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Caerhays Castle & Gardens

This property is free for HHA Friends
Caerhays, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY
01872 501310

Caerhays Castle, which is owned by the Williams family, is located in a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Cove on the South Cornish Coast, and is equidistant from Truro and St Austell. The castle was designed by John Nash, and is set in 120 acres of historic woodland gardens. Caerhays Estate is the holder of NCCPG National Magnolia Collection (one of four in Britain), and is home of world famous Williamsii Camellias.

The surrounding parkland and woodland gardens were created originally from the discoveries of the plant hunters in China shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Since then a great deal of hybridisation work and especially the creation of the first x williamsii camellias has taken place at Caerhays to create the extensive woodland gardens which visitors can admire and enjoy today.

Caerhays is at its best during the spring months. The gardens are ONLY open from mid-February to mid-June (7 days a week). The castle is still very much home to the Williams Family, and therefore is only open for more limited periods - please do check opening times carefully.

This property offers free access to either the house OR the gardens to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.


Between Mevagissey & Portloe, 9m SW of St Austell.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Castle: 20 Mar - 16 June: Mon - Fri only (including BHs) for guided tours, booking is recommended. Gardens: 20 Feb - 18 June: daily (including BHs) 10am–5pm (last admission 4pm). Free access applies to the House or Garden, but not both.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Castle visits by guided tour only: Every weekday at 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30.

Magnolia Tearooms open every day during spring season – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Caerhays Beach Café open most days (weather dependent)
Tel: 01872 501 115

Free entry to the house OR gardens for HHA members, but not both.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Film Locations

TV 2013 - Hungry Sailors
German TV 2013/15 - Rosamunde Pilcher – Indian Bride and Guardian Angel
TV BBC 1 2013 - Britain and the Sea. David Dimbleby, Adventure and Exploration
Feature film 2015 - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton. To be released December 2016.

Educational Facilities

Educational groups (of 6 persons or larger) are welcome by prior appointment. Visits to the castle, museum, gardens, grounds, beach and parkland can be accommodated. Contact for further details.

Groups and special visits

Groups and special VIP visits are welcome during our open season by prior appointment. VIP tours and dining experiences can be accommodated out of season with prior arrangement.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

Lucinda Rimmington
Caerhays Castle
St Austell
PL26 6LY
01872 501310

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Additional Information
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