Why go to Cornwall? Or better yet, why not go to Cornwall? Cornwall is a popular holiday spot for both Brits and our friends over seas and it’s not hard to see why. There are beautiful harbours, sandy beaches, water sports, shipwrecks and namesake pasties. And if you want to get away from the coast there are picturesque villages and towns oozing with this coastal county’s long history.
In this post we’ll be showing you great places to visit in some fantastic areas of Cornwall …
Set in South Cornwall, on the entrance to the third biggest harbour in the world, Falmouth is a great seaside holiday resort. While you’re in Falmouth, take the time to visit Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical paradise where even the dog is welcome. The gardens are alive with colour, flowers in bloom take centre stage all year round and in the centre you will find the exotic water garden, built around a natural spring. At Trebah, their private stretch of beach is yours to enjoy for your visit, kids and adults will enjoy playing in the rock pools. Trebah Garden is especially family friendly with adventure areas for kids and a café to feed you all up.
To many, Newquay needs no introduction. Its miles of unspoilt beaches and temperate climate make it known as the surf capital of the UK. But if you don’t fancy getting your feet wet, the breath-taking views are enough to keep anyone entertained.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy those views, look no further than the Bowgie Inn, nestled on the West Pentire Headland between Crantock and Porth Joke. This is the perfect place to stop for a nice drink or a bite to eat on a coastal walk. It really offers visitors a taste of Cornwall with its locally sourced produce and friendly west-country staff. So when you’re in Newquay, don’t forget to stop by the Bowgie.
Situated in Hayle, just six miles away from the beautiful St Ives on the west coast of Cornwall, you’ll find a delightful treat for the children in the form of Paradise Park, a wildlife sanctuary and indoor play centre. Kids can take part feeding the farm animals and parrots. Other animals onsite include otters and penguins, and who doesn’t love penguins? And once you’ve seen the animals, your kids can head to the Jungle Barn to play in the ball pit and whoosh down the slides.
Here’s one for the adults when visiting the trendy city of Truro. Healey’s Cyder Farm is a working cider farm giving visitors a chance to sample the delicious product free of charge. Of course, if you want the real tour, there’s a fascinating opportunity to learn all about the processes and love that go in to making this brand of Cornish cider, and obviously there’s a lot of time to do some product testing… While you’re here, why not eat in the restaurant and browse the shop, full of homemade goodies? You’re sure to come away with a full belly full of delicious Cornish treats from Healey’s.
St Austell on Cornwall’s south coast is a world of wonders and nothing is a more wondrous day out than the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Lost Gardens, by Mevagissy, are an adventure as much as a spectacle. Take in the gorgeous plant life, from the Victorian gardens to the tropical jungle where you walk the famous rope bridge. You can also observe the wildlife, including some pretty amazing shrubbery statues. Lose yourself in the Cornish Lost Gardens, it’s a day you won’t forget in a hurry.
Carnglaze Slate Caverns in St Neot near Liskeard is one of Cornwall’s best underground experiences. This former slate mine is affiliated with the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, as you go on the self guided tour you will learn all about mining skills and process and appreciate the magical underground beauty, including an underground lake. When you’ve emerged up top, there’s a magical woodland walk for all the family, there’s also a delightful craft shop and a walled garden that’s perfect for al fresco dining. Carnglaze Slate Caverns is a great attraction for whatever the weather throws at you.
Head to Portreath for a golden adventure for all ages. Cornwall Gold is admission free and the perfect place to eat, shop and be entertained. There’s mini-golf, gold-panning, a 4-D mine ride and pottery painting, you won’t know where to start. If you’re looking for a special treat, it is home to Cornish Jewellery, the displays are a spectacle and there’s even the chance to see jewellery in the making. After all this, sit down to a freshly prepared, locally sourced, Cornish meal. What more could you ask for? It’s pure Cornish entertainment gold and Cornwall Gold.
We’ve all heard of the pirates of Penzance, but you might not know about the Minack Theatre. This famous cliffside, open air theatre is an experience unlike any other. Sit down and step back in time to the ancient world while you enjoy a premier performance. The onsite cafe offers cracking Cornish treats and amazing views, and while you’re at the Minack Theatre, you must take a walk around the beautiful Minack gardens. Keep an eye out to see what’s on but don’t miss this amazing place. Wherever you’re staying in Cornwall, it’s well worth the trip.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our hot spot guide for holidays in Cornwall. If we’ve missed any of your favourite places, please let us know.