Finding History in Cornwall

History is around every corner in Cornwall and there’s something to see from every era – including castles and forts,stately homes and tin mines.

History is most definitely family friendly throughout the county with many places offering child friendly activities and things to explore. There’s also plenty to find on walks, in local towns and in¬†Davey Jones locker.
Here’s a round up of our recommendations:
Boscastle and Tintagel Castle 

A wonderful historical castle built on the edge of the cliffs at Tintagel and linked with the legends of King Arthur.
Minnack Theatre
Although technically not particularly historic this wonderful stone amphitheatre is perched above the beautiful beach of Porthcurno hosting a number of plays throughout the summer and also open to explore.
Zennor Quoit

Nestled on the rugged north coast of Cornwall , Zennor Quoit and Zennor mermaid carvings are part of Cornwall,s medieval stones, burial chambers and legend. Rumour has it if any of the Zennor quoit stones are removed they will find their way back overnight!
Restormal castle

A 13th century castle ruin perched high on a Norman mound and home to Civil War action in 1644. Clamber up to the castle to see the ruins and dry ditch and see if you can spot the black pheasant lurking on the grounds.

St Michael’s mount

Legend has it that it was built by a giant. This amazing castle on a mount (twinned with Mont Saint Michel in France) with its stone cobbled causeway is a must to visit on foot or by boat.

Mining heritage
Cornwall is most famous for its mining heritage and it is awash with mining edifices. Visit Gevor Tin Mine, Heartlands and Poldark Mine to learn more about its mining history or walk the Great Flat Lode to see the engine house ruins.


A cornish fishing village and pristine example of a Georgian working port. Visit the harbour to see its historical construction and old boats, you may also recognise the port from its many TV appearances including Poldark!

Shipwrecks and treasure
Cornwall is renowned for its stories of pirates and smuggling which can still be seen in the many shipwrecks off the coast. Dive for treasure and explore the reefs or take the coast path to view the wrecks. For more information on wrecks visit this treasure map!