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Attractions in Cornwall

Discover over 80 family days out and fun things to do with kids and adults in Cornwall.

 

  • LanhydrockLanhydrock (National Trust)
    Bodmin
    Once a family home where everyone had their place is today a place for everyone. Lanhydrock is superbly set in 450 acres of woods and parkland running down to the Fowey river and encircled by formal and woodland gardens, lovely in all seasons.
  • GlendurganGlendurgan (National Trust)
    Mawnan Smith near Falmouth
    From wonderful spring wildflowers to intriguing exotic plants in summer and stunning autumn colour, this valley garden is beautiful in any season. With many children to entertain the Fox family planted an extensive maze and also installed a rotating rope swing.
  • Land's EndLand’s End
    Land’s End
    Set against the beautiful coastal backdrop of Land’s End, our landmark attractions and seasonal events are designed to keep the young and the young at heart entertained throughout the summer months.
  • Pirate's QuestPirate’s Quest
    Newquay
    Pirate’s Quest, Newquay is an immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.
  • The Minack TheatreThe Minack Theatre
    Porthcurno
    The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. We put on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling.
  • The Lost Gardens of HeliganThe Lost Gardens of Heligan
    Pentewan near St Austell
    Twenty seven years ago, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were re-discovered from the brambles of time. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the ground breaking restoration project.
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
    Newquay
    Overlooking the Atlantic, Blue Reef Aquarium is the perfect location to appreciate the beauty of the oceans.
  • The National Lobster HatcheryThe National Lobster Hatchery
    Padstow
    We aim to make every visit to the Lobster Hatchery rewarding for everyone. The main attraction has to be seeing the young ones growing up ready to be released, but we also have our resident giant lobster and Edible and Spider crabs.
  • Trebah GardenTrebah Garden
    Mawnan Smith near Falmouth
    Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.
  • PencarrowPencarrow
    Pencarrow
    Pencarrow, a Georgian house with 50 acres of Grade 2* Listed Gardens, must be one of Cornwall’s finest stately homes.
  • TrelissickTrelissick (National Trust)
    Feock near Truro
    Trelissick is the perfect place to come for a day out with friends and family. There’s a garden with stunning views, little summerhouses to relax in, sweeping lawns to play on and dog-friendly walks around the countryside.
  • TrericeTrerice
    Kestle Mill near Newquay
    A delightful small Elizabethan manor house, Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away from the world in a web of narrow lanes and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age.
  • Holywell Bay Fun ParkHolywell Bay Fun Park
    Holywell Bay
    Ride, slide, splash and spin at Holywell Bay Fun Park. Entry to our fun park is FREE. Just pay as you play! With over 20 rides and attractions, an onsite diner and ice-cream parlour, amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean, Holywell Bay Fun Park provides great family fun all day long.
  • Jamaica InnJamaica Inn
    Bolventor near Launceston
    Jamaica Inn, made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers, rogues and wreckers. Full of legend, mystery, romance and even, according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit.
  • Paradise ParkParadise Park
    Hayle
    So many things to do with over 140 species and a total of over 650 birds there is a stunning range to see. ‘JungleBarn’ indoor play centre is fabulous fun whatever the weather. Giant slides, challenging soft play and a special toddlers’ zone.
  • World of Model Railways World of Model RailwaysWorld of Model Railways
    Mevagissey
    Over forty trains travel through a highly detailed scenic setting featuring operating lights, sounds and action. Spot little cameo scenes from everyday life in the town and country landscape and enjoy the highest standard of modelling on display.
  • Healey's Cornish Cyder FarmHealey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
    Penhallow near Truro
    We’ve been making the most of our apples for over 30 years, and are now proud makers of an array of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves. To get the most of your day out, we recommend joining our guided tours.
  • Tate St IvesTate St Ives
    St Ives
    Home of post-war British Modernism, St Ives provides the artistic foundations for Tate St Ives. The gallery was built to celebrate the Modernists as well as the surroundings and atmosphere that inspired them.
  • National Maritime Museum CornwallNational Maritime Museum Cornwall
    Falmouth
    The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is a fully independent museum. The museum celebrates and explores the overwhelming influence of the sea on history and culture, including the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall.
  • Pinetum GardensPinetum Gardens
    Holmbush near St Austell
    Pinetum Gardens is a place of tranquillity, peace and spectacular garden scenery. The largest ’new’ garden created in Cornwall, family owned, we offer an intimate experience with a personal touch rarely found in our busy world.
  • CoteheleCotehele (National Trust)
    Saltash
    Built in medieval times, the current house is mostly Tudor. Make your way through four floors of history to view the collection and learn stories about the Edgcumbe family who owned it for 600 years.
  • Screech Owl Wildlife ParkScreech Owl Wildlife Park
    Goss Moor near Indian Queens
    We aim to enable visitors to see and touch owls at close proximity under staff supervision as well as providing a talk and guided tour of the centre to all visitors.
  • Charlestown Shipwreck CentreCharlestown Shipwreck Centre
    Charlestown
    Located above The Historic Port of Charlestown, visitors see first-hand the endeavours men and woman were moved to in order to conquer the sea, the museum also shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown.
  • Trengwainton GardenTrengwainton Garden (National Trust)
    Madron near Penzance
    Discover a passion for plants in this woodland garden with its sea views, award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons and a productive walled kitchen garden.
  • Bodmin & Wenford RailwayBodmin & Wenford Railway
    Bodmin
    Cornwall’s only full size steam railway – a great family ‘attracktion!’
  • Cornish Seal SanctuaryCornish Seal Sanctuary
    Gweek
    Experience animal welfare in action in Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are bought to life during your visit.
  • Dairyland Farm WorldDairyland Farm World
    Summercourt near Newquay
    A favourite with families, this bustling dairy farm is hugely entertaining and fantastic value, whatever the weather!
  • Bodmin JailBodmin Jail
    Bodmin
    Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779: discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit fun.
  • Camel Creek Adventure ParkCamel Creek Adventure Park
    Wadebridge
    Primary Times Overall Winner 2016 and Bronze Cornwall Tourism Award Winner for Large Visitor Attraction – Adventure Park based near Newquay & Padstow in Cornwall with over 60,000 sq ft of covered play and 14 rides giving joy and adventure.
  • Flambards ExperienceFlambards Experience
    Helston
    Flambards Theme Park, Helston, Cornwall is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family day out with its fun mix of rides, indoor attractions and entertainment.
  • Lappa Valley Steam RailwayLappa Valley Steam Railway
    St Newlyn East near Newquay
    Journey into the park by one of our beautiful steam engines, once inside you will find our leisure park packed full with a whole host of family friendly activities including crazy golf, play areas, our canoeing lake and two further railways to explore. All included in the ticket price.
  • St Michael's MountSt Michael’s Mount (National Trust)
    Marazion
    From ancient cobbles to castle walls, through time and tide, St Michael’s Mount is beckoning. Striding the causeway, or crossing by boat. Treading medieval pathways or exploring sub-tropical gardens.
  • Pendennis CastlePendennis Castle (English Heritage)
    Falmouth
    Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle.
  • Geevor Tin MineGeevor Tin Mine
    Pendeen
    Come and visit Geevor Tin Mine the largest preserved mine site in the country. Go underground into a real 18th century tin mine. Get interactive in our Hard Rock Museum that tells the fascinating story of Cornish Tin and Copper mining.
  • Wheal MartynWheal Martyn
    Carthew near St Austell
    Discover working waterwheels, modern mining in action, vintage trucks and a train at Cornwall’s china clay museum. Enjoy your day out as a family come rain or shine, there’s plenty to do indoors and outdoors at Wheal Martyn.
  • St Austell Brewery Visitor CentreSt Austell Brewery Visitor Centre
    St Austell
    Discover our exciting interactive Brewing Experience, offering disability access and open to young and old alike. Come and find out about the Brewery and its history – as well as sample the award-winning beers.
  • Telegraph Museum PorthcurnoTelegraph Museum Porthcurno
    Porthcurno
    Award-winning family friendly museum and secret WW2 tunnels. Enjoy hands-on exhibitions, live demonstrations every day, museum trails and family-friendly ‘make & take’ activities. Museum cafe and shop are free to visit. Discover how the telegraph changed the world.
  • Tintagel CastleTintagel Castle (English Heritage)
    Tintagel
    Immerse yourself in history and myths at Tintagel Castle. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king.
  • Royal Cornwall MuseumRoyal Cornwall Museum
    Truro
    Explore ancient and living cultures, an explorer’s medicine chest and family-friendly activities and events. Children go FREE.
  • Eden ProjectEden Project
    St Austell
    Its home is a dramatic global garden, nestling like a lost world in a crater overlooking St Austell Bay. One of its giant conservatories is a majestic rainforest cathedral, the other is host to the fruits of the Mediterranean and the flowers of South Africa and California.
  • Newquay ZooNewquay Zoo
    Newquay
    Get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals at Newquay Zoo! Located on the north coast of Cornwall, surrounded by 13 acres of lush tropical gardens it is a visitor attraction where you can run wild, explore and release your inner animal.