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Unveiling History: Your Ultimate Guide to a Historical Holiday in Southern Cornwall

Are you ready to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Southern Cornwall? From ancient castles to mystical legends, this enchanting region offers a treasure trove of historical landmarks waiting to be explored. Join us as we uncover the top historical sites and attractions that will make your holiday at Foxglove Field unforgettable.

St. Michael's Mount: A Castle on the Sea

First on our itinerary is the enchanting St. Michael's Mount, a tidal island crowned by a medieval castle. Accessible by a causeway at low tide or by boat, this historic site is steeped in legend and lore. Explore the castle's rooms adorned with antique furniture and paintings, and learn about its fascinating history, from its origins as a monastery to its transformation into a fortress. Don't miss the subtropical gardens that surround the island, offering a tranquil retreat with stunning views of the coastline.

Discovering Maritime Heritage at Falmouth

For centuries, Falmouth has been a bustling port town with a rich maritime heritage. Explore the historic docks and waterfront, where tall ships once sailed in and out of the harbor. Visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall to learn about the town's seafaring history and the role it played in global trade. Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade, lined with charming shops, cafes, and galleries. With its picturesque harbor and maritime charm, Falmouth offers a glimpse into Cornwall's vibrant maritime past.

Journeying Through Time at Pendennis Castle

Perched atop a headland overlooking Falmouth Bay, Pendennis Castle has stood guard over the coastline for centuries. Built by Henry VIII in the 16th century, this imposing fortress offers visitors the chance to step back in time and explore its storied past. Climb the battlements for panoramic views of the sea, and discover the castle's fascinating history through interactive exhibits and guided tours. With its breathtaking views and rich historical significance, Pendennis Castle is a must-see attraction for history buffs and castle enthusiasts.

Delving into Mining History at Levant Mine and Geevor Mine

Southern Cornwall's mining heritage is a crucial part of its history, shaping the landscape and communities for centuries. Located near the picturesque coastal village of St. Just, Levant Mine stands as a testament to Cornwall's tin and copper mining industry. As one of the region's most iconic mines, Levant played a crucial role in Cornwall's industrial revolution. It is also home to the world’s only working Cornish beam engine powered by steam on its original site. 

Further west, Geevor Mine provides a comprehensive look into the region's mining history. Explore the underground tunnels and exhibits detailing the daily lives of miners. From the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to interactive displays, Geevor Mine offers a fascinating insight into Cornwall's industrial past.

Smuggling Tales: Prussia Cove’s Infamous History

Nestled along the rugged coastline, Prussia Cove holds a fascinating history intertwined with smuggling lore. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this secluded cove served as a haven for notorious smugglers who operated along the Cornish coast. Led by the infamous Carter family, Prussia Cove became a hub for clandestine activities, with hidden caves and secret passages providing refuge for contraband goods such as brandy, tobacco, and tea. Despite efforts by revenue officers to thwart their operations, the Carter gang's cunning and intimate knowledge of the coastline allowed them to evade capture for years. Today, visitors to Prussia Cove can explore the scenic coastline and imagine the daring exploits of Cornwall's most notorious smugglers, whose legacy continues to capture the imagination of adventurers and historians alike.

Insider tips for an unforgettable historic holiday 

  1. Off-Peak Exploration: Consider visiting popular historical sites like St. Michael's Mount during off-peak hours or seasons to avoid crowds. If you are visiting at peak times, we would recommend leaving the car at Foxglove Field and walking into Marazion. You can find out more about this walk here.

  2. Local Guided Tours: Opt for guided tours led by local experts to gain deeper insights into the history and culture of the area. Find out more on our Activities page.

  3. Exploring Hidden Gems: While iconic landmarks like Pendennis Castle are must-see attractions, don't overlook the lesser-known historical sites and hidden gems scattered throughout Southern Cornwall. Take the time to explore quaint villages, ancient churches, and lesser-known ruins tucked away off the beaten path.

A Journey Through Time

From ancient legends to maritime heritage and mining history, a holiday at Foxglove Field promises an immersive journey through time. Whether you're exploring medieval castles, or uncovering the secrets of Cornwall's mining industry, there's something for every history enthusiast to discover in this enchanting region. So pack your bags, set out on your historical odyssey, and prepare to be captivated by the rich tapestry of Southern Cornwall's past.


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