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Whilst the beautiful landscape is a reason on its own to visit Cornwall, the arts and heritage scene is just as vibrant. A visit to the theatre or art gallery needn’t be without beautiful views or strong coastal connections - they often go hand in hand. If you’re after a break in Cornwall that adds art, theatre and history to your stay, look no further.
Found in the heart of Truro, you can spend the day exploring the Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibitions as well as the changing exhibitions and special events. There’s also a lovely cafe to pop by for coffee and cake after a day of discovery.
Stand on the terrace with the house behind you and drink in the breathtaking views of the Carrick Roads. Explore the house with its incredible orangery and meander the pathways throughout the gardens. There are also woodland walks for those who fancy a longer stroll.
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Thanks to it’s beautiful golden sands and crystal clear blue waters, St Ives has drawn artists from across the world for many years. The strong artistic heritage in St Ives makes the small coastal town a natural home for the Tate - a spectacular building found on the beach front. Showcasing leading exhibitions from world renowned artists as well as distinguished local makers, and with uninterrupted views of Porthmeor beach it combines all that makes St Ives so unique.
Penzance & Newlyn
Despite the historic connections to the Newlyn painters, both galleries showcase contemporary works. Newlyn Art Gallery has two main galleries and is just moments from the water front whilst The Exchange is nestled in the heart of Penzance and has a lovely shop and cafe. Take your swimming cossie with you for a dip in the town’s stunning art-deco lido after your cultural fix.
High above the Atlantic Ocean, nestled amongst outstanding gardens is the Minack Theatre. From drama to comedy the open air theatre has a varied programme of shows throughout the season - and the performances go beyond the stage as you can spot dolphins and seals out to sea and twinkling shooting stars as the sky darkens.
The largest theatre in the county, it showcases world-class touring performances. The venue has a jam-packed programme of performances throughout the year from ballet and drama to musicals and comedy and contemporary dance there’s a little something for everyone.
Cornwall is renowned for its mining heritage and you can still see the old mining chimneys and buildings dotted across the county. The hugely successful BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels Poldark has put Cornwall’s illustrious mining history back on the map so it only seems fitting we recommend a trip to Poldark Mine. Explore underground in Wheal Roots, a real 18th century tin mine and discover all about Cornish mining in the Heritage Museum.
After full day spent filling up on Cornwall’s art and culture, a relaxing soak in the tub, a hearty meal and a cosy bed awaits. Make The Alverton your Cornish home for the duration of your holiday and check out our current hotel offers.