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…

Hall For 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....

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Lands End

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....

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Falmouth Week

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....

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

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....

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Bedruthan Steps by Paul Watts / Visit Cornwall

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....

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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....

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bodmin and wenford railway

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,....

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Camel Valley Vineyard Tours

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....

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lanterns - city of lights parade

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....

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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.....

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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....

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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....

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Sennen credit Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

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....

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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....

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Visit Chycauster

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....

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kite surfing watergate bay

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....

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sea kayaking

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,....

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Gig Rowing

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....

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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.....

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Charlestown by Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

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.....

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st ives

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....

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Padstow May Day

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....

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Boscastle credit Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

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....

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tintagel castle

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.....

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newquay zoo

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....

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Poldark holidays in Cornwall at Hengar Manor

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....

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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....

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banger racing at st day

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....

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sea safari

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....

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Visit Fowey

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....

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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....

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Big Bale Push

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....

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Couple walking their dog on a cCornwall coast path

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....

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Fifteen Cornwall

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....

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Truro Cathedral by Trevor Burrows

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....

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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.....

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St Michaels Mount credit Matthew Jessop and Visit Cornwall

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....

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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....

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poldark mine

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!.

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A view across Port Issac

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....

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hot air balloon rides cornwall

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 –....

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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....

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Royal Cornwall Show

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....

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The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow credit Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

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....

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Go Wild at Hengar Manor

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....

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Wheal Coates credit Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

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....

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Rough Tor Minions on Bodmin Moor credit Matt Jessop / Visit Cornwall

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....

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Antony Cleopatra by Derby Shakespeare at The Minack Theatre

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....

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Visit Padstow

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....

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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....

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