Cornwall is one of the most diverse counties in the whole of the UK with everything ranging from fantastic beaches all the way to the most modern of tourist attractions. Trust us, while on holiday in Cornwall you’re not going to be short of things to do!
The county is home to 12 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the only non-coastal AONB in Cornwall being Bodmin Moor. The Moor is made up of granite tors and these are a fantastic sight to see while in Cornwall. You can walk across the moors visiting notable landmarks, Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall) and the slightly smaller Rough Tor. The moor is also the source of several rivers in the county with a relaxing walk along the riverside being a great activity.
The remaining 11 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are found along the Cornish coastline with plenty of historical and stunning cliffs that line the coast featuring on the list. If you would like to make the most of these with long walks then you’re in luck as The South West Coast Path stretches the entire length of Cornwall’s coastline.
Take in the stunning sights from the sky for the best views. Aerosaurus Balloons offer Champagne Balloon Flights across the South West in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoy a unique and relaxing experience with 360-degree uninterrupted views, celebrate with a glass of chilled Champagne on touch down.
However, if you don’t want to walk the coast you can sit back and relax on some of the most picturesque beaches in the whole of the UK. Many of them have a Mediterranean feel with turquoise water and sub-tropical plants lining the beach. Cornwall’s beaches are also renowned for being some of the best surfing beaches in the whole of Europe with the national championships regularly being hosted in Cornwall. It’s not just surfing that you can get up to while on holiday in Cornwall either, with coasteering, bodyboarding, stand up paddle boarding and sailing all being widely available on the Cornish coast. Don't forget, beaches are just one of the many free things to do in Cornwall!
Family days out
If you want to get away from the beach, there are plenty of exciting family days out in the county. Get up close and personal with animals at one of the many farm parks, zoos or aquariums, including the popular Cornish Seal Sanctuary (above), where animals live in replicas of their natural environment without risk of destruction. For a thrill, you could head to a family theme park, where you’ll find rides to get the pulse racing as well as rides to suit young and old alike. If the weather doesn’t quite suit a swim in the sea, you can visit one of the fantastic swimming pools in the area featuring slides and wave machines when you visit Cornwall!
Arguably the most famous tourist attraction in the whole of Cornwall is the Eden Project. You’ll find the world’s largest captive rainforest recreating the wild environment with a steamy atmosphere and plants native to the rainforest. You can even combine your visit here with one of the ever popular Eden Sessions where some of the biggest names in the world of music perform each summer.
History and culture
Cornwall is a county that is steeped in history, which you can delve further into the great museums in the county. From regional museums right through to countywide museums, you’re never far away from Cornwall’s history which some incredible landmarks dotted across the county. If you want to check out grand artwork, you can head to the Tate St Ives which has stunning views out to the beach as well as fantastic art. You’ll also find stunning buildings around the rest of the county including St Michael's Mount (above) which is cut off from the mainland at high tide. Due to Cornwall’s subtropical climate, you will find the most unique gardens in the UK with colourful and rare plants living in spectacular displays.
While in Cornwall a trip to a local farmers’ market is a must in order to pick up some of the fabulous local produce that Cornwall is famous for. Markets take place regularly in locations across Cornwall with some of the biggest taking place in Camborne, Falmouth and Helston. For the perfect gifts to take home to friends and family head to Cornish Market World where you will find crafty bits and bobs from quirky local manufacturers.
There is so much to do and see while on holiday in Cornwall and our guide is just the start of your memorable time in the county!
For more information about Cornwall, be sure to take a look at our guide to Cornwall food and drink, our guide to Cornwall beaches, and our informative map of Cornwall.