On our little road trip to Cornwall, G had the Eden Project on his bucket list.  I had visited many years ago with my folks and we’d enjoyed our day out…roll forward a few years and I received a big shock when I saw the price of entry now.  So is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee… hmmm let’s find out!

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^^The iconic domes!

Travel Tips for the Eden Project are found at the bottom of this post.

We arrived early morning and desperate for a cup of tea and a piece of cake…sadly the cake is labelled as low in gluten which isn’t allowed in the labelling world and Mrs D has taken this up with the Eden Project in the past and it still hasn’t changed.  I decided to give it a go and the cake was lovely but it made me wonder how on earth it can be low in gluten rather than gluten free.  The price of two cakes and three drinks set up back over £15…ouch!

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G and I had a wander outside first taking in the gardens…

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…with the colourful dahlias…dahlias have become the new peony and they are so easy to grow as well…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…the Japanese anemones…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…it was fun to see how the gardens have all being designed and to get some inspiration for our own garden.

The Eden Project is an educational  garden which is trying to teach folks about biodiversity, fair-trade and how we all need to work together…no bees, no humans…basically we need to plant flowers to help out our bee population…we did this year and the amount of wildlife we had in the garden was incredible from bees, insects to birds.  If we all made one small change in our lifestyle just imagine how we could help Planet Earth…time to start thinking about our diets, fast fashion, travel and how we live on this planet.

We entered the humidity dome first, which is like a huge hot house but not as humid as I last remembered…if you like giant palm leaves then you’re going to love this dome…

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…it was like taking a journey around the world…

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…from New Zealand……to the islands…to Asia…

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…to Africa…

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…we learnt a few new facts which will be great questions for a pub quiz but you know…I suffer from dory brain so I can’t remember the facts now…doh…

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…there was some really great information on fair-trade and food miles…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…G was gutted to learn that he couldn’t go to the very top of the dome as it was just too hot inside….we may have begged to differ but hey ho.

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Humidity brings the most beautiful plants to life…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

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…Monica Hair vs Beautiful flowers…

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I can live with Monica Hair but not without pretty flowers in my life.  I still remember when Lisa and I visited Samoa and the local bus took us through the Rain Forest…it was simply gorgeous.

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I wouldn’t mind a pretty waterfall like this in my back garden?

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G and I managed to agreed on a plant we both liked…

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…chalk and cheese when it comes to gardening!

We left the humidity dome and wandered past all the restaurants, pondering if we were requiring more expensive and poorly labelled food in our bellies…the answer was no…so we hit the gift shop instead…I bought G some bamboo socks which apparently are better for your feet…he agrees.

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I’m taking more of an interest in ethical fashion and where my clothes are coming from now more than even and it’s amazing to see more companies advising how they’re cutting down their water usage on materials etc. and the use of sustainable materials.

Next up we hit the Mediterranean dome, to be fair I felt a bit let down with this dome…

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…it was pretty don’t get me wrong…

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…you felt like you were transported to the Mediterranean in some areas…

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…but we didn’t learn as much as we did from the first dome which is a shame.

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Am I the only person out there that thinks a cactus plant looks like a giant willy…

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…I’ve backed into a prickly willy plant while having a wee out in the open in Libya…thankfully I only received a prickle in my foot and not my bottom!  I dine out on my disaster travel stories….they’re the best part of travelling.

The Australian garden was interesting but once again I felt it lacked a bit in imagination with the educational detailing and layout…the colours were beautiful though…I was expecting more from this new addition…just bring the crisps around as I’ve got the wine…wine, wine, wine (moving on from my wine)

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…we took an interest in the vegetable garden as our veggie patch was really good this year; just blowing my own horn here and there folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

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Not golden balls but green balls!

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I’ve made chutneys and also frozen a lot of our vegetables for use over winter…The Good Life, the Bedford version!  I grew heirloom tomatoes this year and the crop was amazing…go for the older variety plants for a change, not the modified seeds that you find these days…think purple carrots, yellow tomatoes, bobbly red tomatoes…embrace the old fashioned varieties and you will be surprised with your crop.

The sunflowers were beautiful…happy flowers…

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…these guys were rather photogenic.

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

We took another walk outside and watched the zip wire whizz overhead…someone was burning a £50 note with that ride…truly everything is wildly expensive here.

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^^Is it a man…is it a giant butterfly…who blooming knows!

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G and I spent less than 2 hours at the Eden Project and to be fair, it wasn’t that busy and it was at the start of the school holidays when Cornwall was super busy.

Personally I feel like the Eden Project has really priced itself out of the market especially for families and overseas travellers…if I was travelling from NZ this would be costing a crap load of money and I would have felt short changed by the experience.

I was disappointed with the lack of events on for children who were visiting…it was the start of the school holidays and just felt like the Eden Project was missing a trick or ten…it’s one of those places, you visit once and don’t go back even though your ticket allows entry for a full year from the first date of entry. More activities especially around sustainable gardening would have us visiting again.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I had a discussion if we thought the Eden Project was worth the £27.50 entrance fee and the answer was NO!  The B&B owner also agreed and thought a fair price would be around the £15 mark which I think is more reasonable overall however if you can find a 2 for 1 voucher than I would recommend a visit.

We felt that The Eden Project could push so much more on showing how to live more sustainably with nature it just felt like it has given a half heartened try…we heard rumblings about financial pressures and redundancies so who knows if this has had an impact on the Eden Project overall.

I’m not saying don’t go…just that we were both disappointed with the cost (if we had paid full price!) vs what was on offer on the day of our visit.

Travel Tips for the Eden Project, Cornwall

  • Booking tickets online on the Eden Project website prior to your visit can save some money
  • If you’re into collecting avios, weirdly after our visit I noticed if you go through the British Airways Gateway 365 portal you can earn avois on the purchases and there were some good values offered (at the time of writing it was 7 avois per £1 spent).
  • I’m pretty frugal at the moment and found a really great way of saving money; the May Gardener’s World offered a discount card with 2 for 1 tickets to many gardens around the UK including the Eden Project; for us this made the entrance reasonably priced.  Unfortunately the magazine is completely sold out online now however check it out next May as you can also gain entry to Kew Gardens.
  • If you can find another way to gain a 2 for the price of 1 ticket then this is definitely more purse friendly.
  • If you are wanting to buy your meal inside, make sure you have all your credit cards handy as it’s blooming expensive; we saw a number of folks with packed lunches which is the way to go if you are watching your pennies or the eye watering ticket price has emptied your purse.
  • The shop inside the domes wasn’t too badly price however I thought the plants and accessorises were overall very expensive and thanks to smart phones you can do a quick search online to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere.
  • There is plenty of parking so don’t worry about getting to the site early and they offer a shuttle bus from the car park to the entrance
  • You can take photos wherever you fancy which is great!
  • Take flat comfortable shoes as the site is rather large and there are some stairs around so comfy shoes are a must!
  • Check out my other posts on Cornwall including our Cornish Road Trip Itinerary, exploring the gorgeous little village of Charlestown and Port Isaac if you’re a fan of Doc Martin!

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I’ll let you into a little secret, I’ve never watched Poldark but I’m thinking it might be about time with autumn just around the corner.  On our jolly little road trip around Cornwall I decided it would be a good idea to pootle around a certain area of Cornwall rather than try and “do” all of Cornwall in a few days and not enjoy the experience.  Travel shouldn’t be just about ticking off all the world’s must dos but enjoying the experience and visiting places of interest to you.  A visit to Charlestown was high on my wish list as I actually really like Maritime history…Greenwich was one of the first places I visited when I moved to London.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

I’ve worked in the shipping industry for quite a few years (however I work in a completely different field at the moment which is more air based…and no I don’t work for a travel company even though I’m based close to Luton) so I find ports really interesting so I added Charlestown to my Cornwall bucket list which included Port Isaac and the Eden Project.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

We had initially tried to visit Charlestown on the Sunday however it was heaving due to the regatta…it’s not a quiet spot to visit when the regatta is on (trust me!) but we visited the following day and I was so pleased we did as I loved this gorgeous little spot in Cornwall.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

G and I had a little wander around the old port…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…admiring the tall ships…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I really liked this photo but couldn’t work out if I liked the photo in or out of focus…and since it’s my blog, you can suffer with both of them <insert evil laugh>…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…and the colourful houses which overlook Charlestown…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…mind the blown over chair!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

I may have found myself a pretty door or two…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I don’t find them on purpose…okay maybe in Wroclaw I did thanks to Pinterest!

We wandered down to the marina and people watched…let’s just say that kids really don’t have any fear…there were so many squeals of delight and I will be very honest and say it looks like Charlestown has bought so many happy memories to many families over the years…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I may have taken a shoefie while working my inner core muscles (let’s just say there aren’t any…the only crunches I like are crunchie bars!)….

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…look at how clear that water is, that water was calling my name; I may have dipped in a toe if the mercury was in the 30’s but you know…this is still England…(the only time I’ve ever swam in the UK is in Loch Ness in April… never at a beach).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

The views around the coastline are absolutely gorgeous and totally worth a few moments (or more) staring into the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…G and a number of other folks are were all watching the RNLI attempt a rescue of two teenagers that got stuck on the rocks as the tide came in which was a bit of excitement on our visit to Charlestown.

I also found a little fudge shop that had pre-packaged gluten free options of cakes at the top end of Charlestown so I stocked up on some fudge for G and I…I may have eaten most of it without sharing…have you ever enjoyed selfish flavoured fudge before…if not, it’s the best…I’m blaming the hormones again.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

Feeling a tad peckish we went to find some food and stopped off at Wreckers and sat outside….G ended up eating his dinner wrapped up in a blanket and a lovely New Zealand born lady told me she hoped he felt better soon.  I laughed this off and told her he wasn’t sick, just a big English wimp and couldn’t deal with some cooler temperatures…she laughed and said she understood that problem well.

^^The English Wimp!

^^To prove we both visited Charlestown…I’m super wonderful at this selfie business…totally know my best angles and G loves to smile…NOT!  If you want to know how to get that wonderful soft focus photo…place your finger accidentally over the camera and hey presto…rub camera with breton top to take sharper photos.

G and I left as the sun was setting and bathing Charlestown is a blanket of gold…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…golden hour is one of my favourite times to be holding a camera…anyone else agree?

Would I recommend a visit to Charlestown…most definitely, it is rather beautiful little spot with a few great shops, nice restaurants and a gorgeous beach and I’m so glad that we visited as it didn’t feel touristy or tacky…it was actually a rather relaxing little spot and made me think, Cornwall is rather pretty but you need to visit spots that interest you and not follow the hordes.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

Travel Tips For Your Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall

  • There is a small car park however you can park on the road for free and walk in which only takes a few moments
  • There are a few shops at the top end of Charlestown which includes a really good antique shop and a few galleries if you are that way inclined.  I’m saving up my pennies to buy a piece from this art gallery…I love bright colours…one day!
  • Wreckers offers a great selection of gluten free options which are clearly marked out on the menu which makes life A LOAD easier and they also have blankets available if you decide to sit outside.
  • Charlestown offers a week long regatta during July so if you want to avoid it then check the dates…we ended up visiting during the regatta and there was live music served with cups of tea (how very English!) which was right up our alley.
  • If you are a Poldark fan then there is an exhibition / tourist attraction you can visit at the Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre…I didn’t as it was closed.
  • The beach looks absolutely stunning and would be a perfect picnic spot…it was the first beach in England where I thought I wouldn’t mind popping in for a little doggie paddle.
  • If you have never watched Poldark then here is a link to the series on Amazon so you can.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

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Le blog seems to be blooming with gardening posts lately and today isn’t any different!  A while back, G’s mum picked me up to visit a beautiful cottage in Silsoe, Bedfordshire which had an open garden as they were participating in the National Garden Scheme.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is a charity that supports numerous nursing charities and this year they are celebrating it’s 90th anniversary.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

Having no idea on which garden we were going to visit…a little sign beckoned us in for a cuppa and cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…then there were squeals of delight as the property we were visited was a cute little thatched cottage…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and you know how much I love a thatched cottage!

You pay a small entrance fee and can wander around the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…the front garden was laden with roses…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…a rainbow of colours with a dash of bunting as it’s not summer without some bunting hanging in the garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and a vegetable garden of my dreams…seriously someone has a little bit of OCD…or maybe someone has a bit more gardening time on their hands than me!  Everything looked perfect!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

I did spot a little bit of door porn…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…their front door is super adorable! Notice the initials on the post box…the Queen’s fathers.

Popping around to the back garden, I was truly blown away…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…how gorgeous is this garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there were secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…behind the fish pond.

We sat down for a cuppa and a piece of cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there was a HUGE cake selection and two gluten free options which is pretty amazing and I was super thankful…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and we enjoyed a spot of people watching which was rather fun to see the variety of wannabe gardeners!  I may have had the biggest hat in the garden.

After that quick refuel, we went off to explore the summer house…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I’m trying to convince G’s mum that we should paint her summer house in candy cane stripes (she’s not convinced as yet!)…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and the glass house for a little snoop to see how they were growing their tomatoes (I’m trying to see what way is best for growing tomatoes…every day is a school day!).

I couldn’t resist this little gardening shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I thought it was appropriate!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

So there is a reason why there is a number of gardening posts recently on the blog; I was pretty sick in May more than most people realise or that I alluded to in my weekly diary posts…and I’m going in for another procedure next week.   When you are stuck inside for weeks on end trying to build up your strength, walking around a garden is a right little blessing…it took me two weeks of bed rest to actually be able to walk around this garden for over 30 minutes and I needed a big nap when I got home.

I’m not going to apologise for all the gardening blog posts…my blog changes with my own lifestyle and this is my life currently…I’m now a flower sniffer and I love it!

If you fancy a snoop through someones garden, then you can check out the National Garden Scheme website for gardens in your area…remember to take cash for entry and cake…and it’s all for charity hence it’s calorie free!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

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After spending some time in hospital and an operation fast approaching, I was in need of a much deserved treat so G and I popped down to London to enjoy a gluten free Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel.  This wasn’t my first visit to Brown’s…maybe my fourth or is it my fifth visit, I can’t remember.  I wanted to check that the gluten free Afternoon Tea on offer was just as good as I remembered it as I always recommend the hotel when asked for gluten free recommendations…spoiler alert…it was!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The gluten free sandwiches were served first and let’s just say the Coronation Chicken sarnie was out of this world…it even beat the egg sarnie which is my favourite.  I’m a traditionalist through and through and it was lovely to see the classic fillings served to perfection…the quality was perfect.

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Gluten Free Scones

You know I love a good gluten free scone and I can say with my hand on my heart that the gluten free scones at Brown’s Hotel passed my scone test with flying colours – they were easy to cut into (you aren’t required to take a chain saw to afternoon tea in your handbag thankfully), they aren’t rock hard…they were light as a feather (so no teeth will be lost!) and they were super yummy.

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I was provided with a few scones however I couldn’t fit them all in my belly so I had to ask for a doggy bag…hello breakfast the following day!

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^^^My scones dressed up to the nines!

Gluten Free Pastries

Gluten free pastries can be a bit repetitive with the trusty old macaron and panna cotta making an appearance at almost every gluten free afternoon…what I loved about the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel is the detail that has gone into making this one of the best in London…the variety of pastries on offer were outstanding…hello mini little gluten free cheesecake!

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The pastries were all divine…not feeling 100%, G had a number of nibbles and he was well impressed with my gluten free offerings.

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Afternoon Tea for the Gluten Eating Monsters

As G was with me (we ventured into London without killing each other…apparently it was because I wasn’t frog marching him around London…he needs to take bigger strides!)…I have photos of the afternoon tea for the gluten eating monsters out there…G was rather spoilt as he didn’t have to share the stand with anyone else.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

^^^My reflexes were a tad to slow so G had already munched through a few sarnies before I managed to snap a photo or two.

The very delicious looking scones and pastries…

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

…and we didn’t have to share clotted cream or jam which is fabulous due to cross contamination…I don’t like sharing my jam…I’m always asking for more jam before I’ve even started cutting into my scones.

Tea

I cheated and went for a peppermint tea *coughs* I was trying to be healthy…balancing out all that sugar.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The Tea Room is gorgeous; it was all dressed up for the Chelsea Garden Show with blooming flowers everywhere…we enjoyed the comfy high back chairs and the soft sounds of the piano.

Service

The service is 5 star as you would expect with lots of friendly chit chat however I did have to pour my own cup of tea on occasion…I know that sounds snobby however I do expect silver service for the price point they are charging.

We made the journey down to London as G and I both enjoy the tea that Brown’s Hotel use which you can buy however you can only buy in the hotel now…not online…yes they had plenty on stock a few days beforehand when I checked and they wouldn’t run out…famous last words…on our arrival they had sold out <insert eye roll>…so I’m sure we will be visiting again some time in the future!

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, London – totally and it’s still in my top 5 places in London to visit for a gluten free afternoon.  A tad expensive however you are paying for a great quality afternoon tea and there are refills on offer as well – Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel starts at £55 per person and can be booked via this link.

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xx

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After falling in love with the pargetting in Saffron Walden and doing a bit of research, I decided a little road trip exploring Clare in Suffolk was in order.  It did help that someone on instagram told me to visit Clare as I would love the village…and they weren’t wrong at all!

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Suffolk as a county isn’t far from Bedfordshire so I could visit three little villages in a day starting with Clare.

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After a drive through some very narrow little country lanes where I’m pretty sure my bikini line got a trim or two…I needed a wee and a piece of cake so I found myself a little tea shop to settle into.

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The cake wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (it was a little dense for my liking) but still very tasty; the service was sweet and the hot chocolate laden down with a million marshmallows (just the way a hot chocolate should be presented…I suffer from marshmallow rage if there isn’t enough!) and the loo were the bees knees.

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Fuelled up, shoe laces tied, flowers located and shoefie taken…

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…I went out in search of some pargetting and found the most famous house in Clare…aka the Custard Creme Biscuit House…

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…okay not it’s official name but it bloody well should be!  Anyone craving a Custard Creme biscuit now?  And yes that is a graveyard right in front of the house as well.

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A graveyard must mean there is a church close by….

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…there you go now!

The village is rather quaint with a number of little independent shops so you can wander around peacefully window shopping…

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…or maybe do a bit of antique shopping…

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…this place was amazing, there was so much I wanted to take home…I had to remind myself that I can’t fit a 3 piece lounge suite in a Fiat 500…in my mind I could…then my mind got distracted by gluten free cake which they were serving in the cafe inside the antique centre…I didn’t have a slice but it did look bloody tasty…gluten free salted caramel cake…I’m drooling as I write this!

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You know I love a castle or ten and Clare is home to a castle…or remains of one…

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…which means you can climb to the top of it and get amazing 360 degree views of the town and surrounding countryside.

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It was at this point that I realised that I really love Suffolk a lot…the colours, the friendly locals and just how I feel totally calm while visiting Suffolk…it’s very different to the honeycomb villages of the Cotswolds which I find a tad too touristy and a bit beige.

Next stop was to take a snap of a car…you know, a little oh lala car in Clare…

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…I crossed the bridge and ended up in the Priory…

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…a peaceful little spot…

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…which you enter through a private gate and go in search of some Earls, a Duchess and a Countess or two (relatives of King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville) that are buried within the grounds.

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I think this sign clarifies quite well who is buried within the grounds of the old priory with dates for all those history buffs out there!

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You know I can’t help myself…I took a few photos of some pretty cute little doors…

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…told you they were cute!

Wandering around Clare in search of the pargetting which I finally stumbled on…

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…it was very beautiful, not as much as Saffron Walden but still impressive for pargetting lovers.

There of course was a number of wobbly houses…

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…it wouldn’t be Suffolk without a wobbly house or two!

Just take a wander around Clare, it’s a magical little place that will leave you enchanted.

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I really enjoyed my day trip to Clare in Suffolk…the county is a colourful and much cheaper alternative to the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day Trip Exploring Clare, Suffolk

  • There is a car park by the castle and antique centre which you will need to pay for however you can park on the outskirts of town and walk in which is what I did and it took less than 5 minutes to walk in.
  • There are a few little tea rooms offering gluten free snacks in Clare, I visited Honey Hill Cafe which also do afternoon tea if you need an afternoon tipple.
  • If you want to walk to the top of the castle then sensible shoes are a must!
  • There is no charge for the castle or the priory and both offer lovely spots of a picnic
  • If you love pargetting as much as I do then I would highly recommend Saffron Walden for a visit as I think it’s the best spot for pargetting in England.  Nethergate Street is where you will find most of the pargetting…the Custard Creme Biscuit house is found by the church in the middle of the village.
  • If you plan to do a Road Trip to Suffolk then why not read my Chocolate Box Suffolk Villages Travel Guide that offers a complete itinerary of places to visit for a weekend or longer including Clare and Lavenham which is a must visit for Harry Potter fans.
  • Clare is apparently a village however folks do call it the smallest town in Suffolk…who really knows.  The folks are so sweet and I had a lovely chat with a few locals on my visit who stopped me and asked what bought me to Clare.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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