Weird and Wonderful Cornwall – Strange Things To See!

We’ve told you about the beaches and beacons,the  coves and the countryside of Cornwall but have we told you about the weird and wonderful? Underneath Cornwall’s beautiful sights lies the slightly obscure, and ‘one of a kind’ things to see and do. This week we search for the hidden spots, discover the untold and give you a slice of Cornwall that won’t be in any guide books.

 

Here are our recommendations for weird and wonderful sights in Cornwall

 

Hawkers Hut – Morewenstow

This driftwoord hut was built into the cliff by clergyman Robert Stephen Hawker in 1844. It was used as his writing, smoking and coast watching retreat. The smallest property owned by the National Trust, it is a short walk away from the church. More details on the Hawkers Hut walk can be found here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morwenstow/trails/hawkers-hut-walk

 

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Boscastle

The world’s largest collection of witchcraft and related artefacts, this museum shows how witchcraft has been perceived over the centuries including the famous witch trials and the present day witches. For more information visit http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/

 

Victorian Murder Mystery – Bodmin

Join the jury of an 18th century murder trial of a local girl allegedly murdered by her lover. Enjoy a tour of the cells and re-enactment of the trial where you can decide the lovers’ fate. http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/attractions/courtroom-experience.htm

 

Goonhilly Satallite Earth Station – Goonhilly

A strange sight on the landscape, this site is home to 60 satallite dishes all names after Cornish legends and  receive the vast majority of England’s satallite communications and international news. Learn about these dishes and how they operate before touring the site and operating a dish!  http://www.goonhilly.org/

 

Telegraph Mesuem – Porthcurno

Home to the submarine transatlantic Telegraph cables this museum has displays showing the history of submarine cable-laying ships and telegraphy, and a variety of samples of cable designs used throughout its long history. The museum also as a varied collection of still-working equipment designed for telegraphy. http://telegraphmuseum.org/

 

Carn Brea Castle – Carnkie

Walk up Carn Brea to the rugged stone castle and discover a middle eastern restaurant! Have your fill of traditional kebabs and listen to traditional music in this eccentric and atmospheric  surroundings with spectacular views across Cornwall.  For more information visit https://www.eatoutcornwall.com/restaurants/redruth/carn-brea-castle.html

 

Halliggye-Fogou – Trelowarren near Helston

This Fogou –  an underground, dry-stone defence structure found on Iron Age or Romano-British sitesis found on the lovely Trelowarren Estate. It consists of a long narrow tunnel leading to three sectioned chambers which was dug in Victorian times by supposed treasure hunters and is the largest and best-preserved of several mysterious underground tunnels associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements. http://trelowarren.com/

 

Bag O Rags – Penzance

A pirate shop on board a boat in the Harbour – yes you read that correctly! Ben Bones Locker is open April to September aboard the Bag O Rags ex fishing boat for all your pirate needs – the website is also an interesting read! http://www.bagorags.co.uk/