Farther Afield

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Where do we start? Well, we don't, really. There's just so much to go at. However, here are a few of our favourites slightly further afield as a starter.

 

The Eden Project, the now world renowned environmental site (and rightly so!), is about a forty minute drive from Sheviock Barton, and well worth the trip.

 

Elsewhere in Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must-see, and the Looe to Liskeard railway is a really good trip. West Looe is less spoilt than East Looe. Park and take the water taxi across.

 

There's a lovely walk from Talland Bay to Polperro, and the Talland Bay Hotel is a great spot for lunch. Polruan and Fowey (pronounced "Foy") are picturesque and coastal, with interesting shops and more upmarket than Looe.

 

Bodmin Moor, around Minions and The Cheesewring masses of history, walks, and scenery. Charlestown, a small port just south of St Austell often used as a film set but good nonetheless.

 

St Ives is increasingly good picturesque, artistic and sufficiently lively. Truro, the only city in Cornwall, has a good range of interesting, and some stylish, shops, alongside the impressive Victorian cathedral.

 

For shopaholics, Trago Mills, on the A38 between Liskeard and Bodmin, with all the charm of an old style Russian superstore but with some real bargains if you seek them out.

 

The Camel Trail Cycle Ride is an excellent 'easy' ride. A great way of getting to Rick Stein's Padstow (or 'Padstein' as it's becoming known) without the parking hassle. Cycle hire at Wadebridge or Padstow.

 

Cotehele is a lovely country house and estate north of Saltash, as is Pentillie Castle although the latter is only open for special events as listed on its website.

 

Lanhydrock, another lovely country house and estate between Bodmin and Lostwithiel, and Restormel Castle is a real castle just north of the pretty town of Lostwithiel, itself a mecca for antique lovers.

 

Plymouth

 

Plymouth is only seven miles from Sheviock Barton via the Torpoint ferry. World War II had a major impact on the city, seriously affecting its architecture. Much of it is like any other city, with all the usual shops. However, the city is improving all the time, particularly as a visitor destination. The Hoe and the historic Barbican areas, around the waterfront, are improving all the time and are well worth a visit. And it can be handy for children of even adult age, with lots of things to do on a rainy day.

 

For an up to date check on entertainment in Plymouth , check here.

 

In the Barbican area, as well as the boats, shops, pubs and restaurants, try:

 

The National Marine Aquarium, on the Barbican, is particularly good for sharks and seahorses.

 

For those with that sort of interest, how about a tour around the Plymouth Gin distillery?

 

On the Hoe, as well as spectacular views, you will find the 'big wheel', offering spectacular views of the city and the Sound, and Smeaton's Tower, once upon a time the Eddystone Lighthouse, eight miles off shore, and now moved to a more accessible but less functional location.

 

There's a choice of restaurants on the Hoe, including renowned chef Gary Rhodes' place, Rhodes at the Dome, Maritimo's (Spanish flavour offering), and the Wet Wok (Chinese), and all offer spectacular views over the Sound.

 

Other places of note in Plymouth:

 

Plymouth Pavilions with concert hall, swimming pool, ice rink, etc.

 

The Theatre Royal and its smaller offshoot the Drum Theatre offer top class productions.

 

Plymouth Arts Centre is worth a visit, and the Royal William Yard has been utterly transformed in the last ten years into a development of art centres, restaurants, shops and apartments.

 

You'll find all the usual shops in the city centre and in Drake Circus Shopping Centre. The Millbridge area has the only real, albeit miniscule, nucleus of antique shops.

 

Cinemas

 

     - Plymouth Arts Centre

     - Reel Cinema

     - Vue Plymouth