Come rain or shine there is a whole host of fun things to do in Cornwall, from exploring the best beaches around the county during the summer months, to sampling the delights of a great Cornish menu undercover in winter.

Whilst it’s hard to narrow it down, here is our list of the top things we think everyone should try when in Cornwall.

Surfs up!

Things to do in Cornwall - surfing

As a destination that entices surfers from all over the world, a visit to the county wouldn’t be complete without hitting the waves. With a wide variety of surf schools available around Cornwall, there’s no excuse not to give the sport a go!

And it’s not all about beginners. With some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, the county has a lot to offer anyone seeking out the surf. With a variety of great spots to choose from, whether you’re simply looking for some consistent waves or are in the market for a challenging, adrenaline fuelled ride – there’s something for everyone.

Get historical with a trip to a castle

Where to get married in Cornwall - St Mawes Castle

From the hills to the coastline, Cornwall is home to a wealth of historical landmarks, including many castles located across the county.

Why not take a trip to Tintagel Castle and discover its close alignment with the story of King Arthur, or visit St Mawes Castle on the Roseland to see an example of one of the best-preserved forts on the coastline. Launceston Castle, Pendennis Castle, St Catherine’s Castle and Restormel Castle are also worth a visit. If you’re looking for somewhere historical to stay during your visit, Tregenna Castle might just be the perfect choice!

Discover a horticultural spectacle at The Eden Project

The biomes at Eden

With a packed line up of family friendly events taking place throughout the year, a visit to Eden is a must! Explore the two vast covered biomes which house landscapes from the rainforest and Mediterranean regions – enjoying views over the tree canopy and the many sights and smells arising from the flower displays and crops.

And when you’re ready to head outside? The experience continues as you make your way around the outdoor gardens that are home to some of the world’s oldest and rarest plants.

Follow the Poldark trail

Places to see in Cornwall - St Breward

With much of the filming of this popular TV series taking place in Cornwall, you may want to find out more about the locations used. From St Breward on Bodmin Moor which featured as Poldark’s home Nampara, to Levant Mine which was used as Wheal Leisure, there’s much to see when following the trail of the Poldark film crew.

And if you don’t want the hassle of tracking down the locations yourself? With many organised trails available, seeing the sights couldn’t be easier – we recommend taking a look at Absolutours and Hallagenna Riding.

Get your adrenaline pumping!


There are many great activities and attractions in Cornwall to enjoy, offering fantastic days out for all the family.

Why not head to BF Adventure for the day and try your hand at some rock-climbing, archery or bushcraft? Or head to Oasis Fun Pools when the weather isn’t so kind outside – the perfect all-weather attraction. Ready to explore the coastline? Then Lizard Adventure with its coasteering, kayaking, paddle boarding and climbing is sure to excite!

Discover why Cornwall is famous for its art

St Ives Harbour

Take a trip down to St Ives or Falmouth and explore the many galleries on offer, or why not venture down to Marazion to see St Michael’s Mount – the most painted scene in Cornwall!

With more artists living in this part of the country than anywhere else, it’s no wonder many flock to see the artwork on offer in Cornwall.

Take a walk

Places to visit in Cornwall - Bedruthan Steps

Whether heading off along the coastal path, exploring the woodland or roaming the moor, there is so much to see when on foot in Cornwall.

Some of our favourite spots include Cardinham Woods, Bedruthan Steps and the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor.

Sample some of the county’s best dishes


Whether you’re sitting on the sand with a pasty in your hand, indulging in a Cream Tea (made the Cornish way) at one of the many fantastic hotels or café’s around the county, or visiting a restaurant for a sit down meal – there are so many delicious dishes to be sampled. So what are you waiting for? Tuck in!