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Eden Project

Just a mile inland from St Austell Bay there’s a chance to visit one of the UK’s most popular gardens. The futuristic domes of the Eden Project fill the crater of a former china clay quarry. They simulate different temperate zones and house thousands of exotic plants, including the world’s biggest indoor rainforest. There are outdoor gardens dotted with artwork and places to eat too.

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Looe is a classic small seaside resort with nautical pubs, cafes and shops in narrow streets either side of a busy harbour at the river mouth. Energetic visitors try coastpath adventures, particularly towards Polperro, and boat trips to Looe Island.


Park at the top of the pedestrianised village and walk down cobbled lanes and alleys. They lead between whitewashed fishing cottages and seafood eateries perched on cliffs around a tiny medieval harbour.


Pastel-painted terraces and narrow winding streets overlook a deep wooded estuary full of bobbing yachts and fishing boats. Between stylish bars, galleries and restaurants you can find a museum, castle and aquarium.


The big C-shape on the map to the southwest of Plymouth is awkward to drive to because it’s one giant dead-end. But it’s worth the detour to this forgotten corner of Cornwall.

St Austell Bay

Cornwall’s biggest town has an unglamorous reputation despite interesting visitor centres at its brewery and china clay quarries. Yet the old Victorian town centre is a relaxing non-touristy place to wander.

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