Torpoint is right on the south-east point of Cornwall looking across the bay towards Plymouth and Devonport. With a free chain ferry operating between Plymouth and Torpoint for foot passengers and only asking a small charge for cars going between the two destinations, popping into the city of Plymouth for a shopping trip, for a whizz around the ice rink, a drink at the barbican or fish and chips on the Hoe is easy.
If you’d rather spend your holiday in Cornwall there is plenty to do in Torpoint and the surrounding area. Mount Edgcumbe Estate is a wonderful place to spend a day out with the family and is considered one of the best and most beautiful sites in the entire county. Antony Woodland Garden is just a short trip out of town and has a number of stunning nature walks through a 100 acre woodland paradise.
The town of Torpoint itself is, in fact, often referred to as the Gateway to Cornwall. While it only became a town in the 19th century, the area was mentioned in the Domesday book and people have always inhabited the land along the river. The National Trust’s 18th century Antony mansion provides and interesting historical insight, specifically of a family’s involvement in the events of the civil war. It was recently used as a film location in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It also houses a fabulous collection of portraits, including one of Charles I during his trial.
The 16th century Mount Edgecombe House is also open to the public from April to September. The gardens of the grand red stone building are home to the national collection of camellias. Also in the grounds is a disc golf course, where a novel sport involving throwing Frisbees into baskets can be played.
There are many routes and trails along the coast and in the surrounding countryside which take you through some of the most beautiful scenery and quaint villages. The Kings and Walking Trail is a nearly level walk offering stunning views and running through the pretty, peaceful villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. Under an hour’s drive inland is Bodmin Moor, prime walking territory for those who appreciate wildlife and the rugged beauty of the moors.
There are many routes and trails along the coast and in the surrounding countryside which take you through some of the most beautiful scenery and quaint villages
There are plenty of places to stay in the area and with the beaches of Cawsand and Kingsand nearby, there are also a number of different beaches for you to explore with the family. With some wonderful restaurants and pubs around the area Torpoint is a great place to spend your South Cornwall holiday.