We recently visited Cornwall for our family holiday and we had a brilliant time. Cornwall is a beautiful part of the country and one that I had not been to since I was a child. Cornwall has a lot to offer whatever the weather and whilst we did go in August, the weather wasn’t always that kind to us and we couldn’t spend every day on the beach.
I thought I would share with you a few places to visit, even on an Autumn day.
We visited the Eden Project on a day that started off raining, but thankfully turned out a lot dryer than forecast. It was a great day out for both Andy and I and the girls. We loved walking around both the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome. Alice found it really fascinating and there was lots for them to see and do.
Outside there were a few fun activities for children like crazy golf and these large ring slides, which they both loved.The Invisible Worlds Exhibition was indoors and this was brilliant to look around. Alice was mesmerised by the Infinity Blue Sculpture, which ‘breathes’ vapour rings and they would come right over you. There was also a small soft play inside too.
We took a picnic, but there was a restaurant with plenty of seating and food options. We brought our tickets the night before, as it is cheaper than on the day. It cost us £62.60 for 2 adults and 1 child. Holly was free, as all children ages 0-4 get free entry. Our ticket on the day also turned into an annual pass, which means we can return again within the year for no additional cost.
St Michael’s Mount, Marazion
This was our favourite day out. St Michael’s Mount is a National Trust property and I would definitely recommend a visit. You can get to St Michael’s Mount either by boat, or waiting for the tide to go out and walk across the cobbled causeway. We really wanted to walk across and checked the tide times before we went, knowing that it would be out by 11am.
It was great to walk across and it really added to our visit. Once you arrive there is a cafe and a large garden area for you to sit in, with some garden games. The views were lovely. To climb up to the castle you will either need to be a National Trust Member to get access, or purchase tickets. As we are National Trust Members, the whole visit didn’t cost us any money.
It is quite a steep climb up to the castle, but it is worth it for those views and to see inside the castle. Alice loves castles and asks lots of questions as we go around them.
There is also the village and harbour to explore and there is a small community of 30 islanders that live and work on the island. There are villages tours throughout the day if you want to find out about the history.
Land’s End, Sennen
One place I really wanted to visit was Land’s End, as its a real iconic place in Cornwall with the Land’s End sign. Whilst this is all outdoors, there are some nice cafes you can warm up in once you walked around.
The views were amazing and we were explaining to the girls that we were at the end of the UK and Alice thought it was brilliant.
Whilst we only walked around and across to the first and last Inn, there are other things to do there, like the 4D Film Experience, Greeb Farm and the End To End Story. The one thing I found disappointing is that the iconic sign is owned by a local photography company and you have to pay them to have your photo taken with it. Which I think is a real shame, and I choose not to pay.
Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
As we’re Merlin Annual Pass holders, we wanted to take a trip to The Seal Sanctuary. It’s a lovely trip for children and adults, especially if you love to hear about how they help the seals. There was a seal hospital to look around and then the area they go to when they are convalescing. There were lots for them to see and if a pool was empty there was a cute sign telling you the seals were now all better.
There was also a small play area, which the girls loved and a cafe where we got a coffee. There were a few nature trails to walk around and we found some bug hotels and some otters.
We spent a lovely morning there and would say it is more like a half day trip, than a full day.
Lanhydrack, National Trust, Bodmin
Whilst we were away sadly Alice was unwell. Andy took Holly off to Lanhydrack National Trust, he said the gardens were massive and spectacular to see. There is an adventure playground, which Holly enjoyed.
If you enjoy cycling, they have some great cycling trails to follow and you can hire bikes too. Which is great if you are on holiday and haven’t bought your own. If Alice hadn’t been unwell, this is what we had planned to do.
We always love a National Trust Property and we love to find the local ones when we’re on holiday.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St.Austell
Photo Credit – Katy
The Lost Gardens of Heligan was on our list to visit, but sadly with Alice being poorly we lost a couple of days and we didn’t have time.
The gardens look beautiful to explore, with something new to look at around every corner. There is a jungle to explore, which looks great fun for children. There are seasonal trails to follow and a lovely play space on the lawn for children big or small.
When we return to Cornwall, this will definitely be top of our list.
Places to Stay
Since having the girls we prefer to stay in cottages when we go on holiday in the UK for more than a couple of a nights. Whilst a hotel is ok for a 1 night stay, anymore and we prefer to have somewhere with more space, separate bedroom for the girls and flexibility.
Original Cottages have some beautiful cottages to stay in and I said to Andy that next time we visit Cornwall I would love to be closer to the beach. I fell in love with Padstow when we were away and I would love to stay nearby.
We only got to drive through St Ives and its somewhere that I would love to explore. The Magic House looks like a lovely base for us, located on Kitty Corner and is near one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall.
Have you visited Cornwall, where is your favourite place to stay? I would love your recommendations.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Original Cottages.