Cornwall’s Historical Landscapes

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A 5-night fully escorted Cornish cultural tour, with all accommodation, entrance fees, guiding and transportation within Cornwall included. Hosted by award-winning writer and historian Gillian Hovell aka ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’. Gillian Hovell is an ancient historian and an archaeologist. She previously worked at BBC Television and is an award-winning freelance writer, author, and public speaker, specialising in archaeology, ancient history, and prehistory.

Highlights on this tour include the dramatic, historical landscape of Bodmin Moor, the impressive Tintagel Castle shrouded in myth and legend, and the fascinating ancient sites of West Cornwall.

Join a fully escorted, historical adventure through Cornwall, hosted by award-winning writer and historian Gillian Hovell. On our carefully constructed tour, be guided by local knowledge as you discover parts of the county more usually missed by the casual tourist whilst benefiting from the vast knowledge of Gillian Hovell. On this 5-night Cornish touring holiday, you will combine fascinating Cornish heritage and history with stunning landscapes, sweeping bays, and plenty of fresh sea air!


Below you can find a summary breakdown of your day-by-day tour with us!

Day 1

Arrive in Truro and check into your hotel

Arrive in Cornwall and check in to your centrally located hotel – The 4 star Alverton Hotel in Truro. Due to the nature of this tour, and in line with our green ethos, we strongly advise coming to Cornwall by train and transfers are included from Truro Station. However, you can also drive and leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the escorted tour. Flights to Newquay are also available if coming from Manchester or London areas and transfers can be arranged.

This evening a welcome group dinner is included so that you can meet your travelling companions.

Day 2

Exploring Bodmin Moor

Today we set off to explore the vast landscape of Bodmin Moor. Steeped in both fascinating prehistoric history and more recent industrial heritage, there is plenty to discover. Highlights will include Trevethy Quoit, The Hurlers and Minions Heritage centre. After a light lunch, we will then stop at Restormel Castle in the afternoon - one of the most remarkable castles in Britain which affords fantastic views across the Fowey valley.

Day 3

A Visit to Cornwall’s North Coast Wonder

No visit to Cornwall is complete without a trip to Tintagel Castle. As well as being enchanted by the tales of King Arthur as we explore this impressive coastal site, we will learn about the latest excavations that have taken place here and the intriguing links with the Mediterranean world. Again, there will be plenty of scenic Cornish viewpoints included in the days tour and a stop at the Iron Age Hillfort Castle an Dinas, considered to be one of the most important hillforts in the southwest.

Day 4

Heritage Coastline

Today we will combine some beautiful Cornish scenery, and ‘Poldark-esque’ landscapes with perhaps one of the county’s most important archaeological sites. Standing atop of Carn Brea hill, you will not only learn all about the importance of the archaeological finds here, but also enjoy wonderful views of the rolling Cornish countryside too.

Day 5

Delving into West Cornwall

Saving the best to last? Our final day explores some of West Cornwall’s wonders. Starting with Ancient Chysauster, the fantastic late Iron Age and Romano-British archaeological site, we will also explore Botallack Mine and The Merry Maidens. As always, we will aim to combine this historical wealth with plenty of stunning Cornish viewpoints along the way.

Day 6


Transfer to Truro Railway Station or Newquay airport, or alternatively depart by car.

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What's Included

Below you can find a summary breakdown of what’s included on your tour with us!
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· Friendly & knowledgeable Cornwall Discovered host throughout your expedition

· Award-winning historian as your host

· 5 nights’ carefully selected accommodation at a centrally located hotel

· Breakfast and light lunch throughout the programme

· Welcome dinner on day 1

· Transfer from Truro Station to your hotel (if arriving by train)

· Transfer from your hotel to Truro Station (if departing by train)

· 100% Financial Protection for your holiday

Not included in the tour:
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· Transfers to and from Cornwall

· Travel insurance

· Anything not mentioned in the tour details

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Cornwall’s Historical Landscapes


Cornwall’s Historical Landscapes

 Tour is Currently Running On the Following Dates

22nd September 2022

Please enquire for information on dates you can undertake this tour.

22nd September 2022

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What Our Clients Say...

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We really enjoyed our time with you.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the break, service was exemplary, from yourselves and the hotel staff, and the food was excellent.

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Thanks for everything last week – we did enjoy ourselves.

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Thank you for hosting the week. What a fab week it was!

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Thank you for a well organised event.

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Thank you for making it a fun week in Falmouth. We enjoyed all aspects of our visit.

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I would like to say how much my friend and I enjoyed our time in Cornwall. Everything was so well organised. The hotel was very clean and comfortable and the staff were courteous and helpful.

I think you did a terrific job and a big thanks to you, for making our stay so enjoyable

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I had a really good Bridge holiday with you and Bernard Magee and hope you will be arranging another one next year.

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