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73 Best Cornwall Attractions Every Tourist Must See

When Brits think of a seaside retreat on home soil, they immediately gravitate towards Cornwall. The home of British surfing, sea and sand is well loved by the locals in particular, the tight-knit community giving the area its heart and soul. Since the majority of it is surrounded by sea, there are plenty of sweet harbour towns and beaches to enjoy, but Cornwall has so much more to offer as well. Many of the towns seem frozen in time with small, quaint housing mixed with manor houses and rolling countryside. Cornwall is also a foodie’s dream, offering up the Cornish pasty, the classic cream tea and delectable sea food.

 

73 Most Popular Attractions in Cornwall

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

  • Adults £13.50 Child £6
  • +44 1726 845100
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, United Kingdom
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm

2. Kidzworld

  • Adult £2.50-£6.50 Child £4-£12.50
  • +44 1726 815553
  • Kidzworld Cornwall, Par Moor Road, St Austell, England PL25 3RP, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

3. Falmouth Lifeboat

  • Free
  • +44 1326 210844
  • RNLI Falmouth Lifeboat Station, Tinners Walk, Falmouth, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

4. St Ives Museum

  • Free
  • +44 1736 796005
  • St Ives Museum, Saint Ives, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 30am-4:30pm

5. Men-an-tol

  • Free
  • Mên-an-Tol, Penzance, United Kingdom
  • Daily

6. Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

  • Free
  • +44 1872 573356
  • Healey's, Penhallow, Truro, England TR4 9LW, United Kingdom
  • Sun 10am-8pm Mon-Sat 9am-8pm

7. St. Nicholas Church

  • Accepts donation
  • 0845 303 2760
  • St Nicholas' Church, Gloucester, Westgate Street, Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

8. The Castle Bude

  • Free
  • 441288353576
  • The Castle Bude, Bude, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Sat 10am-4pm

9. Skinner’s Brewery

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1872 271885
  • Skinner's Brewery, Newham Road, Truro, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm

10. Glendurgan Garden

  • Glendurgan Garden, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, England TR11 5JZ, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm

11. Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1736 796226
  • Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-4:20pm

12. Royal Cornwall Museum

  • £5.50 day pass
  • +44 1872 272205
  • Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 10am-4:45pm

13. Prinknash Bird And Deer Park

  • Adult £8.40 Child £7.40
  • +44 1452 812727
  • Prinknash Park, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

14. Merlin’s Cave

  • Free
  • +44 7930 279758
  • Merlins Cave, Atlantic Road, Tintagel, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Sat 10am-6pm

15. Tintagel Castle

  • Adult £7.90-£8.70 Child £4.70-£5.20
  • +44 1840 770328
  • Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, United Kingdom
  • Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
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Top Attractions

The iconic St Michaels Mount is connected to the coast of Cornwall at low tide, but becomes an island when the tide is in. Another famous site in Cornwall is Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Another very popular spot is the Lizard and Kynance Cove, possibly the most photographed piece of coast in Cornwall. There are so many beautiful beaches in Cornwall, it would be hard to name the best.

Kids & Family

For the city kids a visit to Dairyland Farm World will be exciting, letting them understand where meat and milk comes from. Perhaps a visit to the Merry Maidens will get them wondering about early historic man or a day at Kidzworld might wear them out so they sleep well.

Shopping & Nightlife

Truro offers great shopping, and smaller places like St. Ives, Falmouth and Padstow also offer a wonderful range of unique shops mingled with cafes and retail outlets. Local craft fairs are a great experience too. Newquay seems to be the town of choice for nightlife, as it has a very active tourist community.

Day Tours

What about taking a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, an aristocratic estate left to revert to Nature, but recently reclaimed. A trip to Land’s End- to the end of England is worth boasting about. For an experience related to the mines that are such a part of Cornish history, visit Levant Mine & Beam Engine. This is the only Beam Engine still operated by steam and still in its original site.

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