Heading to Cornwall this year? Make sure you check out some of our all-time favourite places to visit with the family!
THE EDEN PROJECT
No guide to Cornwall attractions would be complete without a mention of the world famous Eden Project. Just three miles from St. Austell, the site comprises two huge Biomes containing an enormous selection of plant life from around the world. Indeed the Rainforest Biome is the largest rainforest ‘in captivity’ and the canopy walkway allows you walk through the treetops, observing laboratories and even the recreation of a camp used by the Baka tribe of Cameroon. The other Biome contains plants from the Mediterranean and is equally fascinating. This amazing facility hosts art exhibitions and music concerts and even has accommodation onsite built, in the spirit of conservation, from disused shipping containers.
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL
If you have any interest in ships, boats and seafaring then you and the family simply can’t afford to miss a trip to Falmouth to visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. With fifteen galleries spread across five floors, there is always something new and exciting to see all-year round. A two-year exhibition of Viking Voyagers dominates the Hold, the largest of the galleries, while the Main Hall houses a flotilla of small boats suspended from the ceiling as well as the fascinating boat-building workshop where you can even design your own sea-going craft. There are new exhibitions being added all the time, so check out http://nmmc.co.uk/ to keep up to date.
GEEVOR TIN MINE
Whatever the weather you can enjoy a tour of one of the last tin mines to close in Cornwall. Geevor Mine operated from the 18th Century right up until 1990, and some of the last miners to work there are now among the guides, bringing to life what it was like to travel deep underground to extract the rock containing the tin. The tour takes you down into the mines and through the processing plant where the tin was extracted and into the miners’ Dry, the area where they changed for work and which stands untouched from its final use in 1990. The Hard Rock museum onsite tells the story of Cornish mining, and you can also try your hand at mineral panning, keeping anything that you find!
One of the most unforgettable experiences available to visitors to Cornwall is a trip to watch a performance in the open-air Minack Theatre. Built in the 1930s by the landowner Rowen Cade, this stunning amphitheatre, dug into the clifftops at Porthcurno and set against the backdrop of the Atlantic, now shows drama, musical and opera all year round. The historical theatre is well worth a visit just to explore this unique landmark and its gardens, but for the full effect we recommend booking to come and see a performance from some of the country’s top theatre companies.
CORNWALL FOOTBALL GOLF
You don’t have to be Tiger Woods or David Beckham to have a great day out at Britain’s first ever football golf course. Suitable for any age, the rules are the same as normal golf, but instead of a small ball and clubs you use - yes, you guessed it - a football! Set in the beautiful countryside just outside St. Austell there are two 18-hole courses - Parkland, set on the flat, and more challenging Hillside. Open seven days a week during the summer, there are regular events and fun competitions, including the evening championship held at 6pm every Wednesday.
So get planning your Cornish adventures and let us know what you think of our favourite things to do in Cornwall! Don't forget to visit our stores across the South West, find one near you here: https://www.saltrock.com/pages/stores