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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Cornwall listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
Finding the best things to see and do on a Cornwall day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the historic and heritage links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next Cornwall activity.
- The Geevor Tin Mine is the largest preserved mining site in the UK, and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site! You can go underground into a real 18th-century tin mine, visit the interactive Hard Rock Museum that takes you through the fascinating story of Cornish Tin and Copper mining, and explore the mining buildings with their intact mining machinery. All of this set in a Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with fantastic coastal views and wildlife. The mine includes car parking, cafe and shop.
- St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned with medieval church and castle. One of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The island is managed by the National Trust and includes cafe/restaurant and shop. The gardens have limited opening times as they can’t cope with the large amount of summer visitors, see the National Trust website for more information.
- Jamaica inn was built in 1750 and extended in 1778 with a coach house, stables and a tack room assembled in an L-shaped fashion. The inn became a smugglers’ stopping point while they used approximately 100 secret routes to move around their contraband. Originally, the half-way house was alone on this part of the moor, but later a church, parsonage, and school were added by Mr. Kodd, the proprietor of the land, satisfying the area’s residents. Now a bed and breakfast, with a pub, a museum and a gift shop.
- St Catherine’s Castle is one of a pair of small artillery forts, built by Thomas Treffry approximately 1540. The D-shaped, stone fortification, equipped with five gun-ports for cannon, overlooked the mouth of the River Fowey. It was protected by a curtain wall and the surrounding cliffs. The castle was closed at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, although brought back into service in 1855 during the Crimean War, but it soon became obsolete and was abandoned. During the Second World War the castle was refortified and used to house a battery of naval guns, protecting the coast against the threat of attack. At the end of the conflict the castle was restored to its previous condition and is now managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction.
- The Telegraph Museum tells the story of how submarine cables from Porthcurno beach connected all corners of the world. The Telegraph Museum along with a large collection also includes the only complete working telegraph station left in the world. Visitors can explore:Eastern House, home to the World’s biggest telegraph station from the turn of the 20th Century. Grade II listed Cable House where the global network of cables came ashore. Secret World War Two tunnels, built to protect this critical communications hub from attack. The museum is open daily from Easter until the end of October and at various other times throughout the winter.