There is no denying that Cornwall is a holiday hotspot for families. You can see why, as it offers plenty of attractions and run around spaces for kids.
But, if you’re only down for a short holiday with your family, how can you narrow it down and choose only a few places to visit?
Below we’ve rounded up our top 10 of the ‘Best Family Days Out In Cornwall‘ to help you make that decision. As a family that have been in Cornwall for generations, getting muddy in the puddles, sandy on the beaches and trying and testing out all of the attractions, we definitely know our stuff.
Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve been to any of these before!
If you’re looking for toddler friendly days out, don’t forget to check out our post ‘5 Toddler Friendly Days Out In Cornwall‘. Or if you get caught on a rainy day: ‘15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall‘.
1. Eden Project
You cannot come to Cornwall without visiting the Eden Project. We make sure to visit this amazing place a couple of times a year! It just never gets boring no matter what season you plan on visiting.
The Eden Project has activities and events for kids and toddlers all year round! We make sure to take our toddler to this magical place to enjoy the shows they host (usually with Cbeebies characters) in the summer and take advantage of the ice skating in the winter.
Taking your kids to the Eden Project will teach them so much about wildlife and the different climates you can experience throughout the globe. All the demonstrations have been put together in a fun and exciting way. You and your kids will be captivated and will become true explorers and adventurers.
- Read our review of Eden Project here!
2. St. Michaels Mount
What is more magical than a castle in the sea? How about one that is steeped in myth and legend. Once upon a time a giant was said to reside in St. Michaels Mount, but now it is home to beautiful grounds that can be reached by boat, when the tide is in, or by foot, when it is out.
St. Michaels Mount is one not to be missed. Be sure to visit in the Summer months when the stunning coastal gardens are open.
- Read our review of St. Michaels Mount here.
3. Paradise Park
Paradise Park is one of those places you can go back to, time and time again and is amazing for children. There are so many activities and things to see throughout the day. Whether you want to feed the donkeys, the goats and the sheep, meet a penguin, watch a bird flying show or ride on the mini train, Paradise Park won’t disappoint.
There is also a huge indoor soft play zone for rainier days. But, if the sun is on your side, then take a picnic to enjoy outside while your children play in the parks around you. The park is so much fun and also educational. It’ll teach your young ones the importance of animals and how to treat them. You can certainly put this one on your ‘to visit’ list.
- Read our review of Paradise Park here.
4. Hire A Boat
Hiring a boat is easy to do in Cornwall. There are so many spots that offer this service. In St. Ives you can hire self-drive boats and drive around the beautiful stretch between the harbour and Porthminster Beach. But our favourite spot is the Helford River.
Here you can hire boats, kayaks and do all kinds of water sports. The best part is crossing the river on your own vessel and stopping for a spot of lunch at the waterside pub.
5. Hit The Beaches
We couldn’t miss going to the beach, off our ‘Best Family Days Out In Cornwall‘ list. Not sure which beaches are the best to visit with your family?
We’ve covered that for you too. Check out our ‘Top 5 Family Friendly Beaches‘ in Cornwall and see which one is best for you.
If you have kids of multiple ages, then Dairyland is perfect for you. This Cornish attraction caters so well for children, with play zones for even the smallest of little ones. Adults will be entertained as well with an informative tour about the history of farm life. Plus, the chance to watch the cows being milked on this working farm, is a great way to teach your children where it comes from.
Favourite things to do for children are; ‘pat a pet’, feeding the animals, pony rides, indoor soft play and tractor rides around the farm. This is a Cornish cultural experience that is fun for the whole family. To really get in touch with old Cornish farming in a fun way this is the place to go.
- Read our review of Dairyland here.
7. Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle has had many lives. From being the residence of Henry the 8th, to playing a part in the world war, plus much much more. Steeped in history and with gorgeous 280 degree views of the sea, this magical castle is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.
In school holidays it even plays host to some medieval events where you can watch jousting and create your own knights shield.
- Read our review of Pendennis Castle here.
8. Godolphin House
Godolphin House is better to visit on a rainier day, that’s if you’re not afraid of getting a bit muddy. Their outdoor ‘barefoot’ sensory walk is so much fun to do, no matter what your age. But take clothes that you aren’t afraid of getting dirty!
Kids will love cooking up worm soup and mud pies in the outdoor ‘mud kitchen’. Adults will love visiting the grand old house and stopping off for a warm cup of hot chocolate in the cafe.
- Read our review of Godolphin House here.
9. St. Ives
St. Ives is a beautiful little seaside town that is home to a vast number of artists and delicious restaurants. If you are a foodie, a beach lover, or someone with a love of beautiful things then St. Ives should be at the top of your places to visit. The magical, enchanting light attracts artists from all over and when you are there you can see why.
On a sunny day it’s very easy to forget that you are in Cornwall and not the Caribbean. Loved by all ages, there is something to do for everyone in St. Ives. Whether it’s water sports, shopping, eating, sunbathing or taking part in the various workshops around the town.
- We also have a post sharing our favourite way to spend ‘24 Hours In St. Ives‘. Check it out before you plan your visit!
10. Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is last, but not least on our ‘Best Family Days Out In Cornwall’ list. The Camel Trail is a bike trail that goes from Wadebridge to Padstow and it’s suitable for all ages. You can park your car and hire bikes for really cheap from Wadebridge and take the scenic and car free cycle route all the way to Padstow where you can park up your bikes and enjoy a stroll in this beautiful Cornish seaside town. Don’t forget to indulge in an ice-cream and look around the cute little shops before heading back along the route to your car.
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If you loved this list, we have a whole section on Cornwall, on Life Unexpected. From places to stay, to places to visit, to places to eat, make sure you check it out.
Have you ever been to Cornwall before? What’s at the top of your list of places to visit in Cornwall? Let us know in the comments below.