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When it comes the Cornwall attractions you are quite simply spoilt for choice. If you want to settle down at the beach for the day, there are plenty of nearby options. If finding a local fishing village to explore is more up your street: take your pick! For family days out, there are endless things to do in Cornwall; wildlife, gardens, clifftop walks, unique museums, adrenaline-fueled attractions…the list goes on.

As you begin to plan your holiday at Tregoad, it’s a great idea to think about some of the places you might like to visit during your stay. We are lucky to be surrounded by some of the best things to do in Cornwall, whether the sun is shining or not. Many of the attractions in the county make the most of the great outdoors, but there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall in the rain.

The Eden Project and Bluereef Aquarium are popular destinations when it’s not a beach day. Alternatively, pack a raincoat and head to the beach regardless! Stormy seas and moody skies are beautiful in their own right. It is hard to shorten the list to the best things to do in Cornwall but we’ve selected a few of our favourites to get you started.

Why not browse our top things to do in Cornwall and start daydreaming about your holiday excursions? We warn you though, there are so many Cornwall attractions to discover, you may find it hard to come up with a shortlist yourself!

East Looe Beach

  • A safe, sandy beach offering something for the whole family
  • Close to Looe town centre with plenty of nearby facilities.
  • Note that there is no lifeguard service and dogs are not permitted.
  • Distance from park: approx. 2.6miles/4.2km

Whitsand Bay

  • Spend the day enjoying three miles of beautiful, sandy beaches.
  • Rarely crowded, this vast area is perfect for sandcastles and surfing alike.
  • At low tide, enjoy a spot of rock pooling and see what local inhabitants you can find.
  • Distance from park: approx. 9.5miles/15km

Looe Island

  • Take a boat and spend a couple of hours exploring this 22.5 acre island.
  • One mile out to sea from Looe town, you are spoilt with beautiful wildlife and stunning views.
  • The island is not only religiously significant but was also used as a smugglers’ haunt.
  • Distance from park: approx. 3.3miles/5.3km and then a 20min. foot ferry.
  • Tel: 07814 264514 for boat bookings


  • Visit this delightfully Cornish fishing village for a true taste of local life.
  • Enjoy meandering amongst quaint cottages, relax on the small beach or take a boat trip out to sea.
  • Polperro also has many excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 6.9miles/11km

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  • A beautifully unspoilt late Georgian working port.
  • There’s plenty to see and do in the town including looking at the fleet of square riggers often in the harbour.
  • This popular destination is famed as a film location for many productions including Poldark, Hornblower and Mansfield Park.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 25miles/40km

Bodmin Moor

  • One of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Rugged moorland steeped in history and offering plenty of walking opportunities.
  • Why not hike up a tor before finding a cosy pub for some lunch?
  • Distance from the park: approx. 20miles/32km

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

  • Locked away and lost until thirty years ago, these world famous gardens make for a wonderful day out.
  • Meander through over 200 acres of fascinating and beautiful plants.
  • Choose something local and delicious from the Kitchen or Bakery and visit the shop and plant centre while you’re there.
  • Distance from park: approx. 32.3miles/52km
  • Tel: 01726 845100

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Pinetum Gardens

  • This 30 acre estate incorporates several themed gardens in one.
  • Enjoy over 6000 types of plants as you stroll around and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
  • Head to the café for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cakes and snacks.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 24.3miles/39km
  • Tel: 01726 73500

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The Monkey Sanctuary

  • A fun, family friendly attraction home to 40 monkeys.
  • Plenty to keep kids entertained including large play area and workshop activities.
  • Gardens, a shop and tea rooms mean there is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Distance from park: approx. 2.3miles/3.7km
  • Tel: 01503 262 532

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Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary

  • A delightful sanctuary home to rescued animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world.
  • Get up close to the wildlife and feed, touch, hold and learn about the animals.
  • Make sure you leave enough time for the woodland walk, shop and tea rooms.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 10miles/16km
  • Tel: 01503 220211

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Bluereef Aquarium

  • This impressive aquarium has 40 naturally themed habitats including an underwater tunnel.
  • Meet fish and water creatures from Cornwall and around the world.
  • Perfect as a wet weather activity to keep the whole family happy.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 37.5miles/60km
  • Tel: 01637 878134

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Screech Owl Sanctuary

  • Home to a huge variety of owls, animals and wildlife.
  • Make it a trip to remember with an owl handling session or animal encounter.
  • Visit the play area, café and shop for a full, family day out.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 29.3miles/47km
  • Tel: 01726 860182

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Adrenaline Quarry

  • This is a jam packed day out with something for everyone.
  • Activities include an aquapark, wild swimming, karting, zipline, giant swing and axe throwing.
  • Watch the action while enjoying a pasty, ice cream and hot or cold drink from the snack shacks.
  • Distance from park: approx. 4.6miles/7.4km
  • Tel: 01579 308 204

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Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol

  • A small but packed museum full of interesting exhibits.
  • Discover local history through artefacts dating from The Bronze Age to modern day.
  • The 15th Century listed building itself has interesting history as a gaol, magistrates court and town hall.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 2.5miles/4km
  • Tel: 01503 263709

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The Shipwreck Treasure Museum

  • A fascinating museum packed with 8,000 finds from over a hundred wrecks.
  • Amongst the finds you’ll see gold bars, ingots of copper and incredible stories of heroism, horror and hardship.
  • Engage with exhibits including the opportunity to feel the weight of a cannon ball.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 25miles/40km

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St Catherines Castle

  • This English Heritage clifftop castle is one of a pair of small forts built in the 1530s.
  • It was transformed into an anti-aircraft gun and ammunition store in WWII.
  • Incorporate a visit into a walk on the South West Coast Path for a lovely day out.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 25.4miles/41km

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Carnglaze Caverns

  • This former slate mine is now a fascinating place to journey underground.
  • Learn about the history of the site, marvel at the underground lake and enjoy the collection of minerals on display.
  • Ideal for all weathers and seasons.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 12miles/19km
  • Tel: 01579 320251

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Eden Project

  • Set in a disused china clay pit, the world famous Eden Project is a unique visitor attraction.
  • The famous biomes and outdoor gardens house thousands of plant species while the huge visitor centre hosts fascinating displays.
  • The restaurants and shop are also not to be missed during your big day out.
  • Distance from the park: approx. 23miles/37km

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