Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
Lanhydrock , Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD
One of the most complete Victorian family homes opens its doors for free. Discover life upstairs and downstairs, wander through gorgeous gardens or stretch your legs on the estate river walks. A great day out for all the family.
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.
Booking Details: Keyholder needs good advance notice. Contact: Sylvia Cooper Call: 01208 75561 Go to: http://www.traditionalanglicancommunion-cornwall-uk.webs.com/apps/forums Booking opens: 1 September 2013 09:00 Booking closes: 15 September 2013 17:00
Additional Information: Max 55 people per tour/event. 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 and national express; camel trail access from Padstow, Wadebridge and Wenford Bridge via Bodmin jail! This is Cornwall's most central place of worship!
Directions: At west end of Bodmin,opposite the Roman Catholic abbey, beside the double roundabout.
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. Maze, Giant's Stride swing, beach with rock-pools, big trees and jungle plants.
Access Information: Garden paths are steep with loose gravel, mostly unsuitable for wheelchair users. Accessible information point next to visitor reception building. Drop off/pick up point in Durgan Village.
The Museum Store, Falmouth Road, Penryn, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR10 8AD
Take a guided tour around the museum store with the museum's curators. Discover a labyrinth of boats, objects and works of art not currently on display in the museum.
Booking Details: Contact: Michael Sweeney Call: 01326 214558 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 1 July 2013 10:00 Booking closes: 6 September 2013 17:00
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/event.
Directions: Please note that this tour is of our off-site museum store and not at the museum itself.
Menabilly car park, Polridmouth, Fowey, Cornwall
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.
Access Information: No wheelchair access to the tower. Steep restricted stone steps to climb to get to the top.
Balwest Chapel, Balwest, Ashton, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9TE
Listed building Chapel open also schoolroom. Small secluded "Bible garden" where each plant has a biblical reference. Display of heritage material. On Sunday the Morning worship is at 11am in the Chapel followed by a light lunch that needs to be booked. On Saturday there will be light refreshments.
Booking Details: Contact: Molly Smith Call: 01736 762474 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event.
Directions: Sign posted from the main Helston, Penzance Road at Ashton. Grid refernce: S.W.597 291.
National Trust, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE
Don't miss the chance to visit Godolphin's historic garden for free on Heritage Open Days. Wander around the 16th century 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.
Church Town, Cury, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7BW
Conducted tours of church/self guided tours of church. Refreshments. Local artists exhibiting and artist in residence.
Additional Information: Sales table when stewards are present.
Directions: Opposite Cury CoE school.
Gunwalloe, Helston, Cornwall
Historic site. Known as Church of the Storms. Adjoining farm included in the Doomsday Book.
Access Information: National Trust car park
Additional Information: Full guide in church.
Directions: Church situated on the beach. By car, park at the National Trust Gunwalloe car park. Take A3083 from Helston and turn right 1 mile past main RNAS Culdrose entrance. On foot - National Coastal path (North from Poldhu Cove).
Trerice Manor, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4PG
Come and celebrate in 1950s style to mark the purchase of this Elizabethan manor house and its delightful gardens by the National Trust sixty years ago. There are children's house and garden trails as well as Cornish kayles and brass rubbings.
Nr 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. 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.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Eastern House, Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JX
Explore the award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Museum for free; from interactive sculpture gardens to secret World War 2 tunnels. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, family-friendly workshops, and a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's brand new archive. See working telegraph equipment inside the world's biggest telegraph cable station and find out why Porthcurno is called home of the Victorian internet. You can even try your hand at sending your own Morse code telegraph message. Porthcurno is home to the biggest and busiest telegraph cable station in the world; a network of 14 cables connected Porthcurno to every corner of the world. Today, the museum tells an inspiring story of global communications and the people behind the telegraph and early wireless. In our age of email, mobile phones and the internet, it is a story that has never been more relevant! Families can get creative with our drop-in craft workshops, taking place throughout the day in the new Clore Learning Space. Special family-friendly handling sessions will also take place in the Search Room where members of the museum's Collections Management Team will help young visitors to explore items from the museum's inspiring collection. Step into the history with our fun dressing-up boxes, and create your own special memento of the day to take home and treasure.
Access Information: The escape steps in the museum's World War 2 tunnels are unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users or prams/pushchairs.
Directions: From Penzance take the Land's End road (A30), turn left to St Buryan, then follow the brown signs to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. The museum's pay-and-display car park is opposite the Cable Station Inn.
Trevithick Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3NP
Free entry to East Pool Mine which houses two Cornish beam engines. Guided tours of the site throughout the day. Staff will be dressed as miners and bal maidens. Near by Trevithick Cottage is open from 10am till 4pm. On site trails for children including our engine house inspection, Make a your own felt pasty and dress up as a miner.
Access Information: Access to the upper floors of the engine houses is up a flight of stairs.
Tumblydown Farm, Tolgus Mount, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3TA
A full day out: nine working vintage toy train layouts. Over 100 meccano models (some hands on). Narrow gauge mine train rides, 1 mile round trip. Cool mine galleries to explore. Curio collection. Visiting model exhibitions. Murdoch flyrer road locomotive in steam, weather permitting. Horses and poines to view. Tombola. Quiz. Diana Saxton's famous home baked catering. Quiz and hands on experiences.
Access Information: 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: One mile north of Redruth. Nearest train station/bus stops Redruth. By road, follow signs from the old Redruth bypass A3047, parallel to the A30.
Treasure Park, Tolgus Mill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN
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. Children's quiz.
Directions: Well signposted, easy parking.
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.
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/event. 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
Tintagel Old Post Office is a rare survivor of Cornish domestic architecture. This small 14th century farmhouse is well furnished with local oak pieces. One room was used in the 1870s as a Letter Receiving Office for the district. Children's quiz/trail. Garden games and Victorian dress up.
Access Information: Ramp available. Ground floor has steps. No access to first floors.
Directions: Situated in the heart of the village, opposite King Arthur's Arms.
Whitsand Bay Holiday Park, Donkey Lane, Whitsand Bay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1JZ
Situated within the stunning coastal setting of Scheduled Ancient Monument, Whitsand Bay Fort. Tunnel tours, underground magazine tours, lower practice battery nature walk. A full range of interactive history & heritage related activities for all the family with FREE admission to the event (charges apply for camping, accommodation, photography workshops). Civil War and WW2 reenactors, local authors book signings, The Plymouth Blitz Project, living history groups, traders, book stall, vintage photo booth raising funds for conservation work. Free Heritage Trail Tours around the Rame Peninsula each day. You do not need to camp to gain admission to the main event, but please be aware that parking in the area is at a minimum. Please see website for details of Park n Ride. Keep up to date on the website. The site is an all-year round Holiday Park with full facilities onsite including caravan pitches, family lodges & camping. Licensed bar, restaurant, function room, swimming pool, cafe.
Booking Details: Heritage Trail Tours & Photography Workshops around the Rame Peninsula must be pre-booked Contact: Hidden Heritage Call: 01752 822388 Email: email@example.com Go to: http://www.hiddenheritage.org Booking opens: 10 July 2013 00:00 Booking closes: 10 September 2013 18:00
Access Information: Visitors should be aware of dangerous drops around the site, sensible footwear is advised due to the rugged terrain of coastal Cornwall. If using the beach, please be aware of the tide times. Any activities undertaken onsite or on the trails are at your own risk. Some exhibits and displays are subject to weather conditions, the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without notice.
Additional Information: Max 40 people per tour/event. The site of the Holiday Park is built around the Whitsand Bay Fort, a Scheduled Ancient Monument listed by English Heritage. Privately owned by a passionate history enthusiast who has brought the site back to life since bringing it back from dereliction in since buying the caravan park in 1997. He still conducts weekly personal tours of the site and has brought onboard Hidden Heritage to manage a full conservation and restoration programme.
St Anthony Head, Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5HA
Explore the former 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.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to gun emplacements, ramparts, BOP, and birdhide, but NOT to the battery magazine. Some steps and uneven ground.
National Trust Car Park at St Anthony Head, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5HA
A rare opportunity to discover more about St Anthony Head and its surviving maritime fortifications.
Access Information: Event is not really wheelchair friendly, especially tour of underground magasine.
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.