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Things to do in Cornwall - English Heritage Properties Cornwall

English Heritage Properties Cornwall

There are lots of fantastic English Heritage properties in Cornwall which all make great days out in Cornwall. Have a look at the selection below and choose where you would like to go.

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Ruin - Penzance

West Cornwall

This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the things to do in Cornwall if you are in the Penzance area. The village consisted of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. There are also the remains of an enigmatic 'fogou' underground passage. Dogs welcome on leads.

Chysauster Ancient Village, Newmill, Penzance, West Cornwall, TR20 8XA Tel: 01736 757934

www.english-heritage.org.uk/chysauster

Castle - Launceston

South East Cornwall

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape and is definitely an option for things to in Cornwall. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top is now reached via an internal staircase. Dogs welcome on leads.

Launceston castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. A display traces 1,000 years of history, with finds from site excavations.

Launceston Castle, Castle Lodge, Launceston, North Cornwall, PL15 7DR Tel: 01566 772365

www.english-heritage.org.uk/launceston

Castle - Falmouth Cornwall

West Cornwall

For a great family day out in Cornwall, take a trip to Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. Visiting Pendennis Castle is one of the fun things to do in Cornwall. You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post.

Pendennis Castle, Castle Road, Falmouth, West Cornwall, TR11 4LP Tel: 01326 316594

www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis

Castle - Lostwithiel

South East Cornwall

The great 13th century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall Restormel Castle could make an excellent day out. The castle was twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. This is a dog friendly attraction in Cornwall and dogs are welcome on leads.

Restormel Castle commands fantastic views and is a favourite picnic spot. When you visit keep an eye out for 'Tetraphasis Obscurus', the 'Black Pheasant' that prowls the castle grounds.

Restormel Castle, Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, South Cornwall, PL22 0EE Tel: 01208 872687

www.english-heritage.org.uk/restormel

Castle - St Mawes Cornwall

South East Cornwall

St Mawes Castle Cornwall is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary. Visiting a castle is one of the great things to do in Cornwall. Dogs welcome on leads at St Mawes Castle.

It is still bedecked with carved Latin inscriptions in praise of King's Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. Easily falling to a landward attack by Civil War Parliamentarian forces in 1646, it remained neglected until partial re-arming during the 19th and early 20th centuries

St Mawes Castle, Castle Drive, St Mawes, West Cornwall TR2 5DE Tel: 01326 270526

www.english-heritage.org.uk/stmawes

Castle Cornwall - Tintagel Cornwall

North Cornwall

For a magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it one of the interesting things to do in Cornwall. A perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor. Dogs welcome on leads at this dog friendly attraction in Cornwall.

Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, North Cornwall, PL34 0HE Tel: 01840 770328

www.english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel

Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin's Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west.

 

 

 

 

 

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