Newquay is the pride of the Atlantic coast with its crashing surf, beautiful beaches and picturesque old harbour from where you might like to take a relaxing boat trip. Perhaps head to Newquay Zoo to learn about animal conservation and watch the penguins in their pool, the creepy crawlies in the tropical house and the big cats devouring their lunch! Maybe you’d like to ride the Lappa Valley miniature gauge steam train, be amazed at the Blue Reef Aquarium watching sharks and octopuses from its underwater tunnel or explore Trenance Leisure Park where you’ll find crazy golf, a mini railway and pitch and putt. Perhaps you’d like to head out to the National Trust’s Trerice House, a romantic Elizabethan Manor with plush interiors, formal gardens and an enchanting tearoom. We explore the coastline discovering picturesque fishing ports, visit the maritime port of Falmouth and experience Truro – Cornwall’s only city.
Falmouth & Truro
Our first port of call today is lively Falmouth, steeped in maritime history and home to the world’s third largest deepwater harbour. It is a town that has inspired countless artists, sailors, explorers and musicians. Near the entrance to Falmouth Docks you’ll find the lifeboat station where guides are happy to give you a tour of their boats and explain the activities of the RNLI. We continue to Truro, Cornwall’s only city and home to a stunning gothic revival cathedral with three soaring spires that dominate the skyline. Inside its grand walls you’ll find a treasure trove of the biggest stained glass project in the world.
St Ives & Penzance
A visit to the quintessential English fishing village of St Ives. Perhaps sit and watch the world go by at the harbour or meander the narrow streets. Next we visit Penzance, England’s most southerly point and has an abundance of palm trees and gardens full of sub-tropical plants.
Padstow & Japanese Gardens
We travel to the quaint fishing village of Padstow, famous for Rick Stein’s fish restaurant. Later, we visit the Japanese Gardens, an exotic paradise where you will be inspired by stunning displays of bonsai, azaleas, themed gardens, a bamboo grove, tumbling waterfall and the tranquillity of the scent-filled Zen viewing house.
St Austell & Charlestown
This old market town is just a few minutes from the coast and is one of Cornwalls biggest towns. Visit St Austell Brewery or explore the towns history as a centre for the clay china industry. We head to Charlestown, St Austells port, which has been used as a film location for TV’s Poldark.
The Barrowfield Hotel has been awarded TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence and commands a superb location just a ten minute stroll from the heart of Newquay and only 200 yards from Tolcarne Beach. There is a sunny terrace, coffee shop and a ballroom where live entertainment is hosted most evenings.
GLENTON PALMER customers who rate the hotel either good or excellent:
Comfort & cleanliness: 81%