Visit Cornwall

There's Plenty to See and Do

It’s easy to see why Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular getaways. Magnificent coasts surround pretty fishing villages with their beautiful waters, enriched by a temperate, sunny climate. Some of the country’s most stunning landscapes and subtropical gardens can be found here, while world-class attractions like the Eden Project mark it as a tourist hotspot without compare.

Situated in St. Mawes, The Ship & Castle Hotel brings a homely charm to the harbour it is settled on. Overlooking the Percuil River, its picture-postcard Cornish locale is yours to explore at your leisure. Surrounding whitewashed houses paint a serene image, while quaint winding lanes and local shops offer plenty of scope for lazy strolls, while welcoming pubs and eateries make for the perfect stop off in between.

The Ship & Castle Hotel offers the perfect base to adopt the relaxed, peaceful way of life the Cornish value so highly. Amble from through the small streets, stopping to peruse the windows of local shops, and when that gets too much, settle in for a pint of the area’s much-loved ale.

St. Mawes Castle has been standing for over 550 years and provides a great day out for the whole family – loads of fun for the kids, and dogs are welcome, too.  

What else does the surrounding area offer? Just 15 miles away, charming Truro is the closest major city and stands untouched by the imposing high-rise buildings of other English cities. Expect historic buildings and narrow streets that give a glimpse of the England of old, adding a folksy ambience to your time here. A different pace, but one that’s still classically Cornish, Newquay is a surfing paradise complete with huge waves, and surf schools for all abilities if you fancy dipping a toe in its favourite pastime.

For art and culture, there’s plenty of gems here too. Half an hour’s drive from The Ship & Castle is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, providing a feast of tropical flora and provincial greenery that’s a must-see attraction.

The rugged Cornish landscape makes it a place of mystery, where myth and magic take precedence. Blessed by a storied literary history, Sherlock Holmes ventured here in some of his stories, while Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds used Cornwall as a backdrop for her iconic tale. Tintagel Castle, shrouded in myth, is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, while the Bodmin Moor offers an eerie opportunity to experience the place the Beast of Bodmin is long thought to have resided. 

If this journey through Cornwall’s well-worn paths and unique history has you intrigued, head over to The Ship & Castle’s dedicated page here for more information, or to view the available rooms of this quaint hotel, click here and get your next adventure started.

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