Cornish Gems Teams up With CHT
Cornwall Heritage Trust
There’s so much more to Cornwall than Cornish cream teas and beaches, although we love both! Cornish Gems have teamed up with Cornwall Heritage Trust to provide an exclusive opportunity to our guests to discover and explore some of the most iconic sites in Cornwall. Our guests now have the opportunity to choose an annual family membership to the Cornwall Heritage Trust as their complimentary welcome gift.
With historic and culturally significant sites across the county there’s plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the heritage and legacies of Cornwall.
A Family Friendly Day Out
Pendennis Castle is situated majestically overlooking the mouth of the River Fal in Falmouth. All ages will enjoy wandering through the castle absorbing its fascinating history. From Henry VIII through Civil and Napoleonic wars, the castle last saw action against the German Luftwaffe in the Second World War. Although, if you’re lucky you may get to see one of the cannons being fired while you’re there.
There is free parking, a friendly cafe serving Cornish treats and light bites and a gift shop. Climb the narrow stone stairs and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the Tudor keep. You can even see another Cornwall Heritage Trust castle over the river in St Mawes.
Off the Beaten Track
Fifteen minutes walk from Jubilee car park in Wadebridge town centre is Trevanion Culverhouse. Built in the 13th or 14th century, this dovecote features nesting boxes built into the interior walls. If you look up you can see the sky through the birds access hole in the conical roof. Surprisingly nestled in a housing estate, this is the Trusts’ smallest site.
Round off your day with a wander around the antique shops and cafes. If you’re hungry for more heritage you could even visit St Breock Downs Monolith, just 3 1/2 miles away.
Doggy Days Out
On the summit of Castle Downs near St Columb Major you can find Castle-an-Dinas. With sweeping views across mid Cornwall, this Iron Age hillfort is steeped in history and Arthurian legend.
It’s not always easy to plan day trips with your canine best friend in tow. However, Cornwall Heritage Trust has several dog friendly sites, including Castle-an-Dinas, Hurlers Stone Circles and Sancreed Beacon. Please be mindful of gates and keep your dog on a lead if there are grazing animals nearby. More details can be found on the Cornwall Heritage Trust website.
Supporting our Community
Cornish Gems are proud to sponsor the Cornwall Heritage Trusts’ School Transport Grants. This initiative enables primary aged school children to visit the sites. The children are able to learn and develop an awareness and appreciation of the rich history of Cornwall.
A Cornwall Heritage Trust membership grants entry to five castles across the county. In addition, there are twelve sites of ancient and historical significance to visit. From Sancreed in Penwith to the Tamar Valley our guests can experience burial chambers, stone circles and a majestic viaduct.
Finally, supporting Cornwall Heritage Trust will help ensure that the beautiful landscape of Cornwall retains its historical features for generations to come.