Caerhays Castle

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Caerhays Castle
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Temporarily Closed - Caerhays Castle is one of the very few Nash built castles still left standing, and is situated within approximately 120 acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams, who sponsored plant hunting expeditions to China at the turn of the century. As well as guided tours of the house from March to June, visitors will see some of the magnificent selection of plants brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 1900s - these include not only the collection of magnolias but a wide range of rhododendrons and the camellias which Caerhays and the Williams family are associated with worldwide.
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Myviewon
London, UK13 contributions
Park on the toad, don’t risk the car park
Feb. 2021 • Family
Don’t use the car park, just park on the road! The car park is run by Caerhays and Initial parking and they regularly and unfairly charge £100 fines. I was fined on two occasions despite inputting all the correct information. It is just no worth the risk. I have appealed and called the castle but no success.
Written 5 August 2021
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petesaund
United Kingdom1,160 contributions
Stunning extensive hillside rhododendron gardens
May 2021
Caerhays Castle has the one of the largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in the country - the latter were in the best condition and probably less susceptible to inclement weather.The gardens are extensive and the blooms continue in numbers into the woodland immersed in bluebells - what a sight.It is so absorbing as it never ends and when you are finished it is rather deflating as it is such a 'wow' experience
Written 3 August 2021
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rosemarys134
Derbyshire, UK56 contributions
Don't get a parking fine.
May 2021
The car parking issue spoilt the day.
Do be aware that the car parking company are out to make you pay a fine of £100 if they can.
Make sure you read the small print as you enter the car park and do not stay a moment longer than you are allotted.
Preferably walk there along the coast path to avoid a very poorly maintained parking area. Full of giant holes and puddles when wet.
Written 23 May 2021
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Gwenllian66
7 contributions
Car parking is a scam
Apr. 2021 • Couples
April 2021 paid for a weeks parking £15.00. It only allows you to park on one car park on the estate only. So if you want to go to more than one location you have to pay more. When I got home I had a £100 fine, despite I paid £15 by debit card, ticket on the dash. They said midweek we had parked on 29.4.21 left 30.4.21 without paying. I had paid 23.4.21 - 30.4.21.
I am now in a battle to prevent this charge. WHY.....I have come down here for years, car parks are a shocking condition and they want money, you pay then they send a fine. Avoid the the car parks don't give them your money, park else where and walk to the beaches and castle if you must visit.
Written 13 May 2021
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sookeico1
Etchingham, UK693 contributions
Extensive colourful gardens mainly on hillside
May 2021 • Couples
Like many gardens in Cornwall, Caerhays is quite hard to get to - down wiggly country lanes. Well worth the trip though. We visited in pouring rain, but it was still worth the trip. You need to park on the beach and then walk up the long drive. The gardens are large, with lots of big colourful plants - mostly along different coloured routes up the hillside. We only saw part of them and plan to return to see the remainder. Good cafe facilities and friendly people as well.
Written 12 May 2021
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Christina075
Bristol, UK455 contributions
Gardens amazing, cafe is awful!!
May 2021 • Couples
We booked a day in the gardens for our wedding anniversary and three cheers to those who planted the wonderful azalea 🌺, Camilla’s, rhododendrons- they are absolutely stunning 🤩 we had read that cafe is excellent but it is not!! Horrid microwaved ciabatta, tiny amount of Brie. Not even toasted crispy. Cream tea in brown box pre packed from a fridge, no butter and scones stale. No ice creams for kids and a very sterile environs. Such a shame as I am sure the residents would not eat this rubbish and it would be easy to serve something nice. And should be able to use China given two paid employees.
Written 3 May 2021
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Melissa P
Bristol, UK4 contributions
Stunning gardens in a fabulous setting!
May 2021 • Family
Absolutely fabulous gardens! We had such a nice time wandering through the most gorgeous gardens I've ever visited. The azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, and bluebells were all in full bloom, and many of the magnolias were still flowering as well. The paths are well maintained and the signposting is excellent. The kids had a great time exploring some of the secret paths and finding little hidden gardens, and also enjoyed the pheasants running around. The gardens are so magnificent we almost forgot there was a castle on the grounds until we came around a bend and there it was, framed beautifully against the magnificent flowers. We couldn't go in the castle due to covid restrictions, but the gardens and setting on the whole were so fabulous we didn't even mind.

Caerhays Castle wasn't on our planned itinerary - we threw it in after seeing a brief mention of it in our travel guide, but I am so glad we did as it was the highlight of our holiday to Cornwall. Well worth a visit, and if we make it back to Cornwall at this time of year again, it will definitely be tops on our list of places to visit!
Written 3 May 2021
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Myviewon
London, UK13 contributions
Don’t go to Caerhays castle unless you want a £100 parking fine despite paying at the machine!
Mar. 2021 • Family
Avoid! caerhays castle use a ruthless private parking contractor who have now charged me two separate £100 fines despite having paid at the machine. Lovely setting but they must supplement their income through parking fines. Avoid if you don’t want a surprise during your holiday!
Written 28 April 2021
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Samuel C
St Blazey, UK140 contributions
Amazing visit.
Mar. 2021
Amazing Rhododendron's & Magnolia's. Amazing view's. It's worth a visit.

4 different route's you can take, depending on how far you walk or how steep.

They have a car park which you can park in if you visit the castle or not, but they also charge if you visit the castle or not. It is free parking if you pay for the castle online. The car park is opposite the main gates or disabled is on the main castle site.

Toilet's, cafe, friendly staff.
Written 24 April 2021
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Mark T
4 contributions
Caerhays garden tour
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour of the Caerhays gardens and the magnificent rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias (and primroses and bluebells everywhere). Thank you so much Jaimie for giving us such a special morning.
Written 22 April 2021
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