Cornish Attractions within easy reach of Roundhouse Barn Holidays

You are never more that an hour or so’s drive from the bulk of Cornwall’s amazing attractions and some are a lot closer.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit. All of them make for perfect day or half-day trips and are well worth a visit if you fancy a change from the glorious walks, unspoilt beaches or simply just relaxing in our beautiful cottages.

The Eden Project

Perhaps one of Cornwall’s most famous attractions. It’s more than just a garden. It’s an ecological masterpiece, designed to educate and inform visitors about sustainability and ecology. Additionally, it hosts a series of open air concerts during the summer months and has an ice rink every winter. And if you are into your Cornish Food, it also hosts the Annual World Pasty Making Championship every Spring.

Our Top Tip:

Try to get there early in the day or later in the afternoon during the summer months as it can be a bit busy during peak times.

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. It’s 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. There's great views from here across to its sister castle, Pendennis, in Falmouth.

Our Top Tip:

Enjoy a lovely Cappucino, a tasty snack or Cocktail on the Hotel Tresanton’s terrace about 200 metres down the hill towards St Mawes village.

National Maritime Museum

Dominating Events Square in Falmouth, The National Maritime Museum is a fantastic, fun-filled museum that always pushes the boat out when it comes to exhibitions.

Their topical exhibitions bring new and diverse perspectives to maritime issues, and highlight their relevance to the present day. They often bring rare objects from around the world to Cornwall to tell local, national and international stories. The museum was officially opened in 2003 and is located on the aptly named Discovery Quay in Falmouth, south Cornwall.

Our Top Tip:

Park your car in St Mawes and take the foot ferry across the estuary to Falmouth. You’ll get cracking views of both St Mawes and Falmouth from the water.

Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine, dramatically situated on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast is the largest preserved mine site in the country and the gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. If you are a Poldark Fan, it’s well worth a visit to explore the many surface buildings with their magnificent mining machinery, get interactive in the Hard Rock museum and go underground into 19th century Wheal Mexico mine!

Our Top Tip:

If you're heading this far West, make sure that you drive along the scenic B3306 from Geevor to St Ives. The views are simply stunning. Along the road, if you’re looking for a lovely lunch, check out The Gurnards Head or for home made cakes and a cuppa, head to the Zennor Chapel Guesthouse.

Barbara Hepworth Museum

We love visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives. It’s not at all stuffy. It offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Our Top Tip:

It can be hard to find a parking space in St Ives in the Summer. We always use the park and ride facility at Lelant and catch the train into St Ives. Sit on the right hand side of the train. The views are amazing!

Where to find them...

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