Discover Godolphin, one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall in the 17th century: long since abandoned, you can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home. Wander around the 16th century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe.

It has barely changed over the years. Don't forget to visit Godolphin Hill on the south-westerly reaches of the estate. Here you can breathe in some of the best views in Cornwall looking out over St Ives Bay to the north and the famous St Michael's Mount to the south. Take a leisurely stroll around the lush estate you may discover the Leeds engine house and stack, the remains of the Godolphin family mine. Disappear into the tranquil and mysterious woodland, where the years of mining have left an unnatural, undulating landscape. Go for a stroll along our Riverside walk and don't forget to stop for a refreshing cuppa and slice of homemade cake in our café.

Visit website

  • William Godolphin, Viscount Rialton, later Marquess of Blandford (1700-1731) and his Sister, Henrietta (d. 1776), later Duchess of Newcastle

    This beautifully detailed portrait hangs in the Saloon. Oil on canvas in the manner of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723) circa 1710.

  • Illustrated fireback with date of 1618

    It is possible that this fireback was formerly part of a larger piece. Visible is the rope effect border, typical of the Elizabethan style.

  • Heraldic helmet crest

    Displayed in the Dining Hall, this helmet crest illustrates a dolphin (Sir Francis Godolphin 1613).

  • Venetian glass chandelier

    This beautifully colourful Venetian glass chandelier is dated to the late 1700s, and was conserved by the National Trust in 2001.

  • Delft tile

    Just one of the detailed and intricately illustrated ceramic Delft tiles, surrounding the fireplace of the Godolphin room.

Admission & prices

2 Feb - 3 Nov 10am - 5pm
4 Nov - 23 Dec 10am - 4pm
26 Dec - 31 Dec 10am - 4pm

2 Feb - 7 Feb 10am - 4pm
2 Mar - 7 Mar 10am - 4pm
6 Apr - 11 Apr 10am - 4pm
4 May - 9 May 10am - 4pm
1 Jun - 6 Jun 10am - 4pm
6 Jul - 11 Jul 10am - 4pm
7 Sep - 12 Sep 10am - 4pm
5 Oct - 10 Oct 10am - 4pm
30 Nov - 15 Dec 10am - 4pm

House and garden: Adult £8.50, Child £4.25
Garden only: Adult £5.50, Child £2.75
Estate: Free
National Trust Members: Free

Find us

From Helston take the A394 to Sithney Common, turn right onto B3302 to Leedstown, turn left, and follow the signs. From Hayle B3302 to Leedstown, turn right, and follow the signs. From west, B3280 through Goldsithney, turn right at Townshend.


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities

After a stroll around the ancient gardens, why not pop in to our visitor reception for a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake? Join a behind the scenes tour, running most days at 11am and 2pm, or explore the wider Godolphin Estate.

National Trust Godolphin
Godolphin Cross Nr Helston
TR13 9RE

T: 01736 763194
E: godolphin@nationaltrust.org.uk

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National Trust Godolphin
Godolphin Cross Nr Helston

Helston, CORNWALL TR13 9RE