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Situated only yards from Par rail station, the Great Western Railway trains can take you all over the beautiful county of Cornwall. With direct links to Truro, St Ives, St Austell and beyond there is always something to do or somewhere to visit. Below are just a few examples for places of interest to visit
The internationally renowned Eden Project is a mere 4 miles away, and can be easily reached by car within a matter of minutes. Or, for the more adventurous, why not walk or cycle there along 'Cornwall's Clay Trails' via the beautiful Luxulyan Valley?
Situated in an old China Clay pit, the enormous "Biomes" themselves are a wondrous sight, and the collections of plants from every corner of the World enable the visitor to experience life in the rain forests and the Mediterranean in the space of a few hours.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan near the picturesque fishing port of Mevagissey are approximately 10 miles from the hotel and can be reached easily by car in approximately 20 minutes. We would recommend that you allow at least half a day for your visit.
Rediscovered in 1990 after slumbering for over 70 years, Heligan has been restored to its former glory and is now one of Cornwall's best gardens.
Other gardens in the area:
Pine Lodge Gardens, St Austell
Marsh Villa Gardens, Par
Trewithien Gardens, Truro
Hidden Valley Gardens, Tresmill, Par
This ancient market town is only 10 minutes drive from The Royal Inn. St Austell itself is a meeting point of old and new Cornwall, of ancient, narrow streets and smart pedestrian precincts with fine shops.
Taste the fine local beers produced at the St Austell Brewery on one of their special tours.
Venture out into the crazy lunar-style landscape of the China Clay works behind the town and picture James Bond and Dr Who's appearances here. Find out more about it at the fascinating Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum.
The fashionable resort of Newquay, with its fantastic beaches and bustling nightlife, can be reached by taking the picturesque journey along the Newquay branch line from Par station situated just opposite The Royal Inn.
From the Aquarium and zoo to exciting adventure playgrounds, Newquay boasts a world of family attractions away from its beaches. There is plenty of other family fun when you've had enough of sandcastles and ice cream.
Come face to face with reef sharks in the underwater tunnel at the Blue Reef Aquarium, make a splash in the tropics of The Oasis Fun Pool or Waterworld at Trenance Leisure Park.
The increasingly fashionable harbour town of Fowey renowned for its links to Daphne De Maurier is only 10 minute's drive from The Royal Inn. Here you can relax down by the harbour and watch the shipping of all sorts and sizes as it makes its way up and down the estuary.
The picturesque village of Polruan can be reached by passenger ferry and, during the summer season, there is a ferry service to the fishing village of Mevagissey. Or why not take your car on the Bodinnick Ferry and follow the coastal road to Looe or visit the village or Polperro.
These walks are also for people on holiday with their dogs, I will also give you information to follow on beaches were dogs are welcome. There are many great walks, I have listed a few our of our favourites.
Beaches for Dogs
• In Cornwall there are 61 beaches with no restrictions (Par Beach being one of them).
• 60 Beaches that allow dogs but have restrictions.
• 4 Beaches that do not allow dogs at all.
• 90 Beaches that don’t have any information at all.
For more information, go to https://coastradar.com and see Cornwall dog friendly beaches.