Attractions

Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze Caverns are open all the year round and provides an exciting day out whatever the weather. As well as a facinating tour, the huge caverns are used for a variety of concerts and other events.

Tel: 01579 320251
Email: info@carnglaze.com

Click here to visit the Carnglaze Cavern web site

Eden Project

The Eden Project needs little introducing to most people! Eden is about 30 minutes drive from Liskeard, and is a "must visit" for anyone staying in the area.

Click here to visit the Eden Project web site.

Ken-Caro Garden

Bicton
Liskeard
PL14 5RF
Telephone 01579 362446

Porfell Animal Land Wildlife Park

Trecangate
Lanreath
Liskard
PL14 4RE
Telephone 01503 220211

Siblyback reservoir

Siblyback reservoir provides a variety of activities, including sailing, windsurfing, fishing and a beautiful area for picnics.

From Liskeard, drive north to St Cleer. Go through the village and continue to the crossroads. Turn left and immediately right, signposted to Siblyback.

Click here for more information about Siblyback reservoir.

Yarg Cheese Farm

Netherton Farm
Upton Cross
Liskard
PL14 5BD
Telephone 01579 362244


Heritage Trail

Liskeard Heritage Trail

The trail aims to raise awareness of the architectural, archaeological and industrial heritage of Liskeard town centre. The trails are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is a large map outside the post office in Barras Street setting out the trail; an information board at all arrival points and finger post signs at strategic places.

A self-guide map of Liskeard Heritage Trail is available free from Stuart House or from the Museum in Pike Street.

The trail includes, amongst other points of interest:
Stuart House
Liskeard Museum
St Martin's Church

Liskeard - Cornwall on-line

Liskeard & the moors

Liskeard sits on the edge of Bodmin Moor, which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The link below is to the Liskeard section of the Cornwall on-line site, which provides information about the town and surrounding area.

Click here to visit the Cornwall on-line web site.

Liskeard Tourist Information Centre

Liskeard Tourist Information Centre

Liskeard's tourist information centre can be found at the Foresters Hall in Pike Street. Its opening times are:
Weekdays: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tel: 01579 349148 
Email: tourism@liskeard.gov.uk.

Click here to visit the Liskeard Tourist Information Centre web site

There is also other information available on the Liskeard Town Council website. This includes information about Liskeard's history, and the things to do at Liskeard.

Local walks near Liskeard

Bodmin Moor - Cheesewring

UK OS Landranger Grid Reference: SX259723

Located near Minions on Bodmin Moor, The Cheesewring is a stunning natural formation, caused by erosion by the wind and rain over the years. The pile of rocks stands at over 20 feet tall.

From Liskeard, drive north through St Cleer. Continue to the T junction and turn right. Drive through Minions village, turn left (towards Henwood) just past the village and the car park is on the left.

Bodmin Moor - Disused quarry and lakes

UK OS Landranger Grid Reference: SX249723

From Liskeard, drive north through St Cleer. Continue to the T junction and turn right towards Minions village. As you enter the village the car park is on the left.

Follow the track heading north west. You will pass the Hurlers (standing stone circle) which will be on your right. About half a mile from the car park you will come to a junction in the track. Keep straight on (ignoring the left turn). Just under a quarter of a mile further on the track splits into three. The left hand track runs in a curve to the disused quarry. The middle track heads directly towards the quarry, but stops short, but you can continue across the moor. The left hand track crosses the stream in the valley and heads towards the Cheesewring. Beware that if you try to head directly from the quarry across to the Cheesewring.

Bodmin Moor – Hurlers

UK OS Landranger Grid Reference: SX249723

From Liskeard, drive north through St Cleer. Continue to the T junction and turn right towards Minions village. As you enter the village the car park is on the left.

Follow the track heading north west. In about a quarter of a mile you will come across the standing stone circle called the Hurlers. They are visible from the car park.

The Hurlers comprise three bronze age circles of standing stones, dating back to about 1500 BC. The southernmost circle is incomplete, but the other two circles have been restored. Two other stones, known as the Pipers, stand separately to the west of the circles.

Local tradition has it that a group of men were turned to stone for playing Hurling on a Sunday, hence the name.

In the background of the photo you can see an old Engine House. This has been converted to a heritage museum with fascinating information about the moors and their history. This is open all the time, and well worth a visit.

River Fowey - Golitha Falls

UK OS Landranger Grid Reference: SX228689

From Liskeard, drive north through St Cleer. Continue to the T junction / staggered junction and turn left. Ignore the road to Siblyback Lake, which is immediately on your right and continue along the road. You will pass King Doniert's Stone on the left. In just under a mile from the T junction / staggered junction take the next right turn.

After a few hundred yards turn left and park in the car park on your right. The main entrance to the Golitha National Nature Reserve is slightly to the left and across the road from the cark park.

The walk follows the river for about a half a mile before the route becomes impassable. However, there are marked trails along the river and back through the woods.

The high humidity and clean air within the nature reserve has encouraged the growth of very rare, slow growing, mosses, liverworts and lichens.

Otters have returned to the Fowey, although they are very secretive and rarely sen. Dippers and grey wagtails may be seen in the reserve, and the river has salmon and sea trout in it.

Siblyback reservoir

UK OS Landranger Grid Reference: SX218706

Siblyback Lake is a local reservoir that is used for sailing and windsurfing and for fishing. There is also a cafe on site. The path around the lake used to be a bit muddy in the past. However, it has just been upgraded to a proper path / cycle path all the way around. The walk will take about 75 minutes at a reasonably pace.

From Liskeard, drive north through St Cleer. Continue to the T junction and turn left then immediately right. Follow the narrow road to the car park at the end (charges apply).


Rainy Day Ideas

Liskeard

Liskeard Museum

Web: www.liskeard.gov.uk/Museum.aspx

Location: Liskeard (Pike Street)

Duration of visit: 2 hours. What about combining this with a visit to St. Martins Church and Stuart House to get a real feel of an ancient Cornish Town?

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in Liskeard town centre.

Description: Liskeard Museum is situated in a beautifully renovated 19th Century bank. As well as a special exhibit each month (see What’s On Near Liskeard) the museum explores the history of the region, especially Liskeard’s link to mining and agriculture.

St Martin’s Church

Web: http://liskeard.2day.ws/Liskeard/section/Churchbuilding/

Location: Liskeard (Church Street)

Duration of visit: 1 hour. What about combining this with a visit to the Liskeard Museum and Stuart House to get a real feel of an ancient Cornish Town?

Parking: there is free parking for visitors to the church in the church hall complex.

Description: St Martin’s Church is a beautiful medieval church, and one of the largest churches in Cornwall. The church is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Click here for details of St Martin’s church services.

Stuart House

Web: http://www.stuarthouse.org.uk/

Location: Liskeard (Barras St)

Duration of visit: 1 hour. What about combining this with a visit to St. Martins Church and the Liskeard Museum to get a real feel of an ancient Cornish Town?

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in Liskeard town centre.

Description: Stuart house is a late medieval town house restored by the Stuart House Trust as an arts and heritage centre. The garden to the rear of the House has been laid out as a 17th century Gentleman’s Garden. The House is used for arts and crafts exhibitions and sales, refreshments, lectures, music recitals and heritage exhibitions. There is a permanent Civil War exhibition.

Lux Park Leisure Centre

Web: http://www.tempusleisure.org.uk/default.aspx?page=551

Location: Liskeard (Coldstyle Road)

Duration of visit: 1 hour. What about combining this with a visit to St. Martins Church and the Liskeard Museum to get a real feel of an ancient Cornish Town?

Parking: There is parking at the Leisure Centre.

Description: the Lux Park Leisure Centre houses a swimming pool, squash courts, fitness gym, indoor bowls and more. There is a cafe at the centre.

Bodmin

Lanhydrock House (National Trust)

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

Location: Lanhydrock, near Bodmin

Distance from Liskeard: 13 miles; 20 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more.

Parking: Free parking at the National Trust car park

Description: Soak up the atmosphere of this Victorian country home as you take in its sights, smells and sounds. From the downstairs world of the kitchen staff, through the grand family reception rooms, light and airy nurseries, elegant bedrooms and generous servants’ quarters, you can step back in time at Lanhydrock.

Bodmin Jail

Web: www.bodminjail.org

Location: Bodmin

Distance from Liskeard: 13 miles; 20 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more.

Parking: Free parking for visitors

Description: Bodmin Jail was the last jail to close in Cornwall and is now a tourist attraction, with its own restaurant and bar.

Torpoint

Antony House (National Trust)

Location: Near Torpoint

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony

Distance from Liskeard: 16 miles; 25 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more.

Parking: Free parking in the National Trust car park

Description: Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal.


St Austell

Eden Project

Web: www.edenproject.com

Location: Bodelva, near St Austell

Distance from Liskeard: 17 miles; 30 minutes

Duration of visit: 4 hours to all day

Parking: Free parking on site

Description: The Eden Project is a fantastic day out for the whole family. As well as exploring the largest indoor rainforest in the world and wandering around the temperate biome, there are a host of other activities and  special events throughout the year.

Kidzworld

Web: http://www.kidzworldcornwall.co.uk/

Location: Par, near St Austell

Distance from Liskeard: 18 miles; 30 minutes by car

Duration: All day if you want

Description: Kidzworld Cornwall is a fabulous indoor play centre with over 54,000 sq ft of 'all weather' family fun. There’s so much to do, kids will absolutely love it. But if you think it is just for kids then think again because Kidzworld has no height restriction which means all the family can get involved from parents to grandparents. Cafe on site.

 

Callington

Cotehele House (National Trust)

Web:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele


Location: near Calstock

Distance from Liskeard: 13 miles; 30 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more.

Parking: Free parking in the National Trust car park.

Description: This fortified manor house is set on a high bluff on the Cornish bank of the river Tamar, which gave natural protection from skirmishing armies approaching from the east. Inside its rambling stone walls you'll find a fascinating collection that reflects the antiquarian taste of the Georgian Edgcumbes. The family developed the interiors between about 1750 and 1860 in a deliberate attempt to evoke a sense of nostalgia and recreate the atmosphere of the 'good old days'. If the weather is kind you can visit the gardens and the quayside on the banks of the Tamar.
 

Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium

Web: www.national-aquarium.co.uk

Location: Plymouth

Distance from Liskeard: 20 miles; 40 minutes

Duration of visit: 4 hours to all day. What about combining this with a trip to the ten pin bowling or Vue Cinema (both a 10 minute walk away)?

Parking: There is a pay and display car park a few minutes’ walk from the aquarium

Description: The National Marine Aquarium is the UK's largest aquarium attraction showing a fascinating underwater world, from tiny seahorses to large Sand Tiger sharks.

Vue Cinema

Web: www.myvue.com/home/cinema/plymouth

Location: Plymouth (Barbican Leisure complex)

Distance from Liskeard: 20 miles; 40 minutes

Duration of visit: 3 hours What about combining this with a trip to the ten pin bowling (next door) or the National Marine Aquarium (10 minute walk away)?

Parking: Free parking on site

Description: Vue Plymouth is a 15 screen cinema situated within the Barbican Leisure complex. The large cinema can seat up to 3,315 guests and all screens benefit from the latest audio and visual technology. It is also surrounded by a range of restaurants and bars and is the perfect venue for a fantastic trip out.

Ten pin bowling

Web: www.tenpin.co.uk/plymouth-barbican

Location: Plymouth (Barbican Leisure complex)

Distance from Liskeard: 20 miles; 40 minutes

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more. What about combining this with a trip to the Vue Cinema (next door) or the National Marine Aquarium (10 minute walk away)?

Parking: Free parking on site

Description: Tenpin Barbican is a large ten pin complex with plenty of lanes and pool and an arcade area, all situated within the Barbican Leisure complex. The Tenpin complex has its own restaurant and bar, but the Barbican Leisure complex also includes a number of other restaurants and bars.

Drakes Circus Shopping Centre

Web: www.drakecircus.com

Location: Plymouth (off Charles Street)

Distance from Liskeard: 20 miles; 40 minutes by car

Duration of visit: Shop ‘til you drop!?

Parking: A pay and display car park on site, so you don’t get wet however heavy the rain! There is also a full car wash / valet service available.

Description: Drake Circus Shopping Centre is situated in the heart of Plymouth and is the West Country's most popular shopping centre. Here, you'll find many of the UK's top brand names and the biggest stores in the region all under one roof. There are restaurants in the centre as well.

 

Newquay

Blue Reef Aquarium

Web: http://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay/

Location: Newquay (Towan Promenade)

Distance from Liskeard: 32 miles; 50 minutes by car

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in Newquay

Duration of visit: 3 hours or more

Description: Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium has over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world.

Truro

Truro Cathedral

Web: www.trurocathedral.org.uk

Location: Truro

Distance from Liskeard: 36 miles; 50 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 1 hour or more.

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in Truro and an excellent park and ride system

Description: Truro Cathedral provides a haven of tranquillity in the centre of the city of Truro. There are guided tours, free music recitals a restaurant and a Cathedral shop. Click here for details of the Cathedral’s services

Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum

Web: www.nmmc.co.uk

Location: Discovery Quay, Falmouth

Distance from Liskeard: 47 miles; 1 hour 10 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 3 hours or more.

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in Falmouth

Description: Dipping its toe in Falmouth’s harbour, this multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall celebrates the sea, boats and Cornwall, with 15 stunning galleries

Helston

Poldark Mine

Location: Wendron, near Helston

Web: www.poldark-mine.co.uk

Distance from Liskeard: 50 miles; 1 hour 10 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 3 hours or more.

Parking: Free parking on site

Description: Poldark Mine offers a gentle introduction to Cornwall's rich mining heritage and the unique social history of the Cornish Tin Miners. Poldark contains the only complete underground tin mine in the UK open to the public as well as a wealth of information and artefacts from Cornwall's mining heritage and a range of activities.

Flambards

Location: Helston

Web: www.flambards.co.uk

Distance from Liskeard: 53 miles; 1 hour 15 minutes by car

Duration of visit: All day

Parking: Free parking on site

Description: Flambards is Cornwall's leading family theme park for things to do and a great day out. Whilst the rides are outdoors Flambards has a host on offer for the rainy day including: the Victorian Village; Britain in the Blitz; the aviation experience; “Operation Sealion” (Hitler’s plans to invade Britain); the war gallery; Hands on Science (an exciting scientific playground, which includes the Laser Maze); and more.

St Ives

Tate St Ives

Web: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Distance from Liskeard: 56 miles; 1 hour 20 minutes by car

Duration of visit: 2 hours or more.

Parking: There are pay and display car parks in St Ives

Description: Art gallery displaying British and international modern and contemporary art. Includes Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Still looking for inspiration?

Here are a couple of other sites to check out if you are still looking for inspiration on what to do on a rainy day in Cornwall:

http://www.101-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-cornwall.co.uk/

http://ilovecornwall.com/be-inspired-page/rainy-days/
Well Being Centre, Pigmeadow Lane, Liskeard, PL14 6AT. Tel:01579 344090

Handy Henry (Henry Kilmore), Handyman and general builder; Tel: 01579 345021; Mob: 07832 187172

Rob Frost Photography,

Ward Randall Limited, Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Bob's Tool Box, Liskeard Cattle Market, Liskeard, PL14 4YY