Cotehele Quay

Cotehele Quay

St. Dominick, Calstock, PL12 6TA
Tel: (01579) 351346

Ancient working river port

Cotehele Quay on the River Tamar is home to the Discovery Centre, the Victorian Tamar sailing barge 'Shamrock' and the Edgcumbe tea-room.

Once a busy working quay, Cotehele was central to the transportation of goods such as limestone, coal, timber and soft fruits to and from Plymouth.

Shamrock, one of the last Tamar Barges to be built to carry cargo on the river dating back to 1899, can now be seen here. She was rescued in 1973 and taken to Cotehele where she was restored over 6 years.

Dung Quay This aptly-named quay refers to the horse dung which was brought from the docks and streets of Plymouth to help fertilise Cotehele's market gardens.

Trig House 'Trigging' was a method of slowing down the wheels of horse-drawn carts using a skid system, before the vehicles made their way down the steep hill to Cotehele Quay. Some of these 'trigging' mechanisms can now be seen at Cotehele Mill.

Nancy Belle Climb aboard the Shamrock's support boat, Nancy Belle, to cruise up the river, under the Calstock Viaduct and beyond. You'll learn about the history, flora and fauna of the The Tamar Valley on this two-hour trip.

Discovery Centre The Discovery Centre is a small museum where you'll be able to soak up the history of Cotehele Quay with free entry.

The Edgcumbe Tea Room After a brisk walk you can enjoy a light lunch and a glass of wine or a cream tea in the Edgcumbe tea room on the quay.


Close to Cotehele House.

Opening Times

15th March - 2nd November
11.00am - 5.00pm, (4.30pm in October)
Every Day

Admission Charged

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