Things to do in Cornwall

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Gardens, walks and historic houses

Rainforest biomes, forgotten gardens, and stepping stones made for giants. National Trust houses, woodland walks and natural beauty, most within easy reach of Watergate Bay.

Eden Project

Near St Austell, a 30-minute drive

Explore the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, hidden gems in the outdoor gardens, iconic sculptures, England’s longest zipwire, ice skating rink and limited exhibitions. Timed ticket entries, booking ahead essential.

Eden Project

Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps – National Trust

1hr 20 min walk along the coast path, or a 10-minute drive

Experience the natural wonder of Bedruthan Steps, dramatic views and sea stacks towering high above the beach. Legend has it a giant called Bedruthan used the sea stacks as stepping stones across the bay. The steps down to the beach are currently closed due to a rockfall in 2019, but the popular tea garden serving cream teas and light lunches is open.

Bedruthan Steps

Lost Gardens of Heligan

45-minute drive

A garden frozen in time, forgotten since the outbreak of WW1, and re-awakened in 1990. The history, scale, wildlife, woodland, and jungle rope bridge suspended 100 feet above ancient ferns, are waiting. Pre-booking is essential with timed ticket entries available.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

St Michael’s Mount – National Trust

1-hour drive

A tidal island, 500 metres from the mainland, linked by a causeway that is passable between mid-tide and low water. The island is crowned by a medieval church and castle but is also home to a living community. Winding flower-lined paths meander through stone terraces to an exotic garden set on the wild salty coast. Take a picnic, grab a bite from the takeout café menu, and breathe in the views.

St Michaels Mount

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

1-hour drive

A sheltered valley with a coastal backdrop of St Michael's Mount, the sculpture gardens often showcase internationally renowned artists through exhibitions. Permanent sculptures are interwoven with exotic planting making a dramatic and tranquil place to explore.

Tremenheere - Sculpture Gardens

Trerice – National Trust

20-minute drive

Elizabethan manor house and gardens. Booking essential.

Trerice – National Trust

Lanhydrock – National Trust

30-minute drive

Country house estate, ancient woodland, extensive gardens, and riverside paths. Off-road cycle trails for all abilities and bike hire available. The Park café is ideal for a light snack or a hot drink, pre-booking to explore the house and gardens is essential.

Lanhydrock – National Trust

Trebah Gardens and the Helford River

1-hour drive

Discover a 26-acre sub-tropical garden, located above the Helford River and with a coastal backdrop. Open from Saturday to Wednesday for pre-booked visitors, the four miles of footpaths weave through exotic plants to a private secluded beach, just at the mouth of the Helford River.

Visit Trebah

Further afield

Museums, art galleries and vineyards. Boat safaris, climbing walls and “Dark Walks”. Rainy day plans, inspirational exhibitions, and activities for the adventurous.

Tarquins Gin Distillery Tours

At the Southwestern Distillery, Tarquin and his team distil his famous gin overlooking the wild Cornish coast. Book a 90 minute tour and learn all about the history, botanicals and process, take part in a tasting and even take your own personalised bottle home. Booking essential. 

Tarquin's Gin Tours

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

1-hour drive approx.

Local, national and international stories are told through rare objects around the world, a delve into the history of our seafaring heritage. Limited exhibitions aiming to educate, inspire and gain new perspectives on our boat building heritage and conservation of the seas. Creatures of the Deep exhibition takes you below the waves, into the deep of the blue to discover the rich and varied creatures beneath.

Maritime Museum

Camel Valley Vineyard Tour

35 minute drive

Take a tour of the Camel Valley Vineyard or a seat on the terrace and soak up the view of the rolling hills. Camel Valley produces some of the best English sparkling wine, consistently winning awards for their Pinot Noir Rose Brut.

Camel Valley

The Tide Climbing Centre

A climbing centre in the heart of Cornwall, the Tide Climbing centre is only a short drive from the hotel. Large areas are dedicated to bouldering, so you can climb without any ropes or harnesses. Ideal rainy-day option, you can see how busy it is on the Tide website.

Tide Climbing Centre

Power boat tours with Waverunner Safaris

Take a boat safari from Newquay harbour and explore the Cornish coastline from a different perspective. 90-minute boat tours are available with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris. You might even spot seals, sunfish, and dolphins.

Waverunner Safaris

National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow

Learn all about lobsters and the conservation work that goes into ensuring the sustainability of the wild lobster population in our seas. Open from Sunday to Friday, 10am until 4pm right on the quayside in Padstow, booking ahead is advised.

Lobster Hatchery

Bodmin Jail

A major re-development has taken place at Bodmin Jail. Built in 1779, you can now dig into the history yourself, literally. With immersive experiences, a “Dark Walk” grimy cells, and chilling last moments. The new attraction has been eagerly anticipated.
Booking essential.

Bodmin Jail

Newlyn Art Gallery

Extraordinary postcards for extraordinary times. Exhibition running until 2 Jan, open Wednesday - Saturday. Newlyn is a working fishing port and is home to its own working Cornish fishing fleet and the Newlyn School of Art

Newlyn Art Gallery

Tate St Ives - Modern art and St Ives town

Tate St Ives have a couple of limited exhibitions on this autumn. The Barbara Hepworth Museum, the Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum and many other art galleries are also dotted around this bustling small town which has transformed St Ives into the art mecca of the southwest.

Tate St Ives

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