Cornwall is one of those locations in the UK that many families head to when they are embracing a UK staycation. The stunning beaches and seaside resorts will bring visitors back time and time again, and families love the flexibility of the place. However, while spending every day at the beach is a lovely way to enjoy your time, some families are interested to venture out and see or do different things. Younger children especially can get bored easily. So with that in mind, here are some of the best places to visit in Cornwall as a family to keep you entertained and excited.
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Bude Sea Pool
This is a semi-natural amenity that has provided a haven of water activities for the community and beyond since the 1930s. Bude itself is a popular place to visit with an epic beach and lovely shops and village feel to it. But the main attraction has to be the Bude sea pool. It is a free activity, which is even better, however, the pool does rely on the charity that runs it and donations. It is a lovely spot and will feel a safer option for families with young children when it comes to swimming by the sea, or in the seawater. Check the official Bude Sea Pool site for more information.
Minack Theatre is an old stone theatre right on the tip of the coast in Penzance. This outdoor area often puts on shows and entertains its visitors. Experience the beautiful surroundings and learn how the theatre has become part of the area. It is a ticketed site, and it is worth checking out the website to see what is on and when. But it is a unique attraction that the whole family will love.
This was a mighty fortress back in Tudor times and is definitely one to experience with the family. Children will find the castle and architecture an intriguing place. You will all learn about Tudor history and will have plenty of fun spots for family photography. Did you know it's considered a World Heritage site since 1973? Check out the official Pendennis Castle site for more info.
The Eden Project
A fabulous and unique location in Cornwall has to be The Edden Project. A place where you can truly experience what it feels like to be in a rainforest. There are the most incredible natural plants and it gives you a glimpse of what it feels like in some of the wildest climates in the world. You'll be able to climb a fun ladder to the top of biomes and see the whole ecosystem from above.
Besides, your family will love the special baobab smoothies and vegan treats you can find at the gift shop. You can even buy some plants as souvenirs so your family will remember this incredible trip to Cornwall for years to come.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Who doesn't want to see cute seals? This is a lovely place to visit for the whole family. Here at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, you will be able to hear stories of epic rescues, see some of the seals and have plenty of photo opportunities. The sanctuary is also home to penguins as well as other adorable animals. It is a great location to visit in Gweek and it's the only seal sanctuaries in the area. Ready for adventure? Check out the Cornish seal sanctuary website for more details on how to plan.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
Are you looking for some adventure during your Cornish holiday? Head over to Wadebridge, where you will find Camel Creek Adventure Park. This is a perfect place for families that have some thrill-seekers amongst them. There are some great rides and attractions within the park, some ideal for your little ones. It is a ticketed attraction and you will need to pre-book online, but it is definitely a place to go if you are hoping to add a little fun and excitement to your holiday in Cornwall.
Another great location to visit in Cornwall with your family is the Adrenalin Quarry. This is the ideal day out for families who seek fun and adventure. Check out the ‘on the water” adventure obstacle course, a very long and fast zip wire, Go Karting, an Aquapark, axe throwing, and a giant swing. There is also the opportunity of open water swimming. The Adrenalin Quarry has something for everyone here.
Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Located on the South Coast, the Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a treasure trove of over 8000 artefacts waiting to be discovered by you and your family. It is located in the historic port of Charlestown. Beyond the museum, you will find plenty to see and do that will tickle your fancy. Charlestown is a delightful and peaceful village with a small harbour and plenty of good restaurants. It's not overcrowded so you can truly enjoy a relaxing day here.
If you have a family that loves animals then make sure to visit the Newquay Zoo. There are also regular talks and feeding times throughout the day, so it can be a real interactive experience for you and your little ones. The coolest thing about this zoo? You can visit the tropical house which is home to sloths and reptiles. If you are a regular visitor, make sure to purchase an annual pass. Otherwise, just book your ticket online on the Newquay Zoo website here.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
A beautifully landscaped park with formal gardens, coastal views, and plenty of parkland for you and the whole family to enjoy. Your kids can run around and truly exhibit their exuberant nature. You'll enjoy incredible views and have lots of photo opportunities.
Lands End Landmark
No family fun in Cornwall would be complete without Lands End. An iconic area where you and your whole family can have a picture with the famous sign, and see some pretty special views across the coast. Take a walk along the coastline and enjoy the salty air and sunny vistas.
You've reached the end of our Cornish recommendation. As you can now tell, Cornwall is the perfect place for a family holiday and we are certain you are going to have an incredible time with your loved ones. Did you experience a place you want us to know about? Let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to add your idea to the article.