Poldark and Smuggler’s Cornwall

Sunday 20th - Thursday 24th August 2017


5 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23pp
Single supplement: £75




Explore some of Cornwall’s picturesque fishing villages and harbours, where smuggling was once as important an industry as tourism is nowadays.

Your Holiday Hotel

You will stay for 4 nights, with dinner, bed and breakfast, at the 4-star Metropole Hotel in Padstow. The Hotel enjoys an enviable position on the north Cornwall coast, overlooking the sea and harbour.  There are 58 ensuite rooms each with flat screen television, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. There is free WiFi in the public areas and, should we be lucky to have sunnyweather, you can enjoy the heated outdoor pool. 


Location: Cornwall

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(DAY 1) Sunday 20th August

A taxi will bring you to the coach to join your driver and fellow passengers. There will be refreshment stops along the way, the last of which will be high up on Bodmin Moor at Jamaica Inn. The historic coaching house has been welcoming travellers for almost 300 years, and was made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers, rogues and pirates.

(DAY 2) Monday 21st August

This morning we discover Charlestown where you can wander along the side of the original Grade II listed harbour, admire the Tall Ships and almost imagine that you have been cast as an extra in Poldark. At lunchtime we will be in the fishing village of Mevagisseywhere, in the 17th century, fishermen used to make their living from pilchards and smuggling. Narrow streets lead to the picturesque harbour where you can still find working fishing boats. We round off the day with a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades and has been hailed by the Times as ‘TheGarden Restoration of the Century’!

(DAY 3) Tuesday 22nd August

Looeis a delightful fishing town, made up of East and West Looe, which face each other across the river. Explore the gift shops, visit the Lifeboat Station and enjoy a fish and chip lunch or a local ale in one of the old inns. Later we visit nearby Polperrowhere a maze of lanes and alleyways lead to the harbour, a true slice of Cornish beauty. There are art and craft galleries and a Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing.

(DAY 4) Wednesday 23rd August

We drive across Cornwall to its northern coast to visit pretty Padstow. Much of the filming of Poldark took place in this area, and you may recognise views over the Camel Estuary. Padstow is a charming working fishing port and a popular foodie destination with eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. This afternoon relax and enjoy a round trip on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s only full size railway operated by steam locomotives.

(DAY 5) Thursday 24th August

We say our farewells to Cornwall and head home, crossing the Tamar Bridge and calling at Buckfast Abbey. View the great Abbey Church with its many art treasures and visit the restaurant and gift shops where you will find a range of unusual monastic products. We complete the return journey during the afternoon, reaching Sussex and the waiting taxis by early evening.