History & Heritage

  1. Lighthouses
    One of the first things you notice in the Isles of Scilly are the lighthouses. Six of them, if you count Wolf Rock, guard the islands from every approach, with the first built in 1680, the last in 1911.
  2. The history of our pilot gigs
    Back in the mid-19th Century, around 200 men worked as pilots on the Isles of Scilly. Today, gigs (specially-designed sea-faring rowing boats with six oarsmen and a coxswain) are raced purely for pleasure particularly throughout Cornwall and the south west of England. Their heritage on Scilly, meanwhile, remains very much a part of island life – dating back to the days when they helped incoming ships to navigate the waters, smuggled goods from abroad and performed daring rescues. We take a brief
  3. Ships & Wrecks
    The Isles of Scilly have been the site of many shipwrecks over the centuries – with over 500 registered wrecks around the archipelago. We take a look at the story of how Scilly became a significant ‘ship park’ – and one of the most notorious sites for wrecks in the British Isles.
  4. Star Castle - touching history on holiday
    How many hotels have you stayed in that were built in the shape of an eight-pointed star? For me, the Star Castle Hotel just outside Hugh Town was a first. Hazel Southam, journalist, broadcaster and now author, recalls her love of Scilly's rich history.
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  1. Add Valhalla Museum to your Itinerary

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    Tresco Abbey Garden, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

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    01720 424108

    Tresco

    Located in the Abbey Garden, this unique collection contains some 30 figureheads, as well asname boards and other carvings from the days of sail. Most are from 19th century vessels wrecked on the Isles of Scilly.

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  2. Add Tresco Abbey Garden to your Itinerary

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    Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ

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    +44 01720 424108

    Tresco

    The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to thousands of exotic plants from around the world flourishing right here on the Isles of Scilly...

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  3. Add Isles of Scilly Museum to your Itinerary

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    Church Road, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NA

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    01720 422337

    Isles of Scilly

    Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats;...

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  4. Add Scilly Walks to your Itinerary

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    Katharine Sawyer, Alegria, High Lanes, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NW

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    01720 423326

    Isles of Scilly

    Scilly Walks offers guided walks, boat trips, slideshows and short break holidays to introduce you to the archaeology and history of the Isles of Scilly.

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