91 attractions you should visit in Cornwall - With photos & details

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One of the UK’s favourite summer destinations, holiday makers flock to Cornwall for its sandy beaches and surf-ready waves but look beyond the coastline and you’ll be rewarded with world-class galleries, fantastic food and many one-of-a-kind attractions.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture GardenBarnoon Hill, St Ives, Saint Ives TR26 1AD, UK
Museums

The museum inhabits Trewyn studios in St Ives where Barbara Hepworth lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975 when the house and garden were given to the nation. Displays include sculptures in bronze, stone, and wood, along with paintings, drawings and archive material. The sculptures featured at the museum were some of her favourites. Her workshop also includes a queue of uncut stones that one visitor has described as "still waiting for their moment in the shadow of her workshop".

Blue Reef Aquarium NewquayTowan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, UK
Aquariums

Blue Reef is a national chain of public aquariums in England.Over 40 naturally-themed habitats take you on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas. Come face to face with freshwater turtles, watch pulsating jellyfish and meet amazing pufferfish.  Over 40 living displays are home to various species from tropical sharks and lobsters or seahorses and tropical fish.

Bodmin Jail AttractionBerrycoombe Rd, Bodmin PL31 2NR, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold re-development gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history.  Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational adventure, and just a little bit scary.  The Jail you see today was built with the help of the prisoners who brought 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s Cuckoo Quarry.

Bodmin MoorBodmin Moor, Bodmin PL30 4NN, UK
Outdoors- Other

Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is remote, bleak heather-covered upland granite moorland still grazed by moorland ponies and bisected by the main A30 road. The moor is home to a plethora of plants and some rare and protected wildlife such as otters, Marsh Fritillary butterflies, bats, and songbirds such as the Stonechat and Wheatear. Bodmin Moor is also the only place in the world where a rare moss, the Cornish Path Moss, grows.

Bude CanalBude Canal, Bude EX23, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Man-made Structures- Other

The Bude Canal was built in 1823 to enable the transportation of unusually mineral-rich sand from beaches in and around Bude to the hilly interior of Devon and Cornwall's border country. It became the first canal in the UK and second in the world to use water-powered tub-boat inclines, and it had the most inclined planes of any waterway.

Bude Sea poolBude Sea pool, United Kingdom
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Outdoors- Other

Bude Sea Pool is a semi-natural amenity that has provided a haven for free and safe bathing and other water-based activities since the 1930s. It is one of the very few tidal swimming pools which still remains open to the general public today and is open throughout the year, free for all to enjoy. The Pool is topped up by the sea at high tide each day.

Caerhays CastleGorran Churchtown, Saint Austell PL26 6LY, UK
Iconic Buildings
Botanical Gardens

Caerhays Estate is set on the quiet coast of Cornwall near St Austell. The gardens and castle are open to the public in the spring. The house was designed by John Nash in 1805 and the garden took on its present form after 1896. Experience the timeless magic of Cornwall’s castle by the sea. The gardens and castle are open to the public from mid-Feburary to mid-June.

Cape CornwallCape Cornwall, Penzance TR19 7NJ, UK
Outdoors- Other

Cape Cornwall is a small headland in West Cornwall, UK. It is four miles north of Land's End near the town of St Just. Until the first Ordnance Survey, 200 years ago, Cape Cornwall was believed to be the most westerly point in Cornwall. The Brisons, two offshore rocks, are located approximately one mile southwest of Cape Cornwall. They mark the starting line of the annual swimming race ending at Priest Cove.

Carbis Bay BeachBay, Beach Rd, Carbis Bay, Saint Ives TR26 2NW, UK
Beaches

Carbis Bay Beach is a beautiful white sand beach and one of Cornwall's seven award-winning Blue Flag 2019 beaches, with safe bathing beach surrounded by subtropical splendour. A good beach where you can spend with your family and also there are so many activities there.

Chapel Porth BeachChapel Porth Beach, S W Coast Path, St Agnes, Truro TR5 0NS, UK
Beaches

A dramatic cove set in a mining valley between high cliffs.  Chapel Porth is managed by the National Trust who run the car park and the small cafe here. The cliffs here are home to what is probably Cornwall’s most iconic old mining ruins,Wheal Coates.

Cornish Seal SanctuaryGweek TR12 6UG, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a sanctuary for injured seal pups, and is owned by The SEA LIFE Trust. The centre is on the banks of the Helford River in Cornwall, England, UK, next to the village of Gweek. The origins of the seal sanctuary go back to 1958 when the founder, Ken Jones, discovered a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home at St Agnes.

Crantock BeachCrantock Beach, Crantock, Newquay TR8 5RN, UK
Beaches

Crantock beach is a beautiful sandy beach at the mouth of the River Gannel estuary, bordered by sand dunes with a Car park nearby. At the southern end of the beach are high cliffs providing some shelter from the wind. To the north is the mouth of the River Gannel.  The steep cliffs here are a haven for seabirds and at low tide you can explore the cave which has carvings dating back over 100 years.

Crealy Theme Park & ResortSidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR, UK
Theme Parks

A Park that caters for the whole family from the smallest children to parents and grandparents alike, Crealy Theme Park & Resort has over 200 animals, 75,000 square feet of undercover play and extensive outdoor adventure areas for guests to explore.

Crooklets BeachCrooklets Beach, S W Coast Path, Bude EX23 8NE, UK
Beaches

A wide expanse of golden sand is exposed at low tide, bordered by rocky outcrops ideal for rock-pooling. It is A wide expanse of golden sand is exposed at low tide, bordered by rocky outcrops ideal for rock-pooling. The beach has great facilities including a large car park, level access and viewing area, a play area, skate park, beach cafe, showers, amusements and pubs close by.

Daymer BayDaymer Bay, United Kingdom
Beaches

A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary. At south the end of the beach is the grassy mound of Braey Hill which is worth a climb for excellent views of the area.

East Looe BeachEast Looe Beach, Looe, UK
Beaches

East Looe beach is a perfect location for swimming as the beach gently shelves providing easy access especially for the little ones.  At low tide there is a large gently sloping sandy beach which is generally safe for swimming, although it is not recommended to swim by the river mouth beyond the pier. It offers good, safe swimming, the eastern end of the beach is rockier and hence less crowded than the western end, which starts at the Banjo Pier.

Eden ProjectBodelva, Par PL24 2SG, UK
Iconic Buildings

Eden Project is a unique experience and one of the UK’s most popular visitor attractions. Here, in the heart of Cornwall’s stunning countryside you’ll find the world’s largest indoor rainforest. It is home to a series of great biomes. In a single day, you’ll be able to experience the steaming rainforests of South America, and stroll past lemon trees, olive groves, vines and herbs on a journey through the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. There are also adventure activities, gardens, an

Epping ForestEpping Forest, United Kingdom
Outdoors- Other
Forests

It occupies the southwestern part of the county at the northeastern edge of Greater London. The name also refers to an ancient tract of woodland that crosses the district. The original forest was a royal hunting ground that was gradually enclosed.   It contains areas of woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs, and ponds, and its elevation and thin gravelly soil historically made it unsuitable for agriculture.

Falmouth Art GalleryMunicipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 2RT, UK
Art Galleries

Falmouth Art Gallery is one of the leading art galleries in the South West. Its collection features works by major artists including Frank Brangwyn, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Napier Hemy, Alfred Munnings and Henry Scott Tuke.  The gallery has an exciting temporary exhibition programme. Works from the collection are shown alongside loans from national galleries and Cornish artists.

Fistral BeachFistral Beach, Newquay, UK
Beaches

Fistral Beach is quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. With jewel-blue sea and a never-ending stretch of golden sand, Fistral is the perfect family beach, offering simple pleasures of sea, sand and surf combined. Fistral is the playground for hundreds of enthusiasts who flock to the beach to get a fix of the big waves.

Map of attractions in Cornwall