Cornwall is known to be one of the most famous counties in the UK, situated right at the tip of the southwest peninsula. It has a solid history and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations, retaining a very distinct cultural identity.
Given its strategic location, Cornwall is blessed with hundreds of beaches and seaside towns, which also adds to its popularity as a holiday destination for thousands of people yearly. There is much to do in Cornwall which is why you will never be short of things to do in Cornwall – here are the top attractions to visit on your Cornwall holiday.
Things To Do In Cornwall
1. Minack Theatre –
Porthcurno, Penzance. This is an internationally famous cliff-side theatre that is open air. The 750 seated fully equipped auditorium hosts a season of plays and musicals from May to September.
2. Chysauster Ancient Village –
The Chysauster Ancient Village is a very interesting English village that is considered as the oldest village streets in the whole country.
There are stonewalled ruins or homestead that were built about 2000 years ago between 100 BC to 3rd century AD by the Dumnonii Tribe of Cornish Britons. Even back then, the architecture of these houses was already very advanced.
You can compare the modern Cornwall holiday cottages and the courtyard houses in this ancient village. These courtyard houses consisted of a courtyard with rooms that were built around the courtyard.
3. O’Neill Surf Academy – Watergate Bay, Newquay. This is a professional surf school that offers surf experiences for adults and children of all levels of expertise.
4. Tintagel Castle – Tintagel. When it comes to looking for things to do in Cornwall, you can not miss visiting Tintagel Castle! This castle is located on a dramatic coastline and has beautiful, strong stout walls with steep stone steps which encircle the Great Hall.
5. Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle. This unique and spellbinding museum houses the world’s most extensive collection of witchcraft-related material. It has been in existence for fifty years and is amongst Cornwall’s most famous museums.
6. Cotehele (National Trust) – St Dominick, Saltash. This perfect medieval Tudor house has several stories and legends behind its popularity. It has fantastic collections of textiles, armour and furniture and is set in extensive beautifully maintained grounds.
7. The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Pentewan, St Austell. This is one of the most beautiful restored estates with an extensive Victorian grounds, a subtropical jungle valley with exotic foliage, a wildlife conservation project, woodland, wetland and farm all amid a Cornwall countryside!
8. Newquay Zoo – Newquay. Experience over 130 species of animals set in lakeside gardens such as penguins, lemurs, mongooses, the big cats, snakes, birds, ostriches, zebras and meerkats to name a few.
9. National Maritime Museum – Falmouth. This is an excellent attraction that appeals to all ages. It is just not all about viewing boats, and it has hands-on activities, immersive audio-visual experiences, talks, special exhibitions, sailing cruises and so on.
10. The Eden Project – Bodelva. This is the internationally acclaimed world’s biggest greenhouse. It is an environmental project that helps build awareness about nature and is an unforgettable experience.
11. Beautiful Blue Flag beaches – If it is a seaside holiday with plenty of sand and clear blue waters you are after, Cornwall boasts five internationally-recognised Blue Flag beaches.
From Porthmeor’s expanse of golden sand on the western side of popular coastal haven St.Ives to the north-west facing Porthtowan beach which is ideal for surfers and industrious sand castle builders, these beaches have been rewarded for their exceptional water quality, beach facilities and safety standards. Furthermore, Cornwall’s warm, summery climate lends itself perfectly to long fun-filled days at the beach.
12. Sailing, surfing and swimming – If your family enjoy all things in and out of the water, family holidays in Cornwall are ideal. Cornwall is a mecca for maritime enthusiasts, and there are plenty of water sports to try for beginners through to experts.
If you want to catch some waves, Cornwall has some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. Look no further than Widemouth Bay on the north coast which has something for everyone, including gentle waves for beginners, or for those craving a high-octane ride, nearby Black Rock has peaks that can reach ten feet.
If you fancy feeling the wind in your sails, Cornwall has a year-round sailing programme.
Charter a yacht to cruise the beautiful Cornish coastline, learn how to sail a dinghy or, if you prefer to sit and watch someone else do the hard work, pick a vantage point and settle in to watch one of Cornwall’s spectacular sailing regattas.
There are several regattas throughout the year, from Falmouth’s celebrated Regatta week in August, where 450 yachts and dinghies of all sizes compete, to exhilarating gig rowing regattas hosted by individual racing clubs. Around the sailing, there are plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained, including rock pooling sessions, marching carnivals and firework displays in the evening.
13. Fab Family Days out – Cornwall is alive with family-friendly activities. As well as trying your hand at sailing, kayaking and climbing, north Cornwall is home to magical Tintagel castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur while south Cornwall holds the world-famous Eden Project – a vast hub of eco-fun things to do – including botanical gardens, live music and arts and crafts.
But of course, family holidays in Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a daring pirate adventure. Cornwall’s rocky coastline was a smugglers’ paradise. Get the kid’s imaginations whirling with a guided tour of its dark coastal caverns or sample some live swashbuckling action at Newquay’s Buccaneer Bay.
14. Family feasts – Cornwall is well-known for its sumptuous seafood and organic produce.
The majority of Cornwall’s sea and harbourside restaurants specialise in freshly caught fish and shellfish together with locally-sourced organic meats, vegetables and cheeses.
There many things to suit every palate, from fine dining – including two Michelin Star restaurants – ideal for rounding off the perfect family holiday in Cornwall – to traditional fare, including everyone’s favourite, classic fish and chips. You can go fishing and cook your fish supper.
15. Idyllic family accommodation -One of the best things about family holidays in Cornwall is where you lay your head after an energetic day outdoors.
There are a lot of things you can go to especially when you are staying at the popular Cornwall holiday cottages. Cornwall holiday cottages are comfortable, secure and fully equipped with modern amenities including self-catering facilities which allow you to cook. However, you decide to spend your days, start planning your ideal family holidays in Cornwall with the perfect seaside accommodation.