Things to do in Cornwall

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Cornwall has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Cornwall has an array of attractions and things to do throughout the year.

Whether you choose a family day out at Fistral Beach, or cuddle up to a loved one under the stars whilst watching a performance at the outdoor Minack Theatre, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice on a stay in Cornwall. 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 the natural beauty of the South West Coast Path.

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  • AK Wildlife Cruises

    AK Wildlife Cruises

    These award-winning cruises are a wonderful way to see the spectacular coastline where dolphins, basking sharks and seals can be seen. With naturalists on board every trip, and photography actively encouraged, these trips are very popular with all ages

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  • Blue Reef Aquarium

    An underwater world of enchanting sea creatures and colourful corals where visitors will be impressed by the vast amounts of both local and exotic species.

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  • Bodmin Jail

    Bodmin Jail

    Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational adventure, and just a little bit scary.

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  • Bude coastline

    Bude Sea Pool

    A semi-natural sea pool that was built to intend a safe environment for swimmers, and overlooks the beautiful Summerleaze Beach.

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  • Clovelly Village

    A very picturesque and charming village steeped in winding cobbled streets and attractive buildings, leading down to the peaceful fishing harbour.

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    Crooklets Beach

    With pretty rock pools bordering the coastline and beach huts available to hire, Crooklets Beach is the ideal setting to admire one of Bude’s most popular surfing destinations.

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  • Eden Project

    Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project houses an incredible indoor rainforest under two biomes that visitors can explore and learn all about the complex relationship between people and plants.

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  • Fistral Beach

    Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the World, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that spectators can enjoy while surfers take advantage of the epic swells.

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  • Flambards Theme Park

    Flambards Theme Park

    Flambards Theme Park is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family day out with its fun mix of rides, indoor attractions and entertainment. From thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Flambards.

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  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    As Falmouth’s largest sandy beach and Blue Flag recipient, Gyllyngvase Beach is the perfect fun day out and great location for water sports, coastal walks and hours of relaxation.

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  • Harlyn Bay

    Known as one of Cornwall’s most popular family beaches, Harlyn Bay is a tremendous location with fascinating rock pools, sand dunes and watersports providing hours of seaside fun.

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  • Looe

    Looe Island

    Just a short distance away from Looe Bay, this island is a protected marine reserve and home to many sheltered wildlife species, woodlands and beautiful surroundings.

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  • Lundy Island

    Located just a short distance from Bude, off the North Devon Coast, Lundy Island is an unspoilt heritage site and home to a stunning display of wildlife with breath-taking views.

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  • Men-An-Tol

    Men-An-Tol

    A small formation of stones believed to have formed in the Bronze Age that has the Cornish meaning ‘holed stone’ and is one of Cornwall’s most iconic natural landmarks.

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  • Millendreath Beach

    This small, yet beautiful beach that is sheltered by Looe Cove and covered in golden sands and rock pools, is perfect for exploring the microhabitats of local sea creatures.

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  • Minack Theatre

    Carved into the cliffside overlooking the beautiful Porthcurno Bay is the world famous Minack Theatre, a unique venue offering a full programme of opera, drama and musicals during the summer months.

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  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    With a wide range of interesting exhibitions and events, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a fascinating, Harbourside destination, perfect for the whole family.

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  • Newquay Zoo

    Pay a visit to the fantastic Newquay Zoo and transcend into this exciting animal kingdom, where you can find a large variety of phenomenal creatures as well as being the only place in Cornwall to observe lions.

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  • Padstow Harbour

    Padstow Harbour

    An important and picturesque harbour in town, with many of the fishermen supplying local shops and restaurants and a prominent attraction for visitors to admire the small selection of boats.

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  • Pendennis Castle

    Built by Henry VIII in the 14th century, Pendennis Castle is a magnificent fortress managed by English Heritage, overlooking stunning coastal views and open all-year-round for tours.

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  • Polruan Ferry

    Operating a daily service between Fowey and Polruan, this passenger ferry is the ideal gateway for access into many popular local attractions.

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  • Prideaux Place

    Take a tour around this charming Elizabethan manor house to discover its stunning architecture and intriguing rooms, as well as the beautifully well-kept gardens.

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  • Retalla Aqua Park

    Retallack Aqua Park

    A gigantic ‘total wipeout’ style extravaganza, with an inflatable aqua assault course that will provide endless amounts of fun and amusement.

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  • St Catherine’s Castle

    Located just a short distance away from the South West Coast Path, St Catherine’s Castle is a small yet striking fortress overlooking impressive views of the Fowey Estuary.

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  • St. Michael’s Mount

    The rocky tidal island linked to the town of Marazion is home to a medieval church, castle and picturesque harbour that visitors can tour and discover more about the island’s vivid history.

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  • Summerleaze Beach

    This popular beach, surrounded by colourful huts, contains a large stretch of golden sand and is perfect for outdoor adventures and watersports.

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  • The Monkey Sanctuary

    Get the whole family involved in this spectacular monkey experience, where you can meet, hold and learn all about the fantastic work The Monkey Sanctuary does to protect this special species.

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  • Tintagel Castle

    A medieval fortification set high on the rugged peninsula of Tintagel Island, the castle and surrounding site is linked to the fascinating history of King Arthur.

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  • Trebah Gardens

    A beautiful setting of exotic plants and wildlife, surrounded by enchanting woodlands and captivating Cornish coast.

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  • Trerice

    Trerice

    Just three miles from Newquay lies Trerice, an Elizabethan manor house that is open for visitors to explore, offering the chance for the public to admire the elegant interiors and beautiful garden.

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