Cornwall’s landscape lends itself so beautifully to long walks, picnics, beach days and water sports; that’s something we love. However some days we crave something different….
Knowledge building, inspiration, fuelling your creativity or just pure enjoyment. Cornwall has far more to offer than just beaches…
So with that in mind, here’s our run down of the best museums, historical houses, galleries and workshops.
Tate, St Ives – St Ives
Well, we might as well start with the big one. The iconic Tate, St Ives, a modern art gallery overlooking Porthmeor beach in St Ives and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the ever-changing exhibitions, 2018 will see specials on Virginia Woolf and Patrick Heron, and a long-standing display of the history of modern art in St Ives.
National Maritime Museum – Falmouth
Designed by architect M. J. Long and located near Events Square overlooking the River Fal, there is a fascinating display of maritime heritage. There are 15 galleries over five floors exploring the influence of the sea on all walks of life.
Each year they introduce a new major exhibition and for 2018 it’s ‘Titanic Stories’. A study of the momentous sinking on the 15th April 1912; delving into the myths and controversies that still surround one of the most tragic events of the 20th century.
Geevor Tin Mine – Pendeen
The largest preserved mine in the country and an important site in Cornish mining world heritage. Bring the whole family and go underground into a real 18th century tin mine.
Explore the changing room left almost untouched after the last miners came to the surface in 1990, take part in activities such as panning and learn about rocks and minerals in a fun and interactive way.
Porthminster Gallery – St Ives
A deceptively large contemporary gallery, showcases exceptional art from St Ives and the United Kingdom. Situated in a former pilchard warehouse just along Lambeth Walk, featuring a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, jewellery and glassware from renowned artists.
Owners David and Dee are proud to work with local ‘up and comers’. This gallery is a breath of fresh air and highly regarded by locals and visitors alike.
Barnoon Workshop – St Ives
St Ives has attracted artists for many years. We are frequently told our little town is ‘bathed in brilliant light’ and this is the reason why many prominent artists, such as the famed Barbara Hepworth, have taken up residence here over the years.
Now it’s your turn… Offering a wide range of creative art and craft classes for all abilities and ages. From drawing, foraging for treasures to making beach mobiles, felting, printing, painting, soap making and even guitar lessons. Get enrolled and get involved.
St Michael’s Mount – Marazion
A castle-topped rocky island rising out of the ocean is not something you’ll forget easily and the kids will love visiting to. Completely cut off from the mainland when the tide is high, there are so many things to enjoy here you can plan a whole day out. A medieval castle, historic church, coastal gardens, little shops and a lovely café, there’s something for everyone.
Try to catch low tide on your arrival or departure and you can walk the little stone path back to the mainland. It truly feels like a fairy tale as you walk barefoot through the low water surrounded by the sea.
Levant Mine – Pendeen
Well preserved houses and an existing working steam beam engine mean you can get a real taste of 18th Century mining Cornwall. Part of the National Trust’s collection, this is one of the most ancient hard-rock tin and copper mining areas in the West Country. Book in with a guided tour for an overview on the history of the site, maybe not suitable for the little ones as you will be taken down into the man engine tunnel where 31 men tragically lost their lives in 1919.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum – Porthcurno
An award-winning museum offering great interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations and family-friendly activities. In its day, Porthcurno was the largest and busiest telegraph station in the world. You’ll love exploring their famous WW2 tunnels and the cable hut that stands just above a lovely sandy beach that was the covering of the submarine telegraph cables.
Leach Pottery – St Ives
One of the most widely respected potteries is found in the little coastal town of St Ives. Many potters from across the world have come to train at this studio creating a unique international environment of clay and art. Exhibitions change throughout the year but the highlight of this studio are the courses. A range of experiences are welcome, is this the perfect opportunity to try your hand at ‘throwing’, glazing and sculpting?
For more advice or help on choosing holiday homes that are well located to explore these attractions why not talk to one of our team? They can guide you in the right direction…