The Hidden Valley Discovery Park, Launceston

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Hidden Valley Discovery Park is a family-run visitor attraction near the town of Launceston, Cornwall, England, UK. Founded in 1994 by Pete Jones, as a simple treasure hunt and play area, the park has expanded to include a "Forbidden Mansion" with mazes and team treasure hunts. It also includes a gauge miniature railway system around the site, encouraging 11,000 visitors each year.HistoryThe park was founded in 1994 as Tredidon Trails, originally just including a treasure hunt and children's play area. The founder was Pete Jones, an engineering graduate who took much inspiration from the famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.The park currently receives about 11,000 visitors each year and includes a several treasure hunt trails, a miniature railway and mazes. The reception area which resembles a pumping station from the Victorian era includes a restaurant and gift shop. The Forbidden Mansion in the grounds includes Victorian fixtures and fittings, but has been designed to include secret passageways and upside down rooms. Inside the mansion there are several treasure hunts for teams to work through to gain a crystal in the style of Crystal Maze.The park's gauge miniature railway is named named Porterswick Junction Light Railway. It was constructed in 2002 and was extended in 2003 to form a complete 900 yard loop. The line now includes two bridges which go over the top, as well as an engine shed, inspection pit and two locomotives which operate at the site.
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  • We have been coming to Hidden Valley from the Very first year and every year since and quite often several times each year. From the humble beginnings and our family comprising very young girls Hidden...  more »
  • This place is unlike anything else that I've seen. There are a number of puzzle rails, including the Forbidden Mansion with hidden passages and a number of challenges. There's a maze and an outdoor tr...  more »
  • Lots to keep the children entertained and parents too. Great if you like solving clues and mysteries..  more »
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  • WE LOVE THIS PLACE! We have been twice in 2 years and would come back again! The mansion is so much fun and the Sherlock Holmes trail was very challenging - 4 of us aged 22 - 60 had to really try hard at the clues! Beautiful trees, flowers and all very well kept and clean! Animals to see, a tiny train for kids (and a couple of 20 year olds!) and a cute little cottage to walk around the outside of. The restaurant was great for us, veggie burgers and chips - yum! Soups, jacket potatoes, quiche, etc and lovely cakes! Seriously, try this place if you can, you won't regret it!
  • Absolutely brilliant day out for kids and big kids. Found the adult trail actually challenging and the mansion challenge such good fun. Going through the tiny hidden doors really adds to the fun! Restaurant was great, simple well cooked food staff were all friendly and helpful. My only regret about the whole experience was not allowing a whole day for it.
  • Absolutely superb. Beautiful grounds, clean and tidy. Toilets were first class. Train was lovely and free! This kind of ride is usually a couple of quid each. We all loved the Forbidden Mansion, in fact we went in it twice! Did the more difficult outside trial, which is probably why we stayed for 4 hours! Admission prices were very reasonable too. Highly recommended.
  • If you want a full day out for young and old alike the hidden valley doesn't disappoint. There is something for everyone and everything is included in the admission price. Superb value for £10 an adult we spent five hours here and still didn't do everything. The restaurant is well priced and the food was very nice. All staff were very friendly and if you take a picnic with you there are literally dozens of picnic spots for you to choose from! Adults make sure you do the Indiana trail as well...it's a good laugh.
  • Its okay for older kids 8+ I would say. Took my 5 year old and 1 year old. Was not much for us to do but go on the mini train ride and a little play area. I love the escape room but could not do it as the kids was scared. Love the idea of the place and was very clean and well kept.

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