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Best things to do in Cornwall

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Botanical Garden
“A must visit place whilst you are hear - there's plenty to do and is a casual atmosphere”
266local recommendations
Theatre
“Open air theatre that will take your breathe away - worth the hours drive any day of the week”
211local recommendations
Art Museum
“What can I say - it's the Tate - the name says it all. You can sometimes see dolphins from the cafe window!”
148local recommendations
Park
“The Lost Gardens provide families with possibly the best natural playground ever, making them one of the top family days out in Cornwall! There’s a network of magical gardens, woodland walks and farmland brimming with interest and intrigue; and with over 200 acres – enough room to tire the most energetic little legs! Throughout the year, they offer seasonal trails designed to inspire and captivate your children as you explore. In addition, they host a range of exciting family orientated events at key times of the year, from our popular Heligan Wild Week in May to nostalgic summer events programme, through to Halloween and Christmas, there’s always seasonal, nature-loving fun for the whole family.”
135local recommendations
Historic Site
“Lovely walk over the causeway when the tide is out or catch the regular boat service. Has a nice little cafe serving a range of snacks including vegetarian/vegan and good coffee!”
143local recommendations
Park
“A beautiful garden walk through the sub tropical valley to the tranquil beach at the bottom. ”
52local recommendations
Point of Interest
“The new bridge opens in August 2019, and the views and the old castle ruins are amazing”
56local recommendations
Art Gallery
“A total gem, inspirational, insightful and a real haven for any artists or folk who like to get to the heart of the place they’re staying. ”
48local recommendations
Sculpture Garden
“Great place to wander around, great views of St Michaels Mount and really fantastic food. We love the plant shop too, very inspirational ”
56local recommendations
Seafood Restaurant
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“Lovely seafood restaurant - booking required in advance. Overlooks Porthminster Beach.”
48local recommendations
Castle
“Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses. The picturesque castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role during the two World Wars. Today, you can experience the sights and sounds of battle, meet costumed characters from Pendennis’ past, look out for enemies, and witness the daily firing of a historic gun (Apr – Oct). Don't miss our fascinating exhibition, 'Fortress Falmouth and the First World War', which examines life at the castle during WW1.”
43local recommendations
Theme Park
“Flambards is a great day out for the whole family. Before hitting the rides, take a walk through the Victorian Village and brave the Britain in the Blitz experience. ”
27local recommendations
Gastropub
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“Whether dining in the restaurant, bar, beer garden or sun terrace, the ocean views from this restaurant are great”
56local recommendations
Movie Theatre
“A relaxing beautiful cinema. The restaurant is highly recommended in the scenic Newlyn by the harbour ”
42local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“It's touristy and tacky but given you are 30 mins from the end of the UK, it's worth a visit in my book...”
37local recommendations
Park
“Fabulous camellia collection. Free entry to the park. Riverside views and duck pond.”
18local recommendations