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Welcome to the Enchanting World
of St Nectan’s Glen

We are thrilled to welcome you to one of nature’s most stunning and awe-inspiring creations. A world filled with the elixir that nature has shaped into one of Cornwall’s most unspoilt hidden corners. Voted an area of outstanding natural beauty, appointed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its rare specimens of plants, and considered to be one of the UK’s most spiritual sites: St Nectan’s Glen.

Walking to the waterfall through an ancient woodland with ivy clad trees, along the banks of the river Trevillet as it sparkles and gurgles busily on its journey to the sea, you will love the spirit of the Glen and all that it gives.

St Nectan’s Glen is a place where animals and birds play amid a mysticism of fairies, piskies* and spirits, serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song. Once you have reached the top of the woodland walk, let your journey continue, let your spirit free and let yourself explore the lush richness of this site and the mindful pleasures your soul has been waiting for.

Love Nature, Love St Nectan’s Glen. 

* Piskie also known as a Pixie in other West Country counties.

What to do on your visit


At this sacred site of Saint Nectan’s Glen, the river Trevillet has carved its way through Late Devonian slate, created a magnificent 60 foot waterfall and punched a hole through the original kieve (basin). The water now cascades into a beautiful valley.

Woodland Walk

St Nectan’s Glen’s woodland walk to the waterfall & Hermitage cell sits amongst ancient ivy clad trees and runs along the banks of the River Trevillet as it sparkles and babbles busily on it’s journey to the sea. A place where animals and birds play amid a mysticism of fairies, piskies* and spirits, serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song.

Tree of Life Cafe

We have a wonderful café to relax in before or after your visit to the waterfalls. Sit and enjoy a variety of treats such as Cornish cream teas, freshly ground coffee and home-made cakes. We also have our ice cream parlour with milkshakes too – not to be missed!

Visitor Information

Admission Prices

Adult £6.45
Child (5-15) £4.70
Student £4.95
Concession (60+) £4.95
Family (1 A+ 2 C) £13.45
Family (2 A+ 2 C) £18.95

Opening Times

We are open 7 days a week

During these uncertain times following the Coronavirus pandemic, please keep checking our COVID-19 page for the latest and most up to date information for our opening days and times.

Summer Opening Hours
09.00am to 5.00pm

Our café is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last food orders are taken at 3.30pm.

Please continue to adhere to social distancing and face covering rules when inside our buildings. Thank you.


Our allocated car park has limited capacity especially at peak times (12-3pm). You are welcome to use the additional alternative farmer’s car park at PL34 0BD charged at £3 per day.

The waterfall is accessible via the woodland walk and is approximately 1 mile long / 30-minute walk.

Please ensure you keep the track clear, waste and dog-poo free and keep dog on leads.

Check the website for details depending on the season but it is usually 30 minutes before closing.

We advise appropriate footwear, including wellies/waterproofs, as the paths and trails are as nature intended: with lumps, bumps, holes, slopes, mud and steps!

We no longer supply wellington boots.

Yes, our cafe caters for vegetarians and vegans.

The path for the woodland walk is not suitable for pushchairs or scooters or people with walking difficulties.

We love animals so well behaved dogs are very welcome in the woodland and main waterfall area. Please keep them on leads at the waterfall and ensure you poo-pick after your dog. This is for the sake of all folk…

It is the responsibility of each dog owner to ensure their animal does not disturb the peace and calm surrounding the waterfalls and fellow visitors, with either constant barking or bad behaviour. Please respect nature, visitors, staff, residents and our community.

The site offers its visitors, not only an inspiring and nature-filled outdoor adventure for all the family, but also an array of activities and facilities come rain or shine;

From our stunningly varied wildlife, bugs hotel, herb garden, to our eco-friendly nature-inspired Tree of Life Café providing drinks, afternoon teas and freshly prepared food using local produce wherever possible, as well as our dedicated ice cream parlour serving the finest Cornish ice cream, together with our fabulous gift shop with its unique gifts and homes décor accessories, you are truly spoilt for choice.

But who said you had to choose? Experience it all in a day or, if you wish to explore more avenues for your workshop, event, retreat or, if you wish to elope in a stunning location for that ‘union with a difference’, let us help make your experience memorable and magical, the St Nectan’s Glen’s way – there is no other place like it.