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Top 5 things to do in Cornwall this summer

Minack Theatre

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As recommended by TripAdvisor reviewers

664 things are currently listed on Trip Advisor as things to do in Cornwall. Ranging from places to visit to attractions and tours, it’s all been scrutinised and listed in order of popularity. These are the results:

1. Minack Theatre

‘magical experience’

Voted as the number one thing to do in Cornwall this summer, the Minack Theatre offer a range of dramas, musicals and operas at their open air cliff top theatre in Porthcurno. The theatre is set amongst beautiful sub tropical gardens and there’s a café available for meals and snacks. Matinee and evening performances take place throughout the year. It’s worth a visit just to see the spectacular views!

2. Screech Owl Sanctuary

‘highlight of my visit to Cornwall’

It’s a hoot at Screech Owl Sanctuary(!). The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of owl species and aims to introduce the public to some of the birds as well as being a rehabilitation centre for injured Cornish wild owls. Regular owl encounters and falconry displays take place throughout the day and other non-owl species are also at the sanctuary, such as Meerkats, Emus and a Kookaburra. There’s a play area for children and ‘Tiggy’s Tea Room’ for snacks.

3. Water Sports

‘Surfing had been on my bucket list and at 55yrs old I thought I’d better get on with it!’

Okay, so a bit general but it’s what the people voted for! With over 400 miles of coastline it’s not surprising water sports are a big part of Cornish life. Surfing featured highly with many of the Cornish surf schools highly praised. However, all sorts of water activities were mentioned including sailing, coasteering and fishing trips.

4. Lanhydrock House & Gardens

‘A beautiful place with plenty of history and treasures to discover’

Discover the Victorian era at one of Cornwall’s National Trust properties situated in Bodmin. The colourful formal gardens and riverside paths lead to ancient woodlands whilst touring the house will give you insight into the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ life of the Victorian upper and lower classes. There’s also shops, a plant centre and cafés.

5. Trebah Gardens

‘blown away by its beauty’

The beautiful tropical coastal gardens at Trebah open every day from 10am. Be amazed at some of the giant specimen trees and take in the winding colourful pathways and valleys which lead to private Polgwidden beach, perfect for whiling away an hour or two. A superb café, nature trails and children’s adventures play areas make it suitable for the whole family, including the dog.


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