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Places of Interest in Mid Cornwall

The main Towns in Mid Cornwall are -

Newquay, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Lostwithiel and St Austell. Each has a section below containing information and links.


Newquay is about 35 miles (45-60 minutes) North North East of Pengoon Farm

Population (2001) 19,562

The surfing capital of Europe, Newquay boasts many attractions for visitors including:

Buccaneer Bay (formerly Tunnels Through Time) in St Michaels Road is the town's greatest swashbucklin' adventure.

Ten Pin Bowling at California Bowl the Hotel California, Pentire Crescent

Newquay Zoo at Trenance Gardens

Newquay Waterworld near the zoo has a 60m water flume.

Trerice House (National Trust)

Oasis at Hendra - Fantastic fun pools with 3 water flumes, the Hendra River Rapid Ride, water cannon, fountains, geyser, 30 metre pool, waterfall and toddlers area.

Blue Reef Aquarium at Towan Promenade.

Just out of Newquay are:

Springfields Fun Park & Pony Centre at St Columb Major

Dairyland Farm World towards Quintrell Downs

Lappa Valley Steam Railway near St Newlyn East

Holywell Bay Fun Park at Holywell bay


45 miles (15 minutes) North West of Pengoon Farm

Population in 2001 - 6,222

Further up the North coast from Newquay is the market town of Wadebridge.

Attractions in this area include:

Crealy Adventure Park at Tredinnick

Porteath Bee Centre at Polzeath

National Lobster Hatchery at South Quay, Padstow

St Eval Kart Racing Circuit at St Eval

Pencarrow House heading back towards Bodmin


42 miles (50 - 60 minutes) north east of Pengoon Farm

Population in 2001 - 12,778

Former County Town which also hosted the County Court and local prison (Bodmin Gaol).

Attractions in this area include:

Bodmin & Wenford Railway on the road from Bodmin to Wadebridge

Lanhydrock House (National Trust) One of Cornwall's finest historic houses built in 1651. With a landscape of gardens, parkland and woods overlooking the River Fowey to the south of Bodmin.

Pencarrow House from Bodmin heading towards Wadebridge.

The Courtroom Experience at the Shire Hall

St Austell

32 to 36 miles (55 - 60 minutes) from Pengoon Farm

Population (2001) 22,658

Across to the South coast to find this old market town situated in the heart of the China Clay mining area.

Attractions in this area include:

The Eden Project - the 8th wonder of the modern world

The China Clay Country Park at Wheal Martyn

Shipwreck & Heritage Centre at Charlestown right next to the ancient harbour which has featured in so many films and television series including the Onedin Line, The Eagle Has Landed and The Darwin Story.

World of Model Railways at Mevagissey

Trewithan Gardens and House at Grampound

Lost Gardens of Heligan near Pentewan

Caerhays Castle is at the rear of Caerhays beach along the coast to the south of St Austell

Cornish Market World and Ben's Playworld at Stadium Park, Par Moor Road (A3082)


43miles (60 - 65 minutes) North East from Pengoon Farm

Population (2001) 2,739

Lostwithiel boasts a fine example of a Norman castle at Restormel Castle. Built as a symbol of wealth and status, and home to Edward, the Black Prince, it offers splendid views over the surrounding countryside.

Lostwithiel was developed by the Earls of Cornwall to become the County Capital. It was the centre for the administration of county affairs and the main trading centre for tin.

The town suffered during the Civil War, when it was occupied by Parliamentary soldiers and besieged by Royalists throughout August 1644. Eventually the Parliamentarians were routed, but the town was left shattered, and its people starving. Gradually they recovered, and there was much rebuilding in the late 17th century.

Lostwithiel Museum is housed in the Georgian Corn Exchange and the adjoining Town Gaol in Fore Street.

The Duchy Palace originally stretched along the quay as far as the archway at the end of South Street. It was badly damaged by Parliamentary soldiers during the Siege of Lostwithiel in 1644. It is now owned by the Prince's Regeneration Trust and is undergoing conservation and renovation.

More information on Cornwall's tourist attractions can be found on the Visiting Cornwall Website