Places to visit in Cornwall

Whether you’re on a day trip with family or on a romantic break with your other half, there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall. Take advantage of the often stunning weather by surfing off Atlantic coves, ambling across granite moors or striding out on the South West Coast Path across Cornwall’s sandy beaches and wild flower-strewn clifftops. Got green fingers? Potter around lush gardens that can be found at Cornwall’s National Trust sites and in the modern biomes of the Eden Project alike. Explore super-quaint harbour towns, like Padstow and St Ives, where many a celebrity chef has taken up residence, and tuck into an endless list of Cornish delicacies – crumbly Yarg cheese, meat-stuffed pasties and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream – on England's southwest toe. Visit Cornwall for all of this and much, much more.

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Leap into the surf at some of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches

Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves at one of Cornwall’s golden beaches, with well-trained instructors.

Location: Across Cornwall

 

Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line.

Location: Padstow to Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Explore the Cornish sea

The Cornish Sea is the unique marine graveyard, and also doubles up as a mecca for scuba divers.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

 

Take a dip in Bude Sea Pool

Take the whole family to this part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Location: Bude, Cornwall

 

Try sea kayaking in St Austell Bay

With its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for sea kayaking.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Enjoy an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves and three miles of golden sand at Cornwall’s popular Perranporth beach.

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall

 

Take an award-winning tour of Camel Valley

An ex-RAF pilot and his wife grew their wine into an international triumph. Catch a glimpse and a taste in historic Bodmin.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

 

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Wander along sparkling Scilly beaches

With sparkling white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, Scilly is a tropical break that is close to home.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Get active on the Isles of Scilly

Don't let Scilly's tranquility fool you – there is a huge range of outdoor activities to keep every member of the family occupied.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Plymouth is perfectly positioned for the pedalling visitor on the crossroads of National Cycle Network routes and on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Walk between the Islands at Low Tide

On extreme low tides, walk the channel between Tresco and Bryher and take in the magnificent views across the sands.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Get Active and go Coasteering

Climb, scramble, swim and jump your way along the Scilly coastline, and get a whole different perspective. You can explore sheer cliffs, rocky coves, and stupendous jumps in beautiful locations not accessible any other way except by coasteering.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly

Planning your journey to Scilly is where your adventure begins, because the only thing better than the destination is the journey.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Get Your Blood pumping in Newquay

With iconic surfing beaches, this town a favourite holiday destination for fun in the sun, and anything else the weather might throw at you.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 

September events: Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

Watch the spectacle or put yourself to the test as challengers swim and walk between Scilly's main islands in just one day.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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