Must-See Historic Spots in Cornwall
Cornwall is best known for its great beaches, consistent surf and stunning coastline, but it's also home to a number of fascinating and captivating historic sites that shouldn't be missed if you're planning a trip there. We've rounded up our favourites to give you the ultimate must-see guide to historic spots in the county - so you can just get on with enjoying your holiday! Have fun...
Bodmin Jail is a historic gem in Cornwall. The original jail was built in 1779 and was later added to and remodelled using over 20,000 tonnes of granite. A visit there will take you on a fascinating journey through Cornwall's penal history and is sure to enthral adults and children alike. During the First World War it was used as a hiding place for important state papers and the Doomsday book - the Crown Jewels have even been kept there! It's open everyday of the year except for Christmas day and costs £6.50 for an adult and £4.50 for a child, with under 5's going free.
This castle, which sits in the most dramatic of cliffside locations, is thought to be the birthplace of King Arthur. You can still visit the cave of Merlin nearby, where the wizard is said to have lived, protecting the King from danger. The history and folklore surrounding this place is just so rich you have to go there if you're in the Southwest! There's a good café on the beach below too. Entry to the castle costs £5.70 for an adult, £3.40 for a child.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
The Lappa Valley trackline was built in 1849 for transporting minerals and is now open to the public as a fascinating insight into the railway history of Cornwall. There's a 15" gauge steam railway, which is fun for all the family, as well as a maze, crazy golf, boating lake, play areas for kids and much more. It's £11.75 for grown ups and £9.25 for kids, with children under 3 going free. The entry cost gives access to all activities, so discover what steam travel was really like and make a day of it as well!
Geevor Tin Mine, Penzance
This is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the county and serves as a place of historical interest and educational value for many visitors each year. You can go underground and see what working in a mine was actually like and explore the buildings above ground as well, to get a clear picture of the whole mining process. The museum is also home to a whole load of other artefacts and you will be guided by ex-miners who will be happy to fill you in on any historical questions you may have! Entry costs £9.95 for adults, £6.00 for kids. With an excellent café too, what are you waiting for?!
Autumn is definitely the quieter season in Cornwall and can be a great time to explore the county away from the crowds.
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