, and you may wish to visit the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. To the north of the town is The Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. 2009 saw the opening of a new cinema and shopping complex in the town centre.

St Michael’s Mount

This spectacular piece of history is within a 30 minute drive. Why not visit and stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. You can follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community.

Newquay & North Coast

Exposure to westerly storms and pounding surf has given rise to the famously dramatic scenery of Cornwall’s north coast, a landscape carved and sculpted by the sea, and made all the more exciting by the numerous tales of smuggling and wrecking that abound in her coves and caves. For many it is surfing that has really put this stretch of coastline on the map. Newquay is dubbed the UK’s Mecca for surfers.

The fashionable resort of Newquay, with its fantastic beaches and bustling nightlife, can be reached by taking the picturesque journey along the Newquay branch line from Par station situated in the next village