The Eden Project: a giant botanical garden for the 21st century. Visit the Humid Tropics biome and experience the sights and smells of the rainforest, or the Warm Temperate biome which takes you to South Africa and California and walks you among lemon and orange trees. Outdoors you’ll find the domeless Cornish biome, where you can discover some of Cornwall’s flora.
Not far away is Wheal Martyn, Cornwall’s museum of the Clay Country. Take a look back in time and find out about ourChina Clay industry in the 1820’s.
The square-rigged ships berthed at Charlestown have been used for many films, and the port itself was the location for The Eagle has Landed, The Three Musketeers, A Respectable Trade, Rebecca, Poldark and many others.
Charlestown’s Shipwreck and Heritage Centre commemorates the achievement of Charles Rashleigh, whose vision created a thriving port out of an obscure fishing village. See some more views of Charlestown here.
Another magical spot is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years which became a wilderness at the beginning of the century only to be rediscovered in the 1990’s and restored to its former glory.
Just down the hill is the delightful unspoilt fishing port of Mevagissey with its trawlers unloading their catch, narrow twisting streets and little shops full of curios.
You could catch the Mevagissey Ferries boat to Fowey between 26th April and 30th September , providing a magnificent view from the sea of St Austell Bay.
Along the lanes from Heligan is Oak Valley Wines, the vineyard of St.Ewe.
In the other direction we have Fowey, a beautiful natural harbour, a haven for yachtsmen and the major exporting port for China Clay.
Over the last few years Fowey has been the centre of the Daphne du Maurier festival of Arts and Literature. You can take a little passenger ferry over to Polruan, the other side of the river mouth, and enjoy the spectacular views of the port or walk along the Esplanade to Readymoney beach and up to the castle.
You can take the car ferry over the river from Fowey along the narrow lanes to Polperro, a maze of lanes, alley ways and slate-hung white-washed higgledy- piggledy houses, which lead down to a picturesque and truly unspoilt harbour. It is still a working port, where at high-tide, boats unload their catch, with pots and nets lying about the quays.
Further around the coast is Looe, with narrow streets and a Mediaeval Guildhall – now a delightful museum – and the second largest fishing fleet in Cornwall. In the eighteenth century, as well as drifting for pilchards, Looe was a copper port, exporting ore from the mines at Caradon Hill on Bodmin Moor.
Lanhydrock House is one of Cornwall’s grandest houses set in a glorious landscape of gardens, parkland and woods overlooking the valley of the River Fowey.
Jamaica Inn, the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s book is an ideal spot for a drink or a meal after a walk on Bodmin Moor.
Further afield you could go on to Tintagel Castle where, according to legend, King Arthur lived in the fifth century.
The city of Truro is well worth a visit with its beautiful cathedral and shopping centre, museum and meadery.
Not far away is Falmouth, which has the third largest natural bay in the world, and a strong maritime history. For those interested in sailing, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is magnificent.
If you are interested in mining take a look at the Poldark Mine or the Blue Hills Tin Streams mine at St. Agnes, and find out about vanning, panning and jigging, all skills of the tinner’s ancientcraft.