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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  • August 20, 2017
    We was searching the web for a indoor swimming pool and this place came up within the results. What can I say what a beauty of a place, plenty to do for the whole family, puzzles for all ages. It look...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We've visited here many times over the years and it was once our favourite place to visit however I was disappointed in this visit. I like the new cottage cafe, that's a really lovely addition. The tr...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It was our last day in Cornwall, and we decided to visit here on a whim - so glad we did, we had a fantastic day! We did the mansion puzzles first, which were a good memory workout - lots of secret pa...  more »
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  • Amazing place, took my 4 year old she loved having to do the clues and working out numbers etc. Even a few for adults. Food was lovely and well priced. Well worth a visit
  • it was a nice place to walk around with pleasant gardens.there is a ten minute miniature train ride. games baced on crystal maze and also a fun maze to go into
  • A fantastic day out, my girlfriend and I had so much fun that we even did the kids trail at the end of the day, so we could complete the set. Would definitely recommend.
  • Amazing place. Fun for all family. A must go place!
  • Fantastic day, be sure to start early or you won't fit it all in. Highly recommend. We will be back!

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