ATTRACTIONS – ART & HERITAGE
Tate St Ives – 01736 796226 – www.tate.org.uk/stives
The bold beautiful building of Tate St Ives with spectacular views over Porthmeor Beach displays British and international modern and contemporary art. The Tate is family friendly and offers a range of events and activities throughout the year. Enjoy views of the old town and menus based on premium Cornish produce in the Café.
Minack Theatre – 01736 810181 – www.minack.com
Cornwall’s theatre under the stars. Visit by day and explore this unique open-air theatre created from the Cliffside at Porthcurno. Entrance includes access to the theatre, gardens, café, exhibition, shop and daytime storytelling events. Or enjoy a performance in this remarkable setting. There’s something for everyone including, drama, opera, musicals, Shakespeare, comedy and concerts.
Barbara Hepworth Museum – 01736 796226 – www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum
This hidden gem in the heart of St Ives provides and opportunity to gain a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists. With a tranquil sculpture garden, museum and workshop this is where Hepworth lived and worked for over 20 years.
Leach Pottery – 01736 799703 – www.leachpottery.com
The Leach Pottery is probably the most famous and certainly the most influential studio pottery in the world.A museum has been created on site to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. Exhibition, gallery and shop spaces provide regular shows throughout the year featuring work by leading regional, national and international studio potters.
Pendennis Castle – 01326 316594 – www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis
The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. On your visit you can witness a Tudor gun deck in action and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post.
Tintagel Castle – 01840 770328 – www.english-heritage.org.uk/tintagel
Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. It’s wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and it’s fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip.
Poldark Mine – 01326 573173 – www.poldark-mine.co.uk
Unique prehistoric evidence of working for alluvial tin, the site of the first recorded TIN STAMPS in the Duchy (1493) and its 18th century tin mine makes Poldark one of Cornwall’s most important heritage sites. Poldark is one of Cornwall’s most popular mining heritage sites, with craft workshops run by local crafts people including jewellers, candle makers, pottery makers, ceramic painters and wood turners, there’s plenty to see and do.
Wheal Martyn – 01726 850362 – www.wheal-martyn.com
Witness modern mining in action, discover how the industry has changed over 250 years and the lives of those who lived and worked in the shadows of Cornwall’s famous ‘white pyramids’.
Geevor Tin Mine – 01736 788662 – www.geevor.com
Experience ‘real’ Cornwall at world famous Geever Tin Mine where tin was mined for 80 years, until it closed in 1990. Covering a massive 67 acres, Geever is now the Key Centre for the Western Region of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. It is the place to discover all about Cornwall’s rich mining past which shaped the world. A Day at Geever – is a day to remember.
Shipwreck & Heritage Centre – 01726 69897 – www.shipwreckcharlestown.com
Located in a historic china clay building, visitors get an insight into the history of Charlestown, heritage, rescue and shipwrecks. Walk through underground tunnels where clay trucks were pushed out to ships in the port. View animated scenes from village life in the past, artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks and climb aboard a real lifeboat.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum – 01736 810966 – http://www.porthcurno.org.uk/
For over 140 years Porthcurno has been at the centre of global communications… The first undersea telegraph cable that landed here in 1870 linked Britain to India, and by World War 2 Porthcurno was home to the largest and busiest telegraph cable station in the world. So much for children and adults to discover: secret WW2 tunnels, live talks & demos every day, family-friendly activities, hands-on exhibits, children’s play area and picnic areas, fantastic shop with gifts, hot and cold drinks and ice creams, and free interactive sculpture garden.
Royal Cornwall Museum – http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/
The collection at the Royal Cornwall Museum covers Egyptology (our famous unwrapped mummy), fine art and world cultures, as well as classical Greek and Roman objects. The Rashleigh Gallery contains a world-famous collection of minerals, the core of which was amassed by Philip Rashleigh of Menabilly at the end of the 18th century. It includes the largest specimen of liroconite ever found, and a large gold nugget found at Perranarworthal. The Museum’s decorative arts collection and old master drawings are also very strong, the latter chiefly due to Alfred de Pass.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum – 01736 363625 – www.penleehouse.org.uk
Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area’s unique, rich cultural heritage incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Newlyn Art Gallery and the former Penwith District Council.