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Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
Fiveways, West Heath Avenue, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1QH
Bodmin Asylum Church, a cherished place of worship in the 21st century. Designed in the early English architectural style of the 19th century. The adjacent cemetery of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, located at the west end of the church and of the abbey of Mary and Petroc. Free exploration of the internal and exterior site.
Booking Details: Keyholder needs good advance notice. Contact: Sylvia Cooper Call: 01208 75561 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.traditionalanglicancommunion-cornwall-uk.webs.com/apps/forums Write to: St Lawrence's Church, Fiveways, West Heath Avenue, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1QH Booking opens: 1 September 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 14 September 2014 17:00
Access Information: Toilet difficult for disabled persons.
Additional Information: Max 57 people per tour/session. This is Cornwall's most central place of worship! We recommend the Borough Arms at nearby Dunmere, adjacent to the Camel Trail, for refreshments. Full details of bus timetables by visiting: www.westerngreyhound.com
Directions: At west end of Bodmin, opposite the Roman Catholic abbey, beside the double roundabout. Easy access by National Rail train to Bodmin Parkway, then steam train to Bodmin General [wr] or Boscarne Junction [sr] stations; easy bus access with Western Greyhound, Megabus and National Express; Camel Trail access from Padstow, Wadebridge and Wenford Bridge via Bodmin jail.
Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ
Spend a day exploring Glendurgan for free, discovering all the delights this beautiful garden has to offer. Lose yourself in its three valleys: full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden, down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sandcastles. Family activities include the maze, Giant's Stride rope swing and beach with rockpools to explore.
Access Information: Garden paths are steep with loose gravel, mostly unsuitable for wheelchair users. Accessible information point next to garden entrance building. Drop off/pick up point in Durgan village.
Menabilly, Polridmouth, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23
Climb to the top of the daymark, built in 1832 as a navigational aid for sailors who would confuse St Austell Bay with Falmouth Harbour. The views are well worth the climb. Numbers are limited up the tower at any one time, so there may be a queue. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it?
Access Information: No wheelchair access to the tower. Steep restricted stone steps to climb to get to the top.
Additional Information: Please note there are no lavatories at the daymark.
Directions: Park the car park at Menabilly Barton Farm (grid ref SX096511) and follow the footpath over the headland to the daymark.
National Trust Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE
Don't miss the chance to visit Godolphin's beautiful and historic garden for free on Heritage Open Day. Wander around the ancient garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe, or relax in the orchard for a family picnic. Why not give your feet a treat and sample our permanent barefoot trail? Or stretch your legs with a walk up Godolphin Hill, where the view stretches from coast to coast. The family trail leads you around Godolphin's gardens with a treasure map, find each cross and collect all the stamps. The permanent barefoot trail provides fun for all ages.
Additional Information: Please note the gardens and King's Room will be open on this day. Unfortunately there will be no access to the house.
Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4PG
Spend a day exploring Trerice for free. This romantic Elizabethan manor house lies in a secluded wooded valley, with rare examples of Dutch gables, fine plaster ceilings and a magnificent Great Hall window. There is so much to discover about the history of this unique manor house, the families who lived here, its architecture and restoration. Hands-on armour to try on, traditional games, brass rubbings, play a game of Kayles (Cornish bowls) in the garden and childrens trails around the house and garden.
Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
Enjoy free entry to this tranquil, wooded garden. Explore exotic plants, a walled kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's Ark and beautiful sea views from the Terrace. Free guided tour. Family trails available.
Access Information: Garden is half a mile long and on a steady incline. Main drive is tarmac, other paths are gravel.
Additional Information: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Directions: Follow brown tourist signs off the A30 Penzance to Land's End road, or the A3071 Penzance to St Just road.
Tumblydown Farm, Tolgus Mount, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3TA
Visitors can see twelve working vintage toy train layouts and other toys, plus over one hundred Meccano models, some working, and some hands-on "underground" coal mine experience. Domestic and industrial curios exhibition. Narrow gauge railway museum and train rides (approx. one mile round trip). Visiting exhibitions and stalls. The "Murdoch Flyer" vintage steam road locomotive. Drinks and fresh home-baked cakes and buns. Toys and games to play with. Pony cart rides (weather permitting). Spot the gnomes and friends interactive quiz. Fun for all the family and for all ages.
Access Information: Stout footwear recommended. Wheelchair access to the main museum building and catering but not to the mine buildings.
Additional Information: Be safe around the working equestrain site. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Stout footwear advised.
Directions: Follow museum direction signs off Redruth bypass (A3047) and also signs "Trickies Hotel", opposite Tumblydown Farm.
Treasure Park, Tolgus Mill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN
The Museum is situated within The Old Tin Streaming Works. The old machinery is in working order. This is very evocative of the industry. All aspects of Cornish life are on exhibition within the Museum. At the heart of the Mill is the ROCS Town Museum containing artefacts of the Cornish mining industry; history of Redruth; William Murdoch (gas lighting); 19th/20th-century Cornish kitchen; First World War and Second World War memorabilia.
Directions: Well signposted, easy parking.
St. Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA
Join us today for a look at Cotehele House and meet some of the staff and volunteers who help look after the estate. Special WW1 exhibition in the Breakfast Room of the House. Children's quizzes in the House and garden
Access Information: The house is only accessible on the ground floor.
The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2HE
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is amongst the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of studio pottery production in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train, creating a uniquely international environment in the heart of Cornwall, and maintaining the pottery's creative principle of East-West exchange. Today the newly restored Leach Pottery studio, museum and gallery are continuing the development of Bernard Leach's historic legacy. During the open days we will be holding tours, demonstrations of throwing a pot, and 'have-a-go' sessions. Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.
Access Information: Please note that this is an old building and floors are uneven. Visitors are advised to wear flat footwear and to take care around the site,
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session. Parking on site is limited but overflow parking is available free of charge about 2 minutes walk from the pottery. Coffee/tea/water are available but we have no café or tearooms.
Directions: We are located at Higher Stennack (on the B3306) on the upper outskirts of St Ives, Cornwall.
Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0DB
Free entry to the Old Post Office, plus a chance to view our First World War exhibition! House and garden trail available for children.
Access Information: With low ceilings, steep stairways and uneven floors we warn visitors to take care around the house. Ramp is available to allow wheelchair users access to part of ground floor and garden.
Additional Information: Last admission: 1700
Directions: Find us opposite King Arthur's Arms public house in the centre of the village.
St Anthony Head, Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5HA
Explore the former WWI & WWII coastal artillery battery military remains, including ditch and rampart defences, battery observation post, gun emplacements and the normally closed underground ammunition magazine. Guided tours available at 1100 and 1500. St Anthony Head is a great place to spend the day, with lots of walks in the area, places for picnics, (but be aware of the cliffs edges) and ample parking, free for NT members and donations for non-members. If you want to make more out of your day, visit Towan beach, just along the coast, which is good for rockpooling, paddling and picnics too. With parking, toilets here too, it's a good base for a great day out.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to gun emplacements, ramparts, BOP, and birdhide, but NOT to the battery magazine. Some steps and uneven ground.
Directions: On reaching Gerrans near Portscatho, follow signs to St Anthony Head, where there is lots of parking and public toilets. Parking is free to National Trust members, there is a charge for others.
Penrose, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7TB
Tiny wayside Methodist chapel, restored by the Historic Chapels Trust and used by the local community for exhibitions and other events. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.
Access Information: Interior visible from doorway but the building is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Additional Information: There will be a talk about the children of Chernobyl at 1430.