Some guests book rooms at The Ship and Castle just to enjoy the view. Local walking trails are enough to occupy multiple days, and you can while away many an hour as you watch the boats in the harbour. Should you wish to travel around Cornwall, and to take in a few more sights, then you’ll have no trouble finding attractions to suit your interests.
You might like to experience the local trade by going out on a boat and trying your hand at fishing. You might want to go on a short cruise to spot local wildlife, including birds and dolphins, or you might want to hire a kayak and get out and about on your own. Alternatively, you can travel to other Cornwall attractions from small museums to international venues. 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.
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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.
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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. During foggy weather, it’s also very loud.
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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.
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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.
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