Visit Cornwall - Cornwall's official tourist board website. Lots of information about exploring Cornwall; maps, thing to do, transport, outdoor activities.
English Heritage - Cares for historic monuments, buildings and places.
National Trust - There are many beautiful and interesting NT sites in this part of Cornwall. This website link will give access to some. See also some specific links below.
Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - Information about the Tregonning Hill area and many others including Botallack and Geevor in Penwith.
Dog-friendly beaches - not an exhaustive list but a helpful resource.
Local Weather and tides (Praa Sands) - Official Meteorological Office Weather – includes, Local and regional weather forecast, sunrise, sunset, tides.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust - Lots of information and events to participate in.
Cornwall Guide to Birdwatching - Information on locations - downloadable PDF map and info.
Cornwall Birding - Regularly updated info on sightings.
Public Transport and more
Bus Service , First Direct - The local service is U4; Penzance-Helston-Penryn - from Ashton or Germoe.
National Rail Enquiries - GWR and Cross Country. Most convenient railway station is Penzance where there is also the bus station and a taxi rank.
Travel to the Isles of Scilly Operated by Isles of Scilly Travel - Scillonian III (ferry from Penzance) and Skybus (fixed wing aircraft from Lands End airport).
Porthleven Cycle Hire - Free delivery and collection to/from St. Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Porthleven, Helston and Lizard peninsula - minimum £60 order.
Penzance Cycle Centre - Proper bike shop with local knowledge and expertise.
Local Attractions and Places to Visit
St Michael's Mount - Marazion. World famous visitor attraction and considered by some to be the jewel in Cornwall's crown. This, the most famous of Cornwall's landmark, has a fascinating history, is steeped in both legend and folklore, has stunning panoramic views across Mount's Bay to Land's End and The Lizard, boasts a picturesque harbour and has a spectacular castle, complete with majestic gardens. The Mount is a complete family day out, with quite literally something for everyone.
Minack Theatre - Porthcurno. A unique open air theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. They have a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling.
Tate St Ives - Exhibitions of work by modern British artists with links to the St Ives area. Lovely location and coffee shop on the top floor. The Tate also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden .
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall - Falmouth. The Museum manages the National Small Boat Collection, which came from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich , in addition to its own collection of Cornish and other boats. Its mission is to promote an understanding of boats and their place in people's lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall.
Penlee House Gallery and garden - Penzance. Local history archaeology and the world-famous paintings of the Newlyn School artists. Excellent bookshop and cafe.
Land's End - Sennen. Seasonal attractions, restaurant and more. Also impressive cliffs and views to Longships lighthouse and rocks and the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.
Lizard Point (NT) - The Lizard. Britain’s most southerly point, the National Trust have a wildlife watch point. Good chance of seeing Choughs there! Visit the Lizard Wireless Station at Bass Point where Marconi undertook ground-breaking wireless experiments.
Kynance Cove (NT) - Lizard. Lovely unspoilt sandy cove with impressive serpentine rocks and caves especially at low tide. Cafe behind the beach. Large car park (NT) and walk down rocky paths to the beach quite steep in places. There is an easier route along a track – also quite steep in places. Daytime seasonal dog ban in summer – not early mornings or evenings.
Godolphin House (NT) - Godolphin Cross. Historic house gardens and woods. Nice walk to it along footpaths from our farm.
Chysauster (English Heritage) - Newmill. Ancient settlement: Romano-British courtyard village. Partially restored and managed by English Heritage. Closed in winter. One of many ancient sites in West Cornwall particularly in Penwith.
Especially for Families
Seal Sanctuary - Gweek. Rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for Seals. Pools with viewing areas including underwater windows. Also sea lions, otters, ponies, sheep and goats. Open all year.
Paradise Park - Hayle. Wildlife sanctuary. Mostly birds but also Otters, Penguins, Red Pandas and small farmyard animals pigmy goats, donkeys, pigs etc. Flying displays owls, hawks, eagles. Jungle barn for indoor play. Excellent attraction for families and informative website. Open all year.
Flambards Theme Park - Helston. Large theme park with lots of rides and attractions. Limited opening times in winter. .
Geevor Tin Mine - Pendeen. The largest preserved tin mine in the country on the cliffs in the very west of Cornwall. Lots to see, underground trips. Open all year.
Telegraph Museum - Porthcurno. This was once the centre of international telecommunications with the largest telegraph station in the world. The site has been transformed into a fascinating museum telling the story of global telecommunications from the first practical use of electricity to how we communicate today, using fibre optic cables. Roger's Great-Grandfather was Superintendent at the Telegraph Station during its formative years from 1877 to 1911. Very informative visitor attraction and website. Open all year
Poldark Mine - Wendron, near Helston.. Underground tours. Deep mine tours need to be booked in advance. Informative website. Open air museum. Open Sat only in winter.
King Edward Mine Museum - Camborne. Provides an insight into Cornwall's long mining heritage They have restored the building to house the original Holman winding machinery (for the headframe above the mineshaft). Closed in the winter.
The Mermaid - Penzance. Scenic and fishing trips.
Marine Discovery - Penzance. Wildlife boat tour on catamaran. .
St Ives Boats - St Ives. Trips to Godrevy, Seal Island and more. .
Scenic Flights - Land's End Airport .
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden - Penzance. Sheltered valley garden, woods, streams, exotic plants and sculptures set within the gardens. Viewpoints down the valley with St Michael’s Mount in the distance. Kitchen garden cafe and art gallery. Closed for the winter – reopens in Feb. 2019. Dogs on leads welcome.
Trebah Garden - Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. Sub-tropical valley garden on the north side of the Helford estuary. Streams and pools running down to a private beach. Lots of exotic plants. Open all year. Dogs on leads welcome including on the beach.
Glendurgan Garden (NT) - Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. On the north side of the Helford estuary, valley garden running down to a small beach (safe swimming). Not open Nov. to Feb. Reopens 16th Feb 2019. Assistance dogs only. .
Trengwainton Garden (NT) - Penzance. Closed in the winter. Reopens Feb. Closed some days of the week so check opening times before visiting. Dogs on leads welcome. .
Trewidden Garden - Penzance. Cornish garden with lots of rare plants trees and shrubs. Especially good in Spring - lots of Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Open March through to the end of September 7 days a week. Dogs welcome. .
Trelissick Garden (NT) - Feock, near Truro. House and garden set on the Fal estuary. Gardens and miles of walks, parkland, woodland and riverside also Trelissick beach with lovely views down to Falmouth. No dogs in the garden but dogs are welcome in the rest of the 300 acre estate. .
Places to eat
These are just some of the places we, or our visitors, have enjoyed. Most of these local restaurants support local suppliers
Sandbar - Praa Sands. Comfortable place to relax and enjoying the view across Praa Sands. Bar food and local beers available. Plenty of space, child and dog friendly.
Kota Restaurant - Porthleven. Chef/owner Jude Kereama is a New Zealander who has won awards for his restaurants in both London and Auckland before moving down to Cornwall. Chosen to represent the South West in Great British Menu, Jude and his wife Jane, who heads up the front of house, strive to give their customers an experience to remember. They also own and run Kota Kai, which offers a more relaxed and family friendly menu.
Seadrift - Porthleven. Very highly recommended by quite a few of our visitors. (dog friendly). Chris the chef produces over 10 different fish dishes daily, plenty of steak choices and many varied vegetarian choices, excellent coffee and cakes served all day long.
Queens Arms - Breage. A traditional family friendly public house, overlooking the 15th century parish church, featuring beamed ceilings and three open fireplaces.
The Packet - Roseudgeon. The chef (Matt) has won several awards for his cooking. At The Packet, Matt packs the menu full of local produce.
Polpeor Cafe - The Lizard. Great location with stunning views at Britain’s most southerly point. Check opening times out of season. Child and dog friendly.
Potager Garden Cafe - Constantine. A refurbished wooden greenhouse provides shelter and sustenance. With books, newspapers and more table games, the café offers homemade breakfasts, cakes, lunches, teas and ice cream.
Fat Apples Cafe - St Keverne. Mouth-watering crab salads and sandwiches, tasty apple pie, scones and gateau, great espresso, apple tea or hot chocolate. The cosy atmosphere of this place makes customers feel relaxed and have a nice time. Child and dog friendly.
Roskilly's - St Keverne. A real, working, organic Cornish Dairy farm. Meet the animals, stroll around the meadows, enjoy the tranquillity by the ponds and of course, sample Roskilly's award winning ice cream in their cafe. Daily milking is between 0830-1030, watch the cows being milked from the viewing gallery. Excellent cafe with inside and outside seating in attractive yard. Dogs welcome.
Victoria Inn - Perranuthnoe. Daily menu utilises the excellent wealth of local produce available each season within close proximity to the inn. Child-friendly and offer a good, healthy children’s menu as well as smaller portions of some of the main menu dishes. Dogs are also welcome in the bar and garden.
The Cabin Beach Cafe - Perranuthnoe. Situated in a small field just above the sea it has lovely views of the beach and the surrounding coastline and countryside. The coast path passes it just 50 yards up the lane and some of The Cabin's most frequent customers are local walkers. Reasonably priced children's options on the menu. Dog-friendly.
The Tinners Arms - Zennor. Thirteenth century inn with cosy bar and roaring log fire (in winter). Great place to visit. Park and walk to Zennor Head – a short easy walk to a beautiful rugged headland. Sunny beer garden, lots of seating, great countryside views. Thursday Folk Night session. Good local food and great beer. Child and dog friendly.