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What to do in Cornwall

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Cornwall is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Both casual and fine dining are within easy reach of Tresillian House.

Our Favorite places to eat in and around Newquay:   Owner operated small restaurant, 6 people max. Great location looking out on Fistral beach.   Our closest restaurant, delicious Sunday lunches and more.   Newley renovated, three restaurants so something for everyone.   Very lucky to have this one on our doorstep, amazing bread, pastries, coffee and much more.

Further afield, why not make a day of it and incorporate lunch or dinner into your day out.  (36 miles)   New restaurant, another owner operated venue which shows on the plate and service. Odd location but if it's amazing food you're after this is at the top of our list.  (25 miles)   Tiny fish restaurant with a few tables outside, the owner's father is a fisherman so he brings in the freshest fish...... it's a cracker. (30 miles)   Quite literally farm to table, flawless in our opinion. They have a few rooms, make outstanding sourdough and other provisions. (24 miles)   Great pub, great location, great food. (20 miles)   15th century inn, lovely setting. Cooking over fire is the thing here, top notch it is too. (17 miles)    Owner operated; small sharing plates make up the menu. Odd location but the food makes up for it. (37 miles)   One of the benchmarks in the gastro pub world. Stunning food, if you go do venture down to the coast it's breathtaking.





Tresillian House  is located near to some of the finest beaches in the country. 

To the West of Newquay

Crantock (6 miles)
Wide beach with sand dunes between Newquay and West Pentire. Turn left at Quintrell Downs and take A3075 coast road, then turn right just after Newquay. Keep going through Crantock village until you get to the National Trust car park by the beach. Excellent surfing. Wetsuits and surfboards available for hire.

Holywell Bay (7 miles)
Nice family beach with sand dunes. Fun Park with Crazy Golf, Go Carts, Panning for Gold etc.  Tel: 01637 830095 (

Polyjoke Beach (6 miles)
Small cove with sandy beach between Crantock and Holywell Bay. Park at West Pentire and walk down. There is a wind-up gramophone shop located by the car park with a fine collection of old gramophones from 1900 to 1940 for sale together with records. Contact John Sleep on tel. 01637 830 415 (

Perranporth (11 miles)
Seaside town with lots of shops and large sandy beach.  Airfield nearby.


To the East of Newquay

Lusty Glaze Beach Newquay, TR7 3AE (4 miles)
Adventure centre with surfing, abseiling, rock climbing, zip wire, cliff activities and massage. Beachside restaurant and bar.

Watergate Bay (5 miles)
Home of the Extreme Sports Academy which teaches surfing and para-gliding. There are trampolines with bungee jumps, various restaurants and shops selling clothes, wetsuits and surfboards etc. Polo on the beach now an annual event.  (

Porth Beach, TR7 3NH (4.5 miles), and Mawgan Porth (8miles towards Padstow) – both beautiful and most enjoyable.


South Coast

Polkerris (18 miles)

Small village with nice pub called the Rashleigh Inn which is next to the beach and is sheltered by the harbour wall.   Beautiful coastal walk to Fowey via Polridmouth (pronounced Pridmouth) which features in Daphne du Maurier’s book Rebecca.  Polridmouth can also be accessed by road. Park in field at Menabilly Barton and walk last 1/2 mile to beach.

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Cornwall is home to many iconic attractions and many more hidden treasures.

Dairyland (1/4 mile)
Swings, slides, indoor play gym (opposite Tresillian). Much appreciated by children of all ages.


Trerice (1 mile)
An Elizabethan manor house belonging to National Trust with fine interiors and garden. Open every day except Saturdays. Walk down lane beyond barns next to tennis court and keep going past Trevarthian Farm (dog will bark at you, but Mark the owner is friendly) and turn left at road to Trerice which is 200 yards on right.

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum (10 miles), Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG
A collection of Victorian mining equipment and a functioning water pumping station with view into a working clay pit.


Royal Cornwall Museum (12 miles), River Street, Truro,TR1 2SJ – Display of objects from Cornwall’s past from prehistoric times to present day including a fine collection of minerals, an Egyptian mummy and some excellent Cornish paintings.


Camel Trail 
Hire bicycles in Wadebridge (14 miles) and bicycle along the Camel Estuary to Padstow (5.5miles) or Bodmin (5.7miles) along a disused railway line. Hire bikes from Bike Smart , Eddystone Road. Wadebridge, PL27 7AL. Tel: 01208 814545 – ( –


Eden Project (13 miles), Bodelva, near St Austell, PL24 2SG
Millennium project with three large biomes in a clay pit full of trees and plants from tropical rain forests and Africa. Worth visiting on a rainy day.


Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre (15 miles)


Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, PL26 6EN (17 miles)
One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK with restored Victorian walled garden and beautiful mature shrubs. Mevagissey is a pretty seaside town with ferry to Fowey.


Trelissick Garden, near Truro, TR3 6QL (18 miles)
National Trust house with beautiful gardens, glorious coastal views, and a range of excellent trees to climb.


Camel Valley Vineyard, near Bodmin, PL30 5LG (18 miles)
Award winning vineyard producing wine and champagne since 1989.

  • Guided Tours at 2.30pm, Monday-Friday between 1st April and 30th September.

  • Grand Tour & Tasting every Wednesday evening at 5.00pm between 1st April and 30th October, with an additional tour at 5.00pm Thursdays throughout August.

  • Must book Tel: 01208 2077959


Lanhydrock (21 miles) Bodmin, PL30 5AD
A substantial National Trust Property dating back to Elizabethan times, extensively rebuilt fine Victorian kitchens.  Take A30 to Bodmin then A38 towards Liskeard and immediately right at roundabout to Lanhydrock.


Fowey (22 miles)
Beautiful old medieval town on Fowey estuary. River trips, nice walks, fishing etc. For fishing/ river trips call Dan Hicks on tel. 07792 20625908   (


National Maritime Museum (24 miles)

Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Very good collection of boats and an underwater room with windows looking over harbour floor.


Tate St Ives (33 miles) Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1TG
Beautiful seaside town with harbour and Tate Gallery with galleries of Cornish paintings and a good restaurant.


Tintagel (33 miles)
Medieval castle with earlier ruins from the Dark Ages, long associated with King Arthur, and Merlin; magical cliff top setting.

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