Trenance Cottages are a trio of beautifully renovated, Grade II listed, Cornish cottages that are open to the public and free to enter – the only such row of pre-railway age dwellings found in Cornwall! Situated in the heart Trenance Gardens, Trenance Cottages have been lovingly preserved, protected and improved by a group of volunteers who have saved a piece of history to create a special visitor experience. The museum offer a detailed insight into Newquay’s heritage - an attraction where visitors can learn, relax and unwind in an iconic setting and listen to recordings from Newquay residents, view artefacts from the 1900s, learn about the buildings’ history, and play our beautifully restored pianola!
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Vine Cottage (upstairs)
Travel by public transport
Both bus stops are situated in close proximity to the cottages. They are on the main road, and from each bus stop to the cottages there is access via the public pavement. If using the Road Train you will need to cross Trenance Road at the Zebra Crossing.
Travel by taxi
There are a number of taxi companies that service the Newquay area, however, Yellow Cabs are the only company who have a wheelchair accessible vehicle. This vehicle is well used during by schools during term time at the start and end of the school day. Booking is highly recommended.
Path to main entrance
The cottages can be access from a number of different route, and therefore the narrowest path from the street to the main entrance may differ. If entering the gardens, where the cottages are situated, through the gate then the width is 1260mm. Access from the public path in the gardens to the site of the cottages itself is 2460mm on the slope side and 2550 near the slope and (3) step access area. If acccessing the site over the footbridge, then the width is approx. 1600mm. These measurements are rounded. Once on the site the forecourt has level access to the front door of the museum. The front door is a manual door that is pegged open for the entire time the museum is open. When the door is pegged open the width of access is reduced from 990 to 970mm.
Getting around inside
Vine Cottage (downstairs)
Vine Cottage is accessed from the main entrance. The floor is level, and from the main entrance you can turn right (1010mm doorway) in to the museum gift shop or left into the Parlour (1070mm). The rear connecting walkway between the gift shop and the parlour is much narrower (530mm) and therefore the area at the main entrance may need to be returned to, to successfull naviagate between the two rooms of Vine Cottage. There is an upstairs area (see seperate facility listing) which is accessed via the traditional narrow stairway (10 steps).
Vine Cottage (upstairs)
Upstairs in Vine Cottage there are three smaller rooms to view, there is no level access to this area, and one room has a step down into the area. Further details can be provided on request.
Within the cafe there is an accessible toilet that can be used by visitors to the museum, when the cafe is open.
When the cafe is closed, public toilets can be found nearby at the boating lake. Alternatively, Newquay had two registered changing place toilets. One at Newquay Zoo, the other at Newquay Bus Station. For further information about the changing place toilets, please see: http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/find?toiletLocation=Newquay
Gift Shop situated in Vine Cottage
Getting around outside
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures