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Best Days Out in Cornwall

12 of the best tourist attractions in Cornwall


Parkdean Resorts by Parkdean Resorts on 26/08/2021
lost gardens of heligan

Cornwall is a beautiful place to go on holiday, with plenty of things to do and lots of places to explore. You can expect to see some breath taking scenery and some of the UK’s best and most popular beaches. Parkdean Resorts have 8 holiday parks in Cornwall, offering brilliant facilities and accommodation. You can stay in a luxury lodge or a caravan, or even camp at one of our spectacularly located parks, which are ideal for use as a base for exploring. Cornwall has so much to offer visitors, so get planning! We’ve put together some of our favourite days out in Cornwall to make sure you don’t miss out any of the must see attractions.

1. Land’s End

lands end sign post

Visit the westernmost point of the mainland UK to witness the panoramic views of the very bottom of the country. The parking price includes entry into the centre which has a restaurant, bar and takeaway venues, as well as a large gift shop. There are often impressive firework displays shown on certain evenings throughout the week in the summer months – visit the Land’s End website for details. Venture to the famous First and Last Inn for a drink and capture a souvenir photograph by the iconic Land’s End sign, which people have been travelling to see for hundreds of years.

Price: Car £7/Motorhome £10

Address: Land's End, Sennen, Penzance TR19 7AA

2. St Ives Harbour

St Ives is one of the most picturesque places in the UK, known for its palm trees and azure blue waters likening it to a tropical paradise. The harbour is a lovely place to take a day trip to enjoy the white sand beach and clear waters. Around the harbour, there are lovely restaurants, bars and of course, award-winning bakeries where you can tuck in to the local delicacy – a Cornish pasty. When the tide is out St Ives Beach makes a perfect spot for swimming and sun bathing when it’s sunny. One of the unique things about St Ives is that it’s still a working port, meaning you’ll see fishermen entering the harbour with their daily catches. It's difficult to park near St Ives Harbour, however there is a shuttle bus system running from St Ives car park down to the beach.

Price: Free

Address: Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LH

3. St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount Cornwall

Venture across the causeway to this fascinating island to learn of the history and the legends that accompany it. At low tide you can walk across the exposed path and visit St Michael’s Mount on foot or you can access the island by boat at high tide for an extra cost. You can buy tickets to visit the iconic castle which give you access to the castle, shops and cafes on the island and you can buy a separate ticket which will give you access to the gardens. The beach near St Michael’s Mount is a lovely place for a picnic at low tide too. If you’re staying at Lizard Point Holiday Park, this attraction is about a 30 minute drive away. There are several large car parks nearby the beach where you can park to access this attraction.

Price: Adult (Castle) £14/Child (Castle) £7, Adult (Castle & Gardens) £24/Child £13

Address: Marazion, TR17 0EQ

4. Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is one of Cornwall’s best wildlife attractions and makes a great day out for the whole family – the kids will love this place. They’ve got a huge variety of animals including lemurs, monkeys, lions, penguins and many more. There’s a petting area for children which has fluffy animals such as rabbits and Guinea pigs, as well as an open enclosure where you can pet the goats. With plenty of drinks and snacks venues located in the park and lots of space for kids to run wild in the outdoor play areas this attraction is great for keeping the kids happy. Newquay Zoo is a charity which relies on visitors’ support to fund their conservation projects, so each visit is very important to them. This exciting attraction is just over 10 minutes away from Newquay Holiday Park. The zoo has a large car park for visitors on site.

Price: Adult £16.35/Child £12.30

Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL

5. Eden Project

The Eden Project is an incredibly popular attraction in Cornwall and a very enjoyable, educational day out. This huge tropical garden is located in a massive crater the size of 30 football pitches, providing an impressive environment to explore the relationship between plants and people. The Eden Project is a unique attraction which educates visitors on the importance of working towards a sustainable future. Home to the world’s largest greenhouse, you can experience a tropical rainforest right in the heart of Cornwall. This attraction welcomes dogs too and it’s only a 25 minute drive from White Acres Holiday Park. There is a free car park on site at this attraction which is free for visitors.

Price: Adult £32.50/Child £10.00

Address: Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

6. Crantock Beach

Crantock Beach

Take a day trip to one of Cornwall’s finest beaches. Crantock Beach, nestled just outside of Newquay is a paradise for all things sun, sea and sand and uniquely features a river cutting through its shore – the Gannel Estuary. At low tide, you can access the caves where you can see the outline of a female figure along with a verse carved into the wall – inscribed by local man called Joseph Prater in the 1900s, bringing a nice bit of history to the beach. Crantock Beach Holiday Park is just a short walk away, giving you a good base to access the attraction should you plan to visit. This is a very popular attraction so the car park often becomes full but there is other parking nearby the National Trust car park.

Price: Parking £8

Address: Crantock, TR8 5RN

7. Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore 200 acres of garden and mystery when visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This attraction is just a 30 minute drive from White Acres Holiday Park and not one to miss out on. The gardens are packed full of exciting history as they were created in the mid-18th century to the beginning of the 20th century and were restored in the 1900s. Follow the narrow paths edged with tropical plants and cross the rope bridge to view the gardens from a different perspective. Discover the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady along the woodland walk and enjoy the unique heritage flowers. Once you’re done walking, stop off at the Heligan Tearoom for some Cornish cream tea and a home cooked meal. There is a free car park for visitors at this attraction. 

Price: Adult £17.50/Child £8.50

Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN

8. Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre Cornwall

This open air theatre in Porthcurno saw its first performance in 1932. Fast forward to today and this iconic historical attraction is still putting on theatrical performances for more than 80,000 people per year. The theatre was built by Rowena Cade who moved to Cornwall after the First World War and is nestled in the cliffs overlooking breathtaking views of Porthcurno Bay. When visiting this attraction you’ll discover how it was created as well as experience a magical live performance. You can also enjoy the exotic gardens, plants and the dramatic site on which it’s built. There's a car park at the theatre for visitors with tickets only.

Price: Adult £7.50/Child £3.75

Address: Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU

9. Isles of Scilly

Take a boat trip to the Isles of Scilly to discover a lovely group of islands just off Cornwall’s coast where you can enjoy the beautiful and unspoilt scenery. The islands are outstandingly picturesque, uncrowded and relaxed. Head to St Mary’s for a day trip where you’ll find white sandy beaches and a bustling small town. The population of this island is just 1800 making it ideal for exploring. The island isn’t short of activities either, they’ve got everything from beach horse riding to cycling and swimming. The boat trip from Penzance is a great experience where you can see spectacular views of the Cornish coastline.

Price: Adult (return) £30, Child (return) £15

Price: Address: St. Mary's, Isles Of Scilly, TR21 0PW

10. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Seals on a beach

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a charity that rescues and rehabilitates seal pups and offers a fun and educational day out for animal lovers and kids alike. The sanctuary is also home to penguins, sea lions and beavers, so there’s something for everyone. Why not visit the seal hospital, where you can learn more about how the sanctuary rehabilitates and rescues seals. Little ones will love looking through the sanctuary’s viewing windows and getting up close and personal with these friendly creatures. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is located just under 15 minutes away from Lizard Point Holiday Park so if you’re holidaying there, be sure to pay the seals a visit! Parking is free at this attraction and there is a car park on site. 

Price: Adult £15.50/Child £12.50

Address: Gweek TR12 6UG

11. Flambards Theme Park

This action packed day out is perfect for thrill seekers with lots of exciting rollercoasters and rides to enjoy all day. You’ll find a wide selection of attractions and amusements at Flambards, meaning this day out is ideal for kids of any age as well as adults – with everything from rollercoasters to a log flume! There’s lots of things to see too including the Victorian village and the vintage motorbikes. For young children, Ferdi’s Funland has lots of cool rides too, such as the Tea Cups, the Dino Express and even a chance to ride in the Space Shuttle. If you visit during the summer holidays, on an evening you can expect to see live music, shows and firework displays too! This fabulous attraction is just over 10 minutes’ drive away from Lizard Point Holiday Park. There's a car park at this theme park and it's free to park all day.

Price: Adult £17.95/Child £13.45

Address: Clodgey Ln, Helston TR13 0QA

12. Kynance Cove & Lizard Point

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove is located on the Lizard Peninsula and is a great place to explore. It’s one of the many famous beauty spots of Cornwall’s coastline – which, if you didn’t know any better, you could easily mistake for a tropical country. The cove’s stunning white sand beach makes a fabulous photo opportunity and you’ll find plenty of caves, beaches, trails and headlands to explore – so make sure you plan to visit for a full day. The Lizard Peninsula is one of the best places in the country for wildlife and rare plants as well as being a great place for long walks. It’s a great area of Cornwall to discover if you are staying at Lizard Point Holiday Park.

Price: Free

Address: Lizard, Helston TR12 7NT

We want to see your best photos of your days out in Cornwall so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @parkdeanresorts! Still looking for more great attractions? Visit our Cornwall Local Attractions page for even more fun activities.