Firstly, we must assume every one of you has already tried a proper Cornish pasty, so there's no need for us to add that one to this list! So here are our 10 bucket list ‘must do’s’ to embrace Cornwall and it’s fantastic array of activities, sights, heritage and flora and fauna on your visit. Get out there and start ticking them off the list, and enjoy the truly amazing landmarks that Cornwall has to offer!
1. Take a picture at Lands End
Legendary Cornish landmark lands' end is the most westerly point of Cornwall, with breath taking views over the granite cliff tops. No trip is complete without taking a picture by the lands' end signpost - We think this is a great way to kick of the Cornish bucket list!
2. See a show at the Minack Theatre
Located in Porthcurno and carved into the cliff side with stunning views across the vast Atlantic Ocean - This now incredibly popular destination was originally bought for just £100 by Rowena Cade in the 1920’s! Here she built the open-air theatre, along with her home The Minack House. Rowena and her helpers built the theatre with mainly hand tools and gold old’ elbow grease. A truly unique, iconic location with such a great story and history. We think The Minack is a must-visit location! You can book tickets to upcoming performances on their website.
3. Learn to surf, or at least try!
Perhaps the best known and busiest surfing spot in Cornwall for beginners and pros alike, is Fistral beach in Newquay. Fistral is home to a host of national and international surfing competitions throughout the year, such as Boardmasters, and the English Surfing Nationals. There’s a surf shop right on the beach, so you can easily hire all the equipment needed as well as book few lessons to start off with!
4. Lost Gardens Of Heligan
Step back in time and lose yourself in the beautiful jungle gardens of the Heligan Estate located in St Austell. Lost for decades to the brambles after the outbreak of WW1, the gardens were then re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe's largest garden restoration. The award-winning collection of gardens are set within the vast 200-acre estate and features exotic plants, pools and much wildlife.
5. Explore a Cornish Tin Mine
Poldark mine in Helston (as seen in the hit BBC drama) gives you a true underground experience and a real sense of atmosphere from exploring this 18th century tin mine. It’s one of the most historic locations in Cornish mining history, spread over 7 levels reveal the workings of the Wheal roots tin mine which prospered during the 1700’s - Poldark mine offers great educational guided tours, the perfect way to engage with Cornwall’s fascinating heritage!
6. Eat Fish & Chips by the sea
Theres plenty of world class seafood restaurants all over Cornwall but when you just fancy a proper portion of chips to sit by the sea with, if you happen to be in Penzance west Cornwall we highly recommend stopping off at Frasers fish and chips ,which are set right on the promenade.
7. Visit The Eden Project
One of the most popular attractions in Cornwall is the Eden project, a unique educational charity that displays two huge biomes built in a disused China clay pit. It houses the world's largest indoor rainforest, amazing plants within the Mediterranean climate section, and even a few of our very own Cornish plants! Alongside the indoor biomes you can enjoy walking around the huge outdoor gardens. Suitable for all ages, and a great family day out with onsite restaurant facilities. In peak season be sure to pre-book your tickets online!
8. Explore a Cornish Castle
There are many stunning castles to explore Cornwall, so its tricky to pick just one, but we would start off with the incredibly impressive St Michaels Mount. Situated 100 metres off the coast of Marazion, you will need to time the tide just right to be able to access the footpath that leads to the island were the castle sits. Once the tide comes in the only way to get to and from the castle is by boat (But we think this is father fun!). St Michaels Mount is an iconic location filled with history, myths and legends and with so many levels to explore, this is a great one for the kids!
9. Wild Swimming in the Ocean or Sea Pool
Cold water swimming will definitely wake you up in the morning, but it also has significant health benefits - Its known to boost your immune system, improves circulation and can reduce stress. If the seas are a bit too rough for a swim, then there's plenty of sea pools to take a dip in - The Jubilee Pool in Penzance holds 5 million litres of sea water, and a section is geothermally heated just to take the edge off!
10. Watch a Sunset on The Beach
The perfect way to end the day. We can promise there's nothing quite like a calming Cornish sunset on a summers evening! We highly recommend heading to Watergate Bay 3 miles from Newquay, you can choose the high ground on the cliff tops or nestle in down on the sandy beach, either way you are guaranteed to witness a spectacular sunset.
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