Lanhydrock was once the lavish home of the wealthy Agar-Robartes family. After a fire in 1881, the 17th Century house was refurbished in elegant Victorian style. Lanhydrock is Cornwall's most complete Victorian house and is being cared for by the National Trust. After purchasing your ticket a ten minute walk will take you to the gatehouse of this wonderful house. The formal gardens are the first thing you will notice, the symmetrical topiary either side of the path leading to the house is great. There are 50 rooms to explore in the house and each is a joy to see. I especially enjoyed seeing the servants quarters 'downstairs' and the intricate plasterwork ceiling of the reading room. Aswell as having a good look around the house, there are acres of gardens for you to explore and a lovely little church in the grounds. The gardens are so vast that you won't have any trouble finding the ideal picnic spot.There is a buggy which will transport you to and from the house (for a small donation) if you are not up to walking and there are lifts in the house.
You will find a café, gift shop and plants sales as you walk around the grounds.
Please check the website for opening times and current prices.
The most popular thing to do in Polperro is just to wander around the streets. The narrow streets which wind their way towards the Harbour are lined with quaint, historic cottages, tea rooms and the odd tavern here and there.
You can take a boat trip from the Harbour (Beach at low tide). I took the half an hour trip which went along the rugged coastline giving spectacular views of the smugglers caves along the way. This trip cost £5 and runs every ten minutes. There is an information board near the harbour beach which will gives daily information about the boat trips available and sea conditions etc.
Set in the building of an old Pilchard factory, this really is a delightful museum. The £2 entrance fee will give you an insight into the Pilchard industry which dominated this area in years gone by. There are also some very interesting exhibitions about the smuggling operations which have taken place in and around Polperro - some not really that long ago!
I highly recommend spending a few hours on a fishing trip from Polperro Port. A captain of a little fishing boat took 2 of us out for 3 hours and showed us everything involved with fishing. We caught quite a few Mackerel and Monk Fish and had a great time reeling in the fish. Afterwards he gutted the fish for us and we took them home and made breakfast... so we provided for ourselves. And all for £12 for the both of us.
The Eden Project opened on March 17, 2001
The first architect to be involved was Cornishman Jonathan Ball, who worked with Tim as co-founder of the Project to bring the idea to physical reality, and then passed the baton to Nicholas – now Sir Nicholas – Grimshaw.
Two construction companies, Sir Robert and Alfred McAlpine, worked for 18 months without payment or contract they also agreed to loan Eden a large amount of money, only to be repaid if the Project was successful.
Eden has played host to huge, world-renowned events such as Live 8 Africa Calling and the Eden Sessions. It holds themed seasons such as Bulb Mania in the spring, A Time of Gifts in the winter and Jungle Nights in the summer.
Next in the pipeline is The Edge, but plenty more is planned and the project continues to grow.
An amazing achievement, the Rainforest takes you on a journey not to be experienced in the UK as does the warm climate Biome. Plenty for children to see and participate in, making learning about our world a fascination.
On a fine, sunny day, there's nothing better than taking a walk from Polperro along the cliff paths. To your left, you can walk to Looe, and to the right, to Talland Bay. Neither are that far, just a few miles, and are easy walks for the most part. The coastal veiws are wonderful, and you may even spot the occasional grey seal swimming around the rocks.
Walk down through the village to the harbour, and you will marvel at the outstanding scenery, especially on a warm, sunny day. This little basin, of about 3 acres in size, is protected by a double quay-head, part of which you may walk along, but be aware of the fishermens' gear strewn around! The narrow harbour entrance is barred against winter storms by a recently installed barrier, but for many years it was protected by horizontal baulks of timber dropped, one after another, into slots in the granite masonry.
Apart from the Ship Inn, there is another Inn down near the harbour (there may be more, but we didn't spot them). The Blue Peter Inn looks to be a quaint old pub, but it was rather full when we visited, and there was obviously live music entertainment therein. I believe this pub used to be called the Three Pilchards Inn Can't think why they'd now call it the Blue Peter?
If you walk down the narrow streets of Polperro, keep your eyes open for some quirky houses on the way. The shell house has been decorated with.... yes, you guessed it shells!
For hundreds of years the village was entirely dependent on both fishing and, until the arrival of the revenue men, smuggling.