10 group travel ideas: iconic Cornish experiences

Date Posted: 26/03/2014

St Michael's Mount

Pictured: St Michael's Mount.

From towering castles, gardens and coastline steeped in ancient legends and folklore, Visit Cornwall highlights ten of the county’s most iconic experiences for groups to try this year.

1.    St Michael's Mount

Groups exploring the island world of St Michael’s Mount can discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of history whilst you stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked.

2.    Tate St Ives

Situated on Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony.

The gallery offers a programme that embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art, presenting temporary exhibitions, special commissions and works from the Tate Collection.

3.    Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle, steeped in ancient legend and mystery, and reputed to be the birthplace of King Arthur, is set high on the rugged north Cornwall coast, offering dramatic views.

Visitors can learn about the story of the castle and its inhabitants over the ages and can also visit nearby Merlin's Cave.

4.    Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden, located near Falmouth, is described as a sub-tropical paradise completed by a coastal backdrop and has been rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world.

This Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpaths promises a year-round experience for visitors, where you can follow tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River.

5.    Royal Cornwall Museum

Discover Cornwall’s culture from the ancient past to the present day as well as an unwrapped Egyptian mummy, explorers’ medicine chest and a wide range of Cornish and British art at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

The collection of minerals housed at the museum includes the largest specimen of liroconite ever found and a big gold nugget found at Perranarworthal.

Eden Project

Pictured: Sweetpeas in flower at the Eden Project.

6.    Eden Project

The Eden Project, near St Austell, is a global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

Inside the biomes, you can explore what’s reportedly the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls, and take a walk among the treetops on the rainforest canopy walkway.

7.    Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in gardens overlooking the panorama of Porthcurno Bay.

With a summer-long programme of plays, musicals and opera, theatre goers may even spot dolphins in the bay below.

8.    Geevor tin mine

Located in Pendeen on the dramatic Cornish coastline, Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Housed in two acres of listed buildings, Geevor’s collections and guides promise to bring the story of Cornwall’s industrial past to life.

9.    Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock in Bodmin boasts a late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate.

Here you can discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters, which offer a glimpse into life 'below stairs'; to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.

The extensive gardens also promise year-round colour.

10.    The Camel Trail

The 18-mile Camel Trail links Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin via a largely traffic-free route that follows an old railway track alongside the river Camel.

Great for cycling, walking and nature watching, the contrasts in scenery are striking, and access to country and seaside towns provides opportunities to visit local pubs and attractions.

These ten group travel ideas were compiled by Visit Cornwall. Group travel organisers arranging group holiday to Cornwall should visit the official tourist board website for assistance and planning.

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