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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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Caerhays Castle, which is owned by the Williams family, is located in a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Cove on the south Cornwall coastline equidistant from Truro and St Austell.


It is home to a National Magnolia Collection and the gardens at Caerhays are a spring-time wonderland for visitors. The gardens are open to the public normally from February to the beginning of June, due to the gardens being a spectacular spring garden, although the garden is open to groups throughout the year with prior booking.


The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed Grade II. The origins of this historically important collection of Chinese plants can be traced back to the work of the great plant hunters Ernest Wilson (1876 - 1930) and George Forrest (1873 - 1932).


On weekdays for part of the open season there are organised tours of the main rooms in the Castle. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and there are normally 3 tours every afternoon (12.00, 1.30 and 3.00). Bear in mind that tours usually need to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.



Just yards away is Porthluney Cove, a favourite spot for families with young children. This is a fine sandy beach that offers a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the sound of waves lapping gently against the shoreline.


There is abundant parking and those just wishnig to visit the beach, rather than the estate, you only need pay for parking. A small beach shop selling ice creams is also right next to the beach.

Caerhays Castle & Estate

Age group: 5+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: Nr Mevagissey, PL26 6LY

TEL: 01872 501310


Gorran Haven 5 miles, Mevagissey 6 miles