Situated on the outskirts of St Austell on the South Coast of Cornwall is Charlestown Harbour, an unspoilt, original Grade II Listed Harbour. Used recently as a key location for the filming of the BBC’s remake of the 1970’s hit series Poldark, starring Aiden Turner as the Cornish hero of the show, Ross Poldark, it has also been used for Dr Who, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and many other films and TV programmes.

The harbour is the home port for a famous collection of old ships which are employed in film projects all over the world – they have brought work and life to the quays and harbour buildings and are a particular draw for visitors. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and gift shops to be enjoyed whilst taking in the breathtaking views out over St Austell Bay.

Sat Nav: DT4 9TP



Looking for things to do in Newquay whilst you are on holiday or just visiting for the day then you have come to the right place!

Here you will find some of the things we think you might like from attractionsactivitiesbeaches and places to visit.

If you are looking for something a little different then take a look on the events page to see what is happening when you are here – who knows it could be when Boardmasters, Polo on the Beach or the Newquay Fish Festival is on!


In Newquay you will find many action packed attractions to keep all the family happy both in the town and the surrounding area – each one a great day out.

Newquay being family friendly has lots of attractions to keep everyone entertained. Newquay is very lucky to have Cornwall’s largest zoo and Cornwall’s largest aquarium along with the interactive pirates at Pirate’s Quest. Just outside of Newquay are two enjoyable small theme parks Flambards and Camel Creek, which are both all-weather attractions.

Looking for a relaxing day admiring beautiful homes and gardens? Then just outside of Newquay you will find the National Trust property – Trerice Manor, an Elizabethan house which has some very pretty gardens and a very good tea room! Throughout the year Trerice Manor hosts many events for adults and children so be sure to check out their entry on here to see what is going on.


Newquay is known as the surf capital of England and with the incredible beaches here it is no wonder that surfing is the main activity. There are numerous surf schools, surf hire and surf shops on the beaches and in the town to get you kitted out and ready to hit the waves. It is not just surfing though Newquay has much more to offer and has all kinds of water sports for you to try.

Newquay activities do not just start and end on the beach, there are plenty more in and around the town including go karts, bike riding, sea safaris, fishing, golf, day tours – exploring some of the other towns and coastline that Cornwall has to offer and Newquay’s very own Cornwall Zorbing if you fancy something a little different!

Whatever your age, fitness level, ability or experience there will be something to suit you and you will be in safe hands with some of the UK’s top coaches and instructors that we are lucky to have here making sure you will enjoy every minute of the fun.


Here in Newquay we are very proud of the beaches and when you see them you will see why! It is not just us who think they are the best around. Fistral Beach, Porth Beach and Crantock Beach have all been voted in the Top 25 Beaches on Trip Advisor.

Wherever you are in Newquay or the surrounding areas, you are guaranteed not to be far from one of these stunning beaches – all of them with golden sand and Atlantic breakers, each of the beaches offer a different beach experience for every day of your stay.

Sat Nav: TR7 1BU

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Our flagship visitor centre reopened in 2009 with interactives, bright displays, historical artefacts and a shop with gifts for all ages

With the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Trinity House renovated the Engine Room at Lizard Lighthouse, retaining some of the old engines. It now also features new exhibition material, an audio visual room and a number of interactive displays. The Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre was officially opened in 2009 by HRH The Princess Royal.

The distinctive twin towers of Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain. See displays depicting Trinity House’s history, housed in the original engine room. It was commissioned in 1752. For over 250 years, the lighthouse has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Tours of Lizard Lighthouse are organised under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House.

Lizard Lighthouse was built by private entrepreneur Thomas Fonnereau in 1751, marking the most southerly point of mainland Britain

Many stories are told of the activities of wreckers around our coasts, most of which are grossly exaggerated, but small communities occasionally and sometimes officially benefited from the spoils of shipwrecks, and petitions for lighthouses were, in certain cases, rejected on the strength of local opinion; this was particularly true in the South West of England.

The distinctive twin towers of the Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain, the lighthouse is a landfall and coastal mark giving a guide to vessels in passage along the English Channel and warning of the hazardous waters off Lizard Point.

Contact: 01326 290202  TR12 7NT

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery is in the centre of Falmouth and is easily accessible by all forms of transport. You will find us on The Moor, in the
upper floor of the Municipal Buildings.

Falmouth Art Gallery has a vibrant exhibition and event programme. We change exhibitions regularly and hang works from our permanent collection alongside major museum loans, work from local artists, community groups, school children and students. Our events cater for all ages, from babies upwards. There will be something for everyone.

Our art collection is large and eclectic for a small museum. The works are rotated regularly in our entrance and main galleries and we work to variety of themes.

The staircase gallery is used for community displays. Groups such as Falcare, Age Concern, local schools and Falmouth University visit on a regular basis and create art in response to current exhibitions.

Our limelight wall within the entrance gallery, is open to all aspiring and professional artists. To achieve a dynamic turnaround the space is changed weekly.

TR11 2RT  Contact: 01326 313863

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Institution of Cornwall, founded in 1818, was set up to promote excellence across all fields relating to Cornwall’s world leading industries and art through the creation of the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Courtney Library and a programme of lectures.

Our aim is to champion a better understanding of Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the wider world through one of the most significant British emigrations of the 19th Century.

We also want visitors to take advantage of our special role as the only museum in Cornwall with, a British Museum supported, Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibition, along with our collection of rare ceramics, a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art on display.

We are proud to say we are an accredited museum and uphold high standards of care with all our collections.

The inviting Arts Café sits between the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Arts Company, and offers plenty of seating for your morning coffee, lunch meeting, or afternoon tea.  Fresh, colourful salads, homemade soup, jacket potatoes, quiches sandwiches and toasted paninis are all made to order, using local produce where possible.

During the colder months, sink into a sofa while sipping hot chocolate with all the trimmings, or relax over a long lunch by the log burner. In the summer we’ve got alfresco eating in our sunny courtyard, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cold cider. Art books and magazines are on hand for inspiration, free Wi-Fi, and we’ve also got the daily papers to ponder over, and toys and colouring-in to keep the little ones out of mischief.

TR1 2SJ  Contact: 01872 272205

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

The Telegraph Museum tells the fascinating story of the dawn of the age of worldwide communications from the very first global network to the modern day web of fibre optic cables.

Find out about the science that has made it all possible, the people who put the ideas into production, and how the world was changed forever… and discover Porthcurno’s amazing place at the very centre of the communications revolution.

Visit us and uncover Cornwall’s best kept secret…

If you are looking for a place to relax after a hard day exploring, or just fancy a cuppa with friends, our Museum Café is free to visit and open every day when the Museum is open.Serving simple yet delicious, seasonal and fresh food with locally-sourced Cornish ingredients, you are sure to find something on our varied menu. From cream teas to hearty sandwiches, why not make the most of our Café terrace overlooking the valley and gardens. Free super-fast Wi-Fi is available for all cafe visitors.

Our shop stocks a range of gifts, homeware, jewellery, books, toys, art prints, local ceramics and crafts, greetings cards, confectionery, postcards and pocket money items. Look out for bespoke gifts and cards inspired by our collections and stories, and designed exclusively for the Telegraph Museum.

The museum shop is open daily over the summer and every Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the winter. For more details please see the museum opening hours. For more information please email or call us on 01736 810966.

Helston Museum

Helston Museum

Housed in Helston’s former Market House and Drill Hall, the museum building itself offers a valuable insight into the history and architecture of the town. Although the museum was founded in 1949, the building was originally designed as the town’s Market House in 1837, with two separate buildings – one for butter and eggs, the other the meat market, and retains the original sloping granite floor.

The Museum expanded into the meat market in the early 1980s, then into the adjoining Drill Hall in 1999. A suspended gallery, the Loft, was also added at this time that in turn allowed the creation of the mezzanine art gallery.

A notable feature in front of the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson which foundered off Loe Bar in 1807. Around 100 sailors’ lives were lost in the disaster which led to the pioneering work of Henry Trengrouse, featured in the Museum’s Drill Hall.

The Museum’s collection reflects both the social and industrial history of The Lizard Peninsula, from mining, fishing and farming through to home life in the 18th – 20th centuries.

The displays are complemented by the mezzanine gallery, used for regular art exhibitions and workshops, and the museum shop that provides a fine range of silver and local jewellery, cards, local books and minerals.

Previously run by Cornwall Council, management of the museum was taken over by the South Kerrier Heritage Trust in August 2013. The Trust is a local registered charity working with the community, and day to day work at the museum is largely undertaken by volunteers.                Satnav: TR13 8TH               Phone: 01326 564027

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is based in Falmouth. Working with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich London, the teams work tirelessly to raise awareness for maritime conservation, and continued observation.

The group have a vast collection of maps, memorabilia, charts and famous maritime artwork. Historic vessels are displayed, along with those of recent time, that have taken part in races, hold celebrity status and others that are celebrated through fundraising efforts.

The museum works closely with Falmouth University and Cornish schools, providing a massive theory and practical platform for assignments, assessments and education.

Of late some Maritime treasures have been displayed, including Nelson’s uniform, the very uniform he was wearing when fatally wounded at Trafalgar.

The Museum has a restaurant, easy access and parking. it is also positioned on the edge of the main town of Falmouth. You may find time for an ice cream on the sea front!

Penlee House Gallery

Penlee House Gallery – Penlee Art Gallery

Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area’s unique cultural heritage incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council and Newlyn Art Gallery.

Penlee House has a permanent collection of paintings which is actively being developed. Some of the best known works from the renowned Newlyn School include The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin , School is Out by Elizabeth Forbes, Among the Missing by Walter Langley and On Paul Hill by Stanhope Forbes.

Please check the What’s On – Exhibitions section to find out what is on show before making a special journey. The Orangerie licensed café, with its terrace overlooking the park, offers a range of coffees, afternoon tea with home baked cakes and freshly prepared light lunches, using the best of local produce.

St Ives

St Ives

St Ives is a Cornish jewel. A mining and fishing community originally, the town has developed over the years as an artists’ community and then a tourist destination, and now a property hot spot.

St Ives is still a small town but with a big name. The harbour dries out at low tide leaving a golden necklace of three or four beaches around the tiny streets of a town which was originally built to cater for pedestrians, horses and carts. So best not to drive into St Ives.

Use the park and ride from Lelant Saltings or park by the pool at the very top of the town. There is a huge choice of shops restaurants and pubs, or just relax on the beach with a picnic.