Famed for Cornish pasties and Somerset Cider, there is lots to do and loads of places to visit along England’s southern shores. Cornwall offers majestic cliffs and sandy beaches and is a haven for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. Somerset has many pretty villages and towns to explore but also iron-age hill forts and wildlife reserves. Cornwall is renowned for its surfing and many people head there each summer to catch the waves.
As well as the beaches and cliffs, Cornwall has a large number of historical buildings such as Pendennis Castle and Lanhydrock House. For those looking for a bit of adventure and to tire the kids out, you can visit Crealy Great Adventure Park or DairyLand Farm World. There is also Land’s End, the furthest most southerly point of England and various gardens you can visit, including the world famous Eden Project. Along the coast, there is the National Seal Sanctuary and Blue Reef Aquarium. Read on to find the Best Places to visit Cornwall before you complete your visit or holiday.
Best Places To Visit in Cornwall
1. The Lizard Peninsula.
The sea almost surrounds this great place. A place where myths and legends were born the moor is dominated by dramatic granite tors towering over the open moorland making this a great place to visit on a nice warm day.
2. Cardinham Woods.
With an array of waymarked trails suitable for all abilities, you are sure to find something that will wear your children out. Located near a children’s play area, this is an ideal place to keep them entertained. Remember to look out for wildlife events happening throughout the year.
3. Boscastle Visitor Centre.
The visitor centre has been set up to help children learn about local wildlife and the community’s involvement in fishing. Once this small community was self-contained with the only supplies coming in through the harbour. Open March through until October daily 10 am – 5 pm, November to February 10.30am – 4 pm.
4. Callington Mural Trail.
This is a great place for inspiration. Ideal for artists of all ages this is an amazing mixture of colourful and interesting murals that populate that wall of this town. They are all made up of the work of local artists, students and school children. Explore the town to see how many murals you can find and look out for the ones not highlighted in the guidebook.
5. Tehidy Country Park.
Once a part of a large estate belonging to the Bassett tin-mining family this stunning area is now open to the public. The park offers a mixture of woodlands, lakes, ponds and nine miles of pathways to keep you and the children entertained.
6. Barbara Hepworth Museum.
You can visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum during your Newquay holidays. The museum is home to a good collection of sculptures from some of the well-known artists in the United Kingdom during the 20th century.
7. Eden Project.
It has received various awards for its beauty and uniqueness, having a worldwide reputation. Eden just had to be on our list for best places to visit in Cornwall. This epic destination is a gateway into the relationships between people and plants and fun and family-friendly day out. Feel free to visit here the Humid Tropics Biome – the world’s largest greenhouse, orange and lemon trees, 30-acre Roofless Biome see hemp and amazing tropical plants.
8. Wonder Years.
It is a unique museum which displays over three and a half thousand games and toys from the ’60s, 70’s and ’80s. RHS Garden Rosemoor is located in the beautiful Torridge Valley and features stunning gardens, exciting activities for the whole family, glimpses of local wildlife and wildflowers.
9. Cobbaton Combat Collection.
It is a museum that holds a collection of British and Canadian tanks, Warsaw Pact vehicles and weapons. Tintagel Castle is considered the birthplace of the noble King Arthur. This castle is a place of legend offering breathtaking views.
10. Minack Theatre.
Another of our best places to visit in Cornwall is Minack. For some culture, you can head to the Minack Theatre, a famous cliff side theatre that offers some amazing plays and exhibits. Other great spots to see plays and musicians include the Falmouth Arts Centre and Newquay Lane Theatre.
11. Tintagel Castle and Pendennis Castle.
You really can’t visit Cornwall without frequenting one of the area’s stunning castles. The Tintagel Castle and Pendennis Castle are great places to stop if you want to take a tour of some of the most famous and beautiful structures in the world.
12. The Cornwall Gardens.
And of course, if you are on holiday in Cornwall, you have to visit the area’s amazing gardens. Visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Mevagissey or Falmouth’s Trebah Garden is like walking into a whole new world. Other popular gardens include Lanivet’s Lanhydrock House and Gardens and Helston’s Smith Godolphin House and gardens, among many, many more.
13. Blue Reef Aquarium.
If you’re interested in some unique marine-focused stops, you should take the time to visit the Blue Reef Aquarium. Here, you can find a variety of animal and plant life to witness. Similarly, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall at Falmouth is a great stop as is the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. These places are great for everyone from honeymooning couples looking for a memorable day out to children looking for some fun.
14. Camiel Estuary.
For a stunning view, you should head to Camel Estuary. Here, you can see a beautiful tidal river valley full of natural habitats and wildlife. Similarly, the Bodmin Moor offers stunning tors and moorland.
15. King Edward Mine Museum.
Another museum that you should visit is the King Edward Mine Museum in Cornwall. Getting to the King Edward Mine Museum is easy if you are staying at one of the Cornwall holiday cottages. The mine museum shows the detailed history of mining in Cornwall. This mine has survived for over 100 years, and the museum has the complete documented history of its survival. Most of the equipment that you will see at the mine has been restored and is in working condition even today. You can your family can take a trip to this museum and visit the mine during your Newquay holidays.
All you have to do is look around while eating the famous Cornish pasty and saffron cake, and you will never want to leave this beautiful part of the world. With excellent shopping in cities like Truro and amazing galleries like the Tate in St. Ives, there is something for everyone in Cornwall.