Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Cornwall

Keeping the children entertained during the long summer holidays, or even a week away, can be a challenge. Luckily, Cornwall offers so much for families with children to do, that you’ll be spoilt for choice. So, to help you make the most of your time with the little ones we’ve put together this list of the top ten things to do with kids in Cornwall.

Explore St Michael’s Mount

St Michael's MountSt. Michael's Mount by kayugee is licensed under CC 2.0

Venture over to St Michael’s Mount and entertain the children with tales of giants as you explore hidden rooms and secret gardens. This fascinating island is great for a day’s adventure with your little explorers, but keep in mind that the causeway can be difficult to navigate and, due to the steep cobbled slopes, pushchairs are not able to access the castle. But don’t despair, simply equip yourself with a hipster or baby carrier and you’ll find yourself scrambling across the island in no time.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Adults £1.50, Children £5.50, Family (two adults and up to three children) £28.50, Single adult family (one adult and up to three children) £17 – Price is based on a combined ticket for both the garden and castle.

Contact: 01736 710265;;

Go on a sea life safari

A group of people on a boat going on a sea life safari©

Break away from the shore as you make your way out to sea in search of Cornwall’s fascinating marine wildlife with Padstow Sea Life Safari Boat Trips. Making comfort and safety their top priority, this family-run company is dedicated to providing customers with an unforgettable experience out on the waves. So whether you decide to go all out on a sea safari, discover Cornwall’s seal caves or simply enjoy a picnic trip out at sea, the children are sure to love being on the water.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Adults from £22.50, Children from £15, Children under five from £7.50

Contact: 07754 822404;;  

Experience Cornwall on horseback

Three people riding horses©

Climb up in the saddle of a horse and see Cornwall from new heights as you trek through the countryside or gallop along the beach. Horseback riding is a fantastic activity for children who love animals, and whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned rider, you’re sure to find a trek that suits your skill level at Reen Manor Riding Stables. The staff at Reen Manor have even put together a special children’s ride which is great for getting to know the horses and making new friends.

Age range: Children and Teens

Prices: From £25 per person, 10% discount available for group bookings of five or more people

Contact: 01872 573064;;

Sample the local food and drink

Mr. B's ice cream©

It’s almost impossible to visit Cornwall without sampling the local cuisine: pasties, cream teas, fresh sea food, all the traditional Cornish delicacies! However, if you really want to treat the kids then we’d suggest a trip to Mr B’s, a fantastic ice-cream parlour in Hayle serving fresh ice-cream that combines fine Italian ingredients with fabulous Cornish produce. Stick to the traditional flavours like vanilla or try something a little wackier like Jammie Dodger or Caramel Cinnamon Waffle.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Prices from £1.70 per person

Contact: 01736 758580;;

Follow a coastal path

Sign post pointing to the coastBurgh Island View by Photographer Christine Treharne ©

Cornwall’s South West Coast Path covers 630 miles of spectacular Cornish scenery with a wide range of walks to suit all skill levels. If you’re feeling particularly energetic then take a crack at completing all 630 miles, but for those of us looking for a gentler pace there are a number of family paths more suited to afternoon outings and day trips. These family paths are sure to inspire children as they learn all about the Cornish coast, its rich history, captivating wildlife and exciting myths and legends.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Free


For more ideas on where to walk with the whole family in Cornwall, have a look at our family-friendly walks in Cornwall guide.

Picnic at Bodmin Beacon


There’s nothing better than enjoying a light summer picnic with your family whilst surrounded by gorgeous scenery and wide-open spaces. Cornwall has a variety of fantastic picnic spots to choose from, but to make things really special we suggest heading to Bodmin Beacon, an award winning open space located beneath the 144-feet tall monument to Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert. This beautiful area is still relatively undiscovered by tourists, making it the ideal spot for some quality family time.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Free

Contact: 01208 76616;

Travel along a bike path

Bike pathImage by Annie and Andrew is licensed under CC 2.0

Cycling is an extremely popular family pastime in Cornwall; with numerous family friendly routes available you could find yourself peddling along the Moor to Shore trail or taking things easy on a light ride to Cardinham Woods where a series of newly-built trails take you through the thick forest. If you don’t have bikes, or don’t fancy taking them on holiday with you, then not to worry, as Cornwall Bike Hire has a range of adult and children’s bike available for rental daily.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Adults from £15 per day, Children from £8 per day

Contact: 07950 774067; INFO@GOBYCYCLE.CO.UK;


Discover hidden pirate coves

A hidden pirate coveImage by zooK2 is licences under CC 2.0

Cornwall has a rich maritime history, part of which is devoted to the smugglers who used to hide their loot along the shore in hidden caves. Some of the best caves in Cornwall can be found at Kynance Cove, an idyllic beach with beautiful golden sands and crystal clear waters the colour of turquoise. Take the children to Kynance Cove during low tide and while you relax with a good book, they can explore the caves as they search for buried treasure and forgotten jewels.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: Small charge for car park

Contact: 01326 290436; café;

Want to take the kids to the beach? Discover some of the best family-friendly beaches in Cornwall, complete with everything from car parks to space to make sandcastles, with our guide.

Take a heritage tour

A Land Rover at the bottom of a hill©

With so many great attractions to explore Cornwall’s fascinating heritage can often be forgotten, and its hidden gems and unique locations all-too-easily overlooked. To make sure you experience all that Cornwall has to offer, why not take a specialised heritage tour and let Cornish Heritage Safaris introduce you to King Arthur, Doc Martin, the far west and much more. These tours are specially put together so whether you decide on a walking tour or an all-inclusive tour, you’re sure to find something that suits your family’s needs.

Age range: Babes and toddlers, Young Children, Children and Teens

Prices: From £25 per person, tours including transport from £70 per person

Contact: 01840 770413;;  

Attend a surf school

A surf lesson©

Surf lessons are a great why for parents to try something new with their kids, and as the home of UK water sports there’s no place better to learn than Cornwall. The team at The Cornwall Surf Academy offers a range of lessons which are great or families who are looking to learn something new or improve upon existing skills. With a team made up of fully-qualified surf GB instructors and beach lifeguards, you can rest-assured that you’re in capable hands when you hit the waves.

Age range: Ages seven and up

Prices: Adult half day £20, Children half day £20, Adult full day £40, Children full day £30

Contact: 08702 406693;; 


With so much to do for kids in Cornwall you’re going to have your little ones tired out in no time. To help refuel them for another day of exciting activities, why not take a look at our guide to family friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall? This wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants offers fantastic kids meals as well as an amazing atmosphere.

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