Here we go, here are your reasons to come to Cornwall with our top suggestions to see and do; we have included some new ideas as well as old favourites.
See a play at The Minack Theatre.
Rowena Cade more-or-less built this amazing creation on the cliff-side singlehandedly. Now run by a charitable trust, there is no other theatre like it in the world. Come to Cornwall and experience this.
Eat a Cornish Pasty.
Savour the unique and distinctive flavour. Know you’re eating good, wholesome ingredients put together with care, and cooked with pride.
Be part of a culinary tradition going back hundreds of years and enjoy a little slice of Cornwall. Come to Cornwall and taste the best!
Visit the Scillies.
The exotic archipelago is just 35 miles off the Cornish coast. From subtropical Tresco, rugged St Martin’s to peaceful Bryher and St Mary’s, the New York of the Isles of Scilly, One visit may not be enough.
Visit a National Trust property.
There are around 50 National Trust Places here, from stately family houses, mining heritage sites, gardens and parkland to nature reserves and miles of coastline. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Trerice or Lanhydrock. Read more about National Trust Properties in Springtime here.
Climb Brown Willy.
The highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy (from the Cornish “Bronn Wennili”, meaning “hill of swallows”) is 1,378 feet above sea level, based at the heart of Bodmin Moor. Try to fit in the neighbouring Rough Tor too.
Dine at two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw.
Outlaw is now one of the UK’s most respected chefs. He is due to reopen his refurbished and re-thought restaurant ‘Outlaw’s New Road’ in May 2021. You will taste dishes unlike any you have before at his Port Isaac Restaurant, the most awarded in Cornish history.
Take a Tarquin’s Gin Tour at their distillery near Wadebridge.
See what a TripAdvisor reviewer had to say: “Best experience in 2020 – The Tour is absolutely amazing to see how amazing Tarquins are as a company. So many amazing and interesting facts. We were also lucky enough to take part in the Gin School down in Padstow Highly recommend everyone to do the Tour and the Gin School if you can.”
Walk to St Michael’s Mount.
There is nothing quite as thrilling or dramatic as crossing the causeway to St Michael’s Mount; a definite bucket list moment when you come to Cornwall.
Take the ferry from Truro to Falmouth.
Surely one of the most beautiful boat trips in the UK, taking in Malpas, the Trelissick Estate and St Mawes.
Cycle the Camel Trail.
This spectacular ride takes you through tranquil woods, through old Cornish towns, and along the Camel Estuary with views of creeks, sandbanks and rocky shores.
Visit The Annual Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge.
Get agricultural, it is the biggest event in the Cornish calendar. What do you mean you’ve never been?!
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude.
Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired imaginations. Read more here
Visit one of Rick Stein’s fine eating establishments.
The peerless Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Café, Stein’s Fish & Chips, Ruby’s Bar, Rick Stein’s Fish, The Cornish Arms, Rick Stein Porthleven and Rick Stein Fistral are all worth a visit when you come to Cornwall.
Watch Truro Cathedral Choir.
The choir, which dates back to the 1880s, is now renowned the world over. As well as singing at seven services each week in the Neo-Gothic cathedral, the choir undertakes regular concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, foreign tours and CD recordings. In recent years the choir has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, and ITV as well as taking part in regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. They are stunning.
Visit Poldark Country.
Charlestown, Porthgwarra, Botallack, St Breward and other sites mentioned in the books or used in the TV series.
Scream for ice cream.
Callestick, Roskillys, Kellys, Treleavens, Moomaid … Cornwall is awash with ice cream which tastes like no other. Don’t take my word for it!
Visit Tate St Ives.
The home of modern art . Now the iconic building has been extended, there is no better time to take in an exhibition, again one visit may not be enough.
Swim at Jubilee Pool.
The vast majority of open air lidos across the UK have become derelict. Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is a rare survivor. Take a dip in its Art Deco splendour. Now heated by a geothermal energy plant.
Take a river cruise down Frenchman’s Creek.
Get to see Cornwall from a different viewpoint There is nowhere better than Frenchman’s Creek, the peaceful and beautiful inlet off the Helford River.
Try the Hidden Hut.
You may have heard about the seasonal beach banquets at Porthcurnick on the Roseland peninsula, but have you tried celebrated chef Simon Stallard’s Tatams Taverna down the road at Portscatho? You won’t be disappointed.
Experience Sunsets in Cornwall.
You may witness the mysterious green flash at sunset, Cornwall is one of the only places in the country where you can catch a glimpse of mysterious green flashes, spotted when the sun is setting on the horizon. The best places to see them are Land’s End, Sennen Cove, Constantine Bay and Crackington Haven.
Head south – visit the southernmost point in the UK, Lizard Point. It will take your breath away.
Look up at the night sky.
While you are on Bodmin Moor enjoy its status as an International Dark Sky Landscape, awarded for the exceptional quality of the night sky and star-spotting.
Walk the coastal path.
Maybe not the entire 296 miles of Cornish coastline. This can be your sure fired reason to come to Cornwall!
Drink a St Austell beer at St Austell Brewery.
What is better than drinking a St Austell Brewery beer where it’s actually made? Pay tribute to Tribute at the Visitors Centre and Hicks Bar.
Take a scenic train journey.
Hop on at St Erth and enjoy the spectacular views from the train window as the line sweeps along the coast, past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay before arriving by Porthminster beach in St Ives. Glorious.
Listen to the River Fowey as it cascades at Golitha Falls.
And enjoy one of the best burgers at Inkies cafe in the car park here. Dawn French has been seen here!
The Tamar Valley.
Dotted with ancient mines, Tudor houses, stunning gardens, and rivers, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much of the area forms the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The River Tamar marks the border between Devon and Cornwall.
Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Twenty five years ago the gardens were found and the project began to restore this lost and forgotten landscape, now rediscovered from the brambles of time. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK.
Bude Sea Pool.
A beautiful, part natural, part man-made swimming pool in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach. The Pool is topped up by the sea at high tide each day. It is around 91m long and 45m wide, because it is a semi-natural structure these are only approximate measurements.
Picnic at the great 13th-century Restormel Castle which sits high above the valley of the river Fowey.
The picturesque ruins of the keep are now the only remains of a luxurious castle that once belonged to Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III. The grounds are a haven for wildlife and birds, with beautiful spring flowers and plants all year round.