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  • Mud Maid at Heligan
  • Biomes and people at the Eden Project
  • Vegetable garden at Heligan

Attractions in Cornwall

So much to see and do whilst on holiday

Like any county, there are a wide variety of tourist attractions in Cornwall to enjoy whilst on holiday. However, Cornwall’s rich celtic, mining and artistic heritage add an extra angle to the attractions on offer. There is also a supportive network of local and artisan food and drink producers, many of whom open their doors for visitors to watch the making process with some great tasting opportunities on offer!

There are also many National Trust and English Heritage attractions and sites to see which are free to members. Browse our National Trust attractions in Cornwall and English Heritage sites in Cornwall pages for more ideas.

Whether its gardens, historic houses, tin mines or wildlife that interests you, you won’t be stuck for things to do whilst on holiday:

Gardens & Houses

Prideaux Place – Elizabethan manor house and deer park overlooking the Camel Estuary. Used for filming some of Rosamunde Pilcher’s stories and home to a collection of teddy bears. Padstow. Tel: 01841 532411

Pencarrow House – House and gardens with cafe, gift and plant shop. Bodmin. Tel: 01208 841369

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Internationally recognised reclaimed gardens on the Heligan Estate with wildlife areas and kitchen garden. Free entry to the tea room, shop and plant centre. Open daily all year round from 10am. Nr St Austell.
Tel: 01726 845100 

Caerhays Estate – Castle, garden, beaches and home to the National Magnolia Collection and camellias and rhododendrons. Nr St Austell.  Tel: 01872 501310

Trewithen House & Gardens – Historic estate with gardens. House open on certain days. Truro. Tel: 01726 883794

Trebah Gardens – Sub Tropical gardens with trails and play areas. Family and dog friendly. Nr Falmouth.
Tel: 01326 252200 

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park – House and Country Park with shop, cafe and restaurant. Torpoint. Tel: 01752 822236 

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Red flowers in bushes at Trewithen Gardens

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Heritage based attractions

Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park – Discover Cornwall’s China Clay heritage with interactive displays, preserved Victorian china clay works and a working water wheel. Cafe, gift shop and childrens woodland play area. St Austell.
Tel: 01726 850362

Bodmin Jail – An all weather, family attraction, that includes a licensed bar and restaurant, covered courtyard, with a Civil and Naval Prison housing a museum within its walls split over six levels. Tel:01208 76292

King Edward Tin Mine – Award winning tin mine with museum and mill. Camborne. Tel: 07511 801644

Poldark Mine – Discover Cornwall’s mining and social heritage at the only complete underground mine open to the public in Cornwall and Devon. Helston. Tel: 01326 573173

Geevor Tin Mine – Explore Cornwall’s tin mining heritage at one of the largest preserved tin mines in the country. Penzance. Tel: 01736 788662

Marconi Centre – Marconi information centre close to the site of the first transatlantic radio signal transmission. Nr Mullion. Tel: 01326-241656

Lands End – Visit the famous sign post marking the end of the mainland. Shop and restaurant as well as pay as you go visitor attractions including a farm and 4D cinema. Sennen. Tel: 0871 720 0044

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Charlestown old ship

Maritime scene

Museums

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – Learn about the historic village of Charlestown through the exhibits from over 150 shipwrecks and maritime collections. St Austell. Tel: 01726 69897

Padstow Museum – Discover the history of Padstow over the last two centuries. Tel: 01841 532752

Royal Cornwall Museum – Local and world collections and exhibits with talks and shop. Children free. Truro.
Tel: 01872 272205

North Cornwall Museum & Gallery – Learn about local life in the last 100 years. Camelford. Tel: 01840 212954

The Arthurian Centre – Learn about the legends surrounding King Arthur on the site where Camlot possibly stood. Camelford. Tel: 01839 213947

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum – A display of regimental uniforms, artefacts, weapons and medals with an archives collection. Bodmin. Tel: 01208 72810

Museum of Witchcraft – One of the largest collections of witchcraft artefacts. Boscastle. Tel: 01840 250111

NMMC – Seafaring exhibitions, displays, activities and workshops suitable for all the family. Open daily. Falmouth.
Tel: 01326 313388

Wirework sculpture at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Arts & Entertainment

Pirate’s Quest – An immersive, walk through experience which will take you back to the times of pirates of 18th Century Cornwall. Booking recommended. Newquay.

Cornwall Gold – Gold and Pearl jewellery collections with family activities, bear factory and tin mine. Free entry and free parking. Near Redruth. Tel: 01209 203 280

Heartlands – Free world heritage site with sculptures, exhibitions, gardens and play areas. Redruth. Tel: 01209 722320

Falmouth Art Gallery – Free art gallery for all the family. Tel: 01326 313863

Minack Theatre – Cornwall’s open air theatre situated on the cliffs at Portcurno. Tel: 01736 810694

Penlee House – Art gallery specialising in paintings from the Newlyn School. Penzance. Tel: 01736 363625

Tate St Ives – Cornwall’s Tate art gallery. Tel: 01736 796226

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden – The home of influential artist, Barbara Hepworth. Tel: 01736 796226

Nature & Wildlife attractions

National Lobster Hatchery – Learn all about Lobsters and even adopt one! Marine conservation for all ages. Padstow.
Tel: 01841 533877

Screech Owl Sanctuary – Owls and lots of other animals such as emus, donkeys and alpacas. Childrens play area and tea room. St Columb. Tel: 01726 860182

Cornish Birds of Prey Centre – The largest collection of birds of prey in the west country. Also offering falconry experience days. St Columb. Tel: 01636 880544

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay – Indoor aquarium with turtles, sharks and an underwater tunnel. Daily talks and feeds. Cafe and gift shop. Tel: 01637 878134

Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre – A pony centred family day out with a play barn, pets area and plenty of ponies waiting to be groomed or ridden! Newquay. Tel: 01637 881224

Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre – Otter and wildlife centre with tea rooms. Launceston. Tel: 01566 785646

The Monkey Sanctuary – Monkey sanctuary set in woodland with cafe and shop. Looe. Tel: 0844 272 1271

Paradise Park – Wildlife Park with colourful birds and some rare species plus a petting farm and indoor Jungle Barn Play Centre. Hayle. Tel: 01736 751020

National Seal Sanctuary – The rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for seals. Gweek. Tel: 01325 221361

Cornish Camels – Camel collection and shop! Saint Martin. Free entry.

The Tamar Valley Donkey Park – Donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and other animals to pet with cafe and gift shop. Gunnislake. Tel: 01822 834072

Mousehole Bird Hospital – Centre for injured birds with shop. Free entry. Penzance. Tel: 01732 731386

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Local produce attractions

Dairyland Farm World – An all weather adventure park with farm animals, nature trails, museum, cafe and indoor play area. Newquay. Tel: 01872 510246

Callestick Farm – Award winning ice cream farm with tea room and shop. Watch the ice cream being made – check first for opening times. Truro. Tel: 01872 573126

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – Take a tour of the orchards and museum or watch the cyder brewing. Petting farm, restaurant and shop. Truro. Tel: 01872 573356

Camel Valley Vineyard – Guided tours of the Camel Valley vineyards with wine tasting. Bodmin. Tel: 01208 77959

Trenance Chocolate Factory – Visit the chocolate shop and factory and watch luxurious Belgian chocolates being made. Helston. Tel: 01326 241499

Roskilly’s Farm – Working organic farm making ice creams, fudge and yoghurts from Jersey cows. Shop, restaurant and ice cream parlour. St Keverne. Tel: 01326 280478

Polgoon Vineyard – Tours and tastings from the Polgoon vineyards, the Cornish cider, wine and juice maker. Cornish hampers also on offer. Penzance. Tel: 01736 333946

Transport & Rail attractions

Lappa Valley – Three miniature railways, a boating lake, maze and play trails with a cafe, shop and picnic areas all set in a wildlife conservation area. Newquay. Tel: 01872 510317

Bodmin and Wenford Railway – 13 mile round trip aboard a vintage steam train. Tel: 01208 73555

Classic Air Force – Vintage aircraft museum with climb aboard sculptures and flights. St Mawgan, near Newquay.
Tel: 01637 860717

Hidden Valley – Explore the adventures and trails, take a ride on the miniature railway or visit the tea rooms. Launceston. Tel: 01566 86463

The Lizard Stallions Carriage and Stud Co – Take a shire horse and carriage ride around the cobbled streets of Truro.
Tel: 07545 569874

Flags outside the Eden Project biomes

An emu at Heligan

Small house and mushrooms at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Smaller attractions

The Stones – Standing stones the front garden of author and artist Edward Prynn. St Merryn. Tel: 01841 521045

Theme parks & larger attractions

Cornwall’s Crealy – A family adventure park with rides, animals and indoor and outdoor fun. Wadebridge.
Tel: 01841 540 276

The Eden Project – Explore the largest indoor rainforest, a Mediterranean biome, England’s longest zipwire and so much more at Eden’s eco project, a great day out for the whole family. Bodleva, nr St Austell. Tel: 01726 811911

Flambard’s – Rides and attractions plus exhibitions including a Victorian village. Helston. Tel: 01326 573 404

Sports based attractions

Tina’s Riding Stables – Group rides, beach rides and horse riding lessons from beginners to experienced riders. St Merryn. Tel: 07805 638 982

Kidzworld Cornwall – 20,000 square feet of play area with the majority undercover. St Austell. Tel: 01726 815553

Waterworld – Swimming pool and tropical fun pool with water flumes and water play fun. Newquay. Tel: 01637 853828