What's open and where can I go? After months of lockdown, Cornwall is finally open and welcoming visitors to its beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages and stunning gardens. But things aren't completely back to "normal" - here's your guide to what is open for your Summer 2020 holiday in Cornwall.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Just 15 minutes from The Cornwall Hotel are these exceptional gardens, spread across 200 acres of rolling countryside near the fishing village of Mevagissey. Part of a family estate for over 400 years, the gardens were lost to Mother Nature at the outbreak of the first World War, but were rediscovered in 1990 and restored to their former glory. Featuring nationally-recognised plant collections, a tropical jungle, Victorian vegetable gardens and plenty of free play opportuities for the little ones, this garden is well worth a visit.
It reopened in mid June after the COVID-19 shutdown and now operates a pre-booked ticketing system to facilitate social distancing. See the Lost Gardens of Heligan website for details and to book your tickets.
This working fishing port dates back to the late 1700s, and has featured in countless television dramas and international films, most recently in BBC One's Poldark. The Harbour closed early in 2020 due to the pandemic but is now fully open, giving free access to its beaches, eateries and traditional harbour. The ice-cream shops are open, the restaurants are serving food, and the sea is ready and waiting.
The Cornwall estate offers over 43 acres of mature woodland, manicured lawns, and wide open spaces to explore on foot. The grounds are open to guests all day and throughout the evening.
Just across the road from the Hotel is the Pentewan Trail, a cycling and walking path on the site of an old railway line, leading to the harbour and beach at Pentewan. Wander through the shady King's Woods, follow the babbling waters of the White River as you walk the level trail before cooling down with a paddle in the gently lapping South coast waters.
After months of closure, many of Cornwall's National Trust properties including Lanhydrock, Trerice and Trelissick are now open to the public. Discover historic houses, nationally-recognised gardens, ancient woodlands and fascinating stories from the past.
To comply with Government guidelines, visitors are asked to book their parking in advance (free for members). Learn more and book your visit on the National Trust website.
This iconic eco-attraction, just a few miles from The Cornwall Hotel, is also now open for visitors, with prebooking essential.
Marvel at the wonders of the Tropical rainforest biome, relish the tranquillity of the Mediterranean biome and savour the colours, smells and textures of the extensive outdoor gardens. Toilet facilities are open and refreshments are available under the canopy between the biomes.
Book your Summer in 2020 at one of the region's top hotels
2020 has been a difficult year, with many twists and turns, tragedies and uncertainty. As we look towards a brighter and more hopeful future, The Cornwall Team have been working hard to ensure COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the Hotel and throughout the grounds. We're ready to welcome you back safely and would love to see you soon.