If you’re planning a family trip to Cornwall you’ll want to visit some of the area’s best family-friendly attractions. To help get you started we’ve put together a guide to five of our favourites. Take a look and start planning your Cornish family getaway today.
From when it first opened in 1969, Newquay Zoo has proven to be one of Cornwall’s most exciting visitor attractions. Home to a variety of animals, the zoo is well-known for its educational experience: teaching children and adults about animal research and conservation. The zoo offers a variety of facilities for the modern family including several food outlets. There are also plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities. Visitors to Newquay Zoo have given the attraction high praise on review site TripAdvisor, stating that the attraction is “excellent value for money” and awarding the zoo a four-star rating.
Prices: Adult £13.30, Child (three-15 years) £10.10, Child under three years free, Senior and Student £11.45, Saver Ticket (two adults, two children) £40.70, additional children £9.25
Opening times: Open every day (except Christmas Day), from 10:00am-5:00pm
Address: Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ
You may also want to read our guide to animal sanctuaries in Cornwall.
For a truly magical family day out in Cornwall, try Tintagel Castle. Thought to be the birthplace of the fabled Kind Arthur, this iconic castle is steeped in myth and legend. As well as learning about Arthurian legend you and your family can learn about the castle’s more recent history, with highlights from the Roman era and the Dark Ages. The site offers a range of facilities for families including toilets, baby changing facilities, a shop and café, as well as a lovely grassed picnic area. The attraction isn’t suited to less mobile visitors but parents with pushchairs should be able to cope.
Prices: Adult £6.30, Child (five-15 years) £3.80, Child under five years free, Senior and Students £5.70, Family Ticket (two adults and up to three children) £16.40
Opening times: Summer months 10:00am-6:00pm, other times of the year may vary, please see the Tintagel website for more details.
Address: Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
The Lappa Valley Steam Railway
With no fewer than six engines in operation, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway guarantees a fantastic day out for the whole family. Board one of the two steam engines at the Lappa Valley ticket office and let your journey begin as the beautifully preserved trains take you on a half mile journey into a valley filled with fantastic facilities, including a crazy golf course and boating lake. By offering fantastic value for money and an array of family activities, the attraction has gained rave reviews from its visitors and earned itself a 2015 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.
Prices: Adult £12, Child £9.50, Child under three years free, Senior £10, Family Saver (two adults and two children) £37.00, Family Saver (two adults and three children) £40.00, Dogs £1
Opening times: Seasonal opening times 10am-4:30-pm, closed during winter
Address: Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St. Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX
Dairyland Farm World
Visiting a farm is a great way to get children used to and learning about animals, especially if you live in an urban area. And the staff at Dairyland Farm World make interacting with the animals fun as well as safe. The farm is home to a number of animals from large cows and ponies to small rabbits and guinea pigs, so there are plenty of hungry mouths to feed and ears to scratch when you visit. As well as the animals and indoor play centre, the farm also has a wonderful Cornish heritage museum to explore to round off your visit.
Prices: Adult £10.50, Child (Over 80cm) £8.00, Child (Under 80cm) free, Seniors £8.50, Family Super Saver for five £40, for four £32, for three £25
Opening times: Seasonal opening times 10:00am-5:00pm
Address: Dairyland Farm World, Nr Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5AA
Blue Reef Aquarium
Most families visit Cornwall to explore the beautiful Cornish coast, but how much do you really know about the sea and its inhabitants? If you want to find out more about the creatures that live below the waves, then the Blue Reef Aquarium is the place for you. The aquarium holds no fewer than 40 naturally themed habitats, where you can see creatures from the UK and more exotic fish from far off seas. The Blue Reef Aquarium provides plenty of entertainment for children while educating them about conservation and the protection of our oceans.
Prices: Adult £10, Child (three to 12 years) £7.75, Seniors and Students £9, Family of four £33.50 – Prices are discounted if you pre-book online
Opening times: Open every day (except Christmas Day), from 10:00am-6:00pm, last admission is 5:00pm
Address: Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, Towan Promenade, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DU
After a long day spent visiting Cornwall’s finest attractions with your family, you’re likely to be quite hungry, so why not check out our guide to the best family friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall? It's full of handy hints and tips the guide, and is sure to provide some dinner time inspiration.