Local History

Discover the fascinating history of rural Cornwall and the stunning Tamar Valley!


From the instantly recognisable cliff top tin mines to the rich maritime history of the peninsula, Cornwall’s story is absolutely fascinating. Here just outside of Launceston, we have so much of it nearby you really will be spoilt for choice. Clamber to the top of ancient hill forts, explore the underground lake at Carnglaze, find out about the key roll Cornwall played in the world wars or learn all about the magical history of Tintagel and Boscastle – all within a 30 minute drive from Ekopod. If you’d like to venture further out, ask us for some of our favourite historical sites across Cornwall, we’ve got plenty! 


This was one of our favourite stays ever, and
we have since recommended it to everyone we know!

This was one of our favourite stays ever, and we have since recommended it to everyone we know!

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5 Miles / 11 Minutes Drive from Ekopod

Warbstow Bury

Explore one of the largest and best preserved hill forts in Cornwall, just a ten minute drive from Ekopod. Dogs are allowed on the site, but be aware they may need to be kept on leads as there are often sheep grazing the site. On a clear day there are lovely views all around including the sea in the distance.

5 Miles / 12 Minutes Drive from Ekopod

Cornwall at War Museum

Enjoy an intriguing day out learning about Cornwall’s key role in WWII or take a tour of the Davidstow Airfield. There’s a DIY NAFFI on site too for hot and cold drinks and snacks! The museum and airfield are dog friendly but they do have to stay on lead. 

18 Miles / 22 Minutes Drive from Ekopod

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

In the centre of pretty Boscastle, this independent museum is mystical and fabulous! After you’ve absorbed the legends of King Arthur and Merlin at rugged Tintagel, head to the museum and learn a little more about the folklore that underpinned these fascinating  tales. 

16 Miles / 30 Minutes Drive from Ekopod

Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze is part of Cornwall’s rich mining history and a fascinating attraction in its own right. Head through the old slate quarry and learn all about the miners who worked here. Enjoy the beautiful underground lake and take a wander around the 8 acre woodland – the bluebells are spectacular in summertime. 

19 Miles / 30 Minutes Drive from Ekopod

Bodmin Jail

Built in 1779 for King George III, Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s story throughout the years. The jail has a fascinating history and a spooky, immersive tour will let you experience it all first hand! Find out what life was really like serving your sentence on the edge of the moor! 

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