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Things to do in Cornwall

All the wonderful things to do whilst on holiday in Cornwall to entertain the family and make memories to last a lifetime. From scaling cliffs and meeting the local fauna that have lived on the land for year to visiting historic landmarks that tell a thousand stories. Cornwall has an endless list of activities to keep you all happy.

Walk the South West Coast Path

The infamous South West Coastal Path allows walkers, hikers or even cyclists (if you have the right bike) to explore the coast from the elevated heights of the Cornish cliff tops and the sea level flats as you cross beaches to discover new territories. Work your way to the furthest point of Cornwall and back again.

Learn to surf on the north coast

Cornish surfing (much like in North Devon) is iconic, dating back for many years. Today, many surfing competitions are held in Cornwall thanks to the perfect conditions on many of the beaches such as Watergate Bay in Newquay. You’ll find an abundance of helpful surf instructors keen to get you out in the water and surfing like the pros. Remember to ask for a wetsuit; although clear, the water in Cornwall may be cold!

Explore fishing villages

Port Isaac, home to the popular TV show Doc Martin, is a quaint fishing village on the North coast of Cornwall. You will be able to explore the hillside hamlet on a lovely afternoon, which can include an ice cream overlooking the harbour, or a hillside climb to get a better vantage point of the sea views. You can even discover the village by boat, where you can experience a new way of accessing the fishing village as you dock into the harbour and stroll up the hill to the pub.  

Visit Tintagel Castle, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur.

The historical castle in Tintagel is a mediaeval fortification site on the peninsula of Tintagel in North Cornwall. The natural rock landform where the castle is located would have once been home to the Royals and used as a strategically important defence location. The remains of the castle can be seen today, showcasing the strength of the castle in its day. The bridge connecting the two rocks overlooks the beach and has stunning coastal views. Be careful when visiting, the 40 steep steps can be slippery when wet.

Wander through rainforest biomes at the Eden Project.

The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise introducing the community to flora conservation and preservation. The vibrant ecosystems that have been created in the bubbles help to foster life and empower the growth of new species. The paths through the biomes are family friendly and wheelchair accessible, mobility scooters are available to hire should they be needed. 

Stop at the clifftop Minack Theatre.

Built into the cliffs at Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre with views looking out to sea. You can visit the theatre for a show or just to walk the grounds and take in the views. Take a seat in the stands and relax whilst the birds fly overhead and the waves crash against the cliffs. Parking is close by and once you’re finished you can stroll down to the beach for an ice cream. A fantastic experience but remember to take a blanket if you’re watching a show as it can get a touch chilly.

Enjoy international modern art at Tate St Ives.

St Ives is a lovely harbour town surrounded by amazing beaches on the west coast of Cornwall. The seafront Tate Modern is a particular popular attraction pulling in art from some of the best artists in the country. The facility is wheelchair accessible and family friendly making it a fantastic opportunity to experience up and coming art and culture in a stunning seaside location.  

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