Cornwall is well known for its magnificent landscapes and rich history and we visit both with this 5 day tour. Well explore Cornwalls diverse heritage, from miners to land owners, plus visit some of the countys prettiest towns.
We make our way to our base at the Newquay Esplanade Hotel with a suitable lunch stop along the way. On arrival, we'll be welcomed with a tea or coffee and given the chance to settle in before dinner.D
On this relaxed day, spend all your time exploring the attractions of Newquay, or join us on our morning excursion to Falmouth. This thriving harbour is the gateway to the beautiful Fal River, which runs through an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here, you could pay a visit to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which houses a huge collection of boats and retells the stories of intrepid explorers, or alternatively explore the Fal estuary on a ferry to the charming town of St Mawes. If you're feeling energetic, why not take a stroll up the to one of Henry VIII's clifftop coastal fortresses. At Pendennis Castle you'll get some amazing views and learn all about the castle's role in defending England in Tudor times, the Napoleonic wars and even the Second World War!B, D
This morning we take a drive to St Ives, the picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town with a subtropical paradise of palm trees, golden sands and breathtaking coastal scenery. It's no wonder that artists have been attracted to its shores for decades to capture its natural beauty. We will have time to explore the town and its attractions, including numerous galleries and exhibitions, four fabulous beaches with the UK's mildest climate, a working harbour and plenty of shops, cafes and eateries. Being one of only four Tate galleries in the world, Tate St Ives was opened in recognition of the international importance of art in Cornwall, and St Ives in particular. You could decide to spend time here or at the equally fascinating Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, where sculptures in bronze and limestone are exhibited in tranquil gardens.
After lunch, we make a short journey to Geevor Tin Mine at Pendeen. A working mine from the 18th century up until 1990, Geevor offers a mix of information on both the historic and modern workings on the site. It was here that the producers of Poldark received technical advice and period tools and fans of the series may like to take a short walk across the clifftop to see sites used as Ross' beloved Wheal Leisure! Geevor offers underground tours, a modern museum, plus the chance to explore the former workings.
Finally, we use the opportunity of being in the south west of Cornwall to make a short stop at Lands End before we commence our return journey to the hotel. The dramatic views across the Atlantic from England's most westerly point are not to be missed!
Today we will visit the National Trust's Lanhydrock House, an impressive late Victorian home and gardens. After a fire in 1881, Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes filled Lanhydrock with the latest technology, including state-of-the-art ovens and warming cupboards in the kitchen and dining areas, central heating systems and fire hydrants. We can see the fascinating contrast between the upstairs and downstairs worlds by exploring the kitchens and servants' quarters as well as the grand family spaces. It's not just the house at Lanhydrock that's 'listed': the gardens are as well. With over 1,000 acres of parkland, woods and riverside paths and plenty of flora and fauna to discover, from flowers to fungi and bugs to bats, wildlife spotters will be in their element.
After spending a relaxing time here, we travel to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway at Bodmin General Station for a return journey to Boscarne Junction. Board the steam train for a leisurely journey through scenic Cornish countryside, evocative of a 1950s branch line.
We depart our hotel today and journey back to Kent, making a break en route for lunch.B
B=Breakfast Included, D =Dinner Included
4 nights half board at the Newquay Esplande Hotel
Choice of 3 course menu
Full cooked breakfast
Free use of the leisure facilities
Welcome tea or coffee on arrival
Entertainment on three evenings
Entrance to Geevor Tin Mine & Landhydrock House & Gardens
Free time in St Ives, Lands End*, Falmouth & Newquay
Return journey on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway
*Please note: Entrance to some attractions at Lands End are payable at an additional cost.
Situated at the south end of the world famous Fistral beach and standing in its own grounds, the 3 star Esplanade Hotel in Newquay offers dramatic Atlantic views from the reception, lounge and restaurant. It offers up-to-date facilities with a professional and friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. Comfortable ensuite bedrooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Enjoy a drink in the Pebbles bar and meals in the Ocean View restaurant. For your added relaxation, there is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Although the hotel is on the outskirts of Newquay, there is a bus stop opposite the hotel with a regular service into the town centre.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashford|| Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford |
|Canterbury|| St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks |
|Deal|| South Street, Deal |
|Dover|| Market Square, Dover |
|Faversham|| Railway Station, Faversham |
|Folkestone|| Bus Station Bay D, Folkestone |
|Hawkinge|| Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge |
|Herne Bay|| Bus garage High Street, Herne Bay |
|Hythe North Bound|| Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe |
|M2 Medway North Bound|| M2 Medway Services, North Bound |
|Maidstone|| Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park, |
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
|Rainham|| Bus stop next to St Margaret's Church, Rainham |
|Sandgate|| Outside Royal Norfolk Pub, Sandgate |
|Sittingbourne|| Railway Station, Sittingbourne |
|Walmer|| Thompson Bell pub, Walmer |
|Whitstable|| Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable |
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