Best places and attractions to visit in Cornwall

We have absolutely fallen in love with Cornwall! The beautiful coastlines, friendly residents, and stunning architecture make you feel like you are in another country. Cornwall is a place that we keep going back to when we vacation, so we have compiled a list of places we always recommend to others!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan can be found near Mevagissey in Cornwall. They are known to be the most popular gardens in the UK, which doesn’t come as too much as a shock when you see their beautiful landscape, woodland statues, and mystical jungle.

In their woodland, you can discover their iconic Heligan sculptures, The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid, and Grey Lady. The grounds are also home to a wide array of wildlife and there is even a wildlife hide, beehive, and a rare breed farm.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a great place to visit for all ages to explore the outdoors and get involved with nature.

Surfing at Newquay

Whether you are a pro surfer or just a beginner wanting to learn, Newquay beach is a place that you need to get yourself to. All year-round, surfers flock to the beach to catch some of the best waves that the UK has to offer. There are multiple companies in Newquay that provide surfing lessons, as well as board and wetsuit hire.

Eden Project

The Eden Project is a large attraction near St Austell. It showcases spectacular plants from all around the world and has two Biomes, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome. The Rainforest Biome has over 1000 species of plants from Africa, Asia, and South America that reside in temperatures of up to 35 degrees. In here you can find a rope bridge that is hung between two of the largest trees. The Mediterranean Biome has plants that are usually found in Europe, Australia, California, and South Africa.

You can find interactive displays and exhibitions throughout the Eden Project, making it an interesting place to visit for all ages.

Minack theatre

Somewhere you definitely need to visit, is Minack Theatre. It is a unique open-air theatre overlooking the sea, offering up some breath-taking performances, as well as views. Here you can watch theatre productions, music performances and partake in workshops. You can also visit to just take in the view and see the historic site, without going to a performance and tickets to do so are very cheap.

Bodmin Jail

If you love to hear about history and visit historic sites, then Bodmin Jail is a must if you are visiting Cornwall. The jail was built in 1779 and was one of the first modern prisons in the UK. That being said it has a pretty brutal past and is incredibly interesting to learn about. You can visit the jail and take a look around yourself, or take a guided tour around the prison and the town.

If you are into paranormal stuff, then Bodmin Jail will be even more interesting to you. It is said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. If you are brave enough, you can visit the prison after dark and hear of the paranormal tails or do some ghost hunting yourself.

We personally did the Bodmin Town and Jail Heritage Ghost Walk, which I would definitely recommend if you would like to hear about the paranormal history, but not get too freaked out!

Visit Padstow harbour

Another stunning place to visit is Padstow Harbour. It is a charming working fishing port. Not only does it offer up fantastic views, there are also an array of brilliant restaurants and bars in the town, serving up local fish and extremely tasty meals. Rick Stein has his famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, as well as his highly rated fish and chips restaurant and takeaway and a great coffee shop. There is also an award-winning brewery In Padstow called Padstow Brewing Company, which is well worth a visit if you love beer.

Around Padstow, there are some fantastic walks. One we highly recommend is the path that runs all the way to Hawkers Cover, which also passes St George’s Cove along the way. The last thing to note is the Rock Ferry. This will take you over the picturesque small town of Rock. The ferry crosses every 20 minutes.

Tintagel Castle

This was something we stumbled upon whilst trying to visit Merlins Cave, having not done much research about the area. Tintagel Castle, now just ruins on a coastline mountain, has links to stories of King Arthur. The area offers unforgettable views, a new bridge connecting the castle to the mainland, and a lot of natural beauty and wildlife.

You can visit the ruins and see what once were the gallows, the chapel, and the gardens. You can also head down to the sandy beach at the bottom where if the tide is out, you can explore Merlin’s Cave. If you want to do this, make sure you check what times the tide is out that day!

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