Experiencing Cornwall’s beaches and wide open spaces bring joy to many who visit throughout the year. On those days when a storm wind blows in or Cornish mizzle sets in for a few days there are plenty of attractions to visit around South Cornwall. We’ve put together a list of our 9 top picks for families.
Discover the castle, the gardens and the beautiful harbour and little village at the foot of the castle. Look for the giants heart in the walk up and pretend to defend the castle from the turrets on the outer wall – this place will spark the imagination of young minds.
Wildlife sanctuary for birds that works hard to raise awareness of national and international species. See over 200 birds, shows and enjoy the subtropical gardens, the meerkats being fed and the red pandas their enclosure. The Jungle Barn offers soft play experience for children as well as food for all.
This hidden outdoor adventure centre is great for family days out and thrill-seekers. It offers Aquapark, open water swimming, wakeboarding and stand up paddle set in a disused quarry with crystal-clear waters.
This wonderful museum aims to enrich your understanding of the sea and Cornwall with their exhibition programme throughout the year. The curators use historic boats, understand the tides, learn about the mariners of the past and see rare objects from around the world to tell stories.
The world famous theatre on the cliffs of Porthcurno with enthrall you with its history and live outdoor theatre productions. Possibly the most beautiful setting in the world for outdoor theatre!
Both these mines are located in Pendeen and form part of the World Heritage Site. They are the largest preserved mines in the country. Go underground, learn the fascinating history of tin and experience what it was like for the tin miners of the time.
Porthcurno, a tiny Cornish village, has the largest telegraph station in the world for its time. It was once world famous for international telecommunications. The museum is a heritage attraction with World War 2 tunnels, interactive displays and exhibitions telling the story of the cable that came ashore here and how fibre optic cables are run beneath the world’s seas and oceans.
The most southerly point in the UK and on a blustery day it certainly feels it! Take the National Trust footpath from the Lizard Village during the peak season and take in the incredible views. Visit the Lizard Lighthouse Visitor Centre which is open most days from Easter to October and offers tours. The lovely Polpeor Café is worth a stop too with incredible views.