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Things to see in North Cornwall


Lanhydrock House, the National Trust-run home and gardens that’s one of Cornwall’s grandest stately homes. Loads of space for the kids to run.


The Camel Trail: you can hop on or off this cycle trail at Bodmin, Wadebridge or Padstow and find plenty of cycle hire shops along the way.


Launceston Castle, a classic Norman hilltop castle where you can walk the ramparts.


The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, a spooky journey into pagan Britain.


Boscastle itself – scene of the epic 2004 flood, now an incredibly picturesque seaside community with brilliant walks.


Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur and clifftop history spectacular, administered by English Heritage.


Fistral Beach: a trip to Newquay’s surf central is a must for a day by the seaside.


Pencarrow House and Gardens, historic home of the Cornish gentry, near Wadebridge.


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In Port Isaac, at around eight in the evening during the summer months, the a capella singing group Fisherman’s Friends gather on The Platt, the village harbour, to sing folk songs and sea shanties in the open air.


At St Enodoc Church, at the end of a short but beautiful walk, you’ll find the final resting place of much-loved poet Sir John Betjeman.


One of the prettiest spots in Cornwall is hidden away on Bodmin Moor: St Clether Holy Well is part of Cornwall’s ancient tradition of holy wells, places where the Celtic saints held sway. Belief in the healing properties of their waters is still held in some parts of the county, as you can see at St Clether, a short walk across open moorland.


The North Cornwall coast is full of incredibly beautiful spots visited by few people. For example, St Gennys offers one of Cornwall’s least-known, but prettiest churches, perched on a clifftop with stunning views.


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Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Columb Major: meet these awesome birds and help preserve them.


Hawker’s Hut, Morwenstow: the National Trust’s smaller property perched on the stunning North Cornwall cliffs.


Charlotte Dymond Courtroom Experience, Bodmin – relive a famous Victorian murder trial and see if you can solve the mystery.


Hidden Valley, near Launceston: great fun puzzle-solving with Crystal Maze-style challenges set on different levels, plus walks and a miniature railway.


National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow – educating you about this extraordinary species and its conservation.


Something weird


Are the bagpipes Scottish – or did the Scots steal them from Cornwall? You can find carvings of ancient Cornish bagpipers on bench ends in two North Cornwall church, at Altarnun and Davidstow.


Look out for the hinkypunks: these mythological beasties are the true original inhabitant of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, not pixies: good hinkypunks looked after travellers; bad hinkypunks lured people into the moor’s bogs. You can see carvings of them in St Newlyn East Church.


Poundstock, near Bude, has a remarkable preserved Tudor ‘Gildhouse’ and was the scene of a brutal murder in 1357, when the priest was hacked to death in front of the altar while saying mass by killers described by the Bishop of Exeter as ‘satellites of Satan’.


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Trerice, near Newquay, a beautiful Tudor home now run by the National Trust.


Bodmin Jail, a Victorian prison now run as a visitor attraction.


Surfing: surf schools with expert, qualified instructors are all along the North Cornwall coast from Trebarwith Strand to Newquay. Give it a go! Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, between Launceston and Bude.


Launceston Steam Railway – miniature steam train rides through the KenseyValley, perfect for the little ones.


Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall At War Museum, near Camelford – this was a busy World war Two air base and now home to an interesting museum.


Bude Sea Pool – an unusual swimming pool filled by the tide.


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