Penvith Cottages, luxury self catering, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1NZ Tel: 01503 240772

Family Days Out

If you don't fancy sitting on the beach or walking the local coastal path, there are plenty of other things to see and do nearby. Just some are mentioned below.

If you are into Steam Trains, the Bodmin and Wenford Railway can transport you back to the golden age of steam.

For the Ghost Busters amongst you, a visit to Bodmin Jail, a fascinating building steeped in history complete with Ghost Walks and Orb Sightings, is not to be missed.

The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is just a 10 minute walk and offers tours led by their expert carers on which you can learn about the fascinating animals they rescue. There is a kids wild play area, gentle strolls around the lovely Wildlife Gardens with sea views and lunches and light refreshments served at the Treetop Cafe.

Carnglaze Caverns, open all year, is a great place to visit whatever the weather as is Wheal Martyn where you can learn about Cornwall's china clay mining industry.

The Bodinnick Ferry (car ferry, charges of around £5.00 each way) brings you across to Fowey where you can browse its harbourside restaurants, cafes and antique shops.

Jamaica Inn, the old coaching inn on Bodmin Moor featured in Daphne du Maurier's novel, is well worth a visit and serves hearty meals and cream teas. The legendary castle of King Arthur at Tintagel perches on the rocky coastline is a spectacular place to visit.

Land's End is a popular destination with plenty of visitor attractions and a restaurant with unrivalled sea views. Its iconic signpost provides a great backdrop for family photos!

Newlyn, renowned for its artists, the fishing village of Mousehole and the secluded beach at Kynance Cove are all popular with visitors to Cornwall. St Michael's Mount at Marazion offers an unforgettable day out with boat trips across the causeway to the castle although you can also walk across at low tide.

Plymouth, with its historic Barbican and Hoe, as well as modern shopping malls and the National Marine Aquarium is within easy reach.

Wheal Martyn St Austell

Wheal Martyn ...

... China Clay Mining Heritage

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