Free Days Out in Cornwall

Holidays can be expensive, especially when you’ve got children, so if you’re trying to limit your expense on your Cornwall getaway then we’ve got you covered! There’s nothing better than having a fun-packed day out without spending a thing, so here are five of Cornwall’s best free days out. From beaches to botanical gardens, there are ideas to suit every holiday.

Visit the beach

Cornwall beach

Without a shadow of a doubt, Cornwall’s biggest attraction is its array of beautiful beaches. With around 250 miles of spectacular coastline, you’re never very far from a beach wherever you’re staying and as Cornwall’s beaches are rated some of the best in the world, it would be a crime to not visit one! A day on the beach is perfect if you’re looking for a low-cost activity that everyone will enjoy; simply grab a towel, some sun cream and a picnic, and you’re good to go. You can easily wile away the day enjoying the sunshine, paddling in the sea and making sandcastles, all without spending a single penny.




Heartlands is a fantastic free visitor centre near Redruth, which prides itself on offering something for everyone. This all-weather attraction has over 19 acres to explore with things to do including beautiful botanical gardens, a huge outdoor children’s play area, World Heritage exhibitions, an arts and crafts centre and a delightful café. There are also plenty of free events taking place at Heartlands throughout the year from dance shows to farmers’ markets. Check their website for more information on what’s happening when you’re on holiday.

Opening times: All year round (except Christmas Day), 10am-4pm.

Address: Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY

Contact: 01209 722320;

Visit a wildlife sanctuary

Donkeys at a wildlife sanctuaryLittle Black Donkey and Mum by Horslips5 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Cornwall has plenty of brilliant wildlife centres that you can visit for the day. These centres offer a safe, secure environment for injured and mistreated animals, making a real difference to their quality of life. Many of these centres are free to visit, such as the Flicka Foundation Horse and Donkey Sanctuary or the Mousehole Bird Hospital, although they do appreciate any donations that you can spare to help keep the centres running. You can wander round the centres at your leisure and learn more about the work that they do, as well as visit the animals that live there.

Flicka Foundation, Penryn: 01326 373601;

Mousehole Bird Hospital, Mousehole: 01736 731386;

Looking for lunch on a budget too? Our guide tells you where you can enjoy lunch for less in Cornwall.

Go walking

Walking in CornwallCoverack Walk by Barney Moss is licensed under CC BY 2.0

What better way to make the most of your holiday in Cornwall than by seeing as much of it as you can? With a network of over 2,400 miles of inland paths and the spectacular 300 mile South West Coast Path, walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall. Whether you fancy a short stroll along the beach or a hike through the Cornish countryside, walking is a fantastic way to sightsee and discover hidden gems along the way. If you fancy stopping off for something to eat on your walk, don’t miss our guide to eating lunch on a budget in Cornwall; or if you’re really trying to save your pennies, pack a picnic and find a lovely spot to stop where you can enjoy the scenery.

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Some cows at Roskilly's

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Awarded a Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, Roskilly’s Farm near St Keverne is a great place to visit for a free family day out in Cornwall. On this Cornish organic farm, you can wander through the farm, see the cows getting milked, feed the ducks and explore the wildlife trails. If you do feel like treating yourself, Roskilly’s serves delicious ice cream made using the milk from their own Jersey herd, and there’s also a delightful farm shop where you can buy fudge, chutneys and jams. Dogs on a lead are also welcome at the farm.

Opening times: During the summer, from 9am until 6pm. In winter, they’re open lunchtimes and afternoons. Call for exact timings before visiting.

Address:  Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, Cornwall, TR12 6NX

Contact: 01326 280479;


For more things to do in Cornwall, visit our guide to the top tourist attractions, where you’ll find more information on the best days out that this wonderful county has to offer.

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