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Our Top 10 National Trust Spots in Cornwall

Whether you're a member or simply love exploring, Cornwall has some stunning National Trust spots, from famous cliffs to grand manor houses.

We've narrowed it down to our top 10 National Trust spots in Cornwall that we think everyone should tick off their list at least once. Read on for our recommendations...

Botallack Mine

Cornwall is famed for its long-standing mining heritage. Experience a taster for life back in the tin mining days, with a visit to National Trust Botallack. Iconically perched on the weathered cliffs of Cape Cornwall, the old engine houses are battered by the power of the waves, but have stood the test of time. We’d recommend heading to Botallack for a wintery walk along the cliffs.

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Glendurgan Garden

Discover exotic plants, jungle-like lawns and blooming flowers at Glendurgan Garden. This botanical paradise even has a maze where you can lose yourself in true Alice in Wonderland style. Discover the charming hamlet set on the Helford River and make memories on the shingled beach. Everything about this National Trust property is so picturesque.

Lanhydrock House

Step back in time to the Victorian era at Lanhydrock country house and estate. The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the meticulously groomed gardens, uniform trees and out-of-town driveway will blow you away. Learn all about the devastating fire of 1881, tour the house and get a taste for the two sides of Victorian life, and wander around the surrounding woodland, cycle trails, riverside walks and vibrant higher gardens.

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Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Head to Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps for some of Newquay’s most spectacular coastline views. The famous Bedruthan Steps Beach is idyllic, off the beaten track and full of intrigue and mystery. The steps down to the beach are currently closed due to structural damage caused by the fierce waves below – adding yet more fascination to the spot. It is still definitely worth a visit though, with plenty of stunning seascapes and walks to other beaches in the Newquay area.

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Cotehele

Squirreled above the Tamar River sits Cotehele, a historic house that dates back to Tudor times. Step through the hallways and admire rooms decorated with tapestries, suits of armour, brass and old oak furniture, in keeping with the building’s past owners. A valley garden, working mill, ancient quay and pretty orchard home to apple and cherry trees will keep you occupied, and a trip to the Edgecumbe tea-room is a must!

 

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St Michael's Mount

This miniature island off the coast of Marazion is one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations, and we can see why! St Michael’s Mount, home to a castle, church and small community, floats majestically with just a cobbled causeway connecting it to the mainland. At low tide, stroll freely by foot to the mount as the Cornish ocean parts for your arrival. However, when the tide comes in the only way you’ll return to the seaside town of Marazion is by boat (or if you’re feeling adventurous, by swimming back).

Trerice

Trerice is a tranquil National Trust spot settled neatly in the north Cornish countryside that has remained authentic and unspoilt over the years. The house and gardens are a delightful example of Elizabethan architecture and design. Admire the charming interiors and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

 

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St Anthony's Head

Fall head over heels in love with The Roseland with a trip to St Anthony’s Head. The views across the River Fal, secluded coves and crystal clear waters in this part of Cornwall are second to none. This National Trust area is especially appealing for those interested in military history. Dotted around the stunning coastal paths are old guns, batteries and forts.

 

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Trelissick

Maritime views across the Fal estuary await at Trelissick, a country house and garden with paths through winding woodland and dog-friendly walks. If you’re looking for a picturesque stroll through countryside, parkland and woods, this National Trust spot is perfect. The house itself also has plenty to offer visitors, from a lovely little café serving teas, coffees, cakes and light bites, to a second-hand book shop and art gallery.

 

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Wheal Coates

Ramble along the north Cornish coast and discover incredible old mine buildings at Wheal Coates. Just up from Chapel Porth Beach, explore the famous Towanroath engine house. As night falls, this coastal location offers uninterrupted views of a star-scattered sky.

 

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