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National Trust attractions in Cornwall

The National Trust have a huge presence in Cornwall. Already a stronghold for castles built to protect the outer reaches of the kingdom, the climate and proximity to wealth made from mining gave rise to stately family homes with flourishing gardens. If you are a National Trust member then this is an area where you will truly be spoilt for choice with the sheer number of National Trust attractions you can visit.

National Trust Gardens and Houses

Trerice – Elizabethan Manor House and gardens with a bowling green. Also offering tudor banquets. Tea room and gift shop. Newquay, north coast. 

Lanhydrock – Compare life upstairs and down at this Victorian country house and estate with beautiful gardens throughout the seasons. Cycle trails and riverside walks through the woodlands. Restaurant, tea room, cycle hire, gift shop, book shop and plant centre. Bodmin, north. 

Trelissick – Discover 30 acres of elevated gardens overlooking the Fal River or take a longer walk through the woodlands and coastal walks. Art gallery, café and shop. House open during the summer. Truro, south. 

Glendurgan Garden – Sub-tropical garden spanning three valleys close to the Helford River. Wander through the laurel maze or down to the coast at Durgan. Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, south coast. 

Tregwainton – Explore 25 acres of gardens including woodland paths and a kitchen garden. Dogs on leads welcome in gardens and tea room. Nr Penzance, south west coast. 

Godolphin – Medieval gardens and historic house which was one of the most important in Europe in its heyday. Remains of the Godolphin family mine and tea rooms. Helston, south coast. 

Cotehele Mill and Cotehele – Working mill, shop and restaurant with a tudor house estate complete with a valley garden on the River Tamar. Visit the ancestral home of the Edgcumbe family and wander down to Cotehele Quay for a cream tea and take a look at the family sailing barge. Take a walk through the Morden Valley to the mill where you might catch some authentic flour making. Nr Saltash, south east coast.

Antony – The location for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and one of the finest Queen Anne houses in the West Country, step back in time to the era of the Civil War, now home to the Carew Pole family. Art, gardens and sculptures. Torpoint, south east coast.

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Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage with The National Trust

Levant Mine and Beam Engine – The only Cornish beam engine still in its original mine shaft. Nr St Just, south west coast.

East Pool Mine – Get to the heart of Cornish mining with one of the last surviving Cornish mine engines. Nr Redruth, north west coast.

National Trust Castles

St Michael’s Mount – Walk the causeway or take a boat and visit the iconic castle and church on an island, home to the St Aubyn family. Discover legends of the Cornish Giants and Jack the Giant Killer. View the sub-tropical gardens or take a tour of the living island. Marazion, south west coast.

Boscastle – Picture postcard natural harbour and village with an Elizabethan Quay where you’ll find shops and tea rooms. Surrounded by coastal walks and land owned by The National Trust. Boscastle, north coast.

Other National Trust Properties

Tintagel Old Post Office – Take a look at a Victorian post office set in a medieval building. Nearby Tintagel Castle is an English Heritage property and reputedly the birth place of King Arthur. Tintagel, north coast.

National Trust Walks

Much of the South West Coast Path covers areas owned and managed by The National Trust. If you are a member then remember to display your National Trust car badge when parking. For more details on the walks visit our ‘Walking in Cornwall’ page.

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St Michaels Mount

View of Boscastle harbour