The Best of Cornwall
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23rd July 2020
Your Trip Includes:
- Experienced Driver
- Luxury Coach Transportation
- 6 Nights 3 star Hotel Accommodation
- 6 Full English Breakfasts
- 6 Evening Meals
- 1 ‘Cornish Cream Tea’
- Entrance to Lanhydrock House
- Entrance to the Eden Project
- Entrance to the Wheal Martyn China Pit
- Entrance to the Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Walking tour of Bath
- All excursions listed
- Dublin Heuston Station
- Dublin City Centre
- Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan by-pass
- Kilmacanogue Service Station
- New Ross
- Rosslare Harbour
- Barntown, Co. Wexford
- The Mercure Hotel, Bridgwater (4 star) – 1 night
- The Esplanade Hotel, Cornwall (3 star) – 4 nights
- Aztec Hotel, Somerset area (3 star) – 1 night
This morning we travel from Rosslare Port to Wales. We continue to our overnight hotel in Bridgwater. Enjoy dinner together tonight.
Following breakfast, we check out of our hotel and travel to the famous fishing village Padstow, Cornwall’s gourmet capital. Situated on the Camel Estuary, it has a noble maritime history. The shifting sands of the port were the site of over 300 wrecked vessels between the 18th and 20th centuries, but now it’s cobbled streets play host to the tourists who come to visit the many restaurants including the portside empire of the celebrity chef Rick Stein.
Our journey to Cornwall continues a wonderful visit to the stunning National Trust property of Lanhydrock House. This former Jacobean mansion was devastated by fire and rebuilt in Victorian style. Beautiful gardens surround the mansion and the interior can be explored at leisure. There are guides available in rooms to answer any questions and tell you the history of the house. Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servant’s quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.
This morning we visit the amazing Eden Project – Cornwall’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in a disused china clay pit, this is the story of man’s dependence on plants, people and places. Dominated by the futuristic-looking biome structure, the Project is much more than a green theme park. The site is huge, and you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the tropical steaming rainforests area, then move onto the Mediterranean biome with its huge selection of plants and enjoy the glorious displays of flowers. Between the Domes there are restaurants and shops to browse and buy.
Later, we visit the nearby Wheal Martyn China Clay Mining Heritage Centre, set within a preserved Victoria Clay works, you’ll learn about this billion Pound industry for which Cornwall is famous. This attractions is always popular with our guests. Dinner together this evening at our hotel
Today, we take a coach tour to the pretty town of St Ives, a typical Cornish fishing port.
Dominated by its magnificent beach of golden sand, it has a deep-rooted fishing tradition and a thriving artistic inheritance. Take time to explore the harbour, then stroll through the maze of busy, narrow cobbled streets.
Our scenic journey continues by Penzance to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. Enjoy splendid vistas of one of England’s most beautiful coastal landscapes with cliffs carved out by the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. We stop here at Land’s End for a stroll, pop by the Visitor’s Centre and our visit is finished off beautifully by a delightful ‘Cornish Cream Tea’. On our journey back to the hotel, we’ll stop for a short time in Marazion which offers splendid views of St. Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages and an iconic photo image of Cornwall.
This morning after breakfast we visit the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey, where you can still find working fishing boats and nets being mended. The day continues with a trip to the inspirational and awarding wining Lost Gardens of Heligan. Asleep for over 70 years, the gardens we discovered in 16th February 1990, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered from the brambles of time. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens are back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England.
Following a leisurely breakfast this morning we check out of our Cornwall hotel and travel northbound, our journey taking us to the historic city of Bath, a city renowned as an architectural masterpiece. We’ll have a guided tour by coach and by foot with our local tour guide who explains how, as long ago as AD78, Bath was a thriving spa and during the 18th century it was a showpiece of Georgian prosperity.
Our tour guide will show us some of the locations that have made Bath a desired destination for centuries. You will have some free time for lunch and plenty of time to explore the Georgian streets and picturesque walkways at your own pace.
We leave after breakfast for our journey across the south of Wales to the ferry port and travel across the Irish Sea to Rosslare Harbour and onwards to our original pick-up points with wonderful memories of our time visiting The Best of Cornwall.