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    Gorgeous beaches & baysGreat houses & gardensFabulous art galleriesHistoric castles & churchesTraditional pubsBreathtaking beauty spotsGreat walking trailsDelightful towns & villagesBest cream teasInsider tips for every visitor





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    ContentsDevon and Cornwalls Top 10

    Devon and Cornwalls Highlights 6

    Lanhydrock 8

    Eden Project 10

    Dartmoor 12

    Plymouth 14

    Exeter 18

    Tresco Abbey Gardens 22

    Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre 24

    St Ives 26

    Penzance and St Michaels Mount 28

    Padstow 30

    Moments in History 34

    Great Walks 36

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    the editors opinion, of roughly equal merit.

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    Left Porthminster Beach, St Ives Right The Italianate Garden, Mount Edgcumbe

    Left Padstow Harbour Right Powderham Castle

    Festivals 38

    Great Beaches 40

    Culinary Specialities 42

    Castles 44

    Churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals 46

    Great Gardens 48

    Great Houses 50

    Childrens Attractions 52

    Museums 54

    Famous Writers 56

    Pubs 58

    Shopping 60

    Great Train Rides 62

    Around Devon and Cornwall

    North Devon 66

    South Devon 74

    North Cornwall 82

    South Cornwall 90

    West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 96


    Practical Information 106

    Places to Stay 114

    General Index 120


    TOP 10Devon and Cornwalls

    Highlights 67

    Lanhydrock 89

    Eden Project 1011

    Dartmoor 1213

    Plymouth 1417

    Exeter 1821

    Tresco Abbey Gardens 2223

    Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre


    St Ives 2627

    Penzance and St Michaels Mount


    Padstow 3031

    Top Ten of Everything 3463


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  • Devon and Cornwalls HighlightsThe Southwest peninsula holds some of Britains most forbidding moorland, dramatic coastline and enticing beaches. Its history, stretching from Celtic to Victorian times, is strikingly illustrated in its castles and stately homes, while year-round, a range of outdoor activities and all-weather attractions provide entertainment and instruction for the whole family. Equally renowned for old-fashioned tranquillity and soul-stirring views, Devon and Cornwall provide the ideal canvas for the perfect holiday.

    Preceding pages A biome at the Eden Project6

    ! LanhydrockThis impressive 17th-century mansion is filled with Jacobean art and Victorian furnishings. Immaculate gardens and sweeping parkland surround the house (see pp89).

    DartmoorA range of activities is

    possible on this bleak expanse of moorland, which

    is complemented by grand houses and cosy villages sheltering thatched pubs

    (see pp1213).




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    ExeterRising from the

    River Exe, the capital of Devon has a strong

    historical flavour, not least in its cathedral

    and other ancient monuments. It also has

    a buzzing and vibrant contemporary cultural

    life (see pp1821).


    @ Eden ProjectConservation is made fun at this wide-ranging exploration of the plant world, dominated by two giant greenhouses. Summer concerts, winter ice-skating and several cafs and restaurants serving great food enhance its appeal (see pp1011).

    $ PlymouthEnjoying a superb location, this seafaring city was the home port of the intrepid sailor Sir Francis Drake. It still preserves traces of the Elizabethan era. Within a short distance are palatial houses and country parks (see pp1415).

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    ^ Tresco Abbey Gardens On a wind-blasted island in the middle of the Atlantic, this gracious garden of semi-tropical plants has been created within the walls of a ruined abbey (see pp2223).

    & Porthcurno and the Minack TheatrePorthcurno has a range of outdoor attractions, including a sandy beach between high cliffs and the open-air Minack Theatre, hewn out of the rock (see pp2425).

    * St IvesHome to the Tate St Ives gallery, this quirky seaside town has a thriving arts scene. Sandy beaches and excellent restaurants are further attractions here (see pp2627).

    ( Penzance and St Michaels MountThe regions most westerly town is home to two superb galleries and is close to St Michaels Mount, a fortified house crowning an island (see pp2829). ) PadstowFamous for its

    gourmet restaurants, this North Cornwall fishing port is also notable for its beaches, historic houses and a cycling and walking trail (see pp3031).


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  • Discounts are offered to visitors who arrive by bicycle or public transport.

    LanhydrockThis magnificent 17th-century mansion set in the Fowey Valley is one of Englands grandest country houses. Built originally by a rich merchant, Sir Richard Robartes, it remained in the same family until the National Trust took it over in 1953. It was reconstructed in 1881 following a disastrous fire. Though parts of the Jacobean building survived notably its famous Long Gallery the dominant style is that of the High Victorian era. The warren of 50 visitable rooms offer a glimpse into life inside a stately pile, from the huge kitchens to Lady Robartes boudoir.


    Top 10 Features

    1 Captain Tommys Bedroom2 Woodland Walks3 The Gardens4 The Gatehouse5 The Dining Room6 The Billiard Room7 The Nursery Wing8 The Museum9 The Long Gallery0 St Hydrock Church

    Its a nice walk from the ticket booth to the house, but to get into the aristocratic spirit of Lanhydrock, take advantage of a vintage car service.

    In the house, the Servants Hall restau-rant offers food, and there is a snack bar in the stables.

    ! Captain Tommys BedroomThis room is dedicated to Thomas Agar-Robartes, who died in the Battle of Loos in 1915. A suitcase kept on the cast-iron bed contains his personal items.

    # The GardensThe clipped yew trees and geometric flower-beds are striking (below), but it is the magnolias in the shrub garden for which the gardens are most renowned.

    @ Woodland WalksThe woods and parkland of the estate are lovely to explore. Here, you can enjoy the exuberant birdlife and, in spring, brilliant expanses of bluebells (above) and daffodils.

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    Map D4 Near Bodmin, Cornwall 01208 265950 House: open mid-MarSep: 11am5:30pm TueSun & national hols; Oct: 11am5pm TueSun; garden: open 10am6pm daily Adm 9, child 4.50, family 22.50; grounds 5, child 2.50 Vintage car service: adm 1.50, child 75p www.nationaltrust.

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    Below StairsMore than any other house of its period, Lanhydrock provides an intriguing insight into how a grand mansion actually operated. At the heart of the building is the refectory-like kitchen, with its elaborate ranges and spits. Passages lead from here to sculleries, larders, a bakehouse and a dairy. At the top of the house, the modest servants quar-ters are a stark contrast to the lavish bedrooms of the owner