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SaltashUnited Kingdom

An ideal base for exploring the Tamar Valley, this pleasant town is nicknamed the gateway to Cornwall.

Saltash is one of Cornwall’s oldest towns, with a history stretching back to the 12th century. Set on the west bank of the River Tamar, the town connects Cornwall to Devon by rail and road.

Enjoy a canoeing trip on the River Tamar or explore Saltash’s interesting historic attractions.

Two very old bridges are the town’s most prominent landmarks. Opened in 1859 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Royal Albert Bridge is a bowstring suspension bridge with a graceful profile resembling a parabola. Follow the pedestrian walkway of the Road Bridge for the best views of the Royal Albert Bridge. Completed in 1961, the Road Bridge itself is also worth investigating. It is known as one of the first suspension bridges in the world to be widened and strengthened while remaining open to traffic.

Walk around the town’s scenic Waterside Conservation Area and look for its colony of mute swans. This area is popular for sailing, fishing and other watersports. It is particularly lively during the annual Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival in June, which features live music, craft stalls and rowing events.

Be sure to visit Mary Newman’s Cottage, a Tudor house said to be the home of Sir Francis Drake's first wife. Completed in 1480, the cottage is the oldest building in Saltash. Inside, you’ll find period furniture on loan from the Victorian and Albert Museum. Explore the cottage’s back garden, which is filled with plants and herbs important to 15th-century households. Enjoy lovely views over the Tamar River below.

Look inside the Saltash Museum and Local History Centre. Its compact permanent display traces the history of the town from the medieval era to present day. You’ll see photographs, books, press clippings, maps and other art and artifacts from Saltash’s past, along with temporary exhibitions during the summer.

To get to Saltash, follow the Devon Expressway from Exeter. You can also reach the city by train on the main Plymouth-Penzance line. The town is well connected to neighboring cities by bus.

Top hotels in Saltash

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
China Fleet Country Club
China Fleet Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is £104 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

This family-friendly Saltash hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of China Fleet Country Club, Saltash Heritage Museum and Elliott's Grocery ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (155 reviews)

"We stayed for 7 nights, everything was very clean, we really enjoyed the swimming pool and the flume, the locker room was always very clean, the staff from the pool always friendly. We could see that all the staff was working hard to keep the club spotless."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

China Fleet Country Club
St Mellion International Resort
St Mellion International Resort
4 out of 5
The price is £82 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Dupath Well and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cotehele House and Gardens and Kit Hill Country Park. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (549 reviews)

"We stayed for 3 nights was all good. Even from beginning didn't get how l expected but finally it was was good."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

St Mellion International Resort
The Crooked Inn - Inn
The Crooked Inn - Inn
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Situated in Saltash, this inn is within 6 miles (10 km) of Saltash Celtic Cross, Elliott's Grocery Store Museum and Saltash Guildhall. Mary Newman's Cottage ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (317 reviews)

"Pleasant surroundings, quirky pets, excellent food, good size rooms and very good staff."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

The Crooked Inn - Inn

Popular places to visit in Saltash

Cotehele House and Gardens
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Cotehele House and Gardens

5/5(1 review)

You can study the exhibits at Cotehele House and Gardens, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Saltash. Amble around this family-friendly area's university campus and enjoy its lively bars.

Saltash Celtic Cross
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Saltash Celtic Cross

You can learn about the history of Saltash with a trip to Saltash Celtic Cross. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this family-friendly area.

Port Eliot House and Gardens
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Port Eliot House and Gardens

Explore the lovely green spaces of Port Eliot House and Gardens and enjoy the golf courses in St. Germans. Amble around this family-friendly area's waterfront or experience its entertainment choices.

Eden Project
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Eden Project

4.5/5(160 reviews)

Explore one of Cornwall’s biggest and best attractions, an eco-garden of plants from around the world that was built to educate and entertain.

Burgh Island
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Burgh Island

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Burgh Island, a popular green space in Bigbury-on-Sea. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Looe Beach
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Looe Beach

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Looe Beach, a popular beach in Looe. Wander the waterfront or discover the countryside in this quaint area.

Reviews of Saltash

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

Only drove through the place but seems like a lovely little town

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Aug 2019

had to pay £1.50 to cross the bridge into Plymouth

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2019

A place to be avoided

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