Who We Are

Cornwall Heritage Trust was founded in 1985 to “preserve and strengthen” (“gwytha ha crefhe”) its rich and distinct heritage.

We own or manage some of the most iconic and important historic places in Cornwall.  We are proud to have HRH The Prince of Wales Duke of Cornwall as our Royal Patron and Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE as our President.


Our objectives are to:

Acquire land of particular beauty, historic, cultural or religious significance;

Preserve and restore buildings, artefacts or other items of particular artistic, aesthetic, historic, cultural, religious or other significance.

Educate the general public and the people of Cornwall, and inspire not least Cornwall’s young people, about Cornwall’s heritage and to encourage the realisation of its importance to future generations.

To promote, with sensitivity, the heritage of Cornwall for the people of Cornwall’s economic well being; and to raise funds and achieve favourable publicity to these ends.

We have a highly successful education programme and every year provide completely free visits to our sites across Cornwall. We support the Cornish language, cultural and educational events and give generous annual bursaries to post-graduate students engaged in studies that further our understanding of Cornwall’s history and heritage.

We give generous annual donations to other Cornish trusts and bodies.

Please explore our website to get a taste of the huge range of work we undertake.