Things to do in Cornwall

There are many magical places to visit in Cornwall, which is full of surprises. From its picturesque coast and abundance of beautiful nature to its love for good old-fashioned food, no wonder its beloved Falmouth was voted one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times in 2016.


Explore this stunning area with your family, sleep in beautiful country cottages and feel at home on a holiday in Cornwall. Here are just some of our favorite activities to do in Cornwall that the whole family can enjoy together.


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Places to Visit in Cornwall


With so many things to do in Cornwall, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to exciting daytime and evening activities. These places to visit in Cornwall are absolutely amazing. Plan your own adventure and have the time of your life.


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The Eden Project


One of the most popular things to do in Cornwall is to visit the Eden Project. It’s a botanical paradise where you can explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and discover exotic species of plant life. 


It is hard to believe that inside of a big crater with two gigantic enclosures of merged domes that emulate a natural biome have waterfalls and jungles inside, and there are 30 acres of outdoor gardens.


Freshly-prepared delicious food waits for you in the cafes and there are gift shops. You can even walk above the treetops on a rainforest canopy walkway. There are lots of educational activities, demonstrations, and equipment for children to play on and if you have a dog, you can bring him along. 


It’s a great day out for the whole family with lots of thrilling activities for younger children and teenagers alike, such as the Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire that makes you feel like you are flying.


Entry prices to the Eden Project are reduced if you take public transport, walk or cycle to the site. There is no need to bring anything but yourself and your family, and cash.


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Theme Park Fun at Flambards


Get ready for one of the more exciting places to visit in Cornwall. For a theme park with a twist, enjoy a day spent at the Flambards. You’ll find all the fun near Helston, with its variety of attractions.


From thrill rides, such as the exciting Thunderbolt that goes upside down and the Hornet Rollercoaster, to family-friendly adventures, like the Dino Express and the Colorado River Log Flume water chute. If it’s raining outside, don’t be put off as there are a variety of inside interactive exhibitions, like the award-winning Victorian Village complete with genuine artifacts. 


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Exciting Watersports


With the picture-perfect setting of the stunning Cornwall coast, there’s no other place to spend a warm afternoon than on Swanpool beach. Relax and paddle in the waves, or for adventure, Swanpool is perfect for watersports like surfing, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and windsurfing.


Don’t worry if you are a beginner, there is something for everyone. You can even play a round of mini-golf if you’re up for it. If you’re not near the coast, enjoy exciting watersports like diving and waterskiing on the River Tamar for an unforgettable time. 


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Visit Newquay Zoo


With so many places to visit in Cornwall, you will want to try to experience them all. Take the kids to discover over 1,000 different animal species, from the rarest to the most endangered. Enjoy wandering around the sub-tropical gardens, spotting the zebras, monkeys, lizards, Red Pandas, penguins, and exotic birds as you go.


Learn about their conservation projects and hear about the animal behaviors in the different exhibits around Newquay Zoo. Get up close to wild animals like lynxes, lions, meerkats, lemurs, monkeys, marmosets, zebras, penguins, and more. An additional bonus is when you visit you are helping support the zoo’s efforts to protect endangered animals from extinction.


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The Lost Gardens of Heligan


With a slightly cheaper entry price, but still as enjoyable as the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a magical network of gardens that take you through fairytale woodlands, natural farmlands, and sub-tropical jungles.


Follow the bamboo tunnels over the Burmese rope bridge to discover moss-covered characters fused into the ground. There are farm animals too! The name Heligan comes from the Cornish word Helygen which means “willow tree.”


You can easily spend all day exploring these fantastic gardens as there is plenty to see and do. Just don’t forget about all the other exciting places to visit in Cornwall so that you can plan accordingly.

Ride a Bike Around Camel Estuary


Explore the beautiful Cornish countryside on foot or by bike. This is something the whole family can enjoy. Why not hire a bike and explore the many routes along the coast, through the grasslands, and along the River Camel?


The Camel Estuary is a great place to take children of all ages as the routes are relatively flat. Pack a picnic to eat along the way at one of the picnic areas you are sure to pass or just stop at one of the shops for refreshments as there are a variety of options.


If you’re planning a trip with the family and looking for places to visit in Cornwall, then this list is a perfect start to your adventure. Enjoy your journey and don’t forget to have fun.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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