Best Things to do in Cornwall

Best Things to do in cornwall

England

Cornwall

is beautiful. Surrounded by turquoise waters, sandy beaches and over 300 miles of dazzling coastline, you’d be mad not to go! This part of England is one of my most favourite. There is something for everyone; for families seeking fun activities with their kids, for couples looking for that romantic weekend away, or for the elderly who just want to enjoy the quiet countryside and its beautiful views. Cornwall is also known as being a surfer’s paradise for its rough waters and high waves. It is also an ideal place for solo travellers who wants to explore the beaches of England and feel totally safe. So, here it is, my list of ‘The Best Things to do in Cornwall.’

Fun Facts about Cornwall:

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Number 1 in the 'British Travel Awards' eight years in a row

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Over 300 miles of coastline

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Over 300 gorgeous beaches

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% OF CORNWALL IS SURROUNDED BY WATER

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1. Explore Tintagel Castle

Well, Tintagel Castle isn’t really a castle anymore, it is more like ruins with steep cliffs and narrow paths overlooking blue Cornish waters. Built-in 13th century, Tintagel Castle is full of stories about the conceiving of King Arthur. For its complicated build, half on mainland and half on a headland projecting into the sea, Tintagel Castle is definitely one of the most remarkable historic places in Britain.

For the tickets and bookings, please visit:  https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/prices-and-opening-times/

2. Visit Port Isaac and eat a locally caught fish

I love this tiny fishing village in Cornwall, criss-crossed with narrow streets lined with cute old fishing cottages. The whole scenery of Port Isaac looks like a perfect canvas print hanging on your living room wall. This magical place is hard to miss; it is the perfect spot to enjoy traditional fish and chips! Melanie and Jon take you to the Michelin starred Restaurant in Port Isaac: https://twoplusdogs.co.uk/outlaws-fish-kitchen-review-fish-restaurants-cornwall

Port Isaac is beautiful tiny fishing village in Cornwall and it cannot be missed on your visit

3. Try surfing in Newquay

Did you know that English waters are perfect for surfing? If you are looking for the best surfing places in England, or if you want to try it, Newquay is the place to go. With an abundance of surfing schools, it is the perfect place to try and catch that lucky wave! Newquay is for sure a surfing spot, accommodating people from around the world and students doing their exchange programs during the summer. With plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes it is a very popular place to go. Surfing in Newquay is one of the best things to do in Cornwall; you can read more about this place in Pip’s article: https://pipandthecity.com/top-things-to-do-in-newquay/

For surfing lessons, visit: https://www.escapesurfschool.co.uk/

4. Take a boat trip to watch wildlife

I love wildlife, oceans and whale watching. Last July I took a boat trip around the Cornish waters of Atlantic Ocean organised by Hannah and Duncan from Marine Discovery Penzance and until this day it is one of the best ocean wildlife tours I’ve experienced. Hannah and Duncan are very passionate about wildlife. The tour was very well organised and full of educational information about the animals we spotted; from porpoises, common dolphins, tunas to ocean sunfish. It was a day to remember and I urge you to book this tour with them. You won’t regret it. Plus, doing so, you will not only support their business and passion, but you will learn things about the wildlife you for sure didn’t know! Like – did you know that ocean sunfish can weight up to a ton? 

Book your boat trip: https://www.marinediscovery.co.uk/enquiries.html

Spotting Ocean Sun Fish in British Waters

Spotting Ocean Sun Fish in British Waters

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5. Watch Show at the Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre needs to be on your list. This picturesque place is one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres and best things to do in Cornwall that it lures thousands of visitors every year from around the world due to its unique architecture and one of a kind theatre performance right under the starry sky. The theatre is built on rocky cliffs giving that its visitors breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. With these views, vivid flowers and Roman style, you will forget about the present and travel back in time to when the Minack Theatre was built. For more information and open-air- showtimes schedule, visit the official website: https://www.minack.com/visit-us

6. Explore Bude by segway

If you are looking to do something different than just surfing in Cornwall, you should definitely try a segway tour in Bude. Segwaybude is a family run business focused on delivering the best value activities for everyone. Take a segway tour of some of the most astonishing views Cornwall has to offer and enjoy your time adventuring around! https://www.segwaybude.co.uk/

7. Stroll around Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Get lost in this beautiful tropical paradise full of exotic and sub-tropical plants, overlooking the historical St Michael’s Mount. Let nature fascinate you while surrounded by beautiful woods and streams and enjoy the tranquillity. Find out more about this paradise and more things to do around Falmouth on Sam’s blog: http://cocobutterblog.co.uk/the-definitive-falmouth-itinerary/

Tremenheere Scultpure Gardens overlooking St Michael's Mount in the background

8. Visit Land's End

Land’s End is the most western place in England and offers unbeatable breathtaking views of the wild Atlantic ocean, where the waves smash its sheer rugged cliffs. It is a spectacular place, and you do feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world! Land’s End is a tourist attraction with interactive exhibitions, a hotel offering outstanding views and luxury, a few restaurants and places to grab an ice cream on a hot day, wildlife centre containing ponies and llamas and a few small shops to buy souvenirs.

9. Watch the sunset at Crown Mines

Bring a blanket, some snacks, a camera, and snuggle up together while sitting on top of the hill and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever witness. I’m not going to lie, sitting there on my own, surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature, rough Atlantic ocean and that golden sun- it is one of my most beloved memories. Crown Mines are worth visiting during the golden hour; the views will take your breath away.

Crown Mines during the sunset - ideal for romantic picnic watching the sunset
St Ives is a popular amongst families during their time in Cornwall

10. Have dinner in St Ives

St Ives has been voted one of the best family holiday destinations by Coast Magazine and it is also considered one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European Beaches. Little independent shops, plenty of places to have dinner and watch the sunset, St Ives will impress you as soon you enter. The only thing I didn’t like about St Ives is that due to its popularity, food is pretty expensive. Find out more about St Ives and things to do in Eden’s article: https://travelswitheden.blog/st-ives/

Best Things to do in Cornwall - St Michael's Mount is a beautiful castle located on island only 500 metres away from the beach

11. Take a boat to St Michael's Mount, then walk along its shore

You have to visit St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. That’s a must. This tidal island is located only 500 metres from the beach and is accessible in two ways. You can either take a boat or walk by the shore. In the morning, when the tides are in, I do recommend paying for the boat to get to the castle, it is approx £2 for one way, and then in the afternoon, once the tides are out, you can walk back to the beach. Yes, you read that right! Once the tides disappear, the secret path will reveal! For more information, please visit: https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/

12. Discover Eden Project

I personally haven’t visited the Eden Project, but next time I’m heading down south, I will make my way and time to visit this garden full of plants from around the world, hidden inside of those massive biomes controlling the climate inside. Basically, Eden Project is a giant greenhouse full of beautiful flowers, grapevines, herbs and other plantation. Allocate a good few hours here for exploring. For more information, check out their main website: https://www.edenproject.com/admission

For a blog inspiration, visit Heels in my backpack: https://heelsinmybackpack.com/2017/07/23/weekend-eden-project-cornwall/

Best things to do in Cornwall - Scilly Isles - Emily Luxton

13. Sail to Scilly Isles

Scilly Isles is a-must on the list of best things to do in Cornwall for their white sand beaches and picturesque landmarks. Just 28 miles south-west of Cornwall, this tiny bundle of islands offers long sandy shores suitable for those romantic sunset walks and a variety of wildlife to observe, including seals, puffins and common dolphins. Learn more about Scilly Isles in Emily Luxton’s article: https://www.emilyluxton.co.uk/england/best-places-to-visit-on-south-coast-of-england/

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10 thoughts on “Best Things to do in Cornwall

  1. Cornwall sounds like a great place to visit with lots of seafood and activities. I would love to go somewhere I can try surfing. It looks like so much fun.

  2. Cornwall is spectacular, we love it!
    What an amazing experience to see a sunfish, I’m going to have to book another trip down there to see if we can spot one too!
    Do you think July is the best time to do this?

    1. Hi Sharon, can’t disagree with you on that 🙂 The day before I went with Marine Discovery, there was a whale swimming in Cornish waters! Unfortunately, it didn’t show up when I was there 🙁 But seeing ocean sunfish was amazing, they are so weird but cute looking fishes haha! 🙂 Yes, July/August and September are the best time of the year! 🙂

    1. Hi Emma, you will have a wonderful time, for sure! 🙂 I recommend getting a National Trust Membership if you don’t have it as Cornwall has so many sites and it will save you money 🙂

    1. Aww, that is so nice to ready, Wendy! 🙂 Tintagel is beautiful, I loved it there too! You are lucky spending so much time in Cornwall as a child! 🙂

  3. Cornwall sounds like an amazing place to relax and take in the sights. Plus, the photos are making me want to be there as we speak.

  4. Before I talk about your post, I just want to say I love the theme/layout of your website.

    I’m born in Brighton and I’ve always been envious of Cornwall because their beaches are better (and much cleaner) than ours in Sussex!

    I just turned 30 and it’s one of the only areas in England I’ve never visited. I hear amazing things all the time and your post only confirms what others have said. The Eden Project and surfing are two things I want to experience when I go down.

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