9 top things to do in Cornwall

This may be your first holiday in Cornwall, or you may have returned to the county many times before.

Either way, there may still be a few of the top things to do in Cornwall that you’ve yet to experience.

Check out our round-up below and

St Michael’s Mount

One of Cornwall’s best-known treasures, this historic castle and garden lies just off the coast of Penzance in West Cornwall.

St Michaels Mount Cornwall

Talk the short walk across the causeway at low tide or take the boat across to this magical island. Wander through the beautiful mature gardens and explore historic corridors and artefacts.

Most noteworthy are the views from the top – which aren’t for the feint-hearted….

Eden Project

Could it really be the eighth wonder of the world? This former China Clay pit in mid-Cornwall was transformed in the early noughties into a spectacular garden.

Eden Project Cornwall

Experience the sights and sounds of the tropics in the rainforest biome and tower above the treetops on the canopy walkway. Or feel the spray from the rainforest waterfall and wander through the landscapes of the Mediterranean.

A truly memorable day.


Just four miles from the Ocean Blue, Padstow is a traditional fishing port with its own working harbour.

Padstow harbour Cornwall

The streets are lined with quirky cafes, retailers and bars.

Take the ferry the short distance across the estuary to the small village of Rock. Here you’ll find white sands, coast walks, designer stores, pub and cafe.

Tate St Ives

Add some culture to your stay with a visit to Cornwall’s very own Tate Gallery.

Located in the famous seaside town of St Ives, this fascinating gallery features plenty of unusual art displays and exhibitions.

Tate St Ives Cornwall

For info, the gallery is closed this Summer (2016) for extensive refurbishment but add it to your must-see list for 2017. You won’t be disappointed.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost for decades under a tangle of weeds, these beautiful Victorian gardens were discovered by chance in the 1990s.

They have been lovingly restored and, now provide over 200 acres of garden history, romance and adventure for all the family.

Lost Gardens of Heligan Cornwall

Brave the rickety rope bridge and admire the Victorian productive gardens. Then follow the winding paths into the jungle and duck through bamboo tunnels and lush woodland.

Tintagel Castle

History, legend and glorious scenery, this magical place attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Climb the steep steps to take in the spectacular views from the top. You’ll want to hold tight as you cross the narrow bridge to reach wander the ruins and grounds of the castle.

Tintagel castle Cornwall

It’s also worth heading down to Merlin’s cave on the beach if you can.

Minack Theatre

Perched on the top of the cliffs, high above the Atlantic Ocean is the dramatic and beautiful Minack Theatre.

Minack Theatre Cornwall

Offering a full programme of arts, drama and music, there is always plenty going on or you can just have a wander around the impressive structure and admire the breath-taking views.

Truro city

Cornwall’s only city is well worth a look. With its quaint independent shops, mainstream high street names, cobbled streets, rich history and impressive cathedral, you’ll easily find plenty to do.

The Cathedral is situated right in the heart of the city, with its spires climbing high above the skyline. The interior is cool and peaceful with stunning architectural features.

Lanhydrock House & Gardens

This historical late Victorian country house and gardens in mid-Cornwall is a National Trust classic.

lanhydrock facebook post

There’s the stunning house where you can experience Victorian history from above and below stairs.  Relax and unwind in the gardens or enjoy a gentle stroll through the estate.

Cornwall is more than beaches, ice-cream and coast paths – these are our top things to do in Cornwall but what have we missed? What do you always have on your must-see list when you visit? Share on the Facebook page and let us know.

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