Things to do in Cornwall

Our pick of the top things to do in Cornwall...
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Cornwall is renowned for its stunning beaches, so we've picked some of our favourites...
Harlyn Bay – a wide and spacious dog-friendly beach of sand and pebbles with rock pools and backed by dunes, situated just west of Padstow.
Watergate Bay – about three miles from Newquay this beach is away from the hustle and bustle of surf’s capital with two miles of golden sand.
Carbis Bay – one mile east from St Ives, the sea here is perfect for swimming as there is rarely any surf.
St Ives Bay – for views across the water to Godrevy Lighthouse, head to St Ives Bay beach which actually extends some four miles across.


Steeped in history and legend, Tintagel Castle is both majestic and magical. Linked with the legend of King Arthur this castle occupies a dramatic location on a cliff edge on the Cornwall coast. Image by Frayxx from Pixabay.

Lost for most of the 20th century, these extraordinary botanical gardens were rediscovered and a huge restoration project embarked upon. Today the gardens have 200 of their thousand acres open for exploration.

Considered by some as the eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project hosts tropical biomes housing a global garden unlike any other. The attraction nestles in a crater the size of 30 football pitches! Image by diego_torres from Pixabay.


Accessible on foot via a tidal causeway or on a short boat trip, St Michael’s Mount is a rocky island off the Cornish coast, with a medieval church and castle. One of Cornwall’s famous attractions, you can scale the turrets to enjoy fantastic views or marvel at the subtropical terraced gardens.

A hidden gem among Cornwall’s many popular attractions, St Nectan’s Glen is like something out of a fairy tale. A beautiful woodland walk reveals three wonderful waterfalls including a spectacular 60-foot waterfall crashing through a hole in the rocks.

A beautiful sandy bay, boat trips to see the seals, plenty of restaurants, and a lively tourist atmosphere – there’s a reason why St Ives is rated among Cornwall’s top attractions. Image by diego_torres from Pixabay.

Pretty cottages cling to the hillsides around the small harbour of this unspoilt fishing port. Since most of Polperro’s roads are little wider than footpaths, cars are prohibited in daytime from April to September and people are advised to use the car park on the edge of the town. Image by TimHill from Pixabay.


A lively town with a vast choice of restaurants and pubs – and great shopping opportunities too. Make for Saltrock and Seasalt for Cornish clothing at tempting prices. Head to Discovery Quay for a choice of restaurants; outdoor and indoor tables create a lively atmosphere here.

The only city in Cornwall, filled with character and with a spectacular cathedral. Check out markets that are regularly held on Lemon Quay.

Picture a typical Cornish fishing village and Cadgwith could be it. Clusters of thatch cottages line the sides of the valley and a small fleet of fishing boats are moored on the shingle beach.

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