History & Heritage

Across the 75 square miles of Tamar Valley spanning the Devon and Cornwall border, there are no shortage of ways to learn something new about the fascinating background of this beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

From evidence of Stone Age action at Kit Hill to the prosperous mining heritage that punctuates Cornwall’s industrial history to the incredible maritime background of the towns and cities here, the Tamar Valley is  the perfect place to delve into Devon and Cornwall’s rich past. 

Head for Bodmin or Dartmoor to walk in the footsteps of some of the earliest settlers.  Ruins of old farm houses and villages, ancient stone circles and some of the earliest roadways start to tell the history, myth and legend of those who found home in these harsh landscapes. 

Starting with the UNESCO World Heritage Site around Morwellham Quay, the mining heritage of North Cornwall and Devon is there for history buffs to immerse themselves in. The rich natural resources of tin and copper paired with the handy landscape and river network created the perfect conditions for a profitable industrialisation.  From old tin mines to ancient quays, you can follow the whole story across the Tamar Valley. 

And why not spend a day getting lost in the maritime history of ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ Plymouth. Trace Francis Drake’s footsteps across the hoe, enjoy the drama of modern day military presence and enjoy exploring the historical waterside sites at Royal William Yard and the Barbican. 

Whatever your flavour of history, there is something for the whole family to learn across the Tamar Valley.

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