Step Back in Time Pre-Celtic standing stones Cornwall is steeped in history and everywhere you go, reminders of past civilisations, some thousands of years old, loom large. Ancient stone circles stand stark on the remote moorlands, their true purpose unknown. Huge Neolithic burial chambers defy gravity; mysterious, holy wells guard their secrets in quiet, leafy lanes and weather-beaten, Celtic stone crosses abound. Ruins of pump engine houses and stone chimneys, silhouetted against the moorland sky, are haunting reminders of Cornwall’s history of tin and copper mining while, along the coast, cliff forts and castles speak of less peaceful times. The Hall at CoteheleIn and around South East Cornwall there are magnificent houses to visit - several are owned by The National Trust. Furnished with fine paintings and splendid antiques, they all have wonderful grounds to match. After six hundred years, Cotehele still seems frozen in time - without electricity or modern services in the house, it's easy to feel you've stepped back in history! As well as the intimate manor and stunning gardens, visit the restored mill and quay on the riverside.

At Antony House, admire the 18th century dovecote and bath pond house in the beautiful grounds which were landscaped by Repton. Or take in Lanhydrock, with its magnificent 32 metre long gallery, with decorated plaster ceiling. In this fascinating house, you'd think the children were just out to play, judging by the wonderful toys waiting in the nursery! Mount Edgcumbe House, now owned by Cornwall County and Plymouth City Councils, looks out across the Plymouth Sound and down upon its delightful, landscaped Park. Built in 1547, it houses a fine collection of porcelain, paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and some 16th century tapestries. To find out more about South East Cornwall's fascinating heritage, click the website links or contact: Looe, Polperro and district website: heritage pages 

South East Cornwall

Museums Forum
The Minions Heritage Centre
Minions, Liskeard, PL14 5LJ.
Telephone: 01579 362350
Email: [email protected]

The Discovery Centre
Millpool, West Looe, PL13 2AAF.
Telephone: 01503 263286
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.southeastcornwall.co.uk

The National Trust
Cornwall Regional Office, Lanhydrock,
Bodmin, PL30 4DE.
Telephone: 01208 74281
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.thenationaltrust.org.uk