27th July 2020

Post-lockdown explorations in Cornwall

UK staycations top the list of people's post-lockdown travel plans - so if you’re looking to visit us in Falmouth, Cornwall this summer, consider adding these activities to your itinerary. As we know, pre-booking is essential in this new norm, so be inspired and start planning your summer staycation today! 

We recommend that you also do your own research on each attraction before visiting so that you feel comfortable and confident in their own covid-19 procedures and prevention measures. 

Glorious Gardens

National Trust Gardens

National Trust gardens of Trelissick and Glendurgan are within easy reach. There are many fabulous National Trust properties throughout Cornwall – please check their website for pre booking and opening information. Trelissick can be reached by ferry from Falmouth – a picturesque alternative to taking the car (please note facemasks are currently required on all ferry trips from Falmouth at the moment).

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Bonython Estate Gardens

Situated on England’s southernmost Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate offers excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Magnificent shrubs, a walled garden, lakes and a woodland walk, enjoy the atmosphere of peace and calm.

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Trebah Gardens 

Located near Mawnan Smith, this Cornish valley garden has over 4 miles of footpaths, full of exotic plants. Experience a beautiful sub tropical valley garden leading down to the beach overlooking the Helford River.  Trebah can be reached by following the South West Coast Path from the hotel.

Booking is essential. 

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

Discovered under a tangle of weeds this 200 acre garden is bursting with history, mystery and romance. 

Booking is essential. 

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Walking and Cycling Circuits

Coast to Coast Trail – Devoran to Portreath

Following the route of the old Chacewater railway with this largely off road 11 miles each way trail.  Start at Devoran with parking at the start of the route and explore the route as you pass through historic mining areas before descending into the harbour village of Portreath.  Take a break on the beach with a pasty before returning to Devoran.

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South West Coast Path 

The South West Coast Path is a 630 mile long National Trail starting in Minehead, Somerset and finishing in Poole, Dorset.The Coast Path is just under a mile from The Royal Duchy Hotel. It is well known as one of the best walks in the world.

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Camel Trail 

Discover former stations, wave to steam trains on the Bodmin to Wenford Railway. Stop for a break as you pass through Wadebridge and continue on to the picturesque village of Padstow.  The route is mainly traffic free with a road section through Wadebridge.

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Cycling Routes

For the more adventurous Cornwall is perfect for cycling adventures.  Take on challenging hills, explore off the busy routes and find stunning scenery and picture perfect villages. There are plenty of spots for coffee and cake along nearly all routes! 

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Beautiful Beaches


Set at the far end of St Ives Bay, Cornwall, the National Trust's Godrevy beach is popular with surfers, families and walkers.

Godrevy Point and the surrounding Cornish coastline is an inspiration to all those who cast their gaze upon it, from day-trippers and wildlife-lovers to eminent modernist authors. 

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Blasted by the breeze off the Atlantic, the magnificent beach at Gwithian Towans is always a colourful scene of windsurfers on the water blokarts on the beach and kites in the sky. Backed by sand dunes tufted with wild grass, at low tide there is a vast amount of sand to enjoy and large areas of rock pools and caves are uncovered which are great for kids to explore.

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Nestling beautifully amongst rolling hills and areas of outstanding natural beauty, Perranporth with it's three miles of golden sands, clear waters, spectacular cliff walks and famous surf, attracts visitors from all over the world.

Perranporth village has evolved around the beach, and the golden sands are less than a couple of minutes walk from the shops and restaurants. The beach provides endless opportunities for relaxing, playing or simply taking a leisurely walk.

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Amazing attractions

National Maritime Museum

An award-winning museum with 15 galleries spread over five floors. These excellent exhibits bring to life the maritime history of or island nation, right up to the present day. There are lots of hands-on activities to try. Just a short walk from the hotel, the museum reopens on the 28th July with their new Monsters of the Deep exhibition. Booking essential.

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Pendennis Castle

Situated on the headland overlooking the hotel take a walk to the castle and explore the history of the site. Experience the sights and sounds of battle and climb to the top of the keep to scan the horizon for enemies, as you're transported back to wartime Cornwall.

You will need to book your timed tickets in advance.

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Flambards Theme Park

Flambards is Cornwall’s leading theme park. In Helston, Flambards offers rides, activities, entertainment, an indoor play area, an undercover museum and more.

Booking is essential. 

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These are only some of the things you can do in Falmouth, but every day here is unique and special, with so much to do and take in, no two days are the same.

If you’d like some Cornwall accommodation, see our offers for our latest low prices, or call us on 01326 313042 to arrange your stay.