Things to do in Cornwall for adults

Whether you’re travelling in a group or enjoying a romantic getaway as a couple, Cornwall’s mixture of stunning coastline and charming communities makes it the perfect location for an adults-only holiday.  Find a whole host of activities and attractions at your doorstep: museums and galleries, sailing and boat trips, cliff-top walks and the tourist attractions, like the Eden Project, that Cornwall is famous for.

Highlights: Things to do in Cornwall 

South Cornwall

  • The Eden Project, St Austell – Home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the Eden Project also boasts beautiful garden displays and stunning modern architecture – including the famous biomes
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell – One of Cornwall’s best loved attractions, these gardens are as varied as they are beautiful. If you’re feeling particularly young at heart, don’t miss the jungle garden and its rope bridge
  • Trebah Garden, Falmouth – Although open all year, a visit to these dog-friendly gardens in Spring shows them in their best light. Explore the Hydrangea and Rhododendron Valleys, and the Gunnera Passage, before wandering down to the private beach
  • Food and drink in Falmouth – From seafood restaurants to traditional pubs, the town of Falmouth has an eatery to cater for every taste bud, and always has local produce at its heart

North Cornwall

  • Tintagel Castle, Tintagel – The ruins of Tintagel Castle, fabled to be the birthplace of King Arthur, are set on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offering theatrical views out to sea. Dogs on leads are welcome on site, and the café serves fresh local lunches and cream teas
  • Perranporth beach – Whether you’re looking for surfing and snorkelling in clear waters or cliff-top footpaths looking over the golden sands, you’ll find them here. Dogs are allowed on the beach too, although during July and August they must be kept on a lead between 10am and 5pm
  • Fine dining in Padstow – Home to four of Rick Stein’s restaurants and Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, be spoilt for choice when it comes to seafood and celebrity chefs
  • Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps, Bedruthan – Visit the coastline here for some of the most dramatic views of the north coast and rock stacks stretching out to sea

West Cornwall

  • Minack Theatre, Porthcurno – An open air theatre set on the Porthcurno cliffs offers dramatic views of the surrounding coastline and is open for exploring in the day. Check the theatre’s timetable for evening shows 
  • St Michael’s Mount, Marazion – Even if you choose not to tackle the steep rocky climb to enter the castle, the walk across the causeway offers gorgeous views of the historic building and its surroundings
  • The Lizard and Kynance Cove – This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers the many sides of the Cornish countryside in one – cliff tops, sandy beaches, hidden coves and more. Don’t miss the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre
  • Tate St Ives – Although fairly small, the Tate St Ives features a regular programme of varied exhibitions and events. Its setting on Porthmeor Beach makes it worth a visit for the views alone
  • Godrevy Head, Hayle – Enjoy awe inspiring views across the vast sandy beach from Godrevy’s high cliffs. The surrounding healthland is teaming with wildlife and a favourite with walkers

Bodmin Moor & Tamr Valley 

  • Polmartin Riding Equestrian Site, Liskeard – If you’re a seasoned equestrian or a beginner, Polmartin farm is regarded for its friendly horses and teaching staff– a great way to enjoy a ride out in the beautiful Cornish countryside
  • Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Bodmin – This late Victorian country house offers everything you’d expect from a National Trust property: a gorgeous house, colourful gardens and an extensive wooded estate
  • Walking and cycling on Bodmin Moor – From gentle cycles along the Camel Trail to rambling along the 60 mile Copper Trail that takes in Bodmin’s two highest tors, the moor is a walkers paradise 

At a glance

Explore harbour towns and fishing villages offering a unique taste of Cornish life. Penzance, Helston, Looe, Hayle and St Ives are among the most popular

Discover a rich cultural heritage at one of the National Trust or English Heritage properties, or visit the many free art galleries found in Cornwall’s towns and villages

Travel across the vast countryside – both inland and along the coast – by foot, bike, horse or boat to make the most of the stunning scenery

Spend a day trying out the local food and drink – visit local producers, farms, vineyards, and breweries, enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, or spend time in traditional Cornish pubs

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