Cornwall is the perfect family holiday destination. With beautiful beaches, amazing water sport facilities, delicious food, outstanding accommodation and world-class galleries and museums, it also has countless events that take place throughout the year.

With many attractions filled to the brim with activities for children this summer, we’ve put together some of the best places to visit in Cornwall with the kids in tow.

The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is one of the few marine biology laboratories in the world open to visitors. A fascinating place to visit as you learn all there is to know about lobsters, the centre’s conservation work and the wider marine environment.

Looking for things to do in Cornwall? The National Lobster Hatchery is a great day out.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary allows you get up close and personal with these fantastic creatures. As well as seals, the sanctuary is also home to sea lions, Shetland ponies and other land animals – don’t miss feeding time in the penguin house!

Seal pup

Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

If you’re after something a little more exotic, Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is a great day out - providing the opportunity to see some fantastic species and even becoming a primate keeper for the day!


BF Adventure

If it’s adrenaline you’re after, don’t miss your chance to visit BF Adventure. This 60-acre site just outside Falmouth offers opportunities for rock-climbing, abseiling and raft building.

Raft building challenge

Holywell Bay Fun Park

Family fun is readily available at Holywell Bay Fun Park, with an array of activities to suit everyone. The soft play area is great for toddlers, whilst more adventurous actives include go-karts and zorbing balls - great for the big kid in all of us.


Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Explore the history of tiny Porthcurno, which spent 100 years at the forefront of global communications and is home to technology that changed the world.

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Wheal Martyn

Get lost in Cornwall’s industrial past at the UK’s only china clay museum. Set in 26 acres of parkland there are plenty of opportunities for exploring, learning and of course, fun.

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Oasis Fun Pools

The perfect rainy day saviour, kids will love the giant slides, 3 heated pools, flumes and waterfall – don’t miss the wet and wild super flume… ride on the crest of a wave for a full 265 feet until splash down.

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Cornwall’s beaches are great for long, lazy days enjoying the sunshine. Choose from family favourites such as Chapel Porth, where at low tide there’s plenty of room for beach games, and the National Trust café serves legendry hedgehog ice creams.

Above Chapel Porth on the Cornish coast path.

Or, explore the newly awarded blue flag beach, Gyllyngvase in Falmouth. It has an abundance of water sports to try and fantastic beach side café – perfect for afternoon snacks.

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