St Mawes is such a beautiful place that you might just want to come here for a peaceful break to admire the wonderful views and stroll around the charming village. You wouldn’t be the first. However, if you are looking for more out of your break, there is lots to see and do, and much of it is quite literally on the doorstep!
If you would like a ferry trip to Falmouth, to spend a few hours out on a fishing boat or even try your hand at a kayak, you can find all of these things just in front of the hotel. If you are keen to explore further afield, there are a number of pretty villages, cider farms and hidden beaches to discover on the Roseland peninsula. Further afield, you can discover many of the maritime and horticultural attractions that Cornwall is rightly famous for as an easy day trip. Check out some of the major nearby attractions below:
St. Mawes Castle
By far the most prominent attraction in St. Mawes, the castle is part of the Falmouth Fortress. It served a purpose in the English Civil War, but was actually built to protect from non-existent attacks in earlier history. It’s the sister of Pendennis Castle, and from each you can see the other. The grounds are lovely, perfect for a summer picnic, and the audio tour is the best way to learn about the castle and its history. Visit their website
Lamorran House Gardens
The Lamorran Gardens were created in 1982, and include both native and tropical plants. Japanese and Mediterranean cultures have played a big part in the development of the gardens, and you’ll see various water features and a well-stocked koi pond. The garden offers a wonderful sensory experience, with bright colours and unusual floral scents. You can see the harbour at certain points, and will be able to view a variety of statues and rock formations. Visit their website
St. Anthony’s Lighthouse
People born in the 1970s and 1980s will probably have seen St. Anthony’s Lighthouse many times before. Yet, they wouldn’t know it. It regularly featured in the children’s TV show ‘Fraggle Rock’, and is a white lighthouse built in the early to mid 1800s. Still working today, the lighthouse is now fully automatic.
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National Maritime Museum
On the edge of Falmouth Harbour, the National Maritime Museum celebrates life on the sea, both good and bad. Exhibits and interactive displays provide information about working on the sea, using it for power and how the waters can be enjoyed for leisure and play. You can learn about lighthouses, and the important roles they’ve played throughout history, and can see galleries of art. This is the world’s largest maritime museum. Visit their website
The Eden Project
Occasionally described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Eden project is an internationally renowned Cornwall attraction. Huge globes house an extensive tropical garden, with rainforest biomes, and a ‘Rainforest Aerial Walkway’ which allows you to see the trees from above. As well as being a wonderful garden attraction, the Eden Project is ideal for art enthusiasts. Stone sculptures are dotted throughout, and art exhibitions are regularly held in ‘The Core’. Thrill-seekers can ride the country’s longest zip wire, and a regular calendar of events includes music concerts from world-famous bands and solo artists. Visit their website