Southeast Cornwall attractions

Top Choice Nature Centre in St Austell

Eden Project

Built at the bottom of a china clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project – the world's largest greenhouses – have become Cornwall's most famous landmark, and an absolutely essential visit. Looking rather like a…
Top Choice Gardens in St Austell

Lost Gardens of Heligan

This is Cornwall's real-life secret garden. Formerly the family estate of the Tremaynes, Heligan's magnificent 19th-century gardens fell into disrepair following WWI, but have been splendidly restored by the brains …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Rame Peninsula

Rame Head

A great bulk of rock topped by a picturesque clifftop chapel, Rame Head is another of Cornwall's most majestic coastal viewpoints, with a jaw-dropping 360-degree panorama stretching east towards Plymouth Sound and t…
Top Choice Beach in Rame Peninsula

Whitsand Bay

Small coves dot the coastline of the Rame Peninsula, but for a proper stretch of sand, this huge – and undervisited – bay is the place. Pronounced whitsand (and not to be confused with its namesake near Sennen), it'…
Top Choice Museum in Charlestown

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Charlestown's seagoing heritage is explored at this fascinating museum, which houses a massive collection of objects and ephemera recovered from more than 150 shipwrecks – ranging from telescopes, muskets, scrimshaw…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charlestown

Port of Charlestown

It's been off-limits for many years to everyone except film crews, but since spring 2017 Charlestown's historic port has reopened to the public. You can now wander round the Georgian quays, and with a bit of luck, s…
Gardens in Mevagissey

Caerhays Castle

On the hills above the gentle crescent of Porthluney Beach, this crenellated country mansion was originally built for the Trevanions and later remodelled under the guidance of John Nash (who designed Buckingham Pala…
Castle in St Austell

Restormel Castle

High on a hilltop above Lostwithiel, 9 miles from St Austell on the A390, the ruined castle of Restormel was built by Edward the Black Prince (the first Duke of Cornwall), although he only stayed there twice during …
Island in Looe

Looe Island

A mile offshore from Hannafore Point is densely wooded Looe Island (officially known as St George's Island), a 9-hectare nature reserve and haven for marine wildlife. You can explore on foot, or book a guided walk w…
Village in Rame Peninsula

Cawsand & Kingsand

While many of the coastal villages have become gentrified to the point of being unrecognised, these twin villages still genuinely feel like the fishing ports they were of old. A string of stout-walled granite cottag…