Cornwall Tourist Guide

Cornwall is not only one of the most beautiful places in the UK, but has so much to see and do that it makes the perfect family holiday destination for all ages and interests. Below we have picked out just a few of the best places to add to any itinerary:

For Golf Lovers - There are quite a number of excellent golf courses throughout the county. Some are set in tranquil, lush green countryside, but most have spectacular views of the ocean and are surrounded by breathtaking views on all sides. Click the link below to review golf courses and driving ranges recommended by Stayin:

 

For Anglers - Fishing in Cornwall is superb, whether you prefer coarse fishing, game fishing or sea angling there are so many places to go that one visit will never be enough!. Regular sea fishing trips set out from most of the harbours along the coasts, and charter vessels for groups are readily available. The deep cold waters of the ocean are perfect for catching cod and sea bass. The rivers are teeming with wildlife and the clean, clear waters of the coarse lakes support a wealth and variety of superb fish. Click the link below to review fishing venues and charter boats recommended by Stayin:

 

For Riding Enthusiasts - Horse riding, pony trekking and everything equestrian is extremely well catered for throughout Cornwall. From breathtaking rides along coastal paths, to gallops along the beach, the area is just perfect. Trekking and hacking through the wonderful moorland and around the endless country lanes is ideal for all ages and abilities. There are riding schools and well organised riding centres which cater for need.

 

For Cycling Enthusiasts - Cycling through the Cornish countryside is a true delight. There are numerous cycle ways and also dedicated cylse  trails including; the Cornish Way, the Camel Trail and the Portreath to Devoran Coast to Coast Route. Cycle hire for all ages is available in abundance and there are numerous cycle shops, usually located in the larger towns which offer spares, bikes and repair services.

 

For Outdoor Pursuits & Activity Enthusiasts - Cornwall is a wonderful destination for those young at heart and seeking outdoor pursuits and energetic activities. The extensive Cornish coast provides numerous opportunities for sailing, surfing and scuba diving. There is an abundance of specialist training schools and equipment hire outlets dotted all along the coast.

 

For those who like to look for an adrenalin rush, check out our Motor Sports section.

     

Or perhaps you would like to review the Water Sports available.

     

For the really adventurous have a look at Airborne Pursuits.

     

For Nature Lovers - There are so many places to go to see wonderful gardens, wildlife centres and aquariums, that you will certainly be spoiled for choice.

The Eden Project has to be one of the most innovative and exciting places to visit and is just bursting with hands on activities and interactive events for all the family to take part in. This important ecological project is ever changing and covers such a wide variety of issues in a fun and fascinating way that you will want to visit again and again.

Orca Sea Safaris offer visitors the chance to see the natural beauty of the Cornish coastline and the wealth of marine visitors which visit the waters around the coast. Basking Sharks, Seals, Porpoise and Dolphins are regular inhabitants of our seas and the boat tours combine nature watching with entertaining facts and folklore tales from ancient smugglers and shipwrecks around the area.

St Ives Boats offer pleasure boat trips to Seal Island for seal watching trips.

Newquay Zoo is an award winning zoo which emphasises conservation and houses hundreds of species of animals, reptiles, monkeys and insects from all over the world. There are places to eat and a full range of amenities for all the family.

Paradise Park in Hayle is a tropical garden which houses a variety of birds, otters, red pandas and rare red squirrels amongst a wonderfully lush backdrop of sub tropical trees and flowers. There is an indoor children's play area and a restaurant making it an ideal place to visit whatever the weather.

if any of the above activities aren't suitable for dogs please check out Doggy Day Care Cornwall where your dog can spend the day having fun & exploring while you do too.

Family Fun:

If you want some real family fun and enjoy the thrills and spills of fairground rides, there are a number of theme parks and fun parks to visit.

Flambards is one of the largest of the fun parks and is filled with rides, shows and exhibits to keep everyone entertained. Situated in Helston the park offers a traditional fun fair, several eateries and year round entertainment with live music, regular firework displays and shows. There are also some wonderfully kept gardens to explore and a host of fascinating exhibits.

Cornwalls Crealy Adventure Park near Wadebridge combines traditional roller coasters with some more gentle children's rides and is an ideal venue for the younger members of the family. The park has gardens, a toddler zone adventure area and small animals to visit, and has a full range of amenities including a restaurant and gift shop. 

The Splash at Bude is an indoor family leisure centre full of exciting water fumes, a wave machine and children's pool. There is a restaurant and full facilities which make this a perfect venue for all weather activities.

Colliford Lake Park at Bodmin Moor is the ultimate family fun zone, with indoor and outdoor thrills and spills for everyone - ball pool, drop slide, toboggan run and eco carts are just a few of the many activities on offer. Outdoors there are mazes to conquer, forests to explore and bumper boats to do battle in! With eateries and full facilities on site it makes an activity day to remember.

Still looking for more then have a look at these further selections of Family Fun and Entertainment:

     

     

Places of Interest:

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a fascinating place to visit, and epitomises what Cornwall is all about. The vast collection of sea going craft and the many exciting and interactive exhibitions are well worth a visit. The museum runs a program of special events throughout the year and houses many displays and activity workshops suitable for all age groups.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum in Penzance tells the story of the first transatlantic telecommunications made by Marconi, and gives an insight into the development of electric cable communications through the ages. The fascinating exhibits and displays are suitable for all the family, there is also an outdoor picnic area, tunnels and sculpture garden to explore.

Interested? Then have a look at this further selection of Museums in Cornwall:

     

Tintagel Castle is an atmospheric place, where the legend of King Arthur was born. The dramatic coastal setting and historic ruins of the 13th century castle lend themselves to the many myths and fascinating stories surrounding the area. The area is a peaceful haven for wildlife where visitors can observe lizards, sea birds and rare butterflies. There are also some wonderful wild flowers and plants which grow in abundance and are unique to Cornwall.

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