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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Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Saddle up for Hallagenna’s horse riding trail across Bodmin Moor, taking in some of the stunning filming locations behind the BBC’s Poldark remake.

Location: Cornwall

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

Enjoy a contemporary beach stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel

The Watergate Bay Hotel irresistibly combines dramatic coastline, adrenaline-fuelled sports, gorgeous accommodation and brilliant places to dine.

Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall

September events: Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall’s waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes, at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Go rugged and budget in Cornwall

Newly renovated, situated on the rugged cornish coast and cheap as chips.

Location: Boscastle, Cornwall

Hawker's Cove in Cornwall

A real Cornish hidden gem.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore hidden paths and bamboo tunnels on this aristocratic Cornwall estate.

Location: Heligan, Cornwall

July events: Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore mixed with the beautiful Cornish countryside makes the annual Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, 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

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

Enjoy a coastal escape at Whitsand Bay Fort

Stay in your very own lodge at this premier coastal holiday resort a few miles west of Ocean city Plymouth and east of Looe.

Location: Cornwall

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall, home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.

Location: Port Issac, Cornwall

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps...

Location: Marazion, 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

Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

The tiny landmass of the Isles of Scilly is home to 239 ancient monuments and archaeological sites, the UK’s greatest density of historic sites.

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

Take a break to picturesque Falmouth

Based around a thriving harbour Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

The domes of the Eden Project at night

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience.

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

November events: Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

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