National Trust Areas of West Cornwall

For those with an interest in National Trust places and spaces, the westernmost tip of Cornwall is home to an intriguing diversity of sites – despite not being known for having a particular high concentration of them. Ranging from gardens which make the most of the county’s temperate climate, to areas which offer a window into Cornwall’s unique past – aside from the region’s fantastic coastline and laid back way of life, it are these sites including those under the management of the Trust which contribute toward making the region such an appealing place to visit.

What follows is a short guide to some key National Trust sites in West Cornwall.

Trengwainton Garden
Trengwainton is a luscious and exotic 25-acre garden situated just a few minutes from the south coastal town of Penzance. The abundance of prehistoric-looking ferns and trees as well as a family trail makes this destination well tailored for any age range, whilst intriguing design flourishes such as a walled garden built to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark and an amazing array of colourful flower varieties may well bring out the more childlike side of older visitors.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Mining is a huge part of Cornish history and the Beam Engine at Levant Mine is significant because it is the only still-working Cornish beam engine in its original site. To see the huge water pumping machine working today is quite a sight and does well to conjure much imagining of a world literally powered by steam – and knowing that until the helping hand of a formidable group called the ‘Greasy Gang’ restored it to its former glory (after 60 years!), it is truly a special and unique attraction. Levant Mine and Beam Engine is located north of St Just.

St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount lies just off the south coast just east of Penzance. The castle and surrounding island is home to the St Auben family and a community of villagers which works to sustain itself as a self-contained parish. The mount and castle is open to the public at specific times relating to the seasons. Yet, despite the necessity to plan your visit, the attraction is more than worth it – and perhaps one of the best links to Cornwall’s amazing past, another way of life, as well as the county’s wider relation to the rest of the world.

Godolphin Estate is a fine example of Tudor/Stuart architecture and garden design located just outside of the small town of Helston. The estate covers around 555 acres in total though restoration is ongoing in places meaning certain areas are currently out of bounds whilst others can only be entered with a tour guide. Despite this there is much to see, and one of the most striking aspects of this attraction is the way in which it has remained so unchanged for hundreds of years. Its tranquil well-kept gardens are also a prime asset.