Cornwall has a long history of the exceptionally wealthy and the exceptionally poor living side by side – if you’ve seen Poldark, you know what we’re talking about – and as such, there are countless engine houses and estates hidden in valleys and on cliff edges, just waiting to be explored.
Straight out of the rabbit hole, Antony House was used in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland adaptation and still retains its charm of English country gent, with just a touch of naughtiness thrown in. The early 18th century house sits at the top of the sweeping grounds, which descend down to the towards the Lynher Estuary, making Antony the prettiest of cake toppings you ever did see.
Torpoint, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Clinging to the cliffs in defiance against the sea are two of Cornwall’s most iconic engine houses. On the north cliffs at Botallack, these weather-beaten buildings are not only a symbol of the decline of Cornish mining, but the great risks that those in the industry once went to in order to make money. Now, you can walk down to the engine houses in hope of bumping into Aidan Turner with his broody smile, rather than in fear of going underground and never returning again.
St Just, Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom
St Michael’s Mount
Stuck off shore in Mount’s Bay and only accessible by a tidal causeway or boat, St Michael’s Mount – not to be confused with Mont Saint Michel in Brittany – is a rocky island crowned by a medieval church and castle. As with most places in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount is said to be the product of a giant enduring heartbreak, although nobody has yet proven this. A walk around the battlements provides excellent views of the area.
Marazion, Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Almost touching Porthmeor Beach, the Tate St Ives is a modernistic splendour of white and curves against the higgledy-piggledy houses haphazardly stumbling up the hill behind it. The lines of the Tate are clean and on a good day, it could blend in with the clouds lazily chugging across the summer sky.
Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Not only is Tregothnan House beautiful and the private garden is one of the finest in the country, but the team at Tregothnan make gorgeous tea on site. The grounds themselves are only open to the public once a year and tickets get scooped up like the last pasty going for £1 on a Friday afternoon, but it’s worth the battle. The tea, however, is sold all year round online and from many shops and tearooms around the county.
The Woodyard, Tresillian, Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.