Historic Houses and Winter Wonders

Even when the weather outside is frightful, there are still plenty of places to visit in Cornwall that will keep you warm and dry, so don’t let the changeable British weather put you off having a fantastic day out! The culture in Cornwall is inescapable, and it’s there for you to enjoy all year round. You just need to decide where you’d like to explore first…

Trerice: Travel back in time

If you’re weary of the distractions of modern living and are ready for some time away from smartphones and instant messaging, spending time at the Elizabethan Manor House of Trerice will definitely transport you back to simpler times.

As well as hosting seasonal events like Father Christmas visits and Tudor Banquets, Trerice is perfect for exploring. You can spend an afternoon following knowledgeable guides around the house as they explain the history of the rooms and point out features of particular interest. Trerice holds a collection of items that encourages visitors to truly imagine what life would have been like in the manor home, and forget all about the pressures of modern life.

Trerice offers visitors free parking, and admission costs in Winter are £7.50 (without Gift Aid) for adults. After 22nd December costs go back to £10.50 for adults and £5.25 for children.

Trelissick: Local art and hidden secrets

Trelissick country house is the perfect day out for art lovers, as it boasts its own art gallery with contributions from local Cornish artists as well as perfectly preserved relics from the past for visitors to enjoy.

Unlike many historical buildings that have been explored and recorded in minute detail, the secrets of Trelissick are still being discovered. From secret rooms and gardens to keys that are yet to be reunited with their locks, the mysterious of Trelissick are slowly being uncovered by volunteers today. Why not take a stroll around the house and gardens and see what you can find?

Parking costs £5 and without gift aid it will cost adults £12.20 to enter and £6.10 for children.

Lanhydrock: Explore Victorian society and class

Lanhydrock was originally a Jacobean house, but after a devastating fire it was refurbished in the Victorian style with a clear divide between those who worked in the house, and those who lived in the house. Lanhydrock is a microcosm of Victorian society, and allows visitors to truly understand the totally opposite roles played by occupants of the same house.

The visitor guides in the house will be able to answer your questions about living in Victorian England, and looking at the art work, letters and possessions that are preserved in the house will enable you to build up a clear picture of the Thomas Charles’ family.

Remember to bring cash for parking at a rate of £1 for 1 hour or £3 per day. Entry without Gift Aid will cost £15.35 for adults and £7.70 for children.

Cotehele House and Mill: Beauty through the seasons

Cotehele Tudor house boasts a garden, woods, quay, mill and an estate for you to explore regardless of the weather! Home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries, the interior of the house has been preserved with everything that made this house a home, and it’s these small pieces of the past that make Cotehele such an interesting day out.

The snowdrops that cover the estate gardens in winter mean you’ll find picture perfect snapshots you’ll enjoy for years to come.

The car park charge is £3, and entry without gift aid is £8.80 for adults and £4.40 for children.

Use the Cornish countryside as a way to work off your mulled wine and mince pies and take in the cold bracing air during this festive season! Regardless of the rain or snow, wind or drizzle, the culture in Cornwall is the perfect excuse to brave the elements and delve into the past.

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