5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

Cornwall is absolutely bursting with activities and beautiful places to visit. Whether you’re a local or on holiday, it’s so easy to be overwhelmed with the amount on offer.

From experiencing local festivals, to visiting local attractions, to sunbathing on one of the many stunning beaches, or by simply enjoying a walk along the infamous South West Coast Path, it is no denying that we are spoilt for choice in things to do in Cornwall.

5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

Readers of Life Unexpected will know how much we love to explore our home county. From muddy walks in the rain, to exploring castles in the sun, to eating breakfast on the beach, Cornwall really is best explored outdoors and it’s well worth planning your time down here so that you don’t miss anything out.

If you’re stuck for ideas, then here’s 5 places you must visit in Cornwall:

5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

1. St. Michaels Mount

St. Michaels Mount is a castle on an island, situated slightly out to sea off the coast of Marazion. Steeped in legend and fairytale and with stunning buildings that date back to the 12th century and views that’ll make anyone go ‘wow’, it’s definitely a place worth visiting if you’re ever in Cornwall.

There are two ways to get to St. Michaels Mount. If the tide is in you need to arrive by boat, or if the tide is out you can walk over via the cobbled walkway that appears at low tide. When on the island make sure to immerse yourself in the legend of the giant of St. Michaels Mount, or simply explore the grounds and learn the history of the family who still live here today.

5 Places Visit Cornwall Minack Theatre

2. The Minack Theatre

Watch a production in the most jaw-dropping place you’ll ever see; The Minack Theatre. Etched into the cliff tops along the Cornish coast, the world famous, open-air theatre is a must see. Just don’t forget to take a picnic, lots of blankets and wear lots of layers. Some nights you can even spot a dolphin or two, so keep your eyes peeled.

Hand built by a woman and her gardener, this special theatre is steeped in history. Every production has been hand carved into the seats and on the walls the surround the theatre. Either come in the day for a look around and to learn about the history, or visit at night to watch a performance. Porthcurno beach is also a stones throw away and is the perfect spot for a picnic. On a sunny day you’ll really feel like you’re somewhere exotic.

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3. Eden Project

Eden Project is one of those places that will always feel so special to visit. I remember when it was still just a quarry and being lucky enough to see it in the early stages of being built.

One thing that never seems to change is that ‘wow!’ feeling that you get as soon as you step through the entrance and see the biomes all the way down below you. If you’ve never been, it really is a must for your bucket list.

There is just so much to see here and you could easily spend the whole day and still want to come back for more.

There are two Biomes at Eden Project, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome. From old huts and houses, to real wildlife flying around, to the ‘Canopy Walk’ where you can actually walk amongst the tree tops, each Biome has surprises around every corner. Not forgetting a beautiful waterfall that’s sits at the very top of the Rainforest Biome and splashes you with a nice cool spray, which is very refreshing after a warm walk to the summit.

Outside there are sensory gardens to explore, tractor rides to take part in and ‘The Core’ an interactive building that teaches you even more about plants and ecosystems. For those that are brave enough, there is also a zip wire that runs above the whole site!

5 Places Must Visit Cornwall Lost Gardens Heligan

4. Lost Gardens Of Heligan

A genuine secret garden, just a mere twenty five years ago, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were unknown and unseen. Lost under a tangle of weeds the gardens have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Today they are one of the finest gardens in Cornwall and it’s well worth coming to explore the 200 acres that are steeped in history, mystery and romance.

Whether you are a wildlife lover, garden romantic or a little explorer, there is so much to discover at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Our favourite part is the jungle garden, home to one of the longest Burmese Rope Bridges in Britain.

You could easily spend the whole day here, rain or shine, exploring the winding paths, walking through bamboo tunnels and under majestic trees, the gardens really show Cornwall at its best.

5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

5. St. Ives

I may be biased when I say you should visit St. Ives over any other town in Cornwall, as I do live here. But there is no denying that there is something so special about this little town. There is a gorgeous light in St. Ives that attracts artists and holidaymakers alike. Even on a rainy day the town is breathtaking.

With five beaches surrounding the town, a gorgeous working harbour and cobbled streets full of quirky shops and brimming with fudge and other indulgent delicacies, it’s a place not to be missed.

Whether you spend your time on the beach, in town swooning over the beautiful items in the shops, or sipping wine and people watching in one of the incredible eateries (we are so spoilt for choice here), you will not be disappointed with a stop off in St. Ives.

5 Places You Must Visit Cornwall

For more information about things to do in Cornwall, including where to stay, what to eat and what to do, we highly recommend visiting the St Ives Penzance website. The team at St Ives Penzance will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s the perfect nearby lunch spot, family friendly things to do in Cornwall, or a luxury hotel for a weekend away. If you’re looking to find out ‘whats on’ while you’re visiting Cornwall, be sure to check out their ‘Things To Do‘ page.

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5 Places You Must Visit In Cornwall

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For more ideas of things to do in Cornwall, be sure to check out the Cornwall section on Life Unexpected.

What do you think of these top 5 places you must visit in Cornwall? Have you been to any of them?  Let us know in the comments below.



  1. May 17, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    St Ives may be my favourite place on earth. So beautiful! The only place on your list we haven’t been to is the Lost Gardens, maybe next year! x

  2. May 18, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I love Cornwall but have never made it to St Michael’s Mount. That is somewhere I have always wanted to go. I also love the Eden project and really need to make a return visit to see how it has changed #whatevertheweather

  3. May 18, 2016 / 7:07 am

    We took our oldest to Cornwall when she was just a tot still, even though it rained pretty much the whole time (well, it is England right?) There is something so magical and captivating about the place – your photos are just lovely!

  4. May 18, 2016 / 7:07 am

    Just lost gardens and Minack to go for me! Now I’ve got a better tent I need to head down there in the summer..

  5. May 18, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Heligan and the Minak are on my list for sure. We’ve done St Michael’s Mount, ST Ives and the Eden Project (9 years ago). Great ideas, hope to be in Cornwall this summer. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  6. May 18, 2016 / 9:45 am

    I love Cornwall and studied in Falmouth and go back when I can – we were there in March and managed to go to the Eden project and The Lost Gardens. St Ives is also so stunning but sooo busy in summer – I still need to do St Micheals Mount though

    Laura x

  7. May 18, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Really must get to the Eden Project, been in the list for a while. Lovely post #whatevertheweather

  8. May 18, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Cornwall is on my list of places I just have to visit. It looks gorgeous! I did briefly go once but never stopped more more than a few hours and was stuck in a lorry. Shame. It looks like it could be abroad. #whatevertheweather

  9. May 18, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Such a great list. St Michaels Mount looks so interesting and I’ve always wanted to visit the Eden project. I absolutely love Cornwall and hope that we’ll visit St Ives again later this year. I’ll definitely be revisiting this post if we do! #whatevertheweather

  10. May 19, 2016 / 10:14 am

    It’s been a few years since I visited Cornwall but I remember how stunning St Ives was, and we had the best seafood ever there!! Some other great places to visit on your list…I feel a roadtrip coming on! x #whatevertheweeather

  11. May 19, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Thank you for revealing that Cornwall isn’t just about sun, sea and surf. Love the photos especially those from the Lost Gardens of Heligan. #Whatevertheweather

  12. May 19, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Brilliant Post, we are visiting Cornwall for the first time as a family in July so will definitely be following these tips and reading a few more of your posts X

  13. May 19, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Definitely makes me want to go there and visit!

  14. May 19, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    We really must make the effort to take more day trips into Cornwall this year, we’re only in Plymouth so we really don’t have much of an excuse. I’m desperate to visit St Michaels Mount and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Thanks for hosting lovely #whatevertheweather x

  15. May 19, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    I’ve been to all but Heligam, and love them all! We are going back to St Ives again in the summer and I’m determined to go to Heligam this time!

  16. May 20, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    If I could move anywhere in the UK it would be St. Ives, I am only slightly jealous of you living there! St Michael’s Mount is also fantastic, reminds me of my childhood – we used to go crabbing at low tide xx

  17. Laura @Dancing dandelions
    May 24, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    I absolutely love Cornwall. Been many many times over the years and St Ives is my favourite place in the whole wide world. I MUST go to the Minnack theatre and the lost gardens next time – they’ve been on my list a while! #whatevertheweather

  18. Jenny - Monkey and Mouse
    May 25, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    You really are spoilt for choice in Cornwall, it certainly seems so sunny and warm compared to here and the coastline is just gorgeous! I especially love the look of St Michael’s Mount and The Eden Project, we’ll definitely come and visit one day. 🙂 x

  19. Terrie Waterstraut
    December 20, 2016 / 1:48 am

    We live in the States and will be vacationing in the UK next April. I’m already planning several days in Cornwall. Do you have any suggestions as to lodging? We’ll be going along both coasts.

  20. March 8, 2017 / 2:58 am

    I haven’t been but we’re on our way this weekend and I’m super excited! We have all five of these things on our itinerary so coming recommended by a local I am confident we’ve chosen well. AND…we’re staying in St. Ives for the first three nights of our trip! Can’t wait to check it all out.

  21. Louise
    May 29, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Don’t forget Fowey – Daphne du Maurier, foot and car ferry, Esplanade, Readymoney Cove, beautiful cottages in beautiful streets, shops and eateries- the Hall Walk – my favourite place 💜

    • June 1, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      It’s so hard to include them all. You can’t beat the beautiful cottages, shops and eateries, that’s for sure! x

  22. June 2, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, I 100% agree with this list… like before I opened up your article (from pinterest) I came up with my own top 5 in my head and they were exactly the same!!! I guess I would add Falmouth, Tintagel and a few others if you gave me 6, 7, 8, 9, 10…. but I def agree on the top 5 😀

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      They definitely are some of the best places to visit. Falmouth is amazing too! I grew up with a mum living in St. Ives and a dad in Falmouth so I was lucky enough to get the best of both worlds. There are so many amazing places to visit in Cornwall, I think I need to do another list. 😀 x

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