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Top 10 Hidden Gems of West Cornwall
Posted on Jul 14, 2014

1) Greeb Farm, Land’s End

A perfectly restored 200 year-old farmstead located at the iconic westernmost point of Cornwall and England. Greeb Farm is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to a lovable collection of small animals; from chirpy chickens and playful piglets through to ‘Dylan’ and ‘Dougal’ the resident Land’s End llamas – Greeb has more than enough to intrigue visitors of all ages and origins.

Did you know? 6 months ago, rabbits unearthed Neolithic and Mesolithic arrowheads and flint scrapers over 8,000 years old at Greeb Farm!

Price: £3.00 (Adult) | £2.00 (Child)

Website: http://www.landsend-landmark.co.uk/

 

2) Lost & Found Fish, Penzance

Throughout the summer of 2014, pop-up fish restaurant, Lost & Found will occupy the charming Trevelyan House on arguably Penzance’s most historic road, Chapel Street. Bringing you fresh Newlyn fish, Cornish-grown vegetables and ingredients foraged on the cliff-tops and hedgerows of Penwith – it’s no surprise to see Lost & Found at capacity every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. 

Did you know? A start-to-finish approach typifies cooking at Lost & Found, with everything from bread and pasta to ice cream and cheeses made in-house!

Price: Starters - £6.00 | Mains - £12.00 | Sides - £3.00 | Desserts - £4.00

Website: http://www.lostandfoundfish.co.uk/

 

3) Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan

A tranquil, secluded and relatively unknown Cornish cove located just 3 miles South-East of Land’s End. Porthgwarra offers a small beach at low tide, but it’s most interesting features are the array of rock pools and caves – making this glistening Cornish cove a phenomenal location swimming and snorkeling.

Did you know? Porthgwarra is largely owned by Lord St Levan (of St Michael’s Mount)

Price: FREE

 

4) First & Last Inn, Sennen

The First & Last is one of the most famous Inns in Cornwall, not only for its mouth-watering real local ales and home-cooked food, but also for its notorious reputation since the 1600s of being the headquarters of smugglers and wreckers.

So, if it’s a pint and some tasty food in an authentic setting steeped in mystery and legend you’re looking for, look no further than The First & Last Inn – certainly a story for your colleagues when you’re back home!

Did you know? The First & Last Inn is thought to have been built around 7 centuries ago.

Price: Entry – FREE | Food/Drink – Varies

Website: http://www.firstandlastinn.co.uk/

 

5) Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The Minack Theatre is the most famous cliff-side open-air theatre in Great Britain and quite possibly the world. Whether it is a play in the evening, a concert by night or simply a look around followed by coffee and cake during the day – visiting this Cornish marvel is certainly one to tick-off your bucket list. The Minack has even attracted musician KT Tunstall and comedian Kernow King to perform at this breath-taking Cornish venue.

Did you know? The Minack Theatre over-looks the Atlantic Ocean and is a great place to spot Basking Sharks throughout July and August.

Price: Day visit - £4.50 (Adult) | £3.50 (Over 60) | £2.50 (Child)

Website: http://www.minack.com/

 

6) The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Having recently received a £2 million refurbishment, The Godolphin Arms pub and restaurant overlooks the infamous St Michael’s Mount; on a sunny summers afternoon, there is no better backdrop for a drink and a bite to eat.

A particular favourite on the menu is the Tribute beer battered Cod, chips, homemade tartar sauce with minted mushy peas at only £10 - delicious.

Did you know? The Godolphin is open from 8am until 11pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering accommodation!

Price: Entry – FREE | Food/Drink – Varies

Website: http://www.godolphinarms.co.uk/

 

7) Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval

A relatively new attraction to West Cornwall, the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens opened in September 2012. In a beautiful valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this, there is also an evolving programme of contemporary art installations from renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash.

Did you know? The Tremenheere also plays host to a fantastic café – The Lime Tree – fabulous food using fantastic local ingredients.

Price: £6.50 (Adult) | £3.00 (Child) | FREE (Under 11)

Website: http://www.tremenheere.co.uk/

 

8) The Rum & Crab Shack, St Ives

A hearty menu inspired by, you’ve guessed it – crab and rum. This outstanding eatery on Wharf Road in the picturesque town of St Ives offers rum you wouldn’t even know existed; including Sangsom (Thailand), Chairman’s Reserve (St Lucia), Pink Pigeon (Mauritius) as well as favourites such as Captain Morgan’s and Sailor Jerry’s. Fantastic fun certainly not to be missed!

Did you know? The Rum & Crab Shack also offers a great range of both Cornish and imported beers, guest cask ales and a thoughtfully planned wine list of twenty wines – sourced from Cornwall to Australia. 

Price: Entry – FREE | Food/Drink – Varies

Website: http://rumandcrabshack.com/

 

9) Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

Porthcurno has a unique historic provenance - the place where the telegraph cables that first linked Britain with its Empire and other nations came ashore.

The Museum states its ethos is “to have as much as possible to be demonstrated in working order”, this combined with the knowledge of the Museum’s dedicated staff makes it one of the most intriguing museums in the county.

Did you know? Porthcurno was the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970 and also training college for the communications industry until 1993.

Price: £8.50 (Adult) | £5.00 (Child) | FREE (Under 5’s)

Website: http://www.porthcurno.org.uk/

 

10) PZ Gallery, Penzance

The PZ Gallery has endeavoured to make use of a wonderful art-deco building without altering the internal space and architecture. The industrial feel, the high ceilings and vast floor space make for a quirky gallery space. 

The gallery has given artists opportunities to exhibit large-scale work and the space also plays host to workshops, corporate events and performance.

Did you know? The gallery is available for viewings, free of charge, 12noon until 6pm between Tuesday and Saturday.

Price: FREE

Website: http://www.pzgallery.com/

 

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