Cornwall attractions – there’s so much to see and do…
You’ll be spoilt for choice with great Cornwall attractions
It is little wonder that Cornwall is the UK’s favourite holiday destination, with outstanding natural beauty at every turn and fantastic Cornwall attractions.
There is simply so much to see, do and explore – you can’t possibly see it all in just one visit! From the quaint and picturesque harbour towns and fishing villages to the major tourist attractions such as the Eden Project… the one thing we can guarantee is that you won’t be short of things to do!
Our Newquay holiday park is ideally located for you to explore as little or as much of this great county, as we are only a short distance from Cornwall attractions in the far reaches of the county. Below we’ve listed some of our favourite destinations and attractions that should be on your list when you come and visit…
Our holiday park is just a stone’s throw from the vibrant resort of Newquay, with its beaches and popular attractions. We are far enough away from Newquay to escape the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to enjoy all of its amenities and facilities, including shops, supermarkets, bar and restaurants. There’s so much to see and do in Newquay, and it’s all on our doorstep…
Here you can get up and close and personal to some exotic creatures, including the zoo’s lions! There’s over 130 different species to discover at Newquay Zoo and it also plays host to wildlife talks and exhibitions, perfect for the whole family!
Blue Reef Aquarium
This is one of the great wet weather Cornwall attractions! Wander around the aqua world of Blue Reef Aquarium and see some of the ocean’s most magnificent creatures including sharks, reef fish and rays. Visitors will also have the chance to discover the creatures that live in the waters off Newquay and Cornwall.
Are you ready for some swashbuklin’ pirate –themed action? Ahaaarr me hearties! All aboard to Pirate’s Quest, a walk through pirate experience! The hour-long voyage sees you and your crewmates feel, hear and smell Cornwall’s intriguing legends and pirate past!
Dairyland Farm World
An award winning family day out, right on your doorstep, is Dairyland Farm World, which is just a 5 minute drive away. The kids will love stroking the pets, feeding the animals and riding the ponies. There’s also a nature trail, maize maze, tractor rides and even a raging bull ride!
Family attractions and theme parks
Family holidays in Newquay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to some of the county’s top theme parks. And some of the best are just a short drive from our Cornwall holiday park
One of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Cornwall is the Eden Project, with its eye-catching biomes. Walk around the giant expanses of the biomes and marvel at the exotic plants from across the Globe. There is so much to do on site and it’s a great day out for the whole family.
Flambards near Helston is jam packed full of great activities – from award-winning indoor attractions to thrill-a-minute rides and entertainment. A 30-minute drive from our holiday park, it represents a great value family day out.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
A little closer to home, Cornwall’s Camel Creek Adventure Park near Wadebridge is another top family theme park, full of rides and attractions. From waterslides and pony rides to rollercoasters and log flumes – there’s plenty on offer here to keep the young ones entertained for hours. It is just 15 miles from our holiday park.
Gardens and Houses
From one end of the county to the other, Cornwall has an abundance of exquisitely maintained houses and gardens. Many of the most recommended are just a stone’s throw from our site.
Trerice Manor is run by the National Trust and is an Elizabethan Manor House, with fine interiors and a delightful garden – and is only a 5 minute drive away.
Also run by the National Trust in Lanhydrock House near Bodmin, a magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
When it comes to gardens, few compare to the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell. They were rediscovered in 1992 and are hailed as one of the best examples in the country. There’s more than 200 acres to explore – including spectacular palm trees and modernistic sculptures.
Another must for the those with green fingers is Trelissick Gardens, near Truro. This fabulous estate meanders down to the water’s edge and offers spectacular views over the creek, which separates it from the Roseland Peninsular. It also has its own art gallery and café.
Must see destinations
Away from the big family attractions, there are also plenty of beautiful villages and towns that are well worth a visit. From the picturesque fishing villages of the north coast to the county’s only city, here’s just a few of our favourite places…
The idyllic fishing port of Padstow really pulls in the crowds, and it’s easy to see why. This picturesque town has it all – a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants, combined with cosy, narrow streets filled with charm – all surrounded by stunning scenery and a busy working harbour.
Port Isaac (aka Portwenn)
Many people may know Port Isaac for its on-screen name as the village where Doc Martin (Martin Clunes) calls home. The hit comedy drama has been running for many years and is set in the beautiful little fishing village of Port Isaac. Here you can wander around the narrow streets and grab some freshly-caught seafood for lunch as you look out across the harbour…
St Ives is a great day out and is a busy and popular resort in Cornwall. Enjoy walks around the shops and sample some great local food in the many bars and restaurants. One of the town’s major draws is the Tate St Ives Gallery, which has helped it become known as the arts centre of West Cornwall. There’s also great train links, with the town having its own branch line, meaning it is easily accessible from Newquay.
Truro is Cornwall’s only city (and it’s a small one at that); it is the county’s administrative centre. It is arguably the best place to visit if a spot of retail therapy is required, with great national and independent shops, plenty of bars and restaurants good transport links.
Just up the coast from our Cornwall holiday park is the pretty town of Tintagel. Here you can visit the castle, which is set high on the cliff tops and is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. There is a packed events programme throughout the year, including much on the links with King Arthur himself.