So, you’re planning a vacation with your family and looking for the best attractions in Cornwall? Whether you’re travelling with younger children or older teenagers, you will need some destinations that entertain everyone in the family.
Cornwall is full of family attractions. The best part? You should be able to hit all of the stops while still staying within your family vacation budget.
Ready to start planning your vacation itinerary? Here are some attractions the whole family will enjoy.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
There is so much to see in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. When you visit the Lost Gardens, you need a game plan and a comfy pair of shoes.
Start your trip in the gardens. The Pleasure Gardens is complete with structures, historical paintings, and exotic flowers and plants.
Once you’ve explored the Pleasure Gardens, step into UK’s only jungle.
After you see the green foliage and walk across the boardwalk, you’ll almost forget you’re in the UK. Then, everyone can test their bravery by crossing the rope bridge.
The Burmese Rope Bridge in the Lost Gardens is 100 feet long and is surrounded by trees and other plant life.
Once you’ve conquered the rope bridge, head on over to the Estate; here, you’ll see both farm animals and wildlife. Tickets for adults start at £17.50, with packages available for families.
Flambards Theme Park
Flambards Theme Park in Helston, Cornwall, has fun attractions for the whole family.
Younger children will have a blast in Ferdi’s Funland. This park area is full of fun, mild attractions, like the tea-cup ride and the dino-express. For older teenagers and their thrill-seeking parents, check out rides like the Hornet Rollercoaster and the Sky-Force.
If you visit later in the summer, the whole family can revel in a late-night fireworks show.
In addition to the outdoor rides, Flambards houses a few indoor attractions, like the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz.
Park hours vary by day, so check the opening times calendar before purchasing tickets. Adult tickets start at £17.95 and include 7 days of admission.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Love animals? Then visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a UK registered charity with the mission to rescue seals, and other marine life found sick or injured on England shores.
Once rehabilitated, healthy seals are released into their natural environment.
Your admission into the sanctuary– which, by the way, goes directly into helping the animals– grants you access to the Seal Rescue Center, Convalescence Pool, Penguin Beach, and a unique underwater viewing area.
For a unique experience, why not have breakfast with the seals? For £45 a person, you get to feed the seals, go on a private tour of the sanctuary, and enjoy breakfast in the sanctuary cafe.
For families with younger children, check out Lappa Valley. Lappa Valley is located outside Newquay and is just a short trip from the main road.
Lappa Valley is known for trains and lots of them.
But, even better, they’re miniature railways that explore the countryside.
Once you’ve done a tour on one of the 10+ mini trains, play a round of mini-golf!
The Crazy Golf course is included in the price of admission. And after a round of golf, take out a canoe and go boating in the lake. And if the kids still have energy.
Let them play in one of the many Adventure Play areas.
It’s safe to say that Lappa Valley has something for every kid (and every parent) to enjoy. Tickets start at £11.95, and there are even family packages for less than £51.
After all of the above activities, you’re probably ready for a rest day. For a relaxing day that’s still entertaining for the kids, check out Porthcurno Beach, one of the many beaches in Cornwall.
Porthcurno beach is on the coast of West Cornwall. Bring a beach towel, a picnic lunch, and get ready to take in the scenic views from all around. While parents can chill out on the white sand, kids can splash around in the blue waters.
After the beach, check out the Land’s End Landmark to have your breath taken away once more. After watching the sunset at Land’s end, take the family out for dinner at one of the local restaurants in Cornwall.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is another destination that is sure to entertain the whole family.
Kids will enjoy riding the big tractor through the orchard. Parents will love tasting the gins, whiskeys, and cyders.
See how cyder is made, from the apple in the orchard to being bottled in the factory. There’s even a museum where you can step back in time to learn the ins and outs of cyder-making.
Of course, what’s a trip to a cyder factory without tasting a few samples? Even if cyder isn’t your thing, Healey’s also makes jam the old fashion way.
In the jam kitchen, try out a variety of kettle-made jams, chutneys, and sauces. Don’t forget to wash it down with cream tea from the cafe!
After walking them through the museum, check out the farm animals at the Cyder farm to entertain the kids. From horses to pigs to goats, there are plenty of photo opportunities waiting to happen.
We couldn’t end this list of family attractions in Cornwall without including the Newquay Zoo. Newquay Zoo is one of the best Zoos in the UK. Book a timeslot in advance before you go and get ready to see some exotic and endangered animals.
While you’re here, check out the African Savannah, the Madagascan Walkthrough, the Village Farm, and the Gems of the Jungle. Once you’ve check out all the animals, take a walk through the Oriental Gardens.
Tickets start at £12 for the kids, and the money from the ticket fare goes back into the zoo and its conservation work.
Other Attractions in Cornwall to Check Out
There are so many more attractions to check out in Cornwall, for too many to write about them all in one post but here is a list of several other great places to visit.
- Tate St Ives
- National Maritime Museum Cornwall
- Eden Project
- Bodmin Wenford Railway
- St Michael’s Mount
- Tintagel Castle (linked with the legend of King Arthur)
- Bodmin Jail
- Many National Trust Gardens
- Pendennis Castle
Whatever the weather Cornwall has some of the most stunning views, beaches, history and more to explore and discover in the country.
Family Attractions in Cornwall
Get ready for a family vacation to remember!
From farms, gardens, theme parks, zoos to beaches, there is something for everyone in Cornwall.
Even if you only check out a few of these family attractions while in Cornwall, you are sure to create fond memories with your loved ones.
Want to learn more tidbits about Cornwall before your trip? Then check out the rest of our blog, where you will find the stories behind Cornwall destinations and even more travel tips.