Cornwall England’s far South West

Plymouth, Mendip

Planning to go in June 2019 and turn wishlist items into memories.

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Eden Project

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 5 months ago

I visited here when it first opened 15 to 20 years ago. A biodiverse garden created in an old chalk pit. Update: things have grown luxuriantly. Lovely gardens now as well as the biomes. All beautifully kept. Very good day out but expensive. We used our BBC Gardeners World voucher to get two for one, which brought entrance fee down to acceptable level.

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Bodelva, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Tate St Ives

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 5 months ago

There are now 4 Tate Galleries in England. Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, the seaside version. Been to the first three, so this one is on the wishlist too. Ok been there now. High quality art gallery, assuming you are interested in modern art. Most works have local connection but are not pretty seascapes. I enjoyed it. Views are stunning especially from roof top cafe. Make sure you get an outside seat. Can get combined ticket with lovely Barbara Hepworth garden. See separate recommendation.

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Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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The Minack Theatre

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 5 months ago

I have long wanted to go to the Minack Theatre, an outdoor theatre in a most spectacular setting in Cornwall. Booked to see Pericles there in June. Will report back! UPDATE What a setting! For heavens sake, go! Pics are off The Globe performance of Pericles 27 June

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Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Land's End Landmark Attraction

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Memory • 4 months ago

Have not been for nearly 40 years so will report back after June trip. Famously the most southwesterly point of England. Having your photo taken beneath the sign showing the distance to your home town is a tourist ‘must do ‘ Update ... unfortunately tacky, would recommend Lizard Point instead.

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Land's End, Sennen, Penzance, United Kingdom

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Cartgate Lodge Cafe

Mendip, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

It is a long drive to Cornwall, wherever you start from in the UK so we were pleased to find this purpose made picnic spot just over the border in Somerset. We had a picnic so cannot vouch for the cafe but it looked fine. Quite a choice of hot food at reasonable cost. Tourist info, loos and most importantly a nicely landscaped area for the adults to stretch their legs and children to let off steam. Update : returned here on way back and had nice traditional Sunday lunch, roast beef, yorkshire pud, roast pots and 3 fresh veg for £9.99

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Cartgate Picnic Area, Yeovil, United Kingdom

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St. Mawes

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Travel ‘in style’ from Falmouth to St Mawes on the 20 minute ferry ride, thus avoiding a long road trip. It is scenic and fun. Then visit St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s coastal defences. Buy a Cornish pasty to eat on the quayside.

Truro, United Kingdom

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Trebah Gardens

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Glorious subtropical gardens near Truro. Colourful and luxuriant. An added interest is the fact that you can walk down to the little private beach, from where, in 1944, over 7500 US troops embarked for the invasion of Normandy. ( D Day )

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Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, North Falmouth Cornwall, United Kingdom

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St Erth

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

St Erth may be lovely itself but I am afraid I only saw the railway station. It is perfect to park your car there for the day and take the scenic 12 minute journey to St Ives. ( where parking is definitely an issue!) but where there is much to reward you.

Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Lily Pad

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Lovely Airbnb near Truro. A little old fashioned but well equipped. Beautiful garden with lily ponds of which you have the full run. Very friendly hosts who live at the farmhouse. Extremely reasonable rates especially for Cornwall.

Ladock, Truro, United Kingdom

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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Lovely little garden packed full of Barbara Hepworth sculptures. Joint tickets with Tate St Ives available.

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Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Saint Ives TR26 1AD, UK

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The Cornish Deli

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Unpretentious appearance but this cafe has excellent locally sourced food, very well cooked. My bacon and brie three egg omelette was one of best omelettes I have ever had.

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3 Chapel Street, Saint Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Warrens Bakery - Brig-y-don

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

When in Cornwall, you must try a proper Cornish pasty and this from Warrens hit the spot

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1 Wharf Road, St Ives, Saint Ives, United Kingdom

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Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Memory • 2 months ago

The best thing here is the view of St Michaels Mount which you can enjoy without going in the gardens. The cafe is very well thought of and also outside. But personally I found the sculpture garden underwhelming and I normally like that sort of thing. Go to Trebah Gardens instead for the gardens and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden for the sculpture.

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Gulval, Penzance, United Kingdom

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Lizard

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

The most southerly point in mainland Britain. Forget Lands End and walk along the cliff top here. Surprisingly high quality cafe ...see separate entry, once I check out its name.

Helston, United Kingdom

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Polpeor Cafe

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Surprisingly high quality food and drink at cafe on Lizard Point. We only had the excellent homemade fruit cake and tea but others were raving about lunch. I’d like to ho back for Cornish lobster. The views are perfect especially if you sit on the open terrace. Quick and friendly table service.

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Lizard Point, Helston, United Kingdom

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Lanhydrock House and Garden

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Large, nay very large, National Trust property in Cornwall. House largely rebuilt in the late 19th century due to devastating fire. So style is High Victorian, which means it looks like a castle but is pretend! Particularly spacious kitchen area as the family apparently wanted their servants to have good working conditions. Also very very large grounds with cycles available for hire. Good insight to how the well off used to live. Fine with children and / or dogs.

Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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The Hoe

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Ok it is in Devon, not Cornwall but we visited on our way back. This is where Sir Francis Drake was told of the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588. He was engaged in a game of bowls but refused to be hurried, saying there was time to finish the game and beat the Spaniards too.” Big green sward, Smeetons Tower, Barbican and harbour area which has lots of promising eateries.

Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Cap'n Jaspers

Plymouth, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Goodness what incredible sized portions. Good quality, value for money hot ‘snack’ food. I ordered a bacon and egg roll... Sit outside only. Very popular with bikers and families and you can see why!

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18 The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS, UK

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