Tregenna Castle has been a home from home for weary travellers exploring the Cornish coast for more than 240 years. During that time, the hotel has grown in size and the beautiful harbour town of St Ives has become one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. Over time, we’ve come to know a thing or two about the resort and local area. Here are some of our favourite hidden secrets of Tregenna Castle Resort and beyond.
A spot of stargazing
Over the years, Tregenna Castle has welcomed many famous faces including the likes of broadcaster David Attenborough, actresses Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Joanna Lumley, musician David Bowie, and more recently, the cast of Poldark.
Just a few minutes from our front door you will find what is considered one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain, the St Ives Bay Line, which runs from St Erth to St Ives. If you book a ticket you can be sure to enjoy over four miles of spectacular views from the train as it travels along the beautiful coastline.
Full steam ahead
During the height of the industrial revolution, the railway companies were keen to build grand hotels. Quickly, a station hotel became a must-have for any aspirational town, so it’s little surprise that Tregenna Castle became a railway hotel shortly after the tracks were laid.
Step back in time
If you’re keen to learn more about St Ives’ heritage, we’d recommend a trip to the St Ives Museum. A fascinating hub of heritage, the museum houses collections that cover the town’s incredible history including boat building, art, the lifeboat, the Hain Steamship Company, and mining.
On top of the hill
Tregenna Castle Resort takes its name from the hill on which the hotel stands, Tregenna Hill. The word ‘Tregenna’ is a name of Cornish origin meaning ‘the first or foremost farm or homestead on the down’.
Ready to explore the beauty of Cornwall yourself this autumn? Book a stay in one of our hotel rooms or self-catering properties, perfect for a romantic escape with someone special or a getaway with the whole family.