Any visit to Carnglaze is educational in as much as the Guided Tour of the Caverns covers elements of industry, social history and working practises, geography and geology but it is easily adapted to suit specific visits taking into account:
Visits can be tailored to suit all Key Stages, please ring to discuss.
This is a speciality we can offer as an introduction to Key Stage 2 science topic of Rocks and Soils.
Opportunities to touch and handle different rocks and minerals from our vast collection, plus feeling the hand tools that were used here for mining in the 19th century.
The stunning visual aspect of Carnglaze is compensated for by the use of word pictures which describe what the visually impaired cannot see.
The damp cavern air enhances smells amongst the sensory experiences.
The excellent acoustics of the Rum Store are contrasted by the echoing acoustics of the lakeside in the third cavern.
The fresh spring water from the lake can be tasted at the end of the tour.
The local scouts group planted a Sensory Garden in the terrace garden which will be accessible for wheelchair users.
The site has been described as a jewel centred in the exquisite setting of the Loveny Valley; it is an inspirational place where with 6.5 acres of woodland & 3 large Chambers would well suit workshops in:
The top cavern known as The Rum Store has been transformed into an increasingly popular venue for performances from all types of music, theatre & entertainment. The stage may be used for workshops in:
For younger children we can take them on A Bear Hunt! Through the woods with the wonderful words of Michael Rosen & inspired by the glorious pictures of Helen Oxenbury in “We’re going on a bear hunt”
We have the story of Hubert the Hobbit and the Tale of the Trolls Treasure for those interested in the Faery Dell and faery tales.
Or bring your own choice of story – we really can adapt to suit.
Many opportunities for extension work back in the classroom:
Concerts and Events are held in the Rum Store (top cavern) which has excellent acoustics and is fully wheelchair accessible.
Low mobility car parking.
Adapted toilet facilities & carer/child changing area.
Special tours for the blind and partially sighted.
Sensory Tours can include any or all of the 5 senses
By special arrangement a large flat screen plasma TV could be installed in the top cavern for any mobility impaired visitors. This will enable them to enjoy the second half of the tour which involves descending a flight of steps, to access the 2nd & 3rd caverns where there is a beautiful blue-green lake.
The gardens have picnic areas where everyone could enjoy their lunch surrounded by birdsong and the occasional scampering squirrel!
Call 01579 320251 10am ~ 5pm Mon ~ Sat and we can discuss your individual needs.
Under 10 children
Adults £7 / Children £5
Normal Entry Prices
Over 10 children
Supervising adults FOC
Over 20 children
Supervising adults FOC
Buses from both Liskeard and Bodmin directions regularly travel the A38; nearest shopping point Trago Mills ~ though some drivers will set down by request at the Valley Road Junction ~ 1 mile walk up the Valley Road to Carnglaze.
NB Narrow road, no foot paths and no street lights.
Barras Street near the main post office
Bus number 283 to St Neot
Call 01822 834571 for more details or check dacoaches.co.uk
Buses run: Monday to Saturday: 9.45am ~ 11.35am & 1.35pm
Return buses run: Monday to Saturday: 10.05am ~ 12.05pm & 2.05pm (Excluding Bank Holidays)
Request to be dropped off at Carnglaze entrance and ask driver to confirm time of pick up from there.
OR there’s a pleasant 1 mile walk up the green lane (off road) to the bus terminus in the village car park in St Neot if you prefer.
Times & frequency of service vary throughout the year, but it does not run at all in the evenings ~ Sundays & Bank holidays.
The nearest mainline stations are Liskeard 5 miles and Bodmin Parkway 7 miles
We have a secure dry area in which to chain your bikes.
Bike Hire Companies in the area:
Bridge Bike Hire
Wadebridge 01208 813050
Wadebridge 01208 814545
Trail Bike Hire
Padstow 01841 532594
Carnglaze Caverns is linked by a green lane (the old pack horse route) to the village of St Neot. There is also the option of the tarmac road and it is possible to walk from several local B & B’s (see our accommodation page)
If walking to a concert remember to bring a torch ~ there are no street lights! Reflective clothing & stout footwear are recommended!
However you get here we’ll be pleased to see you!