Things to do in Cornwall

If you’ve just booked a holiday to Cornwall, we are here to help you create the perfect itinerary for your getaway. From the best animal attractions to visit, landmarks, outdoor activities, beaches and wildlife attractions, we’ve collated a list of the best things to do in Cornwall below: 

Padstow Harbour South West Coast Path Walk
Address: Padstow, PL28 8AF
Description: A 6-mile picturesque walk along the South West Coast, giving far-reaching views over the mouth of the River Camel and the Doom Bar, where mermaids wait to lure sailors to disaster! Along the path, you'll be treated to sandy beaches, secluded coves, holy wells, a daymark tower and some stunning rock formations. Perfect for couples fancying a long day of hiking together or families wanting a fun day out at the beach. 

Camel Creek Adventure Park
Address: Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA
Description: Located in 111 acres of the Cornish countryside, Camel Creek delivers excellent adventures and a memorable day out for the whole family. The all-weather park was voted Best Family Attraction in 2016 and is home to family-friendly rides, indoor play areas and hundreds of animals. You can grab a bite to eat from the on-site restaurants, including an Ice cream parlour and a chocolate factory. Along with plenty of picnic areas around the park if you fancy bringing a picnic. Don't forget to grab a picture with the characters of the park Swampy, Creeky and Dina the Dinosaur! A family ticket for 4 costs £80 or for 5 costs £100.

Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Address: Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NX England
Description: Located in the historic port of Charlestown, the museum is bursting with history with the most extensive private collection of shipwreck artefacts, over 8000 pieces from over 150 shipwrecks. The port has excellent public transport links and is easy to get to by car. After taking a look around the museum, you can venture beneath the surface through the historic tunnels. Find out about the history of China clay and its journey from mine to harbour in an immersive, captivating experience.

Land's End
Address: Land's End, Sennen, Penzance TR19 7AA
Description: One of Britain's best-loved landmarks, Land's End, is famous for its unique location at the westernmost point of Cornwall. Experience the magnificent landscape and visit some of the fantastic attractions and seasonal events throughout the year. There are plenty of dining options available along the coast, such as bakeries and ice cream parlours to taste some of Cornwall's famous delicacies as well as some cosy contemporary restaurants to enjoy a sit-down meal. Before you leave, check out the West Country Shopping Village. Offering a range of clothing, food and a range of souvenirs. 

Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum
Address: Nottles Park, Davidstow, Camelford, PL32 9YF
Description: After being used as an Airfield between 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War, the museum is now home to a fantastic collection of aviation and war-related artefacts. A team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have to expand your knowledge. An excellent day out for all the family, both young and old!

St Ives
Address: St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, TR26 1LG
Description: This scenic fishing harbour and seaside town was voted best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and is one of TripAdvisor's top 10 European beaches. Visit some of the best restaurants and bars in the Southwest and take in some culture in one of the many galleries and art studios, including the Tate St Ives. The town hosts several significant events, including music and food festivals, perfect for visiting tourists throughout the year. If you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy during your stay, then the cobbled lanes are perfect for you! With shops ranging from bookstores, fashion boutiques, Cornish produce outlets and bespoke gift shops.

Armstrong Woods
Address: South of the Village of Trebullett and Launceston
Description: Located just south of the village of Trebullett, Armstrong Woods is a nature reserve spanning 9 acres. With a mix of oak woodland, grassland and wetland, the woods are full of insects and wildlife. The largest family of butterflies found in Cornwall, the Silver-washed fritillary, can be seen here. Otters are also known to use the river and leats. The terrain can be challenging along the trail, and footpaths are pretty steep at points, so they may not be suitable for anyone with young children or pushchairs.

Description: With historic pubs, ancient monuments, picturesque beaches and astonishing cliff edges, it's no surprise that Penzance is honoured as the Capital of West Cornwall. The coastal town is a major tourist attraction and commercial centre along the West Coast, with music, culture and art festivals held throughout the year. Penzance is also home to the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre situated on the cliffs at Porthcurno, overlooking the sea. The theatre showcases a variety of plays and musicals from March to November.

Cornwall Seals, sharks, dolphins and whales
Description: Cornwall's shorelines are teeming with sea life such as; crabs, lobsters, dolphins, grey seals, basking sharks, leatherback turtles and even blue whales, the largest animals to have ever lived on earth, have been spotted out to sea. You can experience some great sightings in and around the town's harbours. However, if you are looking for some larger creatures, there are plenty of boat trips offered by experts to get the best experience possible.  

Eden Project
Address: Bodelva PL24 2SG England
Description: One of the most recognizable attractions in the UK, the Eden projects guarantees an interactive, educational and unforgettable experience. Journey through the world's largest rainforests, explore the vast outdoor gardens and be transported to the Mediterranean in the bright, aromatic Biomes. The project holds a range of family events throughout the year and music festivals in the summer. A variety of cafes and restaurants are on-site, providing award-winning catering made with sustainable, local ingredients. 

For more information and inspiration on where to stay visit our dedicated Cornwall page.

Published on April 12th, 2021

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