Attractions on the Roseland

Messack is 10 minutes drive from St Mawes where there is a convenience store, butcher, baker, chemist & pharmacy, banks, post office, several hotels, pubs and eating places. Sandy beaches, boat trips and good sailing.

The chain driven King Harry Ferry is one of only five remaining ferries of its kind in England. Operating all year round, the ferry takes in beautiful views of the river Fal and is a convenient, pretty alternative access to the Roseland Peninsula and Falmouth; taking approximately 25 – 30 miles off the journey. 2006 saw the launch of a new King Harry Ferry, built in Holland and Falmouth and was launched by the Countess of Wessex.

Built by Henry VIII, St Mawes Castle is the smaller sister castle to Pendennis and is the most elaborately decorated of his forts. It has wonderful views across the estuary towards Falmouth and Pendennis and lovely views of pretty St Mawes harbour. It’s taller, central tower overlooks three large bastions forming a clover leaf shape and there are several cannons on display in the forward gun room. Some excellent coastal paths lead from the castle.

The beautiful gardens at Heligan consist of eighty acres of walled, vegetable and pleasure gardens. They were opened to the public in 1992 after lying dormant for around seventy years. Originally created in the 19th century, these gardens have been restored to their former glory and contain beautiful exotic plants, a pineapple pit, peach and fig houses, a 100 yard rockery, lakes, Italian garden and much, much more.

With its Mediterranean and tropical biomes, the Eden Project provides countless hours of breathtaking enjoyment. Taking two and a half years to build, the biomes showcase over 100,000 plants of the world. The Eden Project adheres to a sustainable living structure and encourages this through its educational centre ‘The Core’. There are many entertainment events taking place all year, such as Bulb Mania in the spring, Jungle Season in the summer and Eden was recently voted by The Independent as the UK’s best rock music venue.

Said to have one of the most beautiful churchyards in Britain, this thirteenth century church sits on the waters edge surrounded by semi-tropical shrubs and trees. The path leading from the road down to the church is lined with granite blocks bearing inscriptions from the bible. There is a pathway leading on to the coastal footpath which takes you to St Mawes, a charming walk of approximately 2 miles.  (photograph copyright St. Just in Roseland Chruch)

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