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