Cornwall Journals

Days Out in North Cornwall

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An August 2012 trip to Cornwall by Joy S

Bodmin Jail/Bodmin Gaol Photo, Bodmin, England More Photos
Quote: Based in Padstow for a week, these are some of the places we enjoyed visiting on day trips out.

Bodmin Jail/Bodmin Gaol

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Attraction | "Bodmin Jail"

Bodmin Jail/Bodmin Gaol Photo, Bodmin, England
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The town of Bodmin was just a short driving distance from our base in Padstow, so we decided to visit. It took us about half an hour to drive inland and reach the town. We had a look around, but the town itself was not really that interesting, however Bodmin Jail is definitely worth a visit.It is just outside the centre of Bodmin and was an actual prison - it was the last county jail in Cornwall and closed in 1927. It was actually built in 1779 and housed many prisoners throughout the years. It also was home to important state papers and the Domesday Book during World War I and a place where the Crown Jewels were stored for safe keeping.The current owners bought the buildin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 13, 2012

Bodmin Jail/Bodmin Gaol
Edge of Bodmin Moor
Bodmin, Cornwall

The Jamaica Inn

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Attraction | "Jamaica Inn"

The Jamaica Inn Photo, Cornwall, England
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I have never read any of Daphne du Maurier's books, but having now visited Jamaica Inn at Bolventor, I think her classic novel of the same name is one I will start with very soon.Jamaica Inn is at Bolventor, just along the A30 and makes a perfect stop to break your journey, either on the way to or from the county. We stopped off on our way home from Cornwall - a lot of other people seemed to have the same idea. It is an inn with rooms and has a restaurant, you can stay overnight. But for daytrippers, as well as the Daphne Du Maurier connection, they also havce a fascinating little smugglers museum.From the outside, the Jamaica Inn looks just like a traditional pu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2012

The Jamaica Inn
Bolventor
Cornwall, England

Camel Valley Vineyard

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Attraction

Camel Valley Vineyard Photo, Bodmin, England
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We had heard of Camel Valley wines and watched a recent television programme which showed the vineyard, so when we realised it was so close to Bodmin, we decided to pay a visit. You can book organised tours of the vineyard and wine tastings. We knew this would not appeal to our 8 year old! but they get excellent reviews from people who have done this.The vineyard is about 2 miles from Bodmin - the right direction for us as we headed back to Padstow. It is not so easy to find - set deep in the countryside, plus the road we travelled along to get there, was so extremely narrow we all breathed a collective sigh of relief that we had not met any oncoming traffic. When we found the vineyard...Read More

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Camel Valley Vineyard
Nanstallon
Bodmin, England
01208 77959

Eden Project

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Attraction | "The Eden Project"

Statue at the Eden Project Photo, Cornwall, England
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We spent the most wonderful day at the unusual, wacky Eden Project. It is close to St Austell, about 20 miles from Padstow and 40 minutes drive. We got there early, June to November the gates to the site open at 9am. The ticket desk opens at 9.30am and the biomes themselves open at 10am. It is a good idea to get here at 9. We did this, found a parking space really close to the entrance, got our tickets without queuing at all and entered the biomes in the morning when they were not so busy. In the afternoon, the crowds were intense, we spent that time outside and avoided the packed biomes. Entrance cost is £13.50 for adults and £5.00 for children.The site was originally a china clay ...Read More

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Eden Project
Village of Bodelva
Saint Austell, Cornwall PL24 2SG
44 (0) 1726 811 911

Tyntesfield Estate

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Attraction | "Tyntesfield"

Tyntesfield Estate Photo, Bristol, England
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Not exactly in North Cornwall, Tyntesfield is close to Bristol but we stopped here on our way home from Padstow, and thus feel it was part of our North Cornwall trip. It also does make a really good stop off point to break your journey on the way to or from Cornwall.It is a National Trust property - if you are a member entry is free, if not it costs £12.60 for adults and £6.20 for children to see the house and gardens. It is open every day - the estate opens between 10am and 6pm, but the house is open 11am to 5pm.This is an old stately home - the house and grounds are spectacular, especially when we saw them in late summer. Everything is very well maintained and looked after...Read More

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Tyntesfield Estate
Near Wraxall, North Somerset
Bristol, England
01275 461900