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Things to See and Do in Cornwall

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Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Located on the south-west coast, this unique county has a culture and history all its own with just about everything you could ask for (and more!) from a UK holiday. The breath-taking scenery, vast cliff-tops, gorgeous beaches and outdoor adventures are only rivalled by the delicious Cornish pasties and fresh seafood you’ll find yourself tucking into! The region also boasts some of the best weather England has to offer. There are so many amazing places to see, but here are some of the best things you can see and do in Cornwall during your trip this year.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise. A former clay pit now houses a visitor attraction which draws in tourists from all over the world. The site holds a series of biomes which contain stunning plants, exhibitions, contemporary gardens and the largest rainforest in captivity. A visit to the Eden Project is a fantastic day out for all the family especially if you go to enjoy one of their summer concerts or special family events. For the daredevils in your group, you can also zipline across the whole of the site! 

Tour the Beaches

Cornwall is renowned for its golden sands, and there are so many beautiful choices it’s difficult to suggest just one for your trip. The best way to choose your beaches is to look at what each of them has to offer as some are better suited to a fun family day out while others are more untouched. Check if the beach has parking or somewhere to grab a bite to eat. If you’re planning on taking a dog with you, then it would be a shame for them to miss out; Cornwall dog friendly beaches are located across the county.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is located on Cornwall’s north coast between Padstow and Bude. The legend of King Arthur is a big tourist attraction here, but it’s also well worth a visit for the scenery alone. There’s even a small beach directly below the castle which is ideal for paddling and exploring rock pools.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan House was a country estate which was owned by the Tremayne family for many generations. The estate had beautiful gardens, but when the First World War broke out, many of the gardeners left to go to war. Sadly, very few returned, and the gardens were covered over by ivy and other weeds. The estate remained untouched until it was finally sold in the 1970s and split into apartments.

Years later a small room was uncovered under fallen masonry with“Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” written in pencil on the wall with the names of people who worked there signed and dated August 1914. The once stunning gardens of Heligan have now been restored by way of tribute to these people. 

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail is an 18th-century penal facility which was built by prisoners who brought 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s Cuckoo Quarry. Today you can explore the jail and learn all about the life of prisoners during this time. This includes real-life stories and exhibits which bring history to life. If you’re brave enough, you can also book an after dark tour (which includes watching a horror movie) or even spend the night!

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