Cornwall’s top things to do…
Looking for an amazing day out? Here are some of the top things to do in Cornwall, from outdoor adrenaline adventures to fascinating heritage sites. Pick and choose from adventure, art, history and more!
It’s worth noting that entry to attractions is often limited to timed tickets and unless you book in advance, spaces may not be guaranteed. So, it’s definitely worth visiting the websites for each place you want to visit and booking your spaces ahead of time!
Via Ferrata adventure with zipline
Of course we’re a little biased, but Via Ferrata Cornwall is home to the one and only full Via Ferrata course in the whole of South England! You can read all about Via Ferrata on our blog, but in a nutshell it’s a tremendously fun and unique high wire adventure throughout our stunning historic granite quarries near Falmouth! Clipped into a safety cable at all times, you get to scramble up the quarry faces, balance across high wire bridges, tackle high challenges and fly through the air on our zip wire. In one epic journey you’ll get to push your limits, conquer fears and feel a huge sense of achievement. The scenery and views are stunning too, in our hidden away 60 acre site! Routes cater for adventuresome children aged 8+ through to real adrenaline junkies. The world of Via Ferrata (written by Proper Cornwall) has more about what to expect on our Via Ferrata – and you can book Via Ferrata here!
Don’t fall into that category? There’s plenty to do for toddlers, younger children and the less adventurous! The Cornish Barista’s Quarryside Café offers amazing treats and there’s a viewing platform nearby which overlooks part of the Via Ferrata route. So, why not grab a takeaway and watch your loved ones on the adventure! There’s also a wild play area for under 10’s and some gorgeous nature trails which wind past the zip wire – another fantastic opportunity to take photos of your group as they reach the finale of the Via Ferrata! Dogs on leads are also welcome on the trails, viewing areas and in the Café.
Geevor Tin Mine
Want to explore Cornwall’s fascinating mining heritage in more depth? Based in the stunning Lands End peninsula, Geevor Tin Mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Geevor consisted of over 100 miles of tunnels that stretched a mile underneath the sea. Now a museum housed in two acres of listed buildings, Geevor’s collections and guides bring the story of Cornwall’s rich industrial past to life. You’ll get to experience the 18th century underground tour, explore the abandoned buildings, discover the miners’ stories and get hands on in the interactive Hard Rock museum. There’s also a year-round programme of family events and activities!
St Michael’s Mount
Home to the St Aubyn family and a small community, this stunning island off Marazion is crowned by a medieval church and castle. Simply walk across the causeway during low tide or hop over on a boat! With the oldest buildings dating to the 12th century, this is an incredible place to become immersed in history and take in the architecture. You’ll get to discover the legend of Jack the Giant Killer, a young adult who slays bad giants during King Arthur’s reign, and explore the beautiful sub-tropical terraced garden. The views over Mount’s Bay are breath-taking too!
Check out Tintagel Castle, high up on the rugged North Cornwall coast and overlooking dramatic views! Crossing the new bridge, you’ll get to explore the history-rich headland, which has links to the stories of King Arthur. You’ll have the adventure of walking among the castle ruins, finding early-medieval remains and meeting Gallos – the life-size bronze statue of an ancient king who keeps watch over the wild seas below. It’s also a great place to enjoy Cornwall’s natural beauty and spot wildlife, including birds and if you’re lucky, seals! You can then head down to sea level and explore the sandy beach and Merlin’s Cave. Why not check out the exhibitions at the Visitor Centre and enjoy some locally sourced lunch at the Beach Café!
Check out this world-famous open-air theatre, carved into the rugged granite cliff and set in gorgeous gardens overlooking Porthcurno Bay! The Minack’s story began in 1929. You’ll discover the extraordinary history of how it was created (built largely with hand tools) and used for the production of Shakespeare’s plays. All these decades on, you can still have the magical experience of live performance in this iconic space. As well as a programme of performances, you can explore the dramatic site and enjoy the amazing sub-tropical gardens filled with exotic plants and succulents.
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Love modern art? Take a visit to the unique Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden! Discover more about this leading figure of modern British art as you take in over 30 works in plaster, wood, bronze and stone. The tranquil garden is a wonderful place to unwind and lose yourself if both natural and man-made beauty. Just a ten minute walk from the museum, you can learn about the ideas and histories of Modern Art in St Ives at Tate St Ives. As well as the displays, there’s a vibrant programme of exhibitions showcasing the best of British and International modern and contemporary art.
There are so many awesome things to do in Cornwall, the list goes on! For some more inspiration, check out Proper Cornwall – they list a lot of fantastic experiences. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a wonderful time!
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