What to do and see in Lostwithiel, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Karren Gelb

Lostwithiel (/lɒstˈwɪðjəl/ lost-WIDH-yəl; Cornish: Lostwydhyel) is a civil parish and small town in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom at the head of the estuary of the River Fowey. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 2,739, increasing to 2,899 at the 2011 census. The Lostwithiel electoral ward had a population of 4,639 at the 2011 census. The name Lostwithiel comes from the Cornish "lostwydhyel" which means "tail of a wooded area".
Restaurants in Lostwithiel

1. Restormel Castle

Restormel House Restormel Road, Lostwithiel PL22 0EE, England +44 1208 872687
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 268 reviews

Restormel Castle

A great 13th century circular keep standing on an earlier Norman mound, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War. Commanding fantastic views, it makes an excellent picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.

Reviewed By Helen C - Norfolk, United Kingdom

Greeted by a friendly lady who took our entrance fee in a small building containing a few items for sale basic refreshments were also available - hot drinks machine, ice cream, crisps.
The castle is a ruin but there are steep steps mostly stone up to the top and there is firm safety railings all the way around as would be expected of an old building it is a bit uneven underfoot. there are good views of the surrounding countryside, the information boards are very worn so if you want to find out about the castle you will need to buy the guide book.
There are toilets on site situated at the back of a shed. one male and one female. They are a bit of a tight squeeze, a mother would not be able to take a child in with her for example. There weren't very clean either.
Unfortunately there was a lot of litter about in the pits and wells.
outside the castle the grass was short and it was fairly even under foot.
If you chose to take a picnic to eat there than it would extend your stay we were there less than an hour.

2. Wingz Bird Sanctuary

Moorlands Farm | Treesmill, Par, St Austell PL24 2TX, England +44 1726 825222
Excellent
77%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Wingz Bird Sanctuary

Reviewed By Clicelillie - Wallasey, United Kingdom

Hidden away is this sanctuary where they care for many an animal, some of rare breed. A small play area also, and a walk through the overgrowth to view birds and animals (wallabies included) in something approaching their natural habitat. You'll never be able to make a full day of it, but well worth a morning spent

3. Lanhydrock House and Garden

Bodmin PL30 5AD, England +44 1208 265950
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lanhydrock House and Garden

This 19th-century high-Victorian country house is one of the most fascinating in England. Colourful Gardens, riverside walks and family friendly cycle trails.

Reviewed By Stephen B - Essex, United Kingdom

This is a very popular destination. Be prepared for crowds in rooms. Best to get here early. Shuttle service for those with mobility issues, quite a walk uphill back to car park. This NT property is packed full of interesting artefacts and tells some of the stories about previous occupants. The volunteers here willingly supply information at the drop of a hat! Food and drink available. Note the multiple fire hydrants, hoses and other paraphernalia installed when the house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881.

4. Cornwall Football Golf

Trenowah Road, St Austell PL25 3GD, England +44 1726 68952
Excellent
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5 based on 704 reviews

Cornwall Football Golf

FootballGolf uses the same rules as golf but players kick a football into a hole. There are hazards and obstacles along the way helping make the game fun and enjoyable for everyone and a great outdoor activity. almost every hole players have to kick around, through, over or under various obstacles. The game of FootballGolf is suitable for anyone 5 years old to 80 years old. We have two 18 hole courses set over 18 acres

Reviewed By Richard K

First time foot-golfer dad with a 8 and 15 year old had a great couple if hours at this well kept imaginative course. A busy half term day but plenty of space and no waiting. Professional engaging staff and friendly mowing man make this a must-do trip for families and adult groups. Really good value as well

5. Fowey Estuary

Fowey, England +44 1726 833616
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 590 reviews

Fowey Estuary

Reviewed By SomersetStephen - Somerset, England

The estuary is very pretty with mainly wooded banks.
There are walks on either side of the estuary and also a circular route involving two Ferries.
The estuary is exposed and can get quite windy.
In the Summer months you can get a ferry to Mevagissy.
Plenty of places to eat.

6. Eden Project

Bodelva PL24 2SG, England +44 1726 811911
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 9 reviews

Eden Project

Trek through the world's largest indoor rainforest, take in the sights and smells of our Mediterranean Biome, and explore our huge outdoor Gardens. At the Eden Project you'll discover the fascinating relationships between plants and people. You'll also find a full calendar of family events throughout the year and music festivals in the summer. As an educational charity we run transformational social and environmental projects locally and internationally.

Reviewed By Supermom23 - Bermuda

It IS a great place BUT the entry fee is way too much. £100 for four of us, reduced to £83 by booking in advance. Photos were taken of three adults but not the child, no explanation was given for this. Not impressed by the rude/ grumpy staff. Girl on cafe till didn't smile at us, say hello, please OR thank you. Either time we bought food. Gift shop staff were the same. Only a couple of the staff serving the food were really nice and the food was good.

7. Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NJ, England +44 1726 69897
Excellent
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Located in an historic China clay building, this centre contains artifacts from more than 150 local shipwrecks.

Reviewed By PROSN1P3R - Guildford, United Kingdom

Many films have been shot here great local area... Beaches are amazing and love the smuggling tunnel on the left beach in the cave.. Look up! Gunpowder end gunfire was shot here and many other films...

8. Boconnoc House

Boconnoc House Lostwithiel | Cornwall, Lostwithiel PL22 0RG, England +44 1208 872507
Excellent
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5 based on 75 reviews

Boconnoc House

Boconnoc is a country house in South East Cornwall tucked down two miles of private roads. The main house is 18th century and has been restored over the last 12 years. It is surrounded by park and woodland with beautiful views down the valley to the lake and once you arrive there is total peace and tranquility. The property is available to hire for weddings, events, house parties or corporate events. There are four large reception rooms and 9 bedrooms in the house and anther 9 bedrooms in total in three holiday houses onsite. Whether you want a romantic champagne and cream tea for 2, a peaceful holiday for the family or a wedding party of 250 Boconnoc is an ideal location.

Reviewed By Nos6

We went to Boconnoc House for a wedding. Stunning location and if using the church ( which is lovely) everything on the proverbial door step. The food ( canapés, wedding breakfast) very good and choices much more appealing than you usually expect for a wedding. I'd have liked to availed myself of the croquet on the front lawn but not practical with a little one etc. I would have to say that we would have stayed there too, however the prices we were quoted were, it has to be said, pretty steep, which was a shame. Still, all in all, an amazing house and grounds and certainly as a guest a big recommendation for others if planning their big day.

9. Polkerris Beach

Polkerris, Par, St Austell PL24 2TL, England 441726813306
Excellent
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4.5 based on 261 reviews

Polkerris Beach

Polkerris Beach combines an idyllic sandy Cornish cove with first class Water Sports facilities. It's as good for a day trip as it is for a two-week holiday or intensive Water Sports course. From the smallest sandcastle-building toddler to the seasoned watersport enthusiast, there is something for everyone here. Picture this - a sheltered, sandy beach in a small village, self-catering accommodation just up the lane, no through traffic, a beach shop and café, equipment rental so you don't have to lug everything with you and personalised windsurfing and sailing courses at our award-winning, RYA Recognised Training Centre. Round that off with a beer in the Rashleigh Inn as the sun sets and you have the makings of the perfect Cornish beach scene - or dine in style at 'Sam's on the Beach' which has proved extremely popular since it opened in 2009.

Reviewed By Weekender787 - Truro, United Kingdom

This really is a beachfor all the family. The sand is wonderful for building sand Castles andother structures - not just for the children - and the surf is the number one attraction - both to take part and to observe. The lifeguards are very efficient and always watchful to see that people stick to the designated area for the all those people venturing into the water.

10. Fowey Aquarium

Town Quay, Fowey PL23 1AT, England +44 7815 840467
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Fowey Aquarium

Reviewed By Phil D - Tenby, United Kingdom

Lovely aquarium which kept our 5 year old son entertained whilst waiting for the ferry. The staff / owners where really knowledgable and really made an effort. The fact that he could touch some of the exhibits really made it. We've now spent the afternoon rock pooling!

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