Things to do - Cornwall

Mystical, majestic and modern, Cornwall is packed with superb landscapes, beautiful beaches, brooding moorlands and amazing towns. The sheer size of the rugged cliffs and thunderous waves on beautiful remote beaches are just a couple of the sights that resonate with anyone who has ever visited this remarkable area of the UK.

Cornwall has long been a favourite for holidaymakers and not just for its magnificent landscapes. There is history, sports and culture with attractions for everyone.

History can be seen all around with small villages where fishermen still risk their lives out at sea, a most unforgiving environment if the weather suddenly changes. Watching the fishermen mending their nets, leaving the safety of the harbour and then bringing home their catch for the local restaurants, is a good way to immerse yourself in the day to day tapestry of Cornish life.

Cornwall is not just about ancient and medieval sites. A substantial part of the history includes tin and copper mining. One of the most interesting historical attractions is the King Edward Mine Museum at Troon. This is a superb example of a preserved mine site that has been restored by English Heritage. You can take a tour of the working mine and guides will show you how the locals helped to shape mining history.

Set adjacent to the 7.5 mile Great Flat Lode Walking/Cycle Trail, if you want a change from days spent on the beach, this is a great way to enjoy something different on your Cornish break.

Cornwall is renowned for its temperate climate and offers long sunlit days when the beaches are the most attractive place to be. You can relax and sunbathe or try something different like the Big Blue Surf School at Bude. This is the place to go and try your hand at surfing. Courses are available for families and you don't have to be an adult. Anyone over the age of eight can join in and beginners are made extremely welcome.

Similarly, if you have always wanted to try sailing, Bowman Yacht Charters at Falmouth is a great company that offers day sailing, weekend breaks or longer charters. Enjoy a different perspective of Cornwall by sailing along the coastline and stopping in one of the many marinas. Here you can enjoy your evening meal either on board or in a local waterfront bistro.

With a coastline that covers some 300 miles taking in both the English Channel and the Irish Sea, Cornwall is unsurpassed for its scenery and diverse culture. Heading slightly inland, another popular place to visit is the Hidden Valley Garden at Treesmill.

There are three acres of gardens with specialist plants that include exotic Japanese varieties and some easily recognised Mediterranean favourites. The garden is open from March until October and is a must for fans of horticulture.

The unexpected grandeur of Bodmin Moor never fails to take away the breath of new visitors to Cornwall. Tales told of legendary characters are part of the fabric of Cornish life and locals are always keen to talk about their beloved part of the world.

Cornwall is criss crossed by some superb walking and hiking trails. Visitors who taking a walking tour can often go for hours without seeing another soul. But, for anyone who would prefer to see the county in a more luxurious style, why not try an individual tour created by Finesse Chauffeurs, a Par based company that offers private tours to many of the historical stately homes and stand out landmarks.

Tours can be arranged with hotel accommodation at different locations and all you have to do is sit back and soak up the magnificent ambiance and fantastic sights.

Farmland is in abundance in Cornwall with some areas still retaining a medieval aura where you can find Celtic stone circles and burial barrows. Evidence of early settlers is shown in the prehistoric remains in the moor's museums.

There are many old villages and coastal towns to visit. Charlestown is just one of the wonderful small ports that retains its unspoiled Georgian heritage.

Famous for its artist's enclave, St Ives is another amazing town to visit for anyone who loves painting, poetry, arts and crafts. The galleries at Penzance and Truro are well worth seeing and paintings by Cornish artists can be found for sale at Fowey.

Penzance is the most westerly large town in Cornwall. Here you can have a fabulous night out at the Acorn Theatre which has an enviable reputation for performing arts and exciting live music gigs. Performers from both the national and international circuits are found in this most affordable venue. This is one of the main centres in the West Country for theatre, dance and music and everyone is welcome.

In addition to its many other attractions, Penzance has recently been dubbed as a gourmet capital in the UK and the town boasts some of the most exciting restaurants in the area. You can combine a night out at the theatre with a meal in either a modern restaurant or in a 300 year old historic pub which offers rustic seafood and local dishes.

Cornwall for a holiday or short break has so much on offer that it continues to outshine many other holiday destinations in the UK.


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Bude
Bude

Big Blue Surf School

Every Day 9am - 6.30pm

So youre thinking of learning to surf? Great! Whether you are looking for a great family day out in the South West or for surfing lessons for your ...

Bodmin
Bodmin

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

All Year

Passenger trains operate on selected dates throughout the year. There is a buffet at both Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway stations, and most serv...

Falmouth
Falmouth

Bowman Yacht Charters Cornwall

All Year Weather Permitting

Bowman Yacht Charters Cornwall offer skippered and bareboat yacht charter, day sails, weekend breaks, and adventure sails around the Cornish coast ...

Porthmeor
Porthmeor

Cornwall AONB

All Year

The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 958 square kilometres (370 sq mi) in Cornwall, England, UK; that is, about 27% of the total ...

Nr Redruth
Nr Redruth

Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Tin Mill

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Cornwall Gold withmore than 18 acres to explore in the heart of Cornwall's beautiful mining landscape, you can find the perfect place to explor...

St Blazey
St Blazey

Eden Project

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The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Inside the artificial biodomes are plants that are collected from al...

Par
Par

Finesse Chauffeurs

All Year

Finesse Chauffeurs offer private, bespoke tours to suit each and every client. Our experience in the Cotswolds and through the South West gives us ...

Rosenithon
Rosenithon

Godrevy Cove

All Year

Godrevy Cove, a hidden gem on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. With the water being crystal clear and with no cliffs to climb down, there is no pa...

Hayle
Hayle

Gwithian Beach

All Year

Gwithian Beach located by Hayle in beautiful Cornwall is a great beach for the family with lots of sand and rock pools for the children. A lifeguar...

Treesmill
Treesmill

Hidden Valley Gardens

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Hidden Valley Gardens, Treesmill is an intimate award-winning three acre garden and specialist plant nursery, nestled in a secluded hidden valley. ...

Troon
Troon

King Edward Mine Museum

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King Edward Mine Museum is Cornwalls best preserved mine site, the buildings have been beautifully restored and are considered by English Heritage ...

Tintagel
Tintagel

Merlin's Cave

At Low Tide

Merlin's Cave is the name given to a cave located beneath Tintagel Castle, 5 kilometres south west of Boscastle, Cornwall. It is 100 metres lon...

Porthcurno
Porthcurno

Minack Theatre

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The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre located in Porthcurno, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The t...

Saint Austell
Saint Austell

Par Market and Food Hall

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Par Market and Food Hall has over 100 different retail and food stalls - Everything you could want and more! Bargains are guaranteed and so is fres...

Praa Sands
Praa Sands

Praa Sands Beach

All Year

Praa Sands is a white sandy beach and coastal village in Cornwall, England. The beach, which has shallow waters and seasonal lifeguards, attracts s...

St Agnes
St Agnes

Segway Cornwall

All Year

Segway Cornwall are the only tour operator in the UK to use both off road Segway X2s as well as the latest and newest technology from EcoRider. ...

Marazion
Marazion

St Michael's Mount

All Year

St Michael's Mount is a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The island is a civil parish and is linked to...

Harewood
Harewood

Tamar Valley AONB

All Year

Together, the Tamar, Tavy and Lynher form the Tamar Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding N...

Penzance
Penzance

The Acorn Theatre

9am-5pm

The Acorn is Penzances favourite affordable theatre for live music and performing arts with a reputation for innovative programming. For over 40 ye...