Top 10 Tourist Places to Visit in Cornwall

Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre, Penzance

The Minack Theatre is open annually from May until September, and it’s a spectacular sight. Built in an Ancient Greek style in the early part of the twentieth century by Rowena Cade, the sea forms a dramatic backdrop to this stunning outdoor theatre.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Tide House


St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

Like its French counterpart, Mont St Michel, in Brittany, St Michael’s Mount is an unbridged tidal island which is only accessible at low tide. With a curious conical shape, the island is now managed by the National Trust, and is the permanent home to just 35 people (as of 2011). Topped by a castle, legend had it that St Michael the Archangel appeared to local fishermen on St Michael’s Mount in the 5th century.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Tide House

St Michael's Mount

Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Colomb Major

With Hooty Owl Cottage the perfect owl-themed holiday home for the young and not-so-young alike, Screech Owl Sanctuary is a charming place either to stay (the cottage is within the grounds of the park, meaning you get to stay with the owls overnight) or just to visit. With owl close encounters, flight displays, and even meerkats, there’s something for everyone at this friendly Owl Sanctuary.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Dunes

Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

Billing itself as a “sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop”, explore the hidden beach, play areas, tropical flowers and winding river with all the family at Trebah Gardens.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Garden House

lost gardens of heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

These beautifully eccentric botanical gardens contain Europe’s last “pineapple pit”, warmed by rotting manure! The Gardens also host specialist talks throughout the year, as well as allowing visitors to enjoy the seasonally changing delights of the Italian Garden, the “jungle”, and the pleasure grounds. Lost for almost 75 years, you’ll have an amazing time rediscovering these St Austell gardens.

Our recommended property to stay at: Valley Farm Cottages


Lizard Point & Kynance Cove

Managed by the National Trust, Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with lots of beautiful flowers and wildlife watching, too.

Our recommended property to stay at: Penpol


Perranporth Beach, Perranporth

With the UK’s only bar on a beach, Perranporth is a great spot for a tasty pub meal or a pint as well as being a family-friendly beach. Welcoming dogs and surfers year-round, Perranporth Beach’s clear waters, rock pools, and golden sands appeal to holiday-makers and locals alike.

Our recommended property to stay at: Beach House

Lanhydrock House & Garden, Bodmin

Managed by the National Trust and complete with House, estate, garden, plant centre, restaurant, shop, tea room, bookshop, and cycle hire, this former family home makes for the perfect family day out- a walk around the historic House is also the perfect rainy day activity.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Slate Beach House

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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Complete with cafe-bar, surf school, takeaway, chalets, and juice bar, Porthmeor Beach is a Blue Flag beach right next to the cultural delights of The Tate St Ives. How many golden sandy beaches can boast an important art gallery?

Our recommended property to stay at: The Tide House

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen

It surprises some visitors to learn that Geevor only stopped operating as a tin mine in 1990. It’s the largest preserved tin mining site in the United Kingdom, and it was recognised by UNESCO in 2006. Visitors can see the original machinery, hear oral history recordings, pan for gold, and go on a guided underground tour at this fascinating piece of Cornish cultural heritage.

Our recommended property to stay at: The Tide House


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