50 things to do in Cornwall
Have you ever put together a bucket list of things you simply have to do in your lifetime? If you’re the adventurous type, then Cornwall is certainly a place where you can try out a whole host of new experiences that will live long your memory. From jumping off cliff tops into the Atlantic Ocean to soaring high above the Rainforest biomes at the Eden Project, there’s so many exhilarating things to do in Cornwall.
To help inspire you on your next big adventure, here’s our 50 favourite things to do in Cornwall…
See a show at the Hall For Cornwall
Catch some of the top shows touring the UK at the Hall For Cornwall, the county’s premier venue for drama and theatre productions. See some of the biggest names of stage and screen appear on the stage in Truro, which is a wonderful setting to....See More
Take a trip to Land’s End
No holiday to Cornwall would be complete without a journey to the UK’s most westerly point – Land’s End. Here you’ll find far more than that famous sign (if that wasn’t reason enough to head West and get the ultimate selfie). Here’s there’s also a....See More
Get swept up in Falmouth Week
For sailing fans, a visit to Falmouth for Falmouth Week has to be on your to-do list. Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of....See More
See Mousehole’s Christmas Lights
If you’re lucky enough to visit Cornwall at Christmas then a visit to Mousehole to see the village’s Chrismas Lights is a must. Few places to Christmas Lights quite like Moushole. The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights....See More
See the spectacular Bedruthan Steps
Bedruthan Steps is spectacular natural rock formation on the beach on the north Cornish coast. Wow factor doesn't even begin to cover it. Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast and is an absolute must-see. The landscape....See More
Do you like ice-cream? Head to Roskilly’s!
Roskilly’s ice-cream is something of a Cornish tradition. Not only does it taste amazing, making you want to eat your own bodyweight in ice-cream after only a few mouthfuls, but you can also see where it’s made. Visit the farm, see the parlour and meet....See More
Full steam ahead! Take a trip on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Take a trip on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and you’ll be transported back to the golden age of the railways in Cornwall. Special events are also held throughout the year – Steam and Diesel Galas, Heritage Transport Festival, Themed weekends and several family-orientated events,....See More
Take a tour of an award-winning Cornish vineyard
Did you know that Cornwall produces some of the finest wines in the UK? Camel Valley Vineyard at Nanstallon near Bodmin is famed for its sparkling wines. And you can take a tour of the vineyard to see exactly how it's made. Their unique tours....See More
Watch the magical City Of Lights Parade in Truro
For an evening to remember head to Truro for the City of Lights parade. Held in mid November each year, the event sees a dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish school children and....See More
Go to Boardmasters!
Whether you’re an avid festival goer or are keen to go to your first one, Boardmasters is one of the biggest and best – and it’s held in Cornwall every August. Boardmasters is a unique experience, combining a live music festival with extreme sports competitions.....See More
Play a round of golf at one of Cornwall’s stunning golf courses
If you love golf, and let’s face it who doesn’t, then Cornwall is the place to be. The county is blessed with some of the finest golf courses in the country and, if you feel like testing yourself on some spectacular courses, then you simply....See More
Are you ready for Hurling at St Columb Major?
For something a little different – and by different we mean that you can only see it in Cornwall – head over to St Columb Major near Newquay for the annual hurling contest (just don’t park your car in the high street while it’s going....See More
Discover one of Cornwall’s most beautiful coves – Sennen
If you plan to explore West Cornwall during your stay then you simply have to visit Sennen Cove. With crystal clear water and the swell coming straight in from the Atlantic, it is a great surf spot all year round. This beautiful coastal village in....See More
Are you scared of heights? Go skydiving over Cornwall
Skydiving at Perranporth... OK, this isn’t one for the faint hearted! See Cornwall from a perspective that few will ever see – thousands of feet up in the air! At Perranporth Flying Club their team of experts will guide you through this truly unforgettable experience....See More
Take a step back in time and visit Chycauster in West Cornwall. This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the finest examples of such in the country. The village was made up of stone-walled homesteads known as....See More
Sea Cornwall’s coast from a different angle – try kite surfing
If you’re the sort of person who loves golden, sandy beaches – but find the thought of lazing around sun bathing pretty boring then why not try something altogether more action packed. Kite surfing is one for the adrenaline junkies – the ultimate combination of....See More
Try your hand at sea kayaking
There is little that beats the exhilarating and breathtaking experience of seeing the Cornish coastline from the water. And sea kayaking is one of the best ways to get out on the water. Cornish Rock Tors offer kayaking trips on the north and south coast,....See More
Get ready for an adventure on the ocean – try gig rowing!
Cornwall is home to the World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships, which take place on the Isles of Scilly each year. But if you’ve always fancied trying your hand at this sport then there are places where you can dip your oar into the waves and....See More
Get up close to the creatures of the deep!
If the weather isn’t being so kind then you need an indoor attraction (and one that will keep the kids entertained for hours, right?) Well, a short drive into Newquay and to Blue Reef Aquarium will certainly solve a problem for you and your family.....See More
Step back in time at Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown Harbour is an amazingly pristine, unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, entrepreneur and member of the local landowning family, in response to the growth of the growth of the local mining industry.....See More
Visit picturesque St Ives
St Ives is a beautiful town on the north coast and is widely regarded as the jewel of Cornwall’s crown. St Ives is the art centre of West Cornwall. Artists were attracted to the area from the 19th Century onwards. In the 20th Century St....See More
Sample May Day in Padstow
If you’d like to sample a slice of real Cornish culture on your holiday then head to nearby Padstow for May Day, or Obby Oss Day as it is known locally. May Day is celebrated in Padstow like nowhere else on earth. Thousands of people....See More
Visit beautiful Boscastle
Perched on the cliffs of Cornwall’s north coast is the beautiful village of Boscastle, with is characterful properties and quaint harbour. On a summer’s day it is a picture of peace and tranquillity but one day back in 2004 that certainly wasn’t the case. Torrential....See More
Discover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle
Visit Tintagel Castle and immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel, a place inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. For centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king.....See More
Discover new, exotic creatures at Newquay Zoo
Looking for a great family day out, but don’t want to travel too far? Head down the road to Newquay and visit the award-winning Newquay Zoo. Get up close with some of the worlds’ most exotic creatures and learn more about their natural habitat, as....See More
Follow the Poldark trail!
Are you fan of TV drama Poldark? Were you left in awe at the dramatic landscapes and seascapes beamed to millions in the show? Well, you can following the footsteps of Ross, Demelza and the rest of the case by walking (or riding) the Poldark....See More
Take a tour of a Cornish brewery
Cornwall is, if you excuse the pun, overflowing with breweries – all producing great local beers (many of which are award winning). Arguably the county’s largest and most successful is St Austell Brewery. You can follow the journey of how this company’s fantastic beers such....See More
Get ready for action – it’s banger racing time!
At first glance this may not be something you’d automatically associate with Cornwall, but banger racing is extremely popular here! This all-action sport has a loyal fanbase and you catch this high octane entertainment at the United Downs Raceway at St Day – kids also....See More
All aboard for a sea safari
If you want to get up-close and personal with some amazing creatures from the ocean, including dolphins and seals, then take a sea safari from Newquay Harbour. Explore the North Cornwall Coast and see Newquay like you've never seen it - from the sea. Cruise....See More
Fowey symbolises Cornwall beautifully – this picture postcard fishing port, with jaw-dropping setting on the seafront, pretty harbour, narrow streets and independent shops is a must visit for anyone taking a holiday in Cornwall. You can spend hours here and it is easy to see....See More
Get ready for non-stop fun at Flambards Theme Park!
For family days out with the kids, Cornwall certainly takes some beating! One of the county’s most popular attractions is Flambards Theme Park. Flambards has just about everything on one site – rollercoaster rides, indoor games and even a soft play area. A great day....See More
Take part in the Crantock Big Bale Push
For a truly unique experience head to Crantock, near Newquay, in September for the Big Bale Push – just make sure you’re fit and ready for action! You and your friends can take part in this epic test of skill and fitness as you race....See More
These boots were made for walking!
If you like nothing more than lacing up your walking boots and putting your best foot forward, then Cornwall is the place to be. The South West Coast Path is a must for walkers, with dozens and dozens of miles coastal path to explore, all....See More
Enjoy bacon and eggs with a view…
Breakfast… such an underrated meal. How great would it be to have chefs at a top restaurant prepare you a sumptuous breakfast while you looked out on a long stretch of golden sandy beach as the Atlantic waves rolled in? Well, at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen....See More
Check out Cornwall’s only city – Truro
Cornwall may only have one city, but it’s a rather nice one. Truro is the county’s administrative hub, being home to the county council and the county’s main hospital. It also boasts a beautiful cathedral and pretty city centre, with its cobbled streets and preserved....See More
Discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cornwall is blessed with dozens of fine houses and gardens. One of the county’s most unique is the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey. As the name suggests, these gardens were a lost, overgrown mess until a group of volunteers happened to stumble across them.....See More
Visit the Medieval Island castle of St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is arguably one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK. This beautiful island castle off Cornwall’s south coast is a must visit. You can either walk across the causeway at low tide or take a boat ride across to this Medieval....See More
Walk, bike or ride on the Camel Trail!
The Camel Trail is an 18-mile long cycle and walking trail that runs from Padstow to Wenfordbridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. Largely traffic free it is surfaced and a virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the....See More
Visit Poldark Mine
Poldark Mine is the only complete underground tin mine in Cornwall that’s open for guided tours. It has been described as one of the most atmospheric mines in Europe. It’s a great day out for the whole family!.See More
The Doctor will see you now… Visit Port Isaac aka Portwenn
Are you a fan of TV comedy drama Doc Martin? Did you know it was filmed in Cornwall? Well, you can follow in the footsteps of Martin Clunes and the cast of this popular TV programme by visiting Port Isaac (or Portwenn as it is....See More
Take a hot air balloon ride over Cornwall
Do you want to see Cornwall from a different point of view? Why not take a hot air balloon ride and look down on your favourite parts of the county from the air? Enjoy spectacular sunrises or sunsets from the skies high above Cornwall –....See More
Take a trip to the Eden Project
The Eden Project is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable visitor attractions in the UK. Not only is it a great place to visit if you love plants and have a passion for gardening but here you can also: Watch live music at....See More
Visit the Royal Cornwall Show
If you’re lucky enough to visit Cornwall in early June then you simply have to go along to the Royal Cornwall Show. This 3-day extravaganza celebrates all aspects of Cornish life, with a particular focus on agriculture. Here you can visit the hundreds of stalls....See More
Eat at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow
For many people a visit to Cornwall is all about experiencing something, either for the first time or for something truly memorable. One thing Cornwall has a strong reputation for is its quality food (and top restaurants). One of the best the county has to....See More
Go Coasteering off the Cornish coast!
Would you describe yourself as something of an adrenaline junkie? Do your like your holidays to be action packed? Then why not try your hand at coasteering? This is the exhilarating sport of jumping off cliffs into the ocean and swimming into rock caves. See....See More
Discover Cornwall’s mining heritage
Step back in time and discover Cornwall’s mining World Heritage Sites. Recognised by UNESCO Cornwall’s mining sites are regarded as significantly important to the whole of humanity. And, as such, some of the sites have been restored and maintained for future generations. Visit sites across....See More
Explore Bodmin Moor…Can you find the beast?
We’ve all heard of the legendary Beast of Bodmin Moor, right? Well perhaps it’s time you explored this rugged landscape, which covers a vast area of north and east Cornwall. A fantastic place for walkers, Bodmin Moor is home to high peaks of Brown Willy....See More
See a play at the Minack Theatre
For a truly special experience take in a show at Cornwall’s iconic Minack Theatre. This open air theatre is perched on the cliff tops high above the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can watch drama, musicals and opera every summer. There are few more breathtaking places....See More
A visit to Padstow is a must for anyone holidaying in Cornwall. This beautiful harbour town and fishing port is the perfect place to sample a true slice of Cornish life. Here you can take boat trips out across the Camel Estuary, explore the spectacular....See More
Go surfing at Fistral Beach
It has a reputation as one of Europe’s best surfing beaches, and it’s easy to see why. It produces some of the best waves in England and is an extremely popular choice for surfers of all abilities. Even if you’re a complete beginner, there’s plenty....See More