Top 10 things to do in Cornwall 21 / 2 / 2013

Camel Estuary

We thought it would be a good idea to give you a little run down of some of the highlights in Cornwall. Let us know of any you think should have made the list!


1. The Camel Estuary

(Pictured above, photograph by Leon Oldman.)

With the impressive rivers and beaches, not to mention its breathtaking views, the Camel Estuary has to be one to see. Not only is it picturesque but you will also find stunning wildlife, and for food lovers the region hosts such places as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and The Dining Room on the opposite shore at Rock. You can also find many different water sports such as wind surfing, water skiing and sailing.


2. The Eden Project

Inside the Biome at The Eden Project
Photograph by Paul Fenton

Built in a former clay pit and housing the world’s largest conservatories, The Eden Project is an impressive sight to see, a top day out and definitely worth a visit. In the summer the Eden Sessions bring large musical acts to Cornwall and the winter sees ice skating take over.


3. Beaches

Porthcurno Beach
Photograph by Robert Andrews

It goes without saying that a visit to the beach is a must when in Cornwall, everyone has their favourite and with a vast selection to choose from it will fill more than one day out of your holiday. Polzeath is close by, but Watergate Bay and Fistral are also wonderful spots.


4. Tate St. Ives

Tate St. Ives
Photograph by nerosunero

Situated on Porthmeor Beach, Tate St .Ives opened in 1993. The gallery embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art, presenting temporary exhibitions, special commissions and works from the Tate Collection.

Tate St. Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century sculptors.

Free guided tours are given daily at 11.30 and 14.30 at Tate St. Ives and 13.00 at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visit the Gallery’s own website for their programme of talks and special events.


5. The South West Coastal Path

The South West Coastal Path
Photograph by Amiee

For anyone who loves walking and absorbing breathtaking views Cornwall boasts a 300 mile section of The South West Coast Path. The sheer variety of the Coast Path means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches.


6. The Camel Trail

Camel Cycle Trail
Photograph by Márcio Cabral de Moura

For walkers, cyclists and horse riders, The Camel Trail is a recreational multi-use trail in Cornwall, providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. The final leg of the Atlantic Coast Express journey from Waterloo, winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary.


7. Pencarrow House and Gardens

Bluebells at Pencarrow House
Photograph by Lerryn.Pics

The Pencarrow estate has been the home of the Molesworth family and their descendants since Elizabethan times. A guided tour around the 50 room Georgian mansion displays a superb collection of antique furniture, paintings and porcelain and makes the family’s history come alive whilst having that warmth which reminds you it is still the privately owned and cherished home of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn family.

You are lead up to the house by a magnificent mile-long carriage drive through an Iron Age hill fort. Around the Palladian mansion are Grade II* formal gardens, a large Victorian rock garden and ice house, celtic cross, 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland with more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. There are lovely Tea Rooms, and a Wendy House with plenty of toys for the children to enjoy.

The gardens at Pencarrow House are a delight in the spring with the sea of bluebells covering the wooded areas, which make them even more enjoyable as they are accompanied by the wonderful aroma of wild garlic.


8. The Seafood Restaurant

The Seafood Restaurant
Photograph by bellboy007

Just across the harbour from where the fishing boats are moored each day, Rick Stein’s original Padstow address still draws fish lovers from far and wide. They come in search of the freshest seafood, and are treated to the sight of it being prepared at the great circular bar in the centre of the room. For the seafood lovers among you, this is a must.


9. Surfing at Polzeath Beach

Polzeath Beach
Photograph by Thomas Barber

North Cornwall is the perfect place to learn how to surf and the safe beach of Polzeath with its surf schools makes it a great place to learn. Polzeath is one of the safest beaches on the North Cornish coast as it is a gentle slopping beach offering fantastic surf all year around. The beach is also lifeguarded throughout the summer as well as during school holidays and half terms.


10. Crealy

Crealy Cornwall
Photograph by Ed Pickup

Cornwall’s exciting visitor attraction with fun for all in the heart of Cornwall. Huge indoor play areas and exciting rides for all ages. You’re guaranteed a fun day out for all the family at Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park. In Tredinnick near Wadebridge.

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  1. Thelma Joiner

    I think one of my most favourite places would be The Lost Gardens of Heligan! Well worth putting on your list ? Xx