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Use our guide to discover the best things to do in Cornwall

From the stunning 250-mile long coastline to the wildly romantic moors, there are plenty of great things to do in Cornwall, and our guide offers a huge choice of attractions and activities to enjoy.

Cornwall is a haven for beach lovers, holiday goers and adventure lovers who are seeking a memorable holiday in the UK! This popular destination is renowned for its choice of sensational sandy beaches, vibrant hubs and crystal clear coastlines along the South West Coast path.

If you want to learn about what to do in Cornwall, continue reading this guide or scroll down to see our listings.

Cornwall’s Must-see Beaches

There are a plethora of beaches in Newquay for all your surfing, sunbathing and relaxing needs. When it comes to what to do in Cornwall with dogs, why not treat your canine companion to a day out at the dog-friendly sands of Carbis Bay Beach?

Alternatively, if you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall with kids, try your hand at surfing at the iconic Fistral Beach with West Country Surf School. If you want to enjoy quality time together in a relaxing setting, make your way to the peaceful sands at Whitsand Bay instead.

Cornwall Attractions

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wealth of historic and iconic attractions throughout Cornwall, including Cornwall castles and Cornwall National Trust properties. Both are especially ideal when visiting Cornwall in Winter!

Are you after Cornwall things to do for couples? Be sure to enjoy an evening under the stars whilst watching a performance at the Minack Theatre or at one of the many exciting bars.

Don’t forget to explore the natural beauty of a Cornwall hiking trail and even things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining, on that very rare occasion! Discover the top things to do in Cornwall in our travel guide, from iconic attractions such as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, to free Cornwall days out.

Cornwall Activities

There’s plenty of fun things to do in Cornwall for adults, thanks to its vibrant towns and cities. Alternatively, unleash your inner child on an action-filled day out at Flambards Theme Park or Adrenalin Quarry. Other incredible must-see attractions include admiring wild creatures in Cornwall zoos, such as the fascinating Blue Reef Aquarium or meeting over 130 species of unique animals at Newquay Zoo.

You really are spoilt for choice with Cornwall things to do, read on to discover more…

  • 01. Eden Project

    PL24 2SG

    01726 811911

    The Eden Project, which has been dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” features two biomes where visitors may explore an amazing indoor rainforest and discover the intricate relationship of humans and plants.

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    02. St Michael’s Mount

    St Michael's Mount

    01736 710265

    The rocky tidal island connected to the town of Marazion is home to a historic church, castle, and attractive port, which tourists may tour to learn more about the island’s colourful past.

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  • National Lobster Hatchery
    Image Credits: Larrylobster - CC BY-SA 3.0

    03. The National Lobster Hatchery

    The National Lobster Hatchery
    S Quay
    PL28 8BL

    01841 533877

    A marine conservation, research, and education organisation where visitors may learn everything there is to know about lobsters and the efforts being made to increase their population.

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  • Minack Theatre, Cornwall

    04. Minack Theatre

    Minack Theatre
    Cornwall Road
    CO3 9BL

    01736 810181

    Carved onto the cliffside overlooking Porthcurno Bay, the world-renowned Minack Theatre offers opera, theatre, and musicals throughout the summer.

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  • Tate, St Ives
    Image Credits: Richard Penn - CC BY 2.0

    05. Tate St Ives

    Tate St. Ives
    Porthemeor Beach
    St Ives
    TR26 1TG

    +44 (0)173 679 6226

    An amazing collection of British art in a revitalising, new environment that highlights local St. Ives artists.

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  • The Lost Gardens Heligan

    06. The Lost Gardens Heligan

    Saint Austell
    PL26 6EN


    Outdoorsy types should visit The Lost Gardens Heligan. This attraction has gardens, farming, and woods.

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  • Fistral Beach, Cornwall

    07. Fistral Beach

    TR7 1HY

    01637 850584

    Newquay’s Fistral Beach is one of the most well-known surfing spots. Spectators can enjoy the golden beach as surfers brave the tremendous waves.

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  • Barbara Hepworth
    Image Credits: Rowena Ford(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    08. Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Barnoon Hill
    St Ives
    TR26 1AD


    Visit the famous artist Barbara Hepworth’s house and studio to get up close to the creations she left there.

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  • 09. Pendennis Castle

    Castle Dr
    TR11 4LP

    01326 316594

    Pendennis Castle, a beautiful fortification constructed by Henry VIII in the 14th century and now owned by English Heritage , is available all year round for excursions and overlooks breathtaking coastline vistas.

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  • 10. Bude Sea Pool

    EX23 8HN

    A semi-natural sea pool that was designed to provide a safe setting for swimmers and faces the picturesque Summerleaze Beach.

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