King Charles Castle (Cornwall)
King Charles’s Castle is a ruined artillery fort on Tresco built between 1548 and 1551 to protect the Isles of Scilly from French attack.
A semi-hexagonal structure to provide a wide field of fire and two-storey to give at least two tiers of guns. The domestic quarters for the garrison were at the rear.
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- Great Par Beach is a semi-circular sandy beach with some rocks on the west coast of Bryher and is also sometimes referred to as Great Porth after the bay. The beach is more rugged than the calmer eastern coast and this is just about as west as you can go in England, with the exception of some of the rocky islands you can see. A great place for sunsets and watching visits from seals. Bryher is only a small island and so you have access to a shop and food.
- Rushy Bay beach is white sandy and on the southern tip of Bryher. Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly. Looking out to sea and you have the Samson and Puffin Islands, while to the east, over Hangman Island, is Tresco. No facilities listed. We have no dog information for Rushy Bay beach.
- Tresco Abbey Gardens are located over 17 acres on the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. The gardens were established in the nineteenth-century by Augustus Smith. At the entrance to the garden is the Visitor Centre with a gift shop, a cafeteria and a history room.
- Round Island, the most northerly outpost of the Scillies is a 40m mass of granite, the top forming a platform on which Trinity House built a lighthouse and dwellings in 1887 under conditions of extreme difficulty. The sheer rock face made the unloading of building materials almost impossible. Today the only access, apart from by helicopter, is by a flight of steps out into the solid rock.
- Samson is the largest uninhabited island in the Isles of Scilly that has some former stone cottages used when it was inhabited until 1855. Samson has two hills simply known as the North Hill and the South Hill and some good sandy beaches. The island, along with the nearby islands of Green Island, Puffin Island, Stony Island, and White Island was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for their biological characteristics and is a protected wildlife site. Boat trips to Samson are regularly available May through September although there are no amenities or services available, but guided walks are led by local experts.
- St Martin’s Bay Beach is a stretch of multiple bays and coves split by some rock outcrops, great sand backed by sand dunes. You have from the south Wine Cove, Great Bay, Little Bay and The Cove beaches. At the northern point, you have a sandbar that leads from The Cove to White Island. Out in the bay, you have a few rocks, Little Merrick Ledge, Great Merrick Ledge and Anthony. This is an unspoilt part of the St Martin’s coast which due to the sheltered beach is great for swimming and snorkelling, although you will not find any facilities.
- Lawrence’s Bay beach is a long south-facing sandy beach that stretches the length of the island between Higher Town and Lower Town. The beach is backed by sand dunes and at low tide you get plenty of rockpools to explore. This is a long beach and facilities are close by within either Higher Town or Lower Town.
- Bant’s Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village. The remains of an Iron Age village in a scenic location. With a Bronze Age burial mound, entrance passage and inner chamber.
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- Karma St. Martin’s is a 1-minute walk from the beach and is just 40 yards from the beachfront in St Martins. This charming property features a spa, bar and restaurant, and offers rooms with sea views. Each bright room has an attractive decoration with nautical touches and all rooms have free WiFi, heating, a flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
- Star Castle Hotel is just a short 5-minute walk from Hugh Town and the beach. The hotel is nestled on the Garrison, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi for all guests, a heated indoor swimming pool, complimentary golf and tennis.
- The Atlantic is a 1-minute walk from the beach. On the beautiful Hugh Town seafront of St Mary’s Island, The Atlantic offers bright, individually decorated rooms and fresh, seasonal food. The ferry terminal is just 5 minutes’ walk away and operates to and from Penzance.
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