Falmouth, UK

Introduction to Falmouth

Located on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is a quintessentially British seaside town offering mile-upon-mile of gorgeous coastline and an abundance of attractions.

Blessed with stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles along the gorgeous Cornish coastline, Falmouth – located at the southern end of the Fal Estuary, arguably the U.K.'s most picturesque network of creeks & rivers – is a fine example of just how beautiful Britain really is and is the perfect place to lay back and soak up the summer sunshine, enjoy a relaxing stroll or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling.

There's also an abundance of sights and attractions to discover and explore during a stay in this fabulous seaside town, including St Michael's Mount – one of Britain's most famous historic sites – the Lizard Peninsula and the world-famous Eden Project, which is just a short distance away.

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Eden Project, Cornwall

EDEN PROJECT

  • Explore the Eden Project – the world’s largest global garden
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape and enjoy the impressive vistas
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 6 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The spectacular Eden Project is an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location. Eden is a gateway into the fascinating world of plants, where science meets arts and technology in a living theatre.

Your journey from Falmouth will take approximately 90 minutes, giving you an insight into the delightful countryside. The route taken will be via the county town of Truro and passes small villages, granite farmhouses and hedged fields.

The home of the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden the size of 30 football pitches, nestling like a lost world in a crater overlooking St Austell Bay. Cornwall’s mild climate, clean air, ample water supply and southerly location provide ideal conditions for the Eden Project. It is a 14 hectare bowl, 60 metres (196 feet) deep with steep, south-facing walls that catch the sun even in the depths of winter – a natural theatre in which the global garden has been built.

A good start to the Eden Project experience is at the Visitor Centre, situated on the lip of the crater, which will give you an overview of the layout as you look down on to the series of biomes (giant conservatories). Then wander at your leisure down the series of pathways towards the bottom of the crater, enjoying the outdoor landscape. In the Humid Tropics Biome you will experience the sights, smells and sheer scale of the rainforest in the world’s largest conservatory. Visit the Oceanic Islands, Malaysia, West Africa and tropical South America, and look at how people are managing the land to meet their needs and conserve the environment. In the Warm Temperate Biome you will travel the world, from the Mediterranean to South Africa and California, where the plants thrive on drought and poor, thin soils. 

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking at the Eden Project is at guests’ own discretion over the varying terrain. Time spent here will be at your leisure. Lunch is not included in this tour – there are a number of different places from which to purchase food. Although there is a land train conveying visitors to and from the Visitor Centre, it does become very popular at peak times and guests using this facility should be prepared to allow plenty of time for the return to the tour coach.

 


Lizard Peninsula, UK

HIKE THE LIZARD PENINSULA

  • The Lizard Peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Embark on an exhilarating cliff top walk from dramatic Lizard Point to the secluded Kynance Cove
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Head off the beaten track to the tranquil and unspoilt Lizard Peninsula. Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, there is nowhere quite like this ancient place anywhere else in Britain.

Your walk will start at Lizard Point, which is the most southerly point of mainland Britain. Continue along the stunning coastline to Kynance Cove. This is possibly the most beautiful cove in Cornwall and its character changes dramatically according to the seasons - in summer, especially at low tide, the rocks look like jewels in a jade sea, while in winter it shows the seas at its fiercest. The peninsula is recognised as being of international botanical importance and here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants! The warm local climate has led to the abundant growth of sub-tropical vegetation and a constant profusion of colour all year round. For these reasons, the Lizard Peninsula has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

After your guided walk, return to Falmouth through rolling Cornish countryside.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The distance covered will be approximately four miles in total, over undulating cliff paths, and will take approximately two hours, some of which will be over uneven ground, and there will be some steps to negotiate. Please note that National Trust members and non-members will pay the same price for this tour. 

 


PICTURESQUE POLDARK

  • Discover the locations featured in the popular books and BBC series Poldark
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery which inspired writer Winston Graham
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Go behind the scenes of Poldark as you take in locations associated with the hit BBC series and the books upon which they were based.

Poldark is based on the historical, romantic novels by Winston Graham. Set in the days of Cornwall’s 18th century, the 1970s TV series was one of the most successful adaptations of all time. The renowned series was recently remade in 2015, and was hugely popular and kept the nation glued to their seats. On this tour you can take a walk in Winston Graham’s shoes as you visit places that inspired the author, as well as view locations where the recent Poldark television series was filmed.

Your tour begins with a visit to Portreath, a small resort which was once a busy port, importing coal and exporting copper, but now only shelters the occasional fishing boat. Copper ore was once transported from mines in the Chacewater area, using horse-drawn wagons, and was shipped by the tonne to Swansea for smelting.

Continue to St Agnes Beacon, where you can admire the breathtaking cliffs and imagine Ross Poldark famously galloping across them on his horse. View the delights of Chapel Porth Beach, where you can see the engine houses on the cliff tops, which reflect Cornwall’s rich mining heritage. If you were to imagine the landscape in which Ross Poldark and Demelza lived out their dramatic lives, you would not go far wrong in St Agnes Parish. In the most recent TV adaptation, St Agnes Head was used to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldark’s family estate. View the Stippy Stappy cottages which feature in the novels, and admire the quirky steep row of terraced cottages. This is a delightfully charismatic part of the village and well worth a stroll.

Finally, arrive in Perranporth, where Winston Graham moved to at the age of 17. Perranporth is just a few miles from St Agnes, and the surrounding landscape inspired Graham when writing his 13 Poldark novels, along with the characters he met at the time. Hunt down the memorial bench nestled amongst the dunes, and with your eye cast out to see, let your creativity flow!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND BRITAIN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which involves sloping ground, and there will be some steps to negotiate. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. 


St Ives, UK

SCENIC CORNISH DRIVE & CREAM TEA

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful landscape of West Cornwall
  • Admire the Georgian city of Truro
  • Capture the amazing St Michael’s Mount on camera
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4.25 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Combine the compelling scenery of Cornwall with a delicious, traditional cream tea.

Commence your scenic tour with a drive up the pretty Fal estuary, through the rugged Cornish countryside and to the Georgian city of Truro - Cornwall’s county administration centre. You will see Truro’s impressive cathedral and enjoy panoramic views before continuing towards Redruth and Camborne. Here your journey takes you through a countryside of lanes, hamlets, granite cottages and chapels and then back in time to the age of Poldark and tin–mining.

Looming high above Camborne and Redruth is the spectacular granite tor of Carn Brea, crowned by its stark memorial to mine owner Francis Bassett.

You will reach the south coast at Marazion. Lying offshore is a small granite island, rising out of the water like a giant sandcastle – St Michael’s Mount. The mount is connected to the coast by a stone footpath which is only accessible at low tide. Capture photographs of the island, which is crowned by a castle and a cluster of other buildings hugging the rock’s peak. Enjoy a traditional Cornish cream tea at a local hotel, offering stunning views of Penzance and across to St Michael’s Mount.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes some walking at the refreshment stop, so should be suitable for all, providing participants can board the coach unaided. The itinerary may operate in a different order to that described. 


St Michaels Mount, UK

ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT

  • Uncover the splendour of St Michael’s Mount - one of the most famous sites in Britain
  • Savour beautiful views of the surrounding area as you explore the island
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Originally the location of a Benedictine priory, St Michael’s Mount is the ‘daughter’ of the famous Mont St Michel in Normandy, France. Accessible by a causeway at low tide, otherwise by boat, the dramatic castle on top of the crag dates from the 12th century.

Legend states that a mythical giant named Cormoran once lived on the Mount, stealing cows and sheep from villagers on the mainland in order to feed his gargantuan appetite. A local boy named Jack rowed out to the island one night and dug a deep pit while the giant slept. Blowing a horn woke the giant, who pursued Jack, but he fell into the hole and was killed – Jack became a servant of King Arthur and ultimately one of the Knights of the Round Table.

During its long history, the Mount has been a church, priory, fortress and a well-known place of pilgrimage. St Michael’s Mount was converted into a private house in the 17th century, and it has been the home of the St Aubyn family for over 300 years. The castle on the Mount’s peak contains fascinating early rooms including an armoury and a rococo Gothic drawing room. At the highest point there is a 14th century church.

The flanks of the mount are softened by lush sub-tropical vegetation, and on the water’s edge there is a traditional harbour side community. Formerly an ancient trading place for tin and other Cornish goods, the quay is home to an array of interesting shops and restaurants. Now in the care of the National Trust, this magical island is not only the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, but also a national treasure.

You will cross to and from St Michael’s Mount either by walking along the causeway, or by boat, depending upon tidal conditions. Once on the Mount, commence the climb up the steep pathways to the castle entrance. During the climb you are rewarded with magnificent views towards Land’s End and the Lizard Peninsular. Enter the castle and view the living quarters if you wish, including the private sitting room of the owner, the Armoury, Library and the Chevy Chase Room – originally the monk’s refectory, where they took their meals. Out on to the South Terrace, which forms the roof of the large Victorian wing of the castle, you can enjoy splendid views of Mount’s Bay and the surrounding coastline. Time permitting you may have the opportunity to browse the shops around the harbour area and purchase a memento of your day.

Following your visit, cross back over to Marazion and spend time at leisure in this beautiful, tranquil coastal town. Marvel at your stunning surroundings before re-boarding your coach for the return journey back to Falmouth and your awaiting ship. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a very steep climb (with 15 to 20 steps) from the harbour to the castle. Comfortable, non-slip footwear is essential. The causeway and paths are cobbled and uneven. Therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that while at St Michael’s Mount you will not be guided, however there will be stewards on hand in the castle to answer any questions you may have. For reference, driving time to/from Marazion is approximately 45 minutes. Please note that National Trust members and non-members will pay the same price for this tour. Please note lunch is not included with this tour.


Gardens of Heligan, Falmouth

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

  • Immerse yourself in the amazing Gardens of Heligan
  • Lost for almost 100 years, they are now restored to their former glory              
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 5 1/2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the unique time capsule garden of Heligan. The tale of Heligan is extraordinary - literally locked up in 1918, the garden attracted international attention when it was rediscovered in 1990. Volunteers from throughout Europe worked to catalogue and clear the gardens and ravines, which yielded all manner of botanical surprises.

Heligan is beautifully situated at the head of a valley overlooking the lovely and historic fishing harbour of Mevagissey. It is at the heart of an estate comprising roughly 1,000 acres. This estate, in its heyday, was completely self-contained, with a number of farms, quarries, woods, a brickworks, flour mill, sawmill, brewery and productive orchards and kitchen gardens. The war years saw much decay, but the amazing thing is that the gardens just went to sleep. No major alterations have been carried out this century, and all the vernacular and green buildings remain untouched. This is why Heligan is so valuable – there are very few examples of gardens that have not been modernised.

After a guided tour you will explore the Lost Gardens at leisure, seeing one of the largest garden restoration projects in Europe, and share in the excitement and achievements of the restoration team. In the northern garden there are four kilometres (two miles) of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens. Remarkably, much of the original plant collection has survived. To the south lies the jungle – a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey – overflowing with palms, tree ferns, bamboos, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs. The magical Heligan will not disappoint!

At the end of your visit collect your traditional Cornish pasty and a drink from Heligan to enjoy on the way back to your ship. Listen, as your guide describes the history of the Cornish Pasty which are thought to have been around in Cornwall since the 14th century. Originally a good, calorie-filled, transportable meal for hungry workers, possibly even the first real ‘convenience’ food, it would have contained cheap ingredients such as potato, swede and onion without the succulent meat that is included today. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Following a guided walk, there will be time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual, however varying terrain will be encountered. The gardens are widely accessible to wheelchairs, but please note that there are steps to the Italian garden, and the lost valley and fields are not accessible. Please note that lunch is not included in this tour – there is a tea room/restaurant from which to purchase food if required. 

 


Gardens of Heligan, Falmouth

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN (TOUR B)

  • Immerse yourself in the amazing Gardens of Heligan
  • Lost for almost 100 years, they are now restored to their former glory                                                                                  
Gardening Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApprox 6.5 hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the unique time capsule garden of Heligan. The tale of Heligan is extraordinary - literally locked up in 1918, the garden attracted international attention when it was rediscovered in 1990. Volunteers from throughout Europe worked to catalogue and clear the gardens and ravines, which yielded all manner of botanical surprises.

Heligan is beautifully situated at the head of a valley overlooking the lovely and historic fishing harbour of Mevagissey. It is at the heart of an estate comprising roughly 1,000 acres. This estate, in its heyday, was completely self-contained, with a number of farms, quarries, woods, a brickworks, flour mill, sawmill, brewery and productive orchards and kitchen gardens. The war years saw much decay, but the amazing thing is that the gardens just went to sleep. No major alterations have been carried out this century, and all the vernacular and green buildings remain untouched. This is why Heligan is so valuable – there are very few examples of gardens that have not been modernised.

After a guided tour you will explore the Lost Gardens at leisure, seeing one of the largest garden restoration projects in Europe, and share in the excitement and achievements of the restoration team. In the northern garden there are four kilometres (two miles) of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens. Remarkably, much of the original plant collection has survived. To the south lies the jungle – a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey – overflowing with palms, tree ferns, bamboos, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs. The magical Heligan will not disappoint!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 AROUND UK CRUISES. 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Following a guided walk, there will be time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual, however varying terrain will be encountered. The gardens are widely accessible to wheelchairs, but please note that there are steps to the Italian garden, and the lost valley and fields are not accessible. Please note that lunch is not included in this tour – there is a tea room/restaurant from which to purchase food if required


Zennor, UK

THE MERMAID OF ZENNOR AND OTHERS CORNISH LEGENDS (TOUR I)

  • View the Merry Maidens stone circle - part of an extensive ceremonial landscape
  • Discover the legends of the Mermaid of Zennor, as you visit St. Senara Church
  • Learn more about a young hero from Marazion called Jack who saved his village 

 

Activity Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 6.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Get ready for an enchanting day visiting the places associated with some of Cornwall’s greatest myths and legends.

Your tour begins with a visit to Merry Maidens Stone Circle, which is one of the few 'true' stone circles in Cornwall, being perfectly circular It comprises of 19 stones today but is thought to originally have consisted of just 18. The local myth about the creation of the stones suggests that 19 maidens were turned into stone as punishment for dancing on a Sunday. The Pipers, two megaliths some distance north-east of the circle, are said to be the petrified remains of the musicians who played for the dancers.

Re-board your coach and continue a little further down the coast to Lands’ End. It will be here that you can enjoy a brief photo stop to admire the natural beauty of the area. The land is said to have been engulfed by the sea over 900 years ago. According to tradition the only survivor of the sinking was a man called Trevilian, who rode a white horse before the waves. The land of Lyonnesse has also been linked into the legend of King Arthur.

Drivie up the coast to Zennor, where on a clear day you can enjoy stunning coastal views that have been described as some of the best in the UK. Arrive in the small village of Zennor, which is situated between the West Cornwall moors and North Cornish coast not far from St Ives, you will visit the medieval church, St Senara. In the church, carved on the end of one of the wooden chairs, is a strange figure of a mermaid with long flowing hair, holding a mirror in one hand and a comb in the other. This is the Mermaid of Zennor. Legend has it that many, many years ago a richly dressed and beautiful lady occasionally attended the church at Zennor. Nobody knew who she was or where she came from, but her unusual beauty and lovely voice made her the subject of much discussion. With such beauty, the lady had no shortage of want-to-be suitors in the village. After a service one Sunday, the lady smiled at Mathew Trewella, a local man with the best singing voice in the village and he decided to follow her as she made her way off and towards the cliffs. He never returned to Zennor.

Travel on to Penzance, where you will stop for a delightful lunch in a local hotel which offers beautiful sea views. After lunch, take the short drive to Marazion and be sure to take advantage of the photo opportunity of Saint Michael’s Mount. According to Cornish folklore, a gruesome beast called Cormoran is said to have terrorised the land and in local tradition he is said to have created the Mount. Listen as your guide regales how a young hero from Marazion called Jack saved the village by killing the Giant so that the islanders could live in peace. You will be able to enjoy some free time at leisure in Marazion to browse the shops and ponder the magic of Cornwall’s myths and legends, before re-boarding your coach and returning to the pier.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and there will be some steps that will need to be negotiated, however there is a ramp for wheelchairs. Please note that all guests must be able to board the coach unaided. There will be a two course lunch at the Queens Hotel in Penzance, including tea/coffee and water. Please note that the order of sites visited may vary on the day.

 


Tintagel Castle

TINTAGEL & THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR (TOUR G)

  • Rediscover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle
  • Ramble among the ruins at your guide tells you the tales
Price£50.00-£55.00
DurationApprox 6 hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Cornwall is veiled in myth - one of the most renowned being that of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Your tour will take you to the focal point of the legend – Tintagel - to allow you to discover the tales and decide for yourself if the legend was true.

Little remains of this legendary site associated with King Arthur, however its position, on a narrow neck of storm-battered rock barely joined to the mainland, makes this a place of inspiration and mystery. Tintagel is believed to have been a Celtic stronghold during the 5th and 6th centuries, and excavations have revealed an early Christian church on the site of what may have been a cemetery for noblemen. According to the story by Geoffrey of Monmouth, written in 1139, Uther Pendragon, aided by Merlin, seduced Queen Igerna here and King Arthur, who in turn held court at Tintagel, was born. The present castle ruins date from the 13th century.

You will explore the castle ruins on foot before heading off on a trail, by road, of legendary sites of special interest. Each location will help to collectively confirm that there is strong evidence for the legend that was King Arthur. You will have a photo stop at St Petroc's Church - the site of an important contretemps concerning King Arthur, which occurred years prior to Geoffrey of Monmouth's story.

Hear about nearby Slaughterbridge, site of the last battle with Mordred, and windswept Dozmary Pool where Excalibur was thrown and caught by The Lady of The Lake and The Tristan Stone just to the north of Fowey - a 6th century grave of one of Arthur's noble Knights and lover of Isolde, who was the wife of King Mark.

Time does not allow for visits to all of these sites, but you will return to your ship with some terrific tales to tell to your fellow passengers!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 AROUND UK CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that you will be at Tintagel for approximately two hours, where extensive walking will be over uneven and sloping terrain, and steps will be encountered. The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users and all participants need to be relatively fit to take part. Your knowledgeable guide will also regale you with tales of the other sites, although they will not be visited. A packed lunch will be provided from the ship. Please note that as the site is open to the elements, the tour is weather dependent and can be cancelled at short notice.

 


St Michaels Mount, UK

TOUR AW - SCENIC CORNISH DRIVE & MINCE PIE

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful landscape of West Cornwall
  • Admire the Georgian city of Truro
  • Capture the amazing St Michael’s Mount on camera
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Marvel at the compelling scenery of Cornwall before getting into the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Commence your scenic tour with a drive up the pretty Fal estuary, through the rugged Cornish countryside and to the Georgian city of Truro - Cornwall’s county administration centre. You will see Truro’s impressive cathedral and enjoy panoramic views before continuing towards Redruth and Camborne. Here your journey takes you through a countryside of lanes, hamlets, granite cottages and chapels and then back in time to the age of Poldark and tin–mining.

Looming high above Camborne and Redruth is the spectacular granite tor of Carn Brea, crowned by its stark memorial to mine owner Francis Bassett.

You will reach the south coast at Marazion. Lying offshore is a small granite island, rising out of the water like a giant sandcastle – St Michael’s Mount. The mount is connected to the coast by a stone footpath which is only accessible at low tide. Capture photographs of the island, which is crowned by a castle and a cluster of other buildings hugging the rock’s peak. Enjoy a mince pie and glass of mulled wine at a local hotel, offering stunning views of Penzance and across to St Michael’s Mount.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes some walking at the refreshment stop, so should be suitable for all, providing participants can board the coach unaided. The itinerary may operate in a different order to that described. 

 


Boconnoc Estate, Falmouth, UK

TOUR EXC - BOCONNOC HOUSE & ESTATE

  • Discover one of the most beautiful estates in England
  • Embark on a guided visit around the house, church and remarkable grounds
  • Savour lunch at this beautiful location 
Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a visit to the majestic Boconnoc Estate and learn of its impressive history, before indulging in a light lunch in the stately house.

Leaving the pier, you will drive to Boconnoc House and Estate. The estate has a long and fascinating history which dates back to the Doomsday Book in 1086. During World War II Boconnoc was taken over by the Americans, and over the years since then the house fell into disrepair. The current owners, Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue, purchased the property at a time when plants were growing through the windows, the top floor could be seen from the basement and the entire roof was in need of repair. They began work on a restoration project which took 12 years to complete, and restored it to its former glory.

With all of its diversity, the estate has been a popular filming location for period dramas, including Poldark, thanks to its endless variety of locations, including long drives, quarries, lakes, old barns and cottages.

Today the house has been opened especially for you to explore. You will be greeted with a cup of tea or coffee before enjoying an approximate one hour guided tour around the house, church and gardens. Meet with the current owners of the property (subject to their availability) and enjoy listening to a poem written about the previous owners of the house – Boconnoc by Al Rowse. Following your guided visit, savour a light lunch with a glass of wine or beer while you admire the beautiful views, before enjoying time at leisure to explore the estate at leisure.

At the end of your visit, re-board your tour coach for the return journey back to Falmouth and your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that, to make the most of this tour, a strenuous amount of walking is required as you will be walking from the main house, to the church and to the gardens. Those who do not wish to explore the estate in full can relax in the house. There are approximately 20 to 25 steps to negotiate in the house. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. For reference, the drive from the quayside to Boconnoc Estate takes approximately one and a half hours each way.


Trebah Garden, UK

TREBAH GARDEN

  • Delight in the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden
  • Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden
  • Follow the tunnels of colour that cascade to the secluded beach
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Explore one of Cornwall’s most popular gardens. Trebah stands at the head of a 26 acre ravine, 500 metres (1,640 feet) long and dropping 70 metres (229 feet) to the Helford Estuary, and it is here that you will enjoy a visit to the beautiful garden.

The magnificent old, wild, enchanted Cornish garden is the end product of one hundred years of inspired and dedicated creation, followed by 40 years of mellowing neglect and ten years of love and restoration. The sub-tropical ravine garden runs down to the private beach on the Helford River. A stream winding down through water gardens, with waterfalls and Koi carp, is flanked with carpets of arums and candelabra primula and two acres of blue and white hydrangeas. One hundred year old rhododendrons and magnolias overhang glades of giant gunnera and tree ferns. The side curtains of magnificent beeches and copper beeches climbing the steep walls of the ravine, and the back drop of the Helford River with the distant Bosahan hills, form a theatrical set of extraordinary beauty.

Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the garden with your specialist guide, followed by time at leisure to further explore. There will be many photo opportunities in this peaceful and secluded haven, with superb views out over the mouth of the Helford River. There is also a gift shop, which has a wide range of beautiful and unusual gifts, books and mementoes for you to browse.

En route back to the quayside, enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning Cornish coast, before pausing at Pendennis Castle for a photo stop. With its superb coastal setting, Pendennis offers magnificent views of Falmouth, St Mawes and the Fal Estuary. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 AROUND UK CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Due to approximately two hours of walking at the gardens, and steps and undulating terrain, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 


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