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The Eden Project

Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project is Cornwall's best known tourist attraction and its aim is to ensure visitors come away with a better understanding of the environment. The bio domes are filled with plants, flora and fauna and are big enough to hold several football fields. One bio dome contains a Mediterranean habitat and the other is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Private tours are available for those who wish to find out more.

Outside there are 30 acres of gardens to explore and a stage with regular entertainments and activities for children such as den building. The Eden Project has continued to develop and enhance the attraction with additional things to do. Using the natural features of the site they now offer activities such as rock climbing and have 10 different routes that can be climbed. When the rock climbing stops during winter months, an ice rink is available. Each day between 12 - 2pm they have story telling for children in the Mediterranean bio dome citrus grove. The Eden cafe offers a very atmospheric venue to enjoy various gigs and performances. The Eden Project is a great place to visit that could be combined with other things to do such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan that are close by.

Minack Theatre in Porthcurno

Minack theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre sits on a dramatic rocky cliff-side location with fantastic panoramic views of the sea and cliffs. The Minack theatre runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera and is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens of succulent plants that thrive on the open cliff side providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round.

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount is reached by walking across a causeway at low tide or taking a short boat trip at high tide.

The island has a small community and occasionally has live music on the village green. You can also enjoy fresh local food in the Island Cafe or the Sail Loft Restaurant although it does get very busy.

If you take a tour of St Michael's Mount you will be rewarded with dazzling views from the castle turrets.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The lost gardens of heliganJungle area at the lost gardens of heligan, Cornwall

The lost gardens of Heligan were discovered hidden under a blanket of bramble, ivy and over grown plants. The garden had been left untended for more than 70 years. When the overgrown garden was cleared and restored, almost two and a half miles of footpaths, gardens and follies were discovered.

Clever planting at the lost gardens of heligan in Cornwall

Lands End

Lands End is the most south westerly point of mainland Britain. Visitors who came to enjoy holidays in Cornwall often came to enjoy the great views, visit the shop, have their photo taken by the famous signpost (that used to be free) and to say they had been there. However, the site has evolved into a more entertaining attraction with many other things to do there.

Lands end has added attractions such as a 4D Cinema, Arthur's Quest - that uses the latest interactive technology and special effects to conjure a magically scary world, an Air-Sea Rescue motion-simulator experience, End-to-end (that retells some of the epic journeys people have made from Lands end to John o' Groats) and an animal attractions called Greeb farm with rabbits, sheep, pigs, etc. A day trip to lands end could be a great solution if you are looking for days out in Cornwall to entertain visitors who have never been before.

Entertainment centre at Lands EndRocky coast at Lands End, CornwallDistances signpost at Lands End

Flambards Theme Park

Log Flume at Flambards theme parkFlambards theme parkone of the rides at Flambards theme parkVictorian village at Flambards theme park in Cornwall

Flambards Theme Park is full of rides suitable for children of all ages and is an ideal thing to do in Cornwall with kids. Flambards includes activities such as a 1-2-11 indoor play area that has a mini assault course. There is a paintball range, an aviary and an exhibition centre. The exhibition centre includes a Victorian village, plus exhibitions called Britain in the blitz, Operation sea lion, a war gallery and the aviation experience with a full size Concorde cockpit.

Crealy Adventure Park - Wadebridge

Crealy Adventure Park WadebridgeAdventure park at Crealy adventure park, CornwallWater bumper ride at Crealy Adventure ParkRollercoaster at Crealy Adventure Park Wadebridge

Crealy Adventure Park is the name of two theme parks in the southwest of England. Devon's Crealy is based at Clyst St. Mary on the outskirts of Exeter and Cornwall's Crealy is based at Tredinnick, between Wadebridge and Newquay.

Dairyland Farm World

Maize maze at Dairyland farm parkTractor ride at Dairyland farm worldFeeding animals at Dairyland farm worldPlay area at Dairyland Farm World, Cornwall

Dairyland farm World has lots of activities and is an all-weather attraction. Dairyland farm offers tractor rides, pony rides, a maize maze, nature trail & lakes, lots of farm animals and the opportunity to milk cows and feed animals. For active children there is the massive indoor bull pen play area, soft play area, ball pool, slides, raging bull rides, adventure playground and lots more.

Places to Visit in Cornwall

Newquay Zoo

Newquay zoo

Newquay Zoo is set in sub-tropical lakeland gardens. The zoo has about 130 species of animals to see and lots of fun things to do such as the dragon maze, the tarzan trail and a play area.

The Monkey Sactuary

The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary cares for around 40 monkeys that are in need of support. You will meet some of the monkeys. Experienced keepers are available all day to explain all about these beautiful animals and the work that goes into caring for them.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning place to visit with lots of local marine species as well as hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.

National Seal Sanctuary

National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall

The National Seal Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre in Gweek that has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Fur Seals, Patagonian & California Sea Lions, Penguins, Otters, Goats, Sheep and Ponies.

Springfields Pony Centre

Springfields Pony centre

Springfields Pony Centre has lots of ponies that can be groomed or ridden. You can also take carriage rides pulled by ponies. The centre has other activities such as go-karts, rowing boats, a giant slide, trampolines, pets corner, a giant indoor play barn and an area called wet woodland where you escape for a little peace and quiet in an place frequented by deer.

The Scilly Islands

Aerial photo of the Scilly Islands

The Scilly Islands are 45 miles from the coast of Cornwall and can be reached by helicopter, light aircraft, or passenger ship and ideal for a day trip.

The islands rarely have frosts or snow and it is only in Winter that they are lashed by winter gales. On the sheltered side of the island of Tresco there are sub-tropical gardens to visit. The place is quiet and beautiful, with white sandy beaches, a golf course and activities and things to do such as surfing, sailing, diving, boat trips, island tours and treks.

Cornish Heritage and Places of Interest

Cornwall has a number of medieval castles that occupy fortified positions on hilltops or coastal look-outs. The county has many legends that include King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Whether you believe the legends or not, some castles such as Tintagel are impressive ruins with spectacular scenery and are great places to visit.

Tintagel

Ruins of Tintagel CastlePendennis Castle Cornwall

Pendennis Castle

Cornish World Heritage Mining Site

World Heritage Mining site

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

The Lappa Valley Steam Railway is set in a beautiful Cornish beauty spot. The area is an interesting place to visit were visitors can explore remnants of the old mine and discover more about the local history that includes a major mining disaster. There are plenty of things to do here with a miniature railway, a boating lake, crazy golf, 9 hole golf, play areas and a maze.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

The Bodmin and Wenford railway line is Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. You are able to enjoy a scenic railway trip through beautiful Cornish countryside on this line.

Cornish Beaches

Porthcurno beach

Cornwall is noted for it’s beauty and fantastic beaches. A few of the beaches can be seen below.

Porthcurno

Holwell bay beach

Holwell Bay


Portminster beach with St Ives in the distance

Portminster

Walking, Cycling and Riding in Cornwall

Cornwall is a great place for walking and has a number of outstanding routes for walking, cycling and riding. The coastal path is 630 miles long and includes some of the most spectacular coastline in the uk with breath taking scenery, hidden coves and fantastic sandy beaches.  The coastal scenery is probably Cornwall’s greatest attraction and one reason why family holidays in Cornwall are so popular.

Another popular route is the Camel route which follows a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. The final part of this route winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary.



Map showing some of the main walking routes in Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall

Find great things to do, the best Cornish attractions, cheap family days out, romantic weekend breaks & fun things to do visiting Cornwall this weekend.