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Exploring the Roseland Peninsula

Planning a trip to Cornwall and looking for the perfect base to explore this enchanting region? Manning’s Hotel, a stylish and sophisticated base in central Truro, is the ideal choice. You’ll find us in the heart of the city, combining a buzzing location with the convenience of public transport links as well as private parking. The stunning Cornish landscape is right on your doorstep, just waiting to be discovered!

One unmissable destination is the Roseland Peninsula, a beautiful corner of Cornwall which is easily accessible during your stay at Manning’s.

Your journey begins on The King Harry Ferry. This historic chain ferry, operating since 1888, is not just a means of transportation but an experience in itself. The short crossing over the River Fal offers breathtaking views and a chance to soak in the tranquility of the Cornish countryside.

The ferry takes both vehicle and foot passengers across the water every 20 minutes, seven days a week and is only a short drive from Truro.

Image: The Cornwall Guide

Now you’ve made the short hop across the River Fal, here’s our favourite things to do on the Roseland Peninsula.

Culinary Adventures at Philleigh Way Cookery School

Booking a course at Philleigh Way Cookery School is a great way to immerse yourself in Cornwall’s famous food scene. The school offers a variety of courses which celebrate the region’s rich culinary heritage and amazing larder of produce.

Whether you’re an experienced home cook or a novice, you’ll find something to inspire you. From learning to bake traditional Cornish pasties to mastering seafood dishes, the hands-on experiences here will leave you with delicious memories and new skills to take home.

Image: Philleigh Way Cookery School

Stroll Around St Just in Roseland Church

Next on your itinerary should be the picturesque village of St Just in Roseland. Here, you’ll find the beautiful St Just in Roseland Church, often described as one of the most beautiful churches in England.

Nestled among sub-tropical gardens and overlooking a peaceful creek, the church offers a serene spot for reflection and a leisurely walk. The churchyard, with its winding paths and ancient gravestones, feels like stepping back in time. It’s a place where history, nature, and tranquillity converge.

Step back in time at St Mawes Castle

No trip to the Roseland Peninsula would be complete without spending ample time in the charming fishing village of St Mawes. This idyllic village, with its narrow streets and whitewashed cottages, offers a quintessential Cornish experience.

At the edge of the village, one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, St Mawes Castle stands proudly overlooking the Fal estuary. The castle’s strategic location offers panoramic views of the coastline, and its well-preserved interior and gardens are perfect for exploring.

Image: English Heritage, St Mawes Castle

Water sports, Boat Trips & Beaches

The Roseland Peninsula is a haven for water enthusiasts. Whether you’re into sailing, kayaking, or simply enjoying a boat trip, the calm waters of the estuary provide a playground for all sorts of marine adventures.

There are regular boat services from St. Mawes that can take you across to Falmouth or on scenic river cruises. Read our blog on boat cruises here.

You can also relax at a number of beautiful beaches. South-facing Summer Beach at St. Mawes provides stunning views across to Falmouth. There’s also Carne beach, a large sandy beach in Gerrans Bay. At low tide, the beach stretches about 1 mile west to Pendower Beach and is a wonderful spot for kids to run and explore.

Images: St Mawes Ferry, Fal River Cruises

After a day of exploring the Roseland Peninsula, returning to the comfort of Manning’s Hotel in Truro is a perfect end to your adventure. Relax in your stylish room, enjoy a delicious meal at our hotel’s restaurant, or unwind with a drink at the bar.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!