The Charms of Cornwall

Wild, beautiful, creative and rural, Cornwall really is the stuff of legends. Historically a land of ancient myths and Celtic culture, today Cornwall is the perfect holiday idyll. A proudly unique and independent spirit is nurtured within this southwesterly peninsula, which is fringed with mighty sea cliffs, quaint harbour towns, beautiful bays and stunning beaches. Inland, the wild and woody interior conceals magical gardens and innovative projects and the lovely towns are a treasure trove of excellent seafood restaurants, vibrant cafés and crafty souvenir shops.


24/10/2021 - 28/10/2021


Bodmin Jail Hotel

The Charms of Cornwall

About this excursion

£595 per person (based on two sharing a twin/double room)

Included in Your Tour

  • Executive Touring Coach at your disposal for the duration of the tour (within drivers hours)
  • 4 nights half board accommodation at the Bodmin Jail Hotel, Bodmin
  • Porterage on arrival and departure
  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival day at the hotel
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay
  • 3 course dinner with 4 choices per course, choice to be made at dinner each night
  • Tea/coffee after dinner


  • Full day excursion to St Ives, for a guided 1 hour walking tour and time to explore St Ives at leisure, followed by a free flow visit at the Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre (admission included)
  • Full day excursion to Charlestown Harbour & Shipwreck Museum for a free flow visit (admission included), followed by a free flow visit at Pendennis Castle (admission included)
  • Full day excursion to Lanhydrock House & Gardens (National Trust Property) for a free flow visit (admission included), time will be at leisure in Padstow in the afternoon. 


  • Single Supplement – twin/double for sole occupancy – £112 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Optional three-course lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant with tea or coffee + service charge  - £48


If you would like to join us a deposit of £50 per person payable to Success Tours will secure your place on this holiday. The balance will be payable 10 weeks before departure – by Friday, 13th August 2021.  Please ask for a booking form.

Our Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Cornwall you’ll find The Bodmin Jail Hotel – a place that intertwines the history of an 18th century prison with creative, contemporary design to bring you a unique hotel experience. It will not only captivate your imagination but provide you with a luxurious escape from ordinary life.Padstow Jail

Once used to house the Crown Jewels in WW1, Bodmin Jail now encapsulates beautifully elegant bedrooms created by combining three cells and their original features. Inside the weathered stone walls, you’ll find free-standing baths, walk-in showers and sumptuous bedding, all designed with comfort and luxury in mind to create the perfect setting for an enchanting escape. Each bedroom features a flat screen TV, sumptuous bedding, elegant bathroom and free Wi Fi.

When you step out of your room into the walkways, you’ll be captivated by the glass ceiling that creates a magical central space.

After almost 100 years of ruin, the renovated jail invites you to enjoy a stay full of endless possibilities and their attentive team will be on hand to ensure your stay is everything you expect. The very fabric of the hotel is laced with history, heritage and heartfelt stories.


Day 1

Today we begin our journey from Milton Keynes to Cornwall with arrival our the unique Bodmin Jail Hotel late afternoon. We’ll enjoy a warm welcome with tea and coffee before freshening up to enjoy this evenings 3 course meal.

Day 2

Following breakfast we visit Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, a mighty fortress built by Henry VIII to defend theCharlestown Harbour country against invasion. Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, this picturesque castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role during the two World Wars. We continue to Charlestown, an 18th century harbour which is home to a resident tall ship, the Kasjamoor. Because Charlestown’s Georgian harbour remains completely unspoiled, many film and TV productions have been filmed here, including Poldark, The Three Muskateers,Taboo, Alice in Wonderland, Dr Who and Saving Private Ryan. Admission to the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Charlestown is included.

Day 3

Following breakfast we venture west to visit The Minack. This unique theatre is built on a granite cliffside sloping steeply Minack Theatredown to the sea, and looking out over Porthcurno Bay towards craggy headlands and the Lizard peninsula on the horizon. The theatre faces South East across the mouth of the English Channel, an area rich with wildlife and a wonderful place to experience the wild beauty of the Cornish coast. When there is no show on, you can explore the open air theatre itself, stand on the stage (even declaim a bit if you wish!), investigate the backstage paths and gaze down into the watery depths of the narrow ‘zawn’ almost under your feet. Enjoy the beautiful subtropical gardens and admire the extraordinary carvings around the theatre, all etched by Rowena Cade using only a rusty screwdriver. You may be lucky enough to spot a seal bobbing around the rocks, or a school of dolphins making their way down channel. Sometimes you may catch a workshop or a rehearsal in progress and you are welcome to watch. We continue to St Ives for an informative walking tour. St Ives is a real gem; as well as having an array of art galleries and shops, it is also home to the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Additional information on the town’s past can be found in the St Ives Museum.

Day 4

Today we visit Lanhydrock (NT), with admission and time to explore this magnificent, high-Victorian manor house and perhaps the finest estate in Cornwall. Offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its former inhabitants, the houPadstowse has extensive servants’ quarters which contrast with the elegance and comfort of the family rooms, and a dramatic history to discover. Outside, the wonderful gardens offer year-round colour and beautiful herbaceous borders, and the wider estate has tranquil woodland to explore. We then continue to Padstow, a charming working fishing port. Fondly known as the foodie capital of Cornwall, it is of course home to Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant where we have arranged a wonderful lunch (optional). There will be time at leisure to explore the quaint shops possibly take a stroll up to visit Prideaux Place or learn about marine conservation at the National Lobster Hatchery, the choice is yours.

Day 5

Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to this stunning region and begin our journey home.

The exact order of excursions may be subject to change.


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