6 National Trust Days Out With Children in Cornwall
We love Cornwall and National Trust days out here at Mini Travellers and we were surprised to learn the other day that some people still don’t think their properties are suitable for children. The National Trust has put children at the heart of a lot of their properties over the last few years and if your last experience of a visit was when you were a child then you need to go back, as things have changed a lot!
Whether you are visiting simply for some fresh air, to ride a bike or to play in one of the many adventure playgrounds we are sure you will find a National Trust property in Cornwall that you will love.
Cotehele house is an “architectural hotch-potch”. There are four floors of history where you can see the quirky tastes of the Georgian Edgcumb family, who have owned the estate for 600 years. As well as the house, there is 1300 acres to explore including a mill and the quay. Iona, from Redpeffer says: “We looked around inside the house and it’s quite an impressive place-plenty of things to entertain the children including a special room with access only suitable for those aged 18 and under. Needless to say my two loved sneaking in and out of that. And there was the chance to hold some impressive swords!”…read more
Lanhydrock is a magnificent Victorian mansion which stands in 1000 acre estate. Inside the house you will find every nook and cranny filled with all the mod cons of 1881, there is even an entire suite of rooms dedicated to the family’s children. Outside you will find the formal gardens where you are free to wander the paths and enjoy a picnic on the benches provided. The rest of the Lanhydrock estate,which is made up of park land, woods and riverside paths are dog friendly so all the family can have an enjoyable day. Claire, from Tin Box Traveller, and her family had a wonderful time on their visit, her daughter especially enjoyed the indoor and outdoor trails which kept her eager to find all the clues…read more
St Michaels Mount is accessed by the causeway at low tide or by boat for a small cost. There are subtropical gardens and medieval pathways to explore. Remember to pick up your trail quiz first. Be warned that the castle is up a steep climb, so get your baby carriers out if you plan to take small children with you. Stephanie, from A Cornish Mum says: “We looked for the heart stone on the way up, it’s harder to spot than I’d imagined, and there are few fake ones dotted around to try to trick you. In Cornish legend, the heart belonged to Cormoran, a giant killed by Jack the Giant Killer who was a local. Apparently, if you listen hard enough you can still hear his heart beating”….read more
Saltram‘s magnificent Georgian mansion lies just minutes from Plymouth’s city centre. The gardens and woodlands offer up plenty to keep children occupied. From building dens to finding the fairydoors in the trees and following the clues of the garden trail. Saltram also puts on themed activities throughout the year. Claire, from Tin box Traveller, says: “Saltram has a wooden adventure playground at its entrance which you can use even if you are only visiting the estate for walk in the grounds. Tin Box Tot and Baby loved going down the slide and jumping across the tree stumps”…read more
Trelissick House is far from your usual country house experience. Set in over 300 acres of countryside, woodlands and beautiful gardens, the house is partly furnished with some of the original furniture obtained by the trust and boast a contemporary art gallery and a lovely cafe. Claire, from Tin Box Traveller, says: “The combination of children’s treasure trails, wide open spaces and houses packed full of curiosities has been a winning one as our girls start to explore the world around them”… read more
Kynance Cove is best visited around low tide so the family can fully explore the hidden parts of the beach and the caves. Be sure to keep an eye on the tide so you don’t get stuck though! Wendy, from Daisies and Pie, says: “A truly magical place especially for children the stunning white sandy beaches, the endless caves and rocky corridors, the numerous fabulous rock pools teaming with sea creatures make it a natural playground”…read more