P R O F I L E
Queen Adelaide's Grotto is an impressive structure, built circa 1826/7, that lies high on the Cornish cliffs overlooking the entrance to Plymouth Sound. As such it has magnificent views of Plymouth, Devonport and shipping using the natural harbour.
The grotto was built in a Gothic style for Queen Adelaide, the wife of William IV, in advance of her visit to the area. The entrance is through a side tunnel that leads to a central chamber with three viewpoints. There is a modest cave at the rear of the central chamber. It is thought that this was an earlier watch house incorporated into the later structure.
The grotto, together with a number of other interesting features, lies within the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
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Queen Adelaide's Grotto is sited high on the cliffs overlooking the entrance to Plymouth Sound. The location is known as Penlee Point. Access is by footpath from Cawsand which lies on the Cornwall (western) side of The Sound.
GREAT BRITISH GROTTO GRADING
Physical access difficult
Access all Year, Access on Foot, Free Entry, Grotto - just one, Part of a larger tourism attraction
Coastal, Quality Natural Environment, Upland
England - Southern
THE FEATURES PRESENT
+Cared for and maintained in good condition, +Dark and mysterious chambers and cave like spaces, +External rock structures, either real or simulated, +Internal stonework that is natural, recycled or simulated to give a subterranean decor, +Stunning setting and location, +Viewing points from within to an intriguing landscape outside, GRADED SIX