Situated in an old China Clay pit, the enormous "Biomes" themselves are a wondrous sight, and the collections of plants from every corner of the world enable the visitor to experience life in the rain forests and the Mediterranean in the space of a few hours.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Rediscovered in 1990 after slumbering for over 70 years, Heligan has been restored to its former glory and is now one of Cornwall's best gardens
Other gardens in the area:
Taste the fine local beers produced at the St Austell Brewery on one of their special tours.
Venture out into the crazy lunar-style landscape of the China Clay works behind the town and picture James Bond and Dr Who's appearances here. Find out more about it at the fascinating Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum.
From the Aquarium and zoo to exciting adventure playgrounds, Newquay boasts a world of family attractions away from its beaches. There is plenty of other family fun when you've had enough of sandcastles and ice cream.
Come face to face with reef sharks in the underwater tunnel at the Blue Reef Aquarium Make a splash in the tropics of The Oasis Fun Pool or Waterworld at Trenance Leisure Park.
The Royal Cornwall Museum is the oldest and premier museum in Cornwall for exhibitions detailing Cornish history and culture, with a wide range of collections such as archaeology, art and geology.
Truro is also noted for its parks and open spaces, including Victoria Gardens, Boscawen Park and Daubuz Moors.
The picturesque village of Polruan can be reached by passenger ferry and, during the summer season, there is a ferry service to the fishing village of Mevagissey, or why not take your car on the Bodinnick Ferry and follow the coastal road to Looe or visit the village or Polperro?
The aqueduct at Luxulyan is a Trust attraction in its own right (designated a World Heritage site in 2006).
Also worth a visit is the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre. Located in one of the old China Clay buildings, the centre contains a number of exhibits relating to Charlestown's maratime past along with more general shipwreck salvage from Cornwall's coast.
Polkerris can also be reached via the South West Coastal Path from Par Sands; a lovely walk with breathtaking scenery.
Other Local Activities
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