Cornwall - Culture

Museums, Art Galleries & Theatre

Minak Theatre Cornwall


Minack Theatre

Falmouth Arts Centre

Newquay Lane Theatre

Arts Round Cornwall is a government funded web site that gives links to, and information about, all Cornwall theatres. 


National Lighthouse Museum

Geevor Tin Mine

The Wayside Folk Museum, Zennor

Cornwall Geological Museum

Camborne School of Mines Geological Museum

Cornwall Maritime Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Art Gallery

The Tate Gallery, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

Southgate Arch Gallery, Launceston

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      The copyright of these paintings belongs to one of the Southgate Arch artists, Robin Paris

Chase Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery

St Ives Society of Artists

Roundhouse Gallery

The Net Loft Gallery


There are a couple of art galleries in Crantock, and dotted round places in Newquay, like out on the Headland


John Betjeman

The poet laureate, John Betjeman, spent his childhood holidays in the area round the Camel estuary. He returned again and again throughout his life.

He wrote about the smell of fish and seaweed, the crying of gulls and the warm, moist west country air. The cluster of villages to the north of the Camel are where he returned to most often. St Endellion, Trebetherick, Rock and St Enodoc Church. Betjeman did have a worry about the changes that were being made to Cornwall in the name of progress.

Cornwall, the coast, the towns like Padstow and St Endellion, all feature in his poetry. It is useful to have a volume to hand as you tour round the area. Betjeman died at Trebetherick in 1984 and is buried at St Enodoc in the churchyard bordered by a tamarisk covered wall

And if you want more on Betjeman try this specialist web site

Daphne Du Maurier

"Last night I dreamed I went to Manderlay again" is the famous opening sentence to Rebecca. You will find the house that became Manderlay is called Menabilly and is situated near Fowey.

Most of Du Mauriers books are Cornish based - Jamaica Inn (on Bodmin Moor), Frenchman's Creek (on the Helford River), The Loving Spirit, The King's General.

She worked on The Loving Spirit when, aged 19, she was living at her parents cottage at Ferryside, Bodinnick It was while riding on Bodmin Moor with Sir Arthur Quiller Couch's daughter that she got lost in the middle of the moor in mists. This gave her the idea for Jamaica Inn.

She married Major Frederick Browning in 1932. They continued to live in Cornwall, at Menabilly.

R.D.Blackmoor's Lorna Doone

Blackmoor spent much of his time in Charles, a tiny village near South Moulton. He wrote Lorna Doone while staying at the Royal Oak at Winsford. Set on Exmoor, The Doone Valley is thought to have been inspired by Lank Combe near Malmsmead - "a deep green valley carved from the mountains, a perfect oval". Other places in the Lorna Doone story worth visiting are Dunkery Beacon, Porlock, the Valley of the Rocks, Dulverton.

He also wrote "To serve them all my days" and "A horseman riding by"

Winston Graham's Poldark Novels

Winston Graham lived at Perranporth when he wrote the early Poldark novels, which ranged over much of Cornwall

The Stories of Rosamunde Pilcher
This is a link for readers and admirers of Rosamunde Pilcher. She grew up in Cornwall, and has described the sites and
sounds of Cornwall in many of her books.
All you have ever wanted to know about Rosamunde Pilcher here
, and more.

Cornwall Tourist Information Cornwall Calling front page

The hotel to stay at when visiting Cornwall is Corisande Manor Hotel, Cornwall find out more about it