With dozens of tourist attractions scattered across the county choosing which site to visit first can be a bit of a minefield. To help make your decision that little bit easier we’ve put together a list of the top five tourist attractions to visit in Cornwall. Make your way through this list and you’ll be sure to see the best Cornwall has to offer.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project
With a strong focus on education the Eden Project is not only one of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions but also a fantastic environment for learning about plants, recycling and sustainability. With several unique areas to explore and discover the Eden Project really is an all-day attraction. Visit the Giant Bee amidst the flowers beds at the entrance to the Biomes to learn about the importance of pollination; explore the Rainforest Biome and feel the heat of the tropical rainforest as you view over 1,000 varieties of exotic plants; or have a poke around the Core Building and find out more about the planet’s ecosystems and climate change as you experiment with the interactive exhibits. However you decide to spend your time, the Eden Project really is an attraction for the whole family.
Prices: Adults £25, over 60’s and students £20, children (5-16) £14, children under five go free and family tickets are available from £69. Savings of up to 20% for bookings made online, please see the website for more details.
Opening times: Site open from 9am to 6pm, Biomes open slightly later at 10am. Extended hours during peak season visit website for more details.
Land’s End is the most westerly point in Cornwall, famed for its stunning scenery and natural beauty, with thousands of tourists posing for a picture with the iconic sign every year. But as well as the spectacular views and wonderful walks visitors are also treated to a number of mini attractions such as the fantastic Arthur’s Quest, where special effects and interactive technology take you on a journey through a magical world to complete Merlin’s challenge. Or perhaps you’d prefer a trip to Greeb Farm, a 200 year-old Cornish farmstead home to goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, miniature ponies and ferrets. Land’s End also holds a number of special events throughout the year including a Cornish Day and a spectacular fireworks display, more information on their exciting events can be found on the Land’s End website.
Prices: Adults £12, concessions £11, children £9, children under four go free and family tickets are available from £25. Visit the website and book online for a 10% saving on ticket pricing.
Opening times: Visitor centre is open Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm, attractions are open from Sunday March 15th 11am-3pm.
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Nestled into the Cornish countryside, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is an award winning garden restoration project with National Collection Holder status. The 300 acre strong plot is home to a variety of plants and wildlife making it a must see attraction for anyone who loves the outdoors. The team at The Lost Gardens of Heligan are always happy to welcome visitors, even those of the four legged variety, and host a number of events and activities around the site to help keep guests entertained. Visit the gardens during spring and you’re sure to see an adorable collection of Devon and Cornwall lambs as well as chickens and Tamworth piglets. Or venture to the gardens during winter to experience Christmas at The Lost Gardens of Heligan where Santa and his special guests will undoubtedly be making an appearance!
Prices: Adults £12.50, seniors £10.50, students £8, children £6, children under five go free and family tickets are available from £30.
Opening times: Heligan Tearoom is open from 9:30am; Gardens are open daily 10am-6pm during April 1st and September 30th, and 10am-5pm during October 1st and March 31st.
For more information about the Lost Gardens of Heligan, click here.
The Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is a fantastic Cornish attraction which, although only eighty years old, has the look and feel of ancient Greece. Whether you are a fan of open-air theatre or not Minack offers something for everyone. Visit during the day to explore the fascinating Rowena Cade exhibition centre before heading to the theatre itself to take in the spectacular coastal views and discover the beautiful array of flowers the Minack gardens have to offer. Alternatively journey to The Minack Theatre during the evening for a show stopping performance in the 750 seat fully equipped auditorium. Carved into the granite cliff the theatre’s truly unique setting leads to an unforgettable performance under the Cornish stars.
Prices: Adults £4.50, over 60’s £3.50, children (11-15) £2.50, children (2-11) £50, children under two go free. Tickets for theatre performances cost more, please see website for full details.
Opening times: 10am-3.30pm October to March and 9:30am-5pm April to September. For a full list of opening times, including show times please see the website.
St Michael’s Mount
Arguably Cornwall’s most famous landmark, St Michael’s Mount is steeped in both history and legend with incredible views across Cornwall from Mounts Bay to Land’s End. Start your day off with a stroll across the causeway at low tide or by catching one of the ferry crossings at high tide. Once you reach the island explore the harbour and its many shops and cafes before making your way up the cobbled path towards the castle and gardens. Discover the castle’s many rooms and wander through the century-old corridors in search of the giant’s stone heart and a mummified cat before heading out into the gardens for a leisurely stroll amongst the flower beds. St Michael’s Mount holds numerous events throughout the year including storytelling and village and harbour tours, perfect for those wanting to learn more about the attraction.
Prices: (For both the castle and gardens) adults £11.50, child £5.50, family tickets available from £17.00.
Opening times: Castle, shops and cafes are open Sunday to Friday 10:30am-5pm (closed Saturday), The garden is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm from April 20th to July 1st and Thursday and Friday 10:30-5pm from July 2nd to September 25th.
For more fascinating days out in the region take a look at our guide to the top 10 places to visit in Cornwall.