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A Day Out To – NT Lanhydrock House

Of course with March came the “Beast From the East” bringing snow even as far as Cornwall; and we were afraid we wouldn’t get a weekend to actually go out anywhere! But things managed to calm down mid-month; and we decided to brave the rain and armed with our new National Trust membership cards; we went to visit Lanhydrock house.

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It’s no secret that this is one of my favourite places to visit.


Located just outside of Bodmin; and described by the National Trust website as “A Victorian family home within a Jacobean mansion”; Lanhydrock House is a truly magnificent place to visit if you are in the area. It is clear to see why this is one of the most visited National Trust properties in Cornwall!

NT Lanhydrock sign

As well as the house and gardens there is plenty to explore; the house is located within 1000 acres of wooded parkland; there is an on-site museum; a bookstore and plenty of places to get something to eat and drink.

The parking area has been re-done in recent months; along with a new cafe and bike hire area, as well as a children’s play area and the plant centre. From the car park it is a short walk to the visitors centre; though for those who cannot walk far, there is a buggy available at the car park; and all that is asked is a small donation of £1 which goes towards running costs.

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It’s a cloudy day, but Lanhydrock House is no less impressive!

Our day:

We found the car park very easily; though it should be noted that if driving; you should not follow the sat nav at a certain point; and just follow the signage. From the car park it is a short walk to the visitor centre; and a walk down the path to the gatehouse and on to the house.

We headed straight to the house as the weather wasn’t good at all; so we skipped the gardens this time, though they are definitely worth seeing when they are in bloom! We did say it would be nice to visit again later in the year.

Lanhydrock gatehouse

Lanhydrock Gatehouse, it was a very rainy day so apologies for the slightly bad camera work, I tried!

Lanhydrock house is truly beautiful. We have been before, so it was great to be able to take some photos and share, here on the blog!

NT Lanhydrock Dining Room

The dining room:

My favourite room at Lanhydrock is probably the main kitchen, though there are lots of rooms to explore! There are volunteers around to tell you interesting stories, and give information, as well as cards in each room.

Talking with the staff I was told the many items on display were stored; and came from the house, and it was really interesting to hear how all the technology worked in this extremely beautiful and purpose-built space! They had special mechanisms in place to open the windows which are hidden in the cabinets, it’s amazing considering the age of the house.

Check out Lanhydrock at Christmas time here.

There are also numerous rooms on this side of the house, for all sorts of food preparation and storage! We discovered real pastry and real cheese too!

Onward with the exploring!The Billiard room! (I refrained from the Cluedo reference! Go me!…oh wait…)

The Estate office, here you can also have a go at using a vintage typewriter and using the old-fashioned telephone! It’s so nice to find a property like this, where you can truly interact with some of the features! It’s great for guests of all ages!

NT Lanhydrock Nursery

The Nursery. Along with spotting some classic toys, you can go down the hall to the school room, where you can practice your handwriting with a mini chalkboard, or have a try at the cup and ball (which gets you funny looks from some visitors apparently!)

These are just some of the rooms; this would be a huge blog post if I shared everything you can see! Though I will no doubt visit again!

When it comes to rooms Lanhydrock is famous for though, you have to talk about the long gallery; it is SO beautiful! The plaster ceiling alone is worth exploring!

NT Lanhydrock Long Gallery

And here again I had a long chat with one of the many well-informed members of staff, about the history of the house, and its contents, as well as the work the National Trust have done to make it such a wonderful experience!

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What makes Lanhydrock House a different property is that it’s a completely multi-sensory experience, not only seeing, but there are carefully thought out scents and sounds throughout the house, as well as interactive items in the rooms.

NT Lanhydrock wearing a bowler hat

Like my hat?

A visit to Lanhydrock House is truly a wonderful experience, as well as an informative, well-kept historical property, it is a fun day out, for young and old alike.

Tea and cake

On our way out of the house, we visited the gift shop, before stopping at the stables, which house a used book store, and some vintage fire engine vehicles! Followed by a cup of tea and some cake in the tea room! 

For a family experience Lanhydrock also provide umbrella bags in wet weather, a locker area to keep large bags, a buggy room means you can’t take them in the house but they offer free use of carriers to those with young children, as well as trail sheets to keep younger visitors entertained! They also run family events through the year – such as the easter egg hunt this weekend!

Overall we had a really lovely day, and it was great chatting to all of the staff, and learning about the house some more! We definitely want to visit again!

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