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<ul><li><p>YOUR GUIDE TO THE 10 BEST OF EVERYTHING</p><p>EYEWITNESS TRAVEL </p><p>TOP10DEVON &amp; </p><p>CORNWALL</p><p>1010</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>10</p><p>Gorgeous beaches &amp; baysGreat houses &amp; gardensFabulous art galleriesHistoric castles &amp; churchesTraditional pubsBreathtaking beauty spotsGreat walking trailsDelightful towns &amp; villagesBest cream teasInsider tips for every visitor</p></li><li><p>DEVON AND CORNWALL </p><p>ROBERT ANDREWS</p><p>EYEWITNESS TRAVEL</p><p>10TOP</p></li><li><p>Co</p><p>nte</p><p>nts</p><p>Cover: Front Alamy Images: Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/John Miller bl; Photolibrary: Peter Adams main. Spine DK Images: Kim Sayer b. Back DK Images: Nigel Hicks tl, tr; Kim Sayer tc.</p><p>The information in this DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide is checked regularly. Every effort has been made to ensure that this book is as up-to-date as possible at the time of </p><p>going to press. Some details, however, such as telephone numbers, opening hours, prices, gallery hanging arrangements and travel information are liable to change. The publishers </p><p>cannot accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of this book, nor for any material on third party websites, and cannot guarantee that any website address in this book will be a suitable source of travel information. We value the views and suggestions of </p><p>our readers very highly. Please write to: Publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL.</p><p>2</p><p>Left The Harbour Hotel Centre Ottery St Mary Right Circular houses in Veryan</p><p>ContentsDevon and Cornwalls Top 10</p><p>Devon and Cornwalls Highlights 6</p><p>Lanhydrock 8</p><p>Eden Project 10</p><p>Dartmoor 12</p><p>Plymouth 14</p><p>Exeter 18</p><p>Tresco Abbey Gardens 22</p><p>Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre 24</p><p>St Ives 26</p><p>Penzance and St Michaels Mount 28</p><p>Padstow 30</p><p>Moments in History 34</p><p>Great Walks 36</p><p>Design, Editorial, and Picture Research, by Quadrum Solutions, Krishnamai, 33B, Sir Pochkhanwala Road, Worli, Mumbai, India</p><p>Reproduced by Colourscan, Singapore Printed and bound in China by </p><p>Leo Paper Products Ltd</p><p>First American Edition, 2009 09 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1</p><p>Published in the United States by DK Publishing,Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, </p><p>New York 10014</p><p>Copyright 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London, </p><p>A Penguin Company</p><p>All rights reserved under International and Pan American Copyright Conventions. No part of this </p><p>publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by </p><p>any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright </p><p>owner.</p><p>ISSN 1479-344X ISBN 978-0-7566-3955-6</p><p>Within each Top 10 list in this book, no hierarchy of quality or popularity is implied. All 10 are, in </p><p>the editors opinion, of roughly equal merit.</p><p>Floors are referred to throughout in accordance with European usage; ie the first floor is the </p><p>floor above ground level. </p></li><li><p>Co</p><p>nten</p><p>ts</p><p>3Key to abbreviationsAdm admission charge </p><p>Left Porthminster Beach, St Ives Right The Italianate Garden, Mount Edgcumbe</p><p>Left Padstow Harbour Right Powderham Castle</p><p>Festivals 38</p><p>Great Beaches 40</p><p>Culinary Specialities 42</p><p>Castles 44</p><p>Churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals 46</p><p>Great Gardens 48</p><p>Great Houses 50</p><p>Childrens Attractions 52</p><p>Museums 54</p><p>Famous Writers 56</p><p>Pubs 58</p><p>Shopping 60</p><p>Great Train Rides 62</p><p>Around Devon and Cornwall</p><p>North Devon 66</p><p>South Devon 74</p><p>North Cornwall 82</p><p>South Cornwall 90</p><p>West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 96</p><p>Streetsmart</p><p>Practical Information 106</p><p>Places to Stay 114</p><p>General Index 120</p></li><li><p>DEVON AND CORNWALLS </p><p>TOP 10Devon and Cornwalls </p><p>Highlights 67</p><p>Lanhydrock 89</p><p>Eden Project 1011</p><p>Dartmoor 1213</p><p>Plymouth 1417</p><p>Exeter 1821</p><p>Tresco Abbey Gardens 2223</p><p>Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre </p><p>2425</p><p>St Ives 2627</p><p>Penzance and St Michaels Mount </p><p>2829</p><p>Padstow 3031</p><p>Top Ten of Everything 3463</p><p>DEVO</p><p>N AN</p><p>D CO</p><p>RNW</p><p>ALLS TOP 10</p></li><li><p>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.</p><p>Preceding pages A biome at the Eden Project6</p><p>! LanhydrockThis impressive 17th-century mansion is filled with Jacobean art and Victorian furnishings. Immaculate gardens and sweeping parkland surround the house (see pp89).</p><p>DartmoorA range of activities is </p><p>possible on this bleak expanse of moorland, which </p><p>is complemented by grand houses and cosy villages sheltering thatched pubs </p><p>(see pp1213). </p><p>Dev</p><p>on</p><p> an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>wal</p><p>ls T</p><p>op</p><p> 10</p><p>ExeterRising from the </p><p>River Exe, the capital of Devon has a strong </p><p>historical flavour, not least in its cathedral </p><p>and other ancient monuments. It also has </p><p>a buzzing and vibrant contemporary cultural </p><p>life (see pp1821).</p><p>% </p><p>@ 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).</p><p>$ 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).</p></li><li><p>7</p><p>^ 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).</p><p>&amp; 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).</p><p>* 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).</p><p>( 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 </p><p>gourmet restaurants, this North Cornwall fishing port is also notable for its beaches, historic houses and a cycling and walking trail (see pp3031).</p><p>Devo</p><p>n an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>walls To</p><p>p 1</p><p>0</p></li><li><p>Discounts are offered to visitors who arrive by bicycle or public transport.</p><p>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. </p><p>8</p><p>Top 10 Features</p><p>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</p><p>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.</p><p>In the house, the Servants Hall restau-rant offers food, and there is a snack bar in the stables.</p><p>! 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.</p><p># 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.</p><p>@ 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.</p><p>The gardens at Lanhydrock Dev</p><p>on</p><p> an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>wal</p><p>ls T</p><p>op</p><p> 10</p><p> Map D4 Near Bodmin, Cornwall 01208 265950 House: open mid-MarSep: 11am5:30pm TueSun &amp; 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. </p></li><li><p>Share your travel recommendations on 9</p><p>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 owners.</p><p>$ The GatehouseThis impressive, pinnacled structure was built in around 1650. The main room on the upper storey was used to enter-tain ladies while the men hunted. It now holds temporary exhibitions.</p><p>( The Long GalleryLanhydrocks pice de rsistance occupying the north wings entire first floor, is famed for its remarkable plaster ceiling which illustrates stories from the Old Testament. </p><p>% The Dining RoomDecorated with blue and gilt wallpaper designed by William Morris, the dining room is dominated by a table set for a formal meal as it would have been in Victorian times. </p><p>&amp; The Nursery WingA whole suite of rooms was set aside for bringing up the younger family members. The nursery itself is crowded with a large dolls house and rocking horse among other toys (above).</p><p>^ The Billiard RoomThis spacious room exudes the spirit of the leisured life of the gentry with its billiard table (above) and tiger skin set against oak-panelling. Old school photos and other mementos line the walls. </p><p>* The MuseumEntered from the courtyard, a panelled room holds quirky items such as a carrying case for poultry, and family photos and albums depicting war casualties.</p><p>St Hydrock Church</p><p>Dedicated to an Irish missionary, the church </p><p>(right) adjoining the house dates from the </p><p>15th century. A plaster panel in the north aisle </p><p>displays the arms of King James I, dated 1621.</p><p>) </p><p>Devo</p><p>n an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>walls To</p><p>p 1</p><p>0</p><p>1</p><p>2</p><p>3</p><p>4</p><p>5</p><p>67</p><p>8</p><p>9</p><p>0</p></li><li><p>Dev</p><p>on</p><p> an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>wal</p><p>ls T</p><p>op</p><p> 10</p><p>Eden ProjectA china clay pit transformed to house two giant conservatories and an extensive area of outdoor beds, the Eden Project is an innovative exploration of the plant world and mans interaction with it. Although it is the grand spectacle of the place that grabs the attention, the Eden Project has a serious agenda, aimed at alerting us to the fragility of Earths ecosystem, through talks and workshops organized around the year. The educational element, however, does not stifle the sense of fun. In summer, this is one of the regions best venues for open-air concerts, while the arena becomes an ice rink in winter. </p><p>10</p><p>Top 10 Features</p><p>1 Visitor Centre2 Rainforest Biome3 Mediterranean Biome4 Eden Sessions5 Edens Restaurants6 The Mechanical Theatre7 Edens Artworks8 Outside Biome9 The Core0 Bulb Mania</p><p>Outdoor seating at one of Edens cafs</p><p>Eden can be taxing on the feet, but the Land Train provides some relief especially for the ascent to the exit.</p><p>There is no need to bring food here Eden has many good-qualityrestaurants and cafs.</p><p> Map D4 Bodelva, Cornwall 01726 811911 Open mid-MarOct: 9:30am6pm; Aug: closes 8pm Tue, Wed &amp; Thu; Novmid-Mar: 10am4:30pm; last adm 90 min before closing Adm 15, child 5, seniors 10, students 7, family 36; reduced adm after 4:30pm in summer: adults adm 9; seniors 7; child free </p><p>! Visitor CentreAdorned with sculp-tures, such as Heather Janschs Driftwood Horse made from driftwood and cork, the Visitor Centre, a lofty viewpoint at the top of the pit, gives a taste of the marvels to come. From here, the full scale of the place becomes apparent.</p><p>@ Rainforest BiomeHot and steamy with a waterfall coursing through it, this luxuriant biome (left) recreates a tropical climate for plants and rainforest flowers from West Africa, Amazonia and Malaysia. </p><p>An orchid at the Rainforest Biome</p><p>Mediterranean Biome</p><p>The smaller of the two indoor biomes (right) </p><p>houses plants from the Mediterranean, South </p><p>Africa and southwestern America. Exhibits include </p><p>orange trees, olives and vividly coloured flowers.</p><p># </p></li><li><p>&amp; Edens ArtworksThe artworks at Eden include specially commissioned temporary exhibits and permanent displays, such as a giant bee (below) and Dionysian figures in the Mediterranean Biome. </p><p>Between November and April, the Arena is iced over to provide a spectacular skating rink, with an under-18 ice disco on Thu nights.</p><p>Devo</p><p>n an</p><p>d C</p><p>orn</p><p>walls To</p><p>p 1</p><p>0</p><p>11</p><p>Eden Facts and FiguresNearly 60 m (200 ft) deep, the former china clay pit required 85,000 tonnes of soil (a mix of china clay and compost-ed waste) to transform it into a horticultural wonderland. The site contains over a million plants of more than 5,000 species. Based on designs by architect R B Fuller, Edens covered biomes are the worlds largest conser-vatories the 50-m (164-ft) high Rainforest Biome can hold the Tower of London.</p><p>$ Eden SessionsThe crowd-pulling Eden Sessions held in summer have included memorable gigs by the Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall (above) and lesser-known world music artists. </p><p>^ The Mechanical TheatreEcological issues are given an offbeat interpre-tation in shows staged here, and feature acts by robotic puppets, with ani-mation filling in the gaps.</p><p>% Edens RestaurantsAward-winning restaurants here offer global cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingre-dients. Dishes include everything from enchiladas to char-grilled halloumi cheese and even Cornish tea. Restaurants include the Apple Caf, Jos Caf and Zzub Zzub. </p><p>* Outside BiomeIn this roofless biome, plants are culti-vated in Cornwalls tem-perate climate. Native Cornish flora is found alongside plants from Australasia and Chile. </p><p>( The CoreThe message of the Eden Project mankinds dependence on earths resources is presented with flair at the Core, an education centre and exhibition venue. The </p><p>buildings design mimics that of </p><p>a tree. Its centrepiece is Seed (left), </p><p>a granite sculpture by artist PeterRandall- Page.</p><p>) Bulb ManiaThe spring Bulb Mania Festival sees Eden at its most dazzling, when around a million bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, burst into life. </p><p>1</p><p>2</p><p>3</p><p>5</p><p>6 7</p><p>8</p><p>9</p><p>5</p><p>5</p></li><li><p>DartmoorSouthern Englands greatest expanse of wilderness holds a unique fascination, its heather-strewn slopes and rocky tors haunted by legends and scattered with relics of the people who inhabited it 3,000 years ago. Hemmed in by the moorland are some of Devons grandest mansions, its comeliest villages and its most enticing pubs. The main towns of Okehampton and Tavistock hold markets and museums, while Princetown, at the dead centre of the moor, has the main information facilities, which can advise you about organi...</p></li></ul>