Arts & Heritage in Bodmin & Tamar Valley

Take a look at a different side of Cornwall with a hike across the wild hills of Bodmin Moor, which have generated folklore and legends of giants, witchcraft and ghosts. Meanwhile, the Tamar Valley is a World Heritage Site and offers a lush environment ready to be explored. 

Launceston Castle
Launceston Castle image by Caroline Ingram is licensed under CC 2.0

Highlights: popular arts & heritage sites in Bodmin & Tamar

Port Eliot House and Gardens

Steeped in history, this Grade 1 listed house was once a monastery and boasts features dating as far back as the 9th century. Marvel at the outstanding mural in the Round Room painted by Robert Lenkiewicz, which is considered his masterpiece.

Launceston Castle

Discover the castle’s colourful history. Built in the 13th century by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, it was once a prison where founder of the Quakers George Fox was imprisoned. Take a picnic hamper, relax on the mound and soak up the beautiful view.

Lawrence House Museum

This museum offers a lovely history of Launceston where it is located. Peruse its eclectic collection that includes a scale model of the old Southern Railway Station. Here, you can also find out about Launceston’s famous figures, including John Couch Adams who discovered the planet Neptune, and view a special sculpture from Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey.

Jamaica Inn

For literature fans, this fascinating smugglers’ pub on Bodmin Moor was a favourite dwelling of famous novelist Daphne Du Maurier, who wrote the famous works Rebecca and The Birds. She was often inspired by her stays here. Spend the night in this exciting setting, where you could bump into the odd ghost and explore the wild moors.

Hurlers Stone Circles

See the three late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone ceremonial circles. Located high on the moor, these circles are arranged in a line and are said to be the remains of men turned to stone for playing the game ‘hurling’ on a Sunday.

If you like the sound of this untamed outdoors, you can find out about other places you might wish to visit in our handy guides below.

At a glance

Explore the stone formations on the moors, such as the Cheesewring, a natural rock formation of balanced stones. The top stone is said to revolve if you stand by it at midnight and the cock crows

Visit the town of Saltash, which inspired several works of art by William Turner

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