Sailing Through History at Mount Edgcumbe

Sail through the history of the seafaring port of Plymouth and history of Mount Edgcumbe.

Join Plymouth Boat Trips as they whisk you away from the historic Barbican to explore the history of Plymouth’s Dockyard and river routes before landing at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

Here you will be treated to a delicious and traditional Cornish afternoon cream tea in the beautiful 18th-century Orangery. You will then head up to the 16th-century Mount Edgcumbe House where you will take a trip through history and learn why Mount Edgcumbe made such an impression on visitors that they carried the name to the four corners of the globe.

See how the changing world affected the lives of the local residents; the famous people who visited and the intrepid explorers who spread the name of Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe. Being able to trace the history of the estate back to the Mesolithic period gives ample opportunity to fascinate our visitors with tales of adventure from marauding Vikings to New World explorers and everything in between.

Where? Plymouth

Tour provider Plymouth Boat Trips



Tour highlights

  • Plymouth Boat Trips river tour with commentary
  • Traditional afternoon Cornish cream tea
  • Tour through the history of 16th-century Mount Edgcumbe House with famous explorers, artists and royalty
  • Become Lord or Lady of the manor in the costume room where you can try on traditional Tudor and Victorian outfits and take a photograph on the staircase in the Great Hall – an amazing memory of your visit to the house
Plymouth Sound

Itinerary duration

4-6 hours

Recommended group size


Special equipment needed

Sensible walking shoes and waterproof coat


Fully accessible


1 April to 30 October. Daily. Min. of 7 days advance booking

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