Visiting Braund Country - Cornwall

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This is one of a series of pages about the areas where Braunds have lived. It is particularly designed for those planning to visit their ancestral haunts and wanting to see the surroundings. Those visiting England should note that many of our tourist attractions are seasonal and that public transport outside main towns is often scarce. If you are visiting several National Trust or English Heritage properties it will probably be worth obtaining membership. This is available at all properties where an admission fee is payable. Those from overseas should check whether a reciprocal membership arrangement is available for similar organisations in your own country. It probably won’t be but worth a try!

This list is far from being exhaustive; suggestions for additions are welcome. We work hard to keep this page up-to-date; please notify us of any changes or broken links.

This list is solely to assist visitors and The Braund Society do not receive any incentive for including events and destinations on this list, nor should inclusion on this page be taken to be an endorsement. If you are planning a visit you are advised to check such things as dates and opening times as we cannot be responsible if any details change.

General hints about visiting Devon and Cornwall from outside the UK can be found here. If you would like a list of accommodation in the area, please contact us

There are similar pages for:

               North Devon

               South and mid-Devon

               Somerset

An explanation of Braund branches can be found here.

BRAUND CONNECTIONS

Boyton (branch 17)

Calstock (branch 16)

Cargreen, Landulph (branch 6)

Fowey alleged home of Mary Bryant née Broad a.k.a Braund First Fleet Convict (branch ?)

Lawhitton (branch 8 and branch 9)

Lezant (branch 9 and branch 17)

Liskeard Church the sundial over the porch was carved by Samuel Braund (branch 6)

Marhamchurch (branch 8)

Menheniot (branch 6)

Quethiock (branch 6)

 

EVENTS

Bude Feb Fest - a 10 day celebration of Bude’s food, community, coast and arts., held in February.

St. Piran’s Day Celebrations - 5th March to honour the patron saint of Cornwall. 

‘Obby ‘Oss Day, Padstow - annual ancient folk custom 1st of May, or 2nd May if 1st is a Sunday. 

Flora or ‘Furry’ Dance, Helston - another annual May folk custom 8th May, or the preceding Saturday if 8th is a Sunday or Monday. 

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature - held in May including a celebration of the author Daphne Du Maurier.

Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally - held in May. 

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge - held in June.

Golowan Festival, Penzance - a colourful community festival, blending Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual. Parades and performances. Held in June. 

Falmouth International Sea-shanty Festival - held in June. 

Polperro Festival of Music and Arts - held in June.

Penzance Literary Festival - held in July.

Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival, Newquay - held in August. 

Fowey Regatta - held in August.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge - held in August.

Redruth International Mining and Pasty Festival - held in September. 

 

HISTORIC SITES

Antony House - historic house and woodland garden, particularly attractive in spring. Set for the film ‘Alice in Wonderland’. 

Bodmin Jail - built by French prisoners of war in Napoleonic times and closed in 1927. 

Cothele House, St. Dominick, near Saltash - Tudor house and garden. A particularly ‘homely’ property. 

Geevor Tin Mine, near Penzance - history of Cornwall’s mining heritage.  

Lanhydrock House, Bodmin - large country house, much a Victorian re-furbishment. 

Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Pendeen, near St. Just - more mining heritage.  

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth.

Pendennis Castle, near Falmouth - fortification built by Henry VIII to counter French and Spanish threat. 

Poundstock Gildhouse - C16th church house.

St. Mawes Castle, near Falmouth - companion fortification to Pendennis Castle. 

St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion - island castle and church dating from C12th.

Tintagel Castle - rugged, cliff-top ruined castle, site of Arthurian legend. Not recommended for those with mobility problems. 

Tintagel Old Post Office - situated in C14th cottage. 

COUNTRYSIDE

South West Coastal Path - long distance trail that extends in to Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Wonderful scenery but mostly quite rugged and most sections are suitable for walkers rather than gentle strollers. 

The Lizard Peninsula - a particularly beautiful part of Cornwall and the southern-most tip of Britain.   

The Fal Estuary - very attractive riverside scenery - a less demanding section of the south-west coastal path.    

Boscastle - unspoilt harbour, that suffered from severe flooding in 2004. Site of the television programme ‘A Seaside Parish’ and home of the witchcraft museum.   

Bodmin Moor - rugged moorland scenery, harsher than the moors of Devon. 

Scilly Islands - can be visited on a day trip from Penzance by sea, plane or helicopter but deserves a longer visit. Ideal for walkers and birdwatchers. Home to the famous Tresco Abbey gardens.   

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The Eden Project - one of the country’s top tourist attractions with simulated eco-systems.   

Minack Theatre - open-air theatre by the sea. 

  

FOOD

You haven’t visited Cornwall unless you’ve tried some of the local food. This includes Cornish pasties, clotted cream, cider and seafood.

Porthleven Food Festival - held in April. 

Newquay Beer Festival - held in September.