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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Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Man visiting the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project.

Tuck into the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project

What better way to celebrate St Piran’s Day, the National Day of Cornwall, than by chomping on a pasty or two at one of Cornwall’s most famous attractions.

Location: Eden Project, Cornwall

Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to England's remotest and most southwesterly islands of the Isles of Scilly, and experience English countryside with a twist.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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

Keep the family entertained all day long at Pollaughan Farm

After you’ve all trampolined and played tennis, muck in and feed the animals on this winter family getaway.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

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

A warm welcome awaits weary travellers at the Victoria Inn

Reward yourself after a bracing walk along the coast with a pint in one of Cornwall’s oldest watering holes.

Location: Penzance, 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

Alice in Wonderland at Antony House

Just over the Tamar, Antony House was the location for the hit 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010. Here you can explore its formal gardens, sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

Head to St Michael's Mount

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

Location: Marazion, 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

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

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 rugged and budget in Cornwall

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

Location: Boscastle, 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

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Discover the history and heritage behind Cornwall's mining industry, early settlers and communities.

Location: Cornwall

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Experience real island life and hunker down for the ultimate romantic coastal retreat this winter.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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