Things to See & Do
Princess Pavillion - TR11 4AR
The Princess Pavilion is a year-round LIVE music venue and theatre complex offering a wide programme of excellent entertainment with big name visiting professional artists and local productions The main Pavilion building contains an indoor theatre/multi-purpose hall and the programme features drama, variety and music from most popular musical styles including rock, reggae, folk, blues, indie and a bit of everything in between. It is set in Gyllyndune Gardens; four acres of beautiful planting, a quarry fern garden, shell grottos, a play area for little ones and an Edwardian bandstand which has seasonal band concerts throughout the summer, it’s the perfect spot to relax and explore. Open daily and admission is free. (Four minutes on foot). For more detailed information click on image.
Pendenniss Castle - TR11 4LP
A short picturesque walk along the promenade from Gyllyngvase Beach is Pendents Castle which is a device fort of castle, on the west side of the estuary of the river Fal near Falmouth. Together with St Mawes Castle, its companion fort on the opposite east bank, it was build to guard the entrance to the river Fal from perceived threat of French and Spanish naval attack. The castle has a Discovery Centre, which allows visitors to explore the fascinating history of the castle, complete with interactive displays and activities, including an exhibit on Tudor battles. (Eight minutes by car – 25 minutes on foot). For more detailed information click on image.
Trebah Gardens - TR11 5JZ
Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to it’s very own secluded beach on the Helford River. During the summer months at Trebah there is no shortage of highlights. From the sheer scale of massed plantings of giant Rhubarb, bamboos, towering tree ferns and stately Chusan palms, there is something for everyone. Waterfalls and pools, bananas and bamboos, thickets of hydrangea covering more than two acres, the great tree fern Dicksonia antarctica and Gunnera manicata are just some of the horticultural delights of Trebah. (19 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.
Ships and Castles - TR11 4NG
Shipsans Castles Leisure Centre is located high above Falmouth with stunning views across the bay. There are superb swimming and gymnasium facilities to suit all ages. The swimming pool has lots of exciting features including a wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean indoors to sweep you along at an exciting speed. For the children there are exciting geyser and bubble effects with places of them to practice jumping in and gain their confidence. In addition there are parent and toddler sessions available most days. If fitness is your fix, there are various classes including, to name a few, cycle circuit, Yoga and Zumba. Most available on a pay as you go basis if required. (Six minutes by car – 20 minutes on foot). For more detailed information click on image.
Glendurgan Gardens - TR11 5JZ
Glendurgan is one of the great subtropical gardens of the South West. Set in a wooded valley dropping steeply to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the beautiful Helford Estuary. The garden is best known for its laurel maze, planted in 1833 and a firm favourite with children. Lose yourself on a walk through the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden – full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants. A place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles. On your walk back up from Durgan find a boat seat, a gigantic tulip tree and ponds teeming with wildlife. (19 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.
National Maritime Museum - TR11 3QY
This exciting award winning Museum has achieved wide national acclaim for its architecture, hands-on displays, world renowned boats and associated video footage, maritime heritage and interactive entertainment. with hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, don’t miss your change for a visit. (Three minutes by car – 12 minutes on foot). For more detailed information click on image.
Trelissick Gardens - TR3 6QL
From wildlife watching to hunting for bugs, it really is an adventurer’s paradise. Lots to see, including the stunning water tower – built in the 1820s by Thomas Daniell, the Cornish Orchard containing 68 different apple trees (mainly Cornish varieties), the Celtic cross which legend has it that from here the local priest would preach to the fishermen in their boats and much. Trelissick sits on its own peninsula in an unspoilt stretch of the Fal River. There are places to set in both sun and shade, four summerhouses dotted around the garden and gorgeous riverside woodland walks to enjoy. (26 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.
St Michael's Mount - TR17 0HS
From ancient cobbles to castle walls, through time and tide, St Michael’s Mount is beckoning. Striding the causeway or crossing by boat. Treading medieval pathways or exploring sub-tropical gardens. Climbing to the castle or uncovering stories of harbour, legend and family home. Admire the views, hear the islanders’ tales and unearth a history that lives on in every step. Through time and tide the Mount creates moments to remember. (53 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.
The Eden Project - PL24 2SG
The Eden Project has a powerful story to tell and is one of the UK’s top gardens and conservation tourist attraction located just outside St Austell. A living theatre of plants and people, the eden Project is whole owned by the `Eden Trust, an educational charity. The Eden complex comprises of a number of magnificent domes that house plant species from around the work, with each emulating a natural biome. The first dome emulates a tropical environment and the second a warm, temperate, Mediterranean environment. (One hour and 6 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.
The Minack Theatre - TR19 6JU
The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The theatre is at Porthcurno, four miles from Lands end. The season runs each year from May to September, and more than 100,000 pay an entrance fee to look around the site. It has appeared in a listing of the world’s most spectacular theatres. (One hour and 15 minutes by car). For more detailed information click on image.