Top things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall Cornwall has a fantastic selection of activities and attractions to visit throughout the year.  Whether you like to enjoy the rich history of an area or indulge in the culinary delights of the county, Cornwall is certainly one of the best UK holiday options to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

Take a look at some of the top things to do in Cornwall for the perfect adventure.

For the active visitor

The Camel Trail

If walking or cycling interests you, The Camel Trail is a perfect way to explore the Cornish countryside and provides a safe  and free activity for all ages.  The trail spans from Padstow to Wenfordbridge with several manageable sections to walk or cycle.  There are numerous trails in Cornwall dependant on where you are holidaying and all create an interesting and picturesque experience.

A variety of pub walks

Cornwall boasts a fabulous range of coastal and countryside walks across the region and pairing this with good local food makes for some of the best pub walks in the country.  Take a look at the trails from Fowey to Polkerris with a stop at The Rashleigh Inn or wander the stunning Prussia Cove and indulge in some foodie delights at The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe.

For history and heritage lovers

The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum offers a fabulous collection of artefacts and archaeological treasures and here you can experience the history and culture of Cornwall dating back to prehistoric times.  The museum is a brilliant place to visit and runs a variety of special exhibitions and collections throughout the year.

Poldark Mine, Helston

Poldark Mine is described as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site’ is a significant feature in Cornish mining history.  The open air museum is set in a beautiful rural location with tours and talks about the history and heritage of the mining industry and the importance of the trade to the area.  There is ample opportunity to buy locally made products with crafters producing beautiful handmade items. 

For stunning scenery

Discover the Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard Peninsula is England’s most southerly point and is home to incredible views, breath-taking landscapes and amazing walking opportunities.   The area is perfect for active holiday makers that love exploring the coastline with places such as Kynance Cove available to visit, and it also provides an opportunity to view the Goonhilly Earth Station, the largest satellite earth station in the world.

Visit Looe Harbour

Considered one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Cornwall, Looe Harbour boasts a lovely sandy beach, quaint shops and cafes.  Relax with a boat trip around the harbour and visit Looe Island, a small nature reserve protected by Cornwall Wildlife Trust or indulge in some delicious local produce in the many pubs and restaurants dotted around the harbour.

For nature lovers

Glendurgan Gardens, Falmouth

This beautiful garden attraction is full of amazing wildlife, flora and lots of fun.  Lose yourself in the fascinating maze project or wander to the quaint hamlet of Durgan, where you can admire the pretty river life.

The Eden Project, St Austell

A must see in South Cornwall is the iconic attraction of The Eden Project.  Spend the day exploring the many biomes and tropical gardens, and see the spectacular flora from around the world.  The Eden Project hosts a variety of events throughout the year, many included in your entry ticket.

Famous Cornwall locations

Visit Doc Martin in Port Isaac

Fondly known as the popular TV location of Port Wenn in Doc Martin, Port Isaac is a pretty coastal village oozing traditional charm and quaint fishing cottages.  This well-known Cornish location is a hive for filming and celebrity activity with the feature Saving Grace, Swept from the Sea and TV series Changing Rooms also being recorded here.

Explore Poldark’s filming locations

If you are a fan of the TV series Poldark, you’ll know many of the captivating locations featured were filmed in several locations around the county.  Choosing a holiday here will give you the ideal opportunity to explore beautiful towns and villages including St Breward on Bodmin Moor, Charlestown Harbour near St Austell and Porthgwarra near St Levan.  The mix of heritage and breath-taking views offers a memorable stay whatever the time of year.

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