Saltash

Travel Guide
Saltash showing a bridge

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.

China Fleet Country Club
China Fleet Country Club
4 out of 5
This family-friendly Saltash hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of China Fleet Country Club, Elliott's Grocery Store Museum and Saltash Celtic ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (269 reviews)
"Great place to stay with excellent amenities."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

China Fleet Country Club
St. Mellion Estate
St. Mellion Estate
4 out of 5
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Tamar Valley and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Dupath Well. Cotehele House and Gardens and Kit Hill Country ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (593 reviews)
"Lovely place"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

St. Mellion Estate
The Crooked Inn - Inn
The Crooked Inn - Inn
4 out of 5
Situated in Saltash, this inn is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Tamar Valley and within 6 miles (10 km) of Saltash Celtic Cross and Elliott's Grocery Store Museum. Saltash ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (418 reviews)
"Lovely quirky pub providing great B&B facilities. We have stayed here before with our dogs and would stay again. Rooms clean, breakfast great and staff friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021

The Crooked Inn - Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pentillie Castle & Estate
Pentillie Castle & Estate
5 out of 5
This family-friendly Saltash holiday home is located on the riverfront, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Tamar Valley, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Saltash Waterside and Kit ...
5/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Had an amazing short break to Pentille, we are fans of Delicious so booked to stay for my birthday, they were so friendly and welcoming and it is a beautiful property and lots to see in the area."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019

Pentillie Castle & Estate
'Juniper' The Cosy Pod at The Greenhouse Spa Retreat - Glamping Cornwall
'Juniper' The Cosy Pod at The Greenhouse Spa Retreat - Glamping Cornwall
North Sillaton, St Mellion, Saltash, ENG
Situated in Saltash, this romantic cabin is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Tamar Valley and within 6 miles (10 km) of Dupath Well and Saltash Celtic Cross. Elliott's Grocery ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Lovely
"Beautiful setting Great pod"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

'Juniper' The Cosy Pod at The Greenhouse Spa Retreat - Glamping Cornwall
Award winning cosy cottage with private hot tub & log burner
Award winning cosy cottage with private hot tub & log burner
Lower Marsh Farm, Landulph, Saltash, ENG
This family-friendly Saltash holiday home is located by the sea, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Tamar Valley, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Saltash Waterside and Kit Hill ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Very enjoyable
"Lovely little cottage with everything we needed. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Award winning cosy cottage with private hot tub & log burner
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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