top places to explore
The area surrounding Tor House and Torpoint is affectionately named, 'the forgotten Cornwall' and we'd like to share a secret with you...this couldn't be a bigger bonus!
With the rise of Poldark, Doc Martin and the allure of the Cornish landscape drawing millions of tourists each year, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to take in everything our beautiful county has to offer, and you could be forgiven for overlooking the most beautiful and tranquil places.
We'd like to divulge a few places in and around Torpoint that you'll be wanting to add to your Torpoint Bucket List. Top beaches, quaint coastal villages, lively city locations and the transport links that will make your travelling a breeze.
From it's location on the Rame Peninsula of South Cornwall, Torpoint is the ultimate gateway for exploring these fantastic locations. Here are our top choices!
1. Antony house & Gardens
2 miles from Tor House
A grand, 18th century mansion with woodland gardens, you may recognise the impressive exterior of this house from Tim Burton's 2010 version of the classic, Alice in Wonderland.
The house has been owned by the same family for over 600 years, which is clear from the rich family history seen throughout the decoration and style of the interior. Beautiful tailoring, a lavish library and a wonderful blend of classical and modern styles make this house really something to see.
In spring-time, Antony Garden is alive with bluebells, wild garlic and magnolia. Take a walk and explore the grounds, before sampling delicious delights from the Antony cafe.
For more information, see the website for Antony House HERE
2. Kingsand & cawsand
6.1 Miles from Tor House
South Cornwall's answer to Port Isaac, Kingsand and Cawsand are twin villages that were once separated by a border - Kingsand was in Devon, Cawsand in Cornwall, until 1844 when the boundary shifted.
This heritage runs deep through this quaint fishing village and is marked by a building in-between the two villages, aptly titled, 'Devoncorn'. Visitors to the villages can enjoy learning tales of the smuggling past of this areas and explore the old fish cellars and boat stores that would have taken part in the area's colourful history.
There are three main beaches within close proximity to the villages, Kingsand Beach, Girt Beach and Cawsand Beach, featuring rock pools, sandy beach and safe swimming.
Every May Day Bank Holiday, the Black Prince Procession makes way from Millbrook, to Kingsand and then, Cawsand, where a model boat, fully decorated in flowers is floated out to sea, in order to wave away Winter and welcome the Summer.
3. COASTEERING AROUND
6.9 Miles from Tor House
Take a walk on the wild side! Adventure Bay offer an experience coasteering around Whitsand Bay, where daredevils can have the opportunity to free-fall 35 feet into deep water, or the more sedate adventurers can take in amazing vantage points and wildlife.
This experience can be adapted to suit most ages (min age 10) and abilities so don’t be put off by some of the more extreme aspects to coasteering,
you choose what elements you do!
For more information see the Adventure Bay website HERE!
Ultimate thrill seekers can go exploring 'The Cavern', a partly submerged tunnel and cave.
4. Take the Torpoint ferry to plymouth
We could fill another blog post with recommended places to see and exciting things to do in Plymouth, but we'll keep on topic and here and simply say, if you're after the excitement of a city and strong heritage, yet inspired with the locality of the South West, Plymouth is your place!
Take a short ferry trip across the estuary from Torpoint and explore the city's varied history, whatever time of year. Take a look around Royal William Yard and discover what was once a major naval base, has been transformed into a trendy and thriving community featuring boutique restaurants, exhibition spaces, independent retailers and lively atmospheres.
In the warmer months, visitors flock to Tinside Lido, near Plymouth Hoe. The lido is consistently voted in the top 10 of Europe's top outdoor pools and is reflective of the then popular Art Deco style of the 1930's. Wait until you see the view!
For more places to visit in Plymouth: head over to Visit Plymouth
Take a trip to the UK's largest aquarium, Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium. They have over 70 sharks from more than 10 different species and a mesmerising viewing panel for an immersive view.
5. Port Eliot Estate
9.1 Miles from Tor House
Last, but certainly not least, we thoroughly recommend a trip to Port Eliot House and Garden, a spectacular Grade 1 house set within a whopping 6,000 acres.
Take a walk around the beautiful grounds, discover the orangery, and enjoy a picnic in the award winning 'best picnic spot'. Wander amongst thousands of daffodils, fields of wild garlic and age-old trees.
Every July, the Port Eliot Estate is transformed into a giant playground of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!