The Hidden Valley Discovery Park, Launceston

4.5
Must see · Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
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 had a fantastic time when we came in October half term. We had pre booked so we knew it wouldn't be overly busy, we arrived and checked in at the reception and had a brief explanation of the...  more »
  • Really great afternoon even in the constant rain. The children (7 and 4) enjoyed the indiana trail, and train ride. Would definitely visit again.  more »
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  • You need to get here early as it will take all day to solve all the clues. Moriatis house is great fun. You are inside the mansion and have to solve 6 clues to escape from the rooms. Your time is recorded and points for time taken. Outside there are two trails, one for the younger children and an adult one. About 25 clues around the grounds and some are not easy. You take all the letters and have to unscramble the letters to get the answer. Great day out to get your brains working. Lovely cafe and plenty of parking. Staff very helpful and friendly. Check out your scores on an electronic score board. Good luck.
  • A quirky place in a great setting. Puzzles good for the kids and some harder ones for the adults too. The mansion House was very interesting..food seemed to run out though around dinnertime??!!!Had to buy cake instead. Little train was quite fun.A good day out.
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