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Cornwall's St Mawes, Gardens & Cornish Cream Tea

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI8824

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days


If you love a taste of Cornwall, you're really going to enjoy this fabulous, great value Cornish midweek break. You'll stay in the comfortable and friendly Ship & Castle Hotel set in an unbeatable location in St Mawes, overlooking the village’s picture-postcard harbour, ideal for exploring. You can also take in some of the best of the Cornish Coast plus breathtaking gardens and enjoy a traditional cream tea the Cornish way!

Spend time just soaking up the atmosphere and doing your own thing. Maybe take a boat trip, explore St Mawes Castle, one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, enjoy an authentic Cornish pasty or some local seafood or simply appreciate the delights of this beautiful fishing village.

You can have the choice of spending all of your time in and around St Mawes or heading out on our included excursions. We make a leisurely journey along the coast to the attractive village of Mevagissey where you can take a wander around the beautiful harbour or cute shops in the labyrinth of streets. Also discover the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan where we discover its spectacular gardens and the UK’s only outside jungle! We will include a scenic tour visiting Porthleven, taking in the Lizard Peninsula and Falmouth, where you'll have time to enjoy a stroll and explore the town’s attractions.

An ideal choice for:

* Lovers of everything Cornwall
* Anyone looking for a fabulous midweek break
* People who love the natural beauty of our great island
PRICE FROM ? £459 per person
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Day 1

Join your coach this morning and head south west towards the beautiful county of Cornwall, and the fishing village of St Mawes. On arrival at your comfortable hotel you will have time to settle in and relax, perhaps enjoying a drink in the bar or taking a stroll around the picturesque harbour before your first tasty evening meal.

Days 2 to 4

Start each day of your break in Cornwall with a hearty breakfast. Your comfortable central hotel allows you to make the most of your free time to explore your lovely resort and its beautiful location on the south Cornish coast. Don't miss your INCLUDED excursions to the beautiful coastal Cornish town of Mevagissey and the amazing Lost Gardens of Heligan where we enjoy an introductory talk and a traditional Cornish Cream Tea plus time to explore the breathtaking surroundings, including the spectacular jungle! We also include a scenic tour to the historic fishing village of Porthleven, the stunning Lizard Peninsula and the lovely coastal town of Falmouth with time at leisure.

Return to your hotel every evening for dinner and the opportunity to swap stories with your fellow travellers. Entertainment is included some nights, giving you the opportunity to step out and sample St Mawes by night on other evenings.

Day 5

After a final hearty Cornish breakfast it is time to say farewell to Cornwall today, heading homewards with time to relax on your comfortable coach with fond memories of your lovely midweek break.

St Mawes

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationSt Mawes is a traditional South Cornwall fishing village, bustling with waterfront activities and boasts the perfect-picture postcard retreat. Once a fishing port, narrow streets and cottages help to give this pretty village a quaint feel, albeit with all the modern facilities you could need. There’s a treasure trove of beaches, coves, and creeks all along the Roseland Heritage Coast, including beaches that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. You can take leisurely strolls along the coast, spend time relaxing on the beach or enjoy serene boat trips. If you are more active you can make the most of the wonderful walking trails and maybe take part in any of the water sport activities available. You can also find St Mawes Castle, among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all.

Image credit Adam Gibbard


INCLUDED Visitor DestinationNarrow streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of the old Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole. In typical picture postcard style, pubs, cafes, galleries and shops cluster around the harbour walls and line the pretty streets. Named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey, the village dates back to at least 1313 and during the 1800s Mevagissey prospered on the back of the abundant source of pilchards out to sea. Around the maze of streets you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants that the village is renowned for and there is nothing more sublimely Cornish than tucking into some local scallops and mackerel!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationHeligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Thirty years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. This Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England and it remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the ground breaking restoration project. There are more than 200 acres, a veritable paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. The Jungle takes visitors on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional and rare breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands.

Porthleven, The Lizard Peninsula & Falmouth scenic tour

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationThe historic fishing village of Porthleven in West Cornwall exudes Cornish charm and tradition. Set in the middle of a huge sweeping bay, it is the most southerly working port in the United Kingdom and boasts a picturesque harbour, a family friendly beach and a growing food scene, but retains much of its original character.

The Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly point of the British mainland. Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, there is nowhere quite like it anywhere else in Britain. Almost surrounded by the sea, the peninsula stands alone from the rest of the county. Small cottages, thatched and whitewashed, cluster around tiny harbours. Colourful fishing boats, pulled up on the beach, bear testimony to the fact that these small communities still depend largely on the sea for their livelihood. The warm climate encourages the growth of sub-tropical plants, with 15 of Britain's rarest found here!

Falmouth is a lovely coastal town renowned for its fascinating maritime heritage. You can visit the multi-award-winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall which houses a huge collection of boats, retells stories of intrepid explorers and provides an observation window on to the bustling harbour. Pendennis Castle is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII and visitors can explore the restored Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells! Alternatively simply stroll around the harbour, beaches, galleries and shops and enjoy a bite to eat or drink in one of the many eateries.

Image courtesy: By Bs0u10e01 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Tour includes

  • 4 nights night hotel with English breakfast & evening meals
  • Evening entertainment on 2 nights
  • Free time to explore St Mawes
  • Visit to Mevagissey
  • Entrance to The Lost Gardens of Heligan with an introductory talk and a Cream Tea
  • Excursion to Portleven, The Lizard Peninsula & Falmouth
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
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Ship and Castle Hotel St Mawes, Cornwall

The Ship and Castle Hotel is located on the pretty quay in this traditional South Cornwall fishing village, where the open sea meets the Fal and Percuil rivers. St Mawes is bustling with waterfront activities or alternatively, put your feet up and watch it all from the comfort of the hotel which is just a few metres from the water’s edge. The hotel offers a bar, lounge and restaurant with picturesque views. There is free Wi-Fi in public areas of the building. You can unwind with a drink in the lounge and bar. There are 55 well-appointed bedrooms, each with all of the essential amenities that you need for a comfortable stay including a private bathroom, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

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