Eden Project - Nothing else like it in the world!

Local Attractions for all the Family 

Eden Project - Nothing else like it in the world! A living theatre of plants and people and a botanical garden too - the world poured into a pit housing the largest rainforest in captivity. To be enjoyed what ever the weather. (Quickest route take the ferry at Bodinnick).


Porfell Wildlife Park - is more than just a wildlife park; it’s a sanctuary, a permanent home to animals from the wild and exotic places on earth, as well as our well-loved familiar friends.


The Monkey Sanctuary - has 40 years of experience caring for South American Primates. Formal talks, presentations and indoor displays give visitors the chance to learn about every aspect of the woolly and capuchin monkey life. All situated in beautiful woodlands overlooking Looe Bay.


Carnglaze Caverns - Consists of three underground caverns within the caverns is the famous subterranean lake with its crystal clear blue/green water, all this set in 6.5 acres of wooded hillside of the Loveny Valley at St Neot.


Bodmin Jail - Built in 1779 for King George III, using over 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmins local 'Cuckoo' quarry, visit the execution pit, stocks and underground cells. All set within 3 acres of original buildings and grounds. One of the 25 most haunted attractions in the UK.


St Austell Brewery - Take a walk through 150 years of Cornish history explore their interactive museum and learn the fascinating story of their pubs and beers and experience the whole brewing process. (Quickest route take the ferry at Bodinnick).


Bodmin & Wenford Railway - Enjoy a relaxing journey by Steam Train combined with countryside walks, a pub lunch or a visit to historic Lanhydrock House for a memorable day out.


FOWEY AQUARIUM - The Aquarium is situated on the historic Fowey Town Quay and gives a  fascinating glimpse into the marine life found around the Cornish coast. Although the aquarium is small in size, our visitors are constantly amazed by the variety of marine creatures on display.
In addition to a wide range of fish from the tiny gobies and shannies from the shallows up to Conger eels which inhabit deep wrecks, there are various types of crabs and lobsters lurking in the corners!




Cornwall’s southerly location and mild coastal climate make it a haven for gardeners. Whether you are a seasoned horticulturalist or a beginner looking for inspiration, or if you just enjoy the tranquility and beauty of gardens, there are so many fantastic places to visit within a short distance of Polruan Holiday. These include the famous Eden Project and the

Lost Gardens of Heligan.

The Lost Garden of Heligan - Voted the Nation's favourite garden by BBC Gardeners World, set in almost 200 glorious acres to explore all year round, a truly fascinating discovery a place definitely worth a visit. (Quickest route take the ferry at Bodinnick).

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The garden, shop and refreshments are open all year.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin,


PL30 5AD

Tel: 01208 265950

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Email: lanhydrock@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lanhydrock Gardens

A Victorian garden, which is full of colour all year round. It has a magnificent collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. Beyond the gardens you can follow numerous paths through woods and parkland down to the banks of the River Fowey.

Lanhydrock puts on one of the counties most colourful spring shows, with over 120 species of cream and white magnolias amongst the many wild flowers that carpet the woodland. Learn about the history and the work involved to keep the magnificent gardens maintained via the new interpretation on permanent display in the garden's thatched cottage.

With so much space to roam, Lanhydrock is a family friendly day out. The restaurant has a good children's menu and there are baby-changing facilities on-site. There are also baby slings, and pushchairs for loan, as well as a children's play area to keep the children amused whilst you lie-back and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

The garden, shop and refreshments are open all year.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD
Tel: 01208 265950
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Email: lanhydrock@nationaltrust.org.uk


Pine Lodge Gardens

Winner of the Bronze Award for Small Tourist Attraction of the Year in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, Pine Lodge Gardens is situated on the warm and sheltered south coast of St.Austell Bay, and provides excellent growing conditions for rare, unusual and tender plants. Many have been grown from seed from plant hunting expeditions all over the world.

The collection at Pine Lodge Gardens now stands at well over 6,000 plants, all  labelled, in over 30 acres of well-maintained gardens, and it is being added to each year. Planting in Pine Lodge Gardens has been very carefully planned to provide interest throughout the year.

Pine Lodge Garden, Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall
PL25 3RQ
Tel: 01726 73500
Website: www.pinelodgegardens.co.uk
Email: office@pinelodgegardens.co.uk
Best Route (Via the Bodinnick Ferry


Hidden Valley Garden

A colourful 3.5 acre cottage style garden in a secluded valley. There are many beds and borders of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and grasses, with lots of colour throughout the season. There is also a potager for vegetables and herbs, and rows of soft fruit for ‘pick your own’.

There are collections of Crocosmia, Dahlia and Agapanthus. In one area there is a large wild life pond and bog planting and in a shady part there is a Fernery. Stroll through the Japanese area and Iris beds, and see the ‘Iris Fairy Well’. Relax away from the crowds, make your own refreshments in the tea hut and sample some delicious homemade cakes. You can purchase plants propagated from the garden & entertain your children with a garden quiz (for all ages).

Hidden Valley Garden
Nr Par
PL24 2TU
Tel: 01208 873225
Website: www.hiddenvalleygardens.co.uk
Email: hiddenvalleygardens@yahoo.co.uk
Best route (via Bodinnick Ferry)

Marsh Villa Gardens

Just 10 minutes drive from Bodinnick, near to Par railway station, you will pass an unassuming hedge and a small sign advertising Marsh Villa Gardens. Do not be fooled! Behind the hedge you will find three acres of the most incredibly beautiful and well kept gardens. You can see beautiful formal borders, mixed beds and woodland areas. There are marshland walks and a large natural pond.

You can tell the amount of care and love that has gone into making this garden. Anyone who enjoys plants and gardening will love to spend time here. It is such a great place to relax and get away from it all. Take your time and lounge in the shade of the trees and watch dragonflies buzz over the pond.

Chat to the owners, and find out about the history of the garden, which lies in a former tidal creek, upon which Daphne Du Maurier based her novel, 'The House on the Strand'. Enjoy a cream tea or a slice of delicious homemade cake. Browse the plants for sale. Dogs are welcome on leads.


Marsh Villa Gardens, St Andrews Road, ParCornwallPL24 2LUTel: 01726 815920Website: www.marshvillagardens.co.uk

Best Route (via Bodinnick ferry)

Cornish Market World - The biggest indoor market in Britain over 300 stalls with a massive selection of goods at very competitive prices. Adjacent to the market you will find Kidzworld, Cornwall's premier Children's Adventure Play centre,  

Please note: Cornish Market World open weekends only and Wednesdays during high season. (Quickest route take the ferry at Bodinnick)


Trago superstore - Discover Trago's original Cornish site in the picturesque wooded Glynn Valley, on the A38 between Liskeard and Bodmin. A bargain-Hunt for all brand names, relax in the picnic areas alongside 2/3 mile of beautiful Fowey riverbank or treat your family to a freshly cooked meal in the "Keg and Kettle" lakeside restaurant aviary tea room or Fit 'T' Bust takeaway. Enjoy an "Early Shopper" breakfast open 9.00am 7 days -a- week from only 1.99p!Over 1,000 free car parking spaces


Other local activities Fishing, deep-sea diving, shark fishing, boat trips or hire, golf, horse riding, cycle hire, Go-Karting, Cornish Orchards and Cider Farms, ancient Churches, Chapels and Castles, Historical buildings and much, much, more …All details available within our information room.