Caerhays Castle


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Minerals Collection
Magnolia Gardens
Porthluney Cove


Explore the extensive Minerals Collection amassed by the Williams family, wander through the renowned Magnolia Gardens home to rare species, and relax at Porthluney Cove with its scenic castle and sea views.


Caerhays Castle, located on the Cornish coast, is a masterpiece of early 19th-century architecture. Designed by the renowned architect John Nash for the Trevanion family, the castle was completed in 1808. It stands as a testament to the Gothic Revival style, blending picturesque elegance with rugged coastal beauty.

The estate’s history, however, predates the current structure. The Trevanion family had owned the land since the late 14th century, with their fortunes rising and falling over the centuries. In the early 1800s, John Bettesworth Trevanion’s passion for landscaping and horticulture led to the creation of the stunning gardens that surround the castle. These gardens, influenced by the exotic plant collections of the Victorian era, remain a key feature of the estate today.

After financial difficulties in the late 19th century, the estate was sold to the Williams family, who have meticulously maintained and enhanced both the castle and gardens. Caerhays Castle is now celebrated for its exceptional collection of magnolias and camellias, attracting horticulture enthusiasts from around the world.

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    Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY

    What3Words: ///vegetable.tiny.views - What3Words provides a precise location, guiding you directly to the main car park. From there, cross the road and follow signs to the castle entrance.

    By Public Transport:

    The nearest train station is St Austell, approximately 10 miles away, which is about a 20-minute drive. From St Austell Station, you can take a taxi to Caerhays Castle. The station offers regular train services from Plymouth, Truro, and other major cities. There are also bus services from St Austell to Gorran Haven, with a short taxi ride needed to reach the castle.

    By Car:

    Use the What3Words location for accurate directions to the main car park. Once you arrive, the entrance to Caerhays Castle and the ticket office is easily accessible from the parking area.

    Opening Hours

    Gardens & Castle

    10am – 5pm (last entry at 4pm)

    Magnolia Tea Rooms

    10am – 5pm

    Caerhays Beach Café

    10am – 5pm

    Car Park - Porthluney beach*

    7:00am – 9:00pm

    *Parking for Garden and Castle Visitors:
    Please purchase a £8.00 all-day parking ticket per vehicle for your visit to the Castle and Gardens.
    Please retain your ticket to receive a full parking refund on arrival at the entrance of the Gardens. 


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