This page contains links to various tourism sites in the local area and further information on local attractions to help you plan your stay with us at The Old Rectory - Lanreath by Looe. The UK's biggest zip wire, largest swing and fresh water coasteering, including the UKs only Blob is a local family run business providing you with an opportunity to unlock the secrets of this beautiful area by canoe, cycle or on foot.  You can explore our beautiful estuaries, secluded villages, country pubs and enjoy the freedom of the moor.  Cycle hire can be arranged delivered to you here at The Old Rectory. These downloadable trails help you to explore a part of Cornwall in a new light.  Children love solving the clues and adults can have serious fun taking part as well.  Believe me, some of the clues take some solving!


Perhaps our most famous attraction and just 25 minutes drive away. A gigantic global garden designed to tell the fascinating story of man's relationship with, and dependence upon, plants. Set in a breathtaking 35-acre crater, the awesome biomes are the world's largest greenhouses.  A series of seasonal themes and activities include a fantastic display of a million bulbs in Spring in Bulb Mania, skating in winter and Eden Sessions.
Open daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Eden Biomes
Eden Biomes 
Eden Outdoor Biome
Eden Outdoor Biome
Inside the Mediterranean Biome
Inside the Mediterranean Biome
eden Sculpture
Eden Sculpture



The National Trust is well represented locally:

  • Anthony House, a varied garden set in a Repton landscape.

  • Buckland Abbey, north of Plymouth in the Tamar valley.  13th century home of Sir Francis Drake with Great Barn and Elizabethan garden.

  • Cotehele and Cotehele Mill, a historic garden, both formal and natural, with a medieval dovecote, stewpond and ornamental tower.  Buy flour from the mill and enjoy delicious home made bread. Garden open all year.  See National trust website for full opening times.

  • Lanhydrock,  for beautiful walks in 450 acres of woods and parkland.  The riverside walk at Respryn is our favourite.   Garden and park open all year.  See National Trust website for house opening times.

  • Saltram House, a Georgian mansion (rather larger than this one!) with landscaped gardens and park.  Park and garden open daily all year.  See National Trust website for house opening times.

  • St Michael's Mount, a stunning maritime garden arranged in terraces above the sea.  Access is by causeway at low water or ferry.

  • Trelissick, a garden with glorious views over the Fal estuary.  Open all year.   A ferry service operates from Truro and Falmouth between April and September, to really make your day out memorable.

  • Trerice, a beautiful Elizabethan Manor house, with a small garden at its best in summer.

  • There are various additional activities available at National Trust properties.    Visit for more information and opening times.

Whilst The Eden Project is a 'must see', we are close to many other beautiful gardens and historic houses:  Most have a link for you to follow to check opening times.

  • Caerhays Castle Gardens,  an informal woodland garden overlooking the sea.  Beautiful Asiatic magnolias and camellias - truly a spring garden, open March, April and May only.

  • Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel.  A plant lovers paradise in a beautiful valley with woodland walks.

  • Ken Caro Gardens are a 4 acre connoisseur's garden with panoramic views.

  • Mount Edgcumbe House and Earls Garden, 10 acres of formal gardens overlooking Plymouth Sound.  Combine your visit with a cruise on the Tamar.

  • Pencarrow, Bodmin.  Historic Georgian house with 50 acres of formal and woodland garden.

  • Pinetum gardens St Austell, 30 acres of garden with a rare plant nursery.

  • Prideaux Place Padstow, with inspiring views over the Camel Estuary and tours of the Elizabethan Mansion available.

  • The Garden House, near Plymouth.  An enchanting walled garden around the ruins of a medieval vicarage.

  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan,  30 minutes away.  Witness the celebrated restoration of this Victorian working garden, with its summerhouses, lawns, lakes, walled gardens and sub-tropical 'jungle' garden.


Heligan Mudmaid
Heligan Mudmaid
Heligan Jungle
Heligan "Jungle"
Heligan Pumpkins
Heligan Pumpkin


  • Trebah, an exotic garden in a wooded ravine, descending to a beach on the Helford river.  The tree canopy has a children's play area.  Open daily.

  • Trewithen, with its magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees and shrubs, seldom found elsewhere in Britain.

  • Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, see sharks and rays and stroll through a coral reef.  Open daily.

  • Bodmin Jail - an eerie experience as you learn of those hanged for minor transgressions.

  • Bodmin and Wenford Railway, enjoy a steam train ride to Boscarne Junction, which provides a direct link with the popular Camel Trail.

  • Colliford Lake Park, a moorland park at the heart of Bodmin Moor with spectacular views of Colliford Lake.  Indoor play area, animals and miles of woodland and wetland walks.

  • Cornish Bird of Prey Centre, at St Columb Major, with opportunities to handle the birds of prey, flying displays twice daily and an array of other animals.  Coarse fishing is also available.  Open all year.

  • Crealy Adventure Park, Newquay.  6 realms providing indoor and outdoor fun and play, shire horses and animals, set in 100 acres of Cornish countryside.

  • Dairyland Farmworld a fun day out especially for younger children

  • The Monkey Sanctuary, Learn about Woolly Monkeys and rescued Tamarinds and the pet trade in woodlands overlooking Looe Bay.
  • Morwellham, a fascinating day out in the Tamar valley.  Step back in time and discover the story of a Victorian riverside village - the greatest copper port in Queen Victoria's empire. Open all year, and part of Cornwall's World Heritage Site.
  • The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, another opportunity to learn about the inhabitants of our oceans - our favourite. Open all year.

  •  Newquay Zoo open all year.

  • Plymouth; We recommend a walk on the Hoe gazing out to Plymouth Sound and imagining Sir Frances Drake completing his game of Bowls before setting off to defeat the Spanish Amada.  Discover Plymouth Dome and Smeaton's Tower.  Visit The Box Museum , Elizabethan House and The Merchant's House.  

  •  Porfell animal world is only minutes away.  Meet exotic wildlife and visit the children's farm.

  • Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, at Charlestown, St Austell, located in a historic china clay building.  Gain insight into the history of Charlestown, see artefacts recovered by divers, climb aboard a lifeboat and steer your own remote controlled boat.

  • Tamar Donkey Sanctuary, the only donkey sanctuary in Cornwall.  Enjoy feeding the donkeys and other animals.  A donkey ride is included for the children, who can also run off steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas.

  • Tintagel Castle, open daily all year round, and about an hours drive across beautiful Bodmin Moor.

  • Wheal Martin Museum of the China Clay Industry, Open all year round.  Discover the story of china clay.  Explore the historic and nature trails, whilst the children enjoy the children's adventure trail.

  • Woodlands, Totnes, Devon.   An extensive theme park, worth the journey, with indoor and outdoor play zones, animals and plenty of opportunity to get wet!  The children will love it here!

  • Bodmin Moor is easily accessible.  Visit stone circles, standing stones, and the Minions Heritage Centre, with Minions area being part of Cornwall's World Heritage Site.   Truly an area of outstanding beauty and steeped in legend.  At Dozmary Pool, imagine Excalibur being received by the Lady in the lake.  Visit Golitha falls and the Tors.  Enjoy one of the many walks.

  • Carnglaze Caverns, three huge underground caverns handcrafted by slate miners and set in 6 acres of wooded hillside at St Neot.  Open all year.

  • The Rame Peninsula is simply beautiful as are the beaches of Whitsand Bay.

  • Walk some of the glorious South West Coast Path.  The stretch from Looe to Talland Bay or Talland to Polperro are special favourites of ours.

  • The Tamar Valley, another beautiful area with a fascinating mining heritage, where you can canoe or sail down the river, explore cycle paths and walking routes and find even more places of interest.  

  • Travel the Looe Valley Line, which runs for 8 miles between Liskeard and Looe following the East Looe river valley.  Stop en-route and explore one of the ten walks accessible from station along the line.  The Looe Valley Trails from the Track pack is available from reception.

When you have explored the many beaches, Looe and Polperro and are looking for something different:

There are also areas of outstanding natural beauty to explore:

Kingsand - Rame Peninsula
Kingsand - Rame Peninsula
SW Coast Path - Portwrinkle
SW Coast Path - Portwrinkle

Activity Holidays: is a local family run business providing you with an opportunity to unlock the secrets of this beautiful area by canoe, cycle or on foot.  You can explore our beautiful estuaries, secluded villages, country pubs and enjoy the freedom of the moor.  Cycle hire can be arranged delivered to you here at The Old Rectory.

Walking Holidays:

Our location is ideal for a varied walking holiday.  There are so many fabulous places to explore on foot, with the potential for a new location every day.  We do accept dogs by prior arrangement, allowing you to bring your faithful friend along to enjoy your walks with you.

You can walk parts of the beautiful South West Coast path, which you can join in under 5 miles.  There is The Giant's Hedge to walk along, Deerpark Forest to explore, Kilminorth Woods in Looe, Cardinham Woods, and Bodmin Moor to name but a few of our favourites.  Lerryn is a delight, with walks through Ethy woods after crossing the river Fowey by stepping stones at low tide.  Our narrow country lanes see little traffic and to explore Cornwall by using them is a delight.  You can combine a trip on the Looe valley line with a walk from the track - we have packs available for you to borrow.


There are a wealth of courses to choose from locally for a game of golf and we welcome golfers to visit.

Lanhydrock Golf Course


Finally, why not round off your day with a touch of culture?. Sterts Open Air Theatre offers productions throughout the summer.  The amphitheatre is canopy covered, with picnic areas and lawns. We are happy to help by booking you tickets if wished or they are usually available on the night of a performance from the box office - seating is unreserved.

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to accurately quote opening times, we cannot accept responsibility if your chosen activity is unavailable.