There are a million and one things to do and see in Cornwall, it can often seem overwhelming. That’s why we here at The Rock Inn have put together a handy guide on the top ten things to do in Cornwall.
- The Minack Theatre
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall. TR19 6JU
This beautiful, man-made outdoor theatre space was built by local resident Rowena Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings. In the winter of 1931, Rowena and Billy hand made the theatre out of Granite boulders and earth, ready for its first performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on August 16th 1932. The theatre is still thriving today with storytelling events, matinee performances, exhibition centres and much more. The beautiful views around is the perfect setting for soaking in some traditional culture. For more information, visit their website here.
- Camel Trail
4-6 S Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL
The Camel trail is 18 miles of pure joy. It is one of the country’s most loved cycle routes. The Camel Trail is built along a disused railway line, so the terrain is pretty smooth and perfect for beginner cyclists and ramblers. The Camel Trail is dog-friendly and has great public transport routes. If you don’t fancy dragging a family of bikes down to the trail, there are ample opportunities to hire bikes and accessories for the day. For more information, visit the official website here.
- Fistral Beach
Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY
Cornwall is synonymous with being the home of British surfing. Fistral Beach is where the waves are at and on that beach is The Fistral Beach Complex. The complex houses the International Surfing Centre with many places to eat, drink and shop. There is also the Fistral Beach Surf Hire, where there is a huge range of different surfing and beach equipment. If you’re not familiar with the waves, you can also enrol in the Fistral Beach Surf School. If you would like more information on what’s available, visit their website here.
- Tintagel Castle
Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Step back in time to the mythical time of King Arthur and his legendary tales at Tintagel Castle. This beautiful and romantic setting is steeped in history, with the site being the supposed area of the conception of King Arthur. It is said that the associations around Arthur are what lead to Richard, Earl of Cornwall building the castle in the 1230s. The area itself is of significant importance for other historical events around the Dark Ages and Medieval eras also. For more information, visit the English Heritage site for more information here.
- Port Isaac
Port Isaac PL29 3RG
Port Isaac is the beautiful coastal village in North Cornwall famed for its picturesque views, fishing industry, and the well-known TV series, Doc Martin. You can visit the exact spot where Martin and Louisa first met and fell in love. Or you could pop by the surgery for a quick checkup? Port Isaac has so much to offer as well as the obvious tourist spots, including amazing places to eat, drink and activities. For more information, visit the website here.
- Eden Project
Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG
One of the most famous visitor attractions in the UK, let alone Cornwall, the Eden Project is an amazing project that brings together fun, nature and education. Opened in 2001, the Eden Project, like nature itself has sprouted and grown into life with awe-inspiring installations, plants, flowers and experiences. Eden is the ultimate family-friendly day out, with interactive activities and facilities. There are so many events and exhibitions at the Eden Project, make sure you check out what’s on via their website here.
- Hangloose Adventure
Eden Project, Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG
Right next door to the Eden Project, Hangloose Adventure is for the ultra-thrill seeker. There are six different hair-raising activities to get your pulses raising and your comfort zone lost. At Hangloose Adventure you can live out your stuntperson fantasies by jumping the BIG AIR Giant Airbag. Or you could experience total terror in FREEFALL, exactly what it says on the tin. Make sure you check out the terms and conditions before you go. For reasons of safety, there are strict weight and age restrictions. For more information and all details, check their website here.
- Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD
This quaint, independently owned museum is a perfect location to take the family to or even have a peruse by yourself. It was created back in 1960 by Cecil Williamson, after initially being founded in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1951. Although Williamson moved to Cornwall after local opposition. The museum has great exhibitions and wonders that even if you don’t believe in Witchcraft, it’ll be a great experience to see. For more information, visit their website here.
- Bude Sea Pool
Summerleaze Car Park, Bude, EX23 0LS
Bude Sea Pool is the perfect place for those who want to experience open swimming in a safe environment. Since being built in the 1930s for the enjoyment of the residents of Bude, the pool has provided decades of fun for all generations. The pool is filled by the tides with water straight from the Atlantic Ocean, so it is not chemically treated or warmed. As is it part natural, part man-made, the depths can vary. Bude Sea Pool is a great day out for the family, however, the safety guides have to be followed to reduce the risk of harm or injury. For more information, visit the website here.
- Newquay Zoo
Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ – Sat nav postcode: TR7 2NN
Take the family on a worldwide adventure with Newquay Zoo. With amazing animals from across the globe, you’ll be astounded by all the different exhibits the zoo has to offer. There are over 130 species living in the zoo and lots of activities for animal lovers big and small. Why not try one the immersive animal experiences and get a taste of what it’s like to be a zookeeper? For more information and prices, check out the website here.
After you’ve spent the day doing lots of fun and fascinating things, you’re bound to need a hearty, and quality tasting dinner to finish the day. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.