Places to visit in Cornwall
In Charlestown itself, you will find the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre. Enjoy an afternoon learning about the history of Charlestown, get lost in stories of shipwrecks around the Cornish coast and see the necklace as worn by Kate Winslet in the movie ‘Titanic’!
Simply Time in Cornwall provides perfect Eden Project accommodation, as the world famous destination is only a 15 minute drive from your cottage. You can easily spend a full day or a few hours enjoying the wonders of the largest greenhouses in the world and exploring your connection to nature and the world around you.
We highly recommend you visit the Eden Project website before your holiday to explore which events are taking place during your stay and book ahead to avoid ticket queues!. Eden runs children’s activities during school holidays, attracts top name bands to its outside stage in the summer evenings and has an ice rink in the winter. There is always something new to see and do, whether you are young or old. We also advise you to gift aid your admission fee which entitles you to a free annual membership.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Also a 15 minute drive from your cottage are The Lost Gardens of Heligan. A real gem, Heligan showcases a wonderful story of a Victorian country house garden lost and recovered. Allow plenty of time to see it all - the Jungle, the vegetable gardens and the wildlife hide. And don’t forget to pop into Lobbs Farm Shop which sells a fantastic range of fresh Cornish produce. One of our favourite afternoons out, Heligan is a real visual of eye opener of to the huge variety of plants that can grow in the temperate Cornish climate.
The Lizard Lighthouse marks the most southerly spot in mainland Britain. If you’re feeling fit you can climb the steps of the lighthouse to get stunning views across the rugged coastline. There is also a fascinating heritage centre. The surrounding Lizard Peninsula is one of the prettiest parts of the county with lots of beaches and fishing villages to explore.
For boat lovers, National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is well worth a visit. Housing a fascinating range of sailing dinghies and boats as well as a constantly changing programme of events, there are good reasons why this museum continues to win awards. There is also a unique and extensive nautical library for those who want to dig around for more boating facts and history.
The Minack Theatre set high above the cliffs near Penzance is a real treat for keen theatre goers. Dramatically carved straight out of the cliffs, the sea forms a stunning backdrop for this unique outdoor theatre. Take a blanket and pre performance picnic and you will be ensured of a special treat.
Tate St Ives is a sister gallery to the Tate in London and showcases modern and contemporary art, much of which is created or associated with Cornwall. The town has been a haven for artists since the 19th Century but St Ives offers a great day out from Charlestown for everyone. The best way to arrive is by train from St Erth as this short journey takes you through some spectacular scenery you won’t see by road. Once there wander the narrow streets, enjoy tea at the Tate and ice cream on the windy sandy beaches. Finish your day at one of the many fantastic restaurants for dinner, our top eateries are Porthminster Beach Cafe and Alba in the Old Lifeboat House.
Cornwall is full of fantastic National Trust properties that offer great days out, including Lanhydrock House and the magical St Michael’s Mount. There are also fantastic gardens to visit, which are particularly striking in the spring months.