Family Attractions

Cornwall is a wonderful holiday destination for families, offering a wide variety of attractions to keep children and adults entertained. The country has a rich history and unique identity, meaning there’s always something interesting to learn; and to maintain the balance of education and fun, there are theme parks and zoos aplenty.

Monkey at Newquay Zoo

Geoffroy's Marmoset - Newquay Zoo by Airwolfhound is licensed under CC 2.0

Popular family attractions in South Cornwall

  • The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe – Here you’ll have the chance to meet the monkeys and find out more about their lives, and how the rescue centre helps put monkeys on the road to recovery after difficult starts in life
  • Kidzworld Cornwall, St Austell – Kidzworld offers a range of attractions to keep children and adults active, including a climbing wall, dodgems, laser tag and an impressive tree house

Learn more about other attractions in South Cornwall

Popular family attractions in North Cornwall

  • Newquay Zoo, Newquay – Reptiles, birds and mammals are the order of the day at Newquay Zoo, and here you can see and learn about a broad variety of them, including red pandas, lions, wildebeest and lemurs
  • Crealy Adventure Park, Wadebridge – Crealy theme park is home to a number of animals, attractions and rides, including the Haunted Castle, the Twisted Tower, the Mega Slide and Downpour Derby
  • Buccaneer Bay (Pirate’s Quest), Newquay – This hour-long experience sees you and your shipmates take a pirate tour, led by Captain Jack and his swashbuckling crew

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Popular family attractions in West Cornwall

  • Paradise Park, Hayle – Ride the Jungle Express train, feed the penguins and parrots, and watch the birds of prey as they fly overhead in the Eagles of Paradise display
  • Flambards, Helston – Flambards is a theme park with an historical twist, where you can meet Victorian characters in the Victorian Village, and understand what it was like to live in London during the 1940s Blitz
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek – A visit to the seal sanctuary doesn’t only offer you the chance to meet seals, sea lions and otters, but it also helps the sanctuary carry out its important conservational work

Learn more about other attractions in West Cornwall

Popular family attractions in Bodmin Moor and the Tamar Valley

  • Hidden Valley Discovery Park, Launceston – Described as Cornwall’s ‘brain-boggling attraction’, Discovery Park’s Forbidden Mansion is full of hidden passageways and puzzles, while the abandoned village plays host to a treasure hunt
  • Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin – Steam trains depart Bodmin General terminus and pass Coleslogget Halt, Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction before making their return journey. It’s possible to hop off and enjoy the beautiful scenery or make the 45 minute round trip

Learn more about other attractions in the Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley region

At a glance

Take the family to South Cornwall to see the monkeys at Looe's wonderful sanctuary and let the children run wild at St Austell's Kidzworld

Have a day at the zoo in Newquay then enjoy family fun at Crealy Adventure Park. But be sure to find time for the swashbuckling and pirating frolics to be had at Buccaneer Bay

Children love Paradise Park in West Cornwall, and can have fun while learning about Victorian life at Flambards

Launceston's Hidden Valley is the perfect place for family adventures with puzzles, conundrums and mysteries to be cracked. And don't miss out on riding a steam train on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway - a truly unforgettable experience for children of all ages

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