Cornwall Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens
Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others) Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Cornwall Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring county of Devon to see what else there is in the area. We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.
Houses and Gardens: A Destination Guide from Visit Cornwall
Antony (NT) - Superb early 18th-century mansion, believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country, set in parkland and fine gardens, 100 acres of woodland garden - national collection of Camellia Japonica - Wheelchair access in the buildings, Braille guide, map of accessible grounds route available, wheelchair available for visitors, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities
Caerhays Castle - home of the Williams family, the Castle sits in 140 acres of gardens, with woodland gardens, national Magnolia and Podocarpus collections, also beaches and coastal paths, castle tours can be booked in advance, tea room, shop - Gorran, St Austell - "Some of the garden is therefore not easily or readily accessible for wheelchair users ...the area around the castle and the Green Route up the main drive which is tarmaced, is readily accessible to wheelchair users.",
Carwinion Garden - 14 acres of tranquil garden collection of bamboo, camellias and hydrangeas - Falmouth - The sensory garden was designed and planted entirely with disabled people in mind see website
Cotehele (NT) - Tudor house, was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries, has superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, gardens have formally planted terraces, Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, Upper Garden and two orchards, Cotehele Quay, Discovery Centre, tea room - "A shuttle bus to take you around the estate in the main season... the hall, kitchen and breakfast room are wheelchair accessible", a map is available in reception for wheelchair users showing you accessible routes in the garden, two manual wheelchairs available for loan, accessible toilet
Eden Project - "Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events" - Bodelva, St Austell - Disabled & pushchair friendly, baby changing, "Changing Places" accessible toilet , see online access statement here
Geevor Tin Mine - Geevor is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country. Geevor’s outstanding collections and listed buildings tell the story of Cornwall’s industrial mining past, making it the Western Gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - we have no disabled access info for this site
Glendurgan Garden (NT) - Falmouth - Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families, mix of wildflower and exotic plants, maze - Grounds can be uneven, loose gravel paths, cobbled in sections, some steep slopes and steps, sensory experience, accessible toilet in toilet block accessed via a small ramp, baby changing facilities
Godolphin (NT) - Helston - A historic house and medieval garden all set within an ancient and atmospheric estate, 16th-century garden, engine house and stack are the remains of the Godolphin family mine, woodland walks, tea room - Grounds have limited wheelchair access due to difficult slopes and cobbled surfaces, estate has a wheelchair-accessible path near the River Hayle, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities please see the website
Lanhydrock (NT) - Bodmin - Magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate, "Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' 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", ancient woodlands, riverside paths, off-road cycle trails, with special routes for families and novice riders - Map of accessible route available. Two single-seater PMVs available, booking essential. "Four wheelchairs available for loan. Ground floor has six steps down to billiard room. Stairs to other floors, but lift available to first floor. First floor mostly level access, some steps, photo albums available", accessible toilet, baby changing facilities, please see the website for details
Launceston Castle (EH) - unusual keep consisting of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep - "There is disabled access to the outer bailey, exhibition and shop (a side gate to the shop allows for wheelchair, mobility scooter or double buggy pushchair)"
Lawrence House (NT) - Beautiful Georgian town house, built in 1753, Lawrence House is leased to Launceston Town Council and used as a local museum and civic centre, the museum is spread over three floors with exhibits that focus predominantly on local history including Launceston's intriguing association with Australia, Victorian kitchen, toy room, collection of costumes that date from the eighteenth century right through to the 1960s. - Wheelchair access to building, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities
Levant Mine and Beam Engine (NT) - St Just - "part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. At its heart, the restored 1840s beam engine running on steam", free guided tour of the site, .- Some uneven ground and steep slopes, Braille and large print guide available, sensory experience, induction loop, - please see their website
National Maritime Museum Cornwall - Falmouth - exhibitions, objects, boats, art, books, archives, interactive and child friendly, Bartlett Library for research, The National Small Boat Collection - lift and ramp access available to all floors including the Tower and Tidal galleries, interactive exhibits and objects on open display, as well as music and oral history, which is of benefit to those with sensory impairment, 1st and 2nd floor wheelchair accessible toilets