Local attractions advice
Below is a summary of some of the local attractions in the lodge’s area, and a link to their related website where applicable. If you would like some advice on the attractions, feel free to give me a call on 07747 449552 and I will do my best to answer all your questions, and try to help make your experience in Cornwall as enjoyable as possible.
Car hire service
If you require a car hire service, Blackbird Car Hire are located next to Bodmin Parkway railway station, and provide a great rate to get you on the road straight away. They can be contacted on 07855 238 392.
Tintagel Castle stands on windswept cliffs on one of England’s most dramatic coastlines. The Castle is believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur who, as legend has it, was protected from the evil magician Merlin by his magical sword, Excaliber. Tintagel Castle is an awe-inspiring place to visit and soak up the atmosphere generated by the dramatic views and wonderful legends.
The village of Tintagel is a pretty mix of stone cottages, the village post office being a prime example of this character architecture. There are plenty of fascinating shops in Tintagel to browse through selling arts and crafts and mystical goods associated with the legend of Tintagel Castle, Camelot and King Arthur.
Boscastle is a medieval harbour and village with a wide range of shops and facilities including a post office, general store and gift shops, as well as cafes and pubs. There is also a museum and visitor centre.
From the harbour you can explore the beautiful surrounding area with its ancient woods, the old village of Boscastle with cottages dating back to the 15th Century, the site of the Norman Castle and the medieval strip farming system which is still in operation on the cliff top.
The fishing town of Padstow is a 30 minute drive away. The town itself has a colourful and ancient history, with old crooked streets sloping down to the harbour where there are many medieval buildings. Today Padstow remains a working fishing port whose produce has been made famous by Rick Stein’s television series and acclaimed Seafood Restaurants.
Bodmin Jail is a family attraction that includes a licensed bar and restaurant, covered courtyard, with a Civil and Naval Prison housing a museum within its walls split over three levels. It was the last County Jail in Cornwall, eventually closing in 1927. The Jail now sits at the start of the famous Camel Trail and is the perfect alternative day out, including evening ghost walks!
Bodmin and Wenford railway
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam trains.
The 13 mile trip takes in beautiful Cornish countryside, and there are also special events including murder mystery evenings.
The Eden Project
With its distinctive white domes, the Eden Project is Cornwall’s best-known tourist attraction. But it’s much more than just a big green theme park and visitors can expect to come away with a better understanding of the environment and their interaction with it. As they say at the Eden Project, ‘we aim to reconnect people with their environments locally and globally’.
Dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’, The Eden Project is primarily the idea of Tim Smit, the man behind the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Eden was funded by a £55.3 million grant from the Millennium Commission and is run by a charitable trust. It opened its doors on 17th March 2001, since when it has had more than 8 million visitors.
The Eden Project is sited in a former china clay pit at Bodelva, near St Austell, Cornwall. It consists of three biomes (a biome is a large naturally occuring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat), the Outdoor Biome, Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome. The Eden Project’s award-winning £15 million education Centre, The Core, was opened by the Queen in June 2006.
If you’re planning a visit to the Eden Project, allow around four hours to fully enjoy the site.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in the Duchy of Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.
The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family’s Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.
The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a century in age, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head.
Port Isaac, was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th. century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. Fishing and fish-processing were also important and today there are still fishermen working from here although tourism plays an increasingly important role. Most of the old centre of the village consists of 18th. and 19th. century cottages, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance, along narrow alleys and ‘opes’ winding down steep hillsides.
Ancient Art Falconry
A great day out for all the family, Ancient Art Falconry specialises in falconry training and experiences where you will have a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of beautiful birds of prey.
Visit their Website or contact Sharon or Phil on 01579 340767 or 0777 562 5720.