Cornwall makes a great place for a staycation, as the region offers spectacular things to see and exciting things to do.
Staycations, when you stay at home but take day trips for your holidays, help people to save money on travel and accommodation, help out local businesses, and cut down holiday stress. If you want a summer holiday close to home, Cornwall is a great choice for a staycation.
Read on for our suggestions of places to see to make the most of your time in this beautiful region.
Explore Natural Wonders
If you’d like a day relaxing on the beach in the sunshine, then Cornwall has you covered. One of the loveliest beaches in Cornwall is Perranporth Beach, which is clean, safe and picturesque. It’s home to miles of golden sand, sparkling water, rock pools, rugged scenery, water sport facilities and a popular ‘on beach’ pub, the Watering Hole.
Grab your camera, put on your walking shoes and head to beautiful Land’s End for an adventurous day trip on your Cornwall staycation. The designated pathways are suitable for all levels of fitness, and take in the famous Land’s End signpost, the First & Last Inn, historical landmarks and breathtaking scenery. Wildlife is in abundance too, with seabirds, seals and sometimes dolphins enjoying the waters.
A must-visit destination for a Cornwall holiday is the magnificent Eden Project. It’s home to trees, jungles and waterfalls in the world’s ‘largest rainforest in captivity’, amazing garden displays, concerts, sculpture and artwork,; a rainforest treetop walk, incredible buildings and biomes, places to eat and drink, and a tractor-powered train ride.
Dive Into The Past
Delve deep into the magical legends of King Arthur and pay a visit to the dramatic ruins of Tintagel Castle, perched on Cornwall’s jagged cliffs. Highlights of the castle itself include the Great Hall, medieval wall, Dark Age remains, and the visitor centre, newly improved for summer 2015. Tintagel Castle also offers magnificent coastal walks, sea views and gardens to enjoy, and atmospheric tunnels and Merlin’s Cave to explore.
Geevor Tin Mine is a unique Cornwall attraction that takes you back in time in a preserved mine. Visitors can see mining machinery and geology exhibits in interactive museums, learn about the life of miners, pan for gold and gems and take an underground tour of the 19th century ‘Wheal Mexico’ mine. Round off your day by visiting the nearby Levant Mine to see a steam-powered Cornish beam engine in action.
Admire Grand Estates and Gardens
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are ancient grounds recently restored into an area of fairy tale beauty. Take a day trip to explore the mysterious ‘Lost Gardens’, the Victorian pleasure grounds, an interactive wildlife project, the hot jungle, ancient woodland and exceptional produce gardens.
If you’re a fan of stately homes then Lanhydrock will be perfect for your Cornwall staycation. As one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall it makes a great place to step back in time and explore a grand house. The estate is also great to spend time in, and you can stroll through the beautiful gardens, discover historic woodlands and round off your day with afternoon tea in the café.
Enjoy Family Friendly Activities
If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for an activity for the whole family, try a course at popular Harlyn Surf School. Cornwall is the best place in the UK to try surfing, and Haryn beach is one of the most safe and unspoilt beaches in the country. If you don’t fancy surfing then you can try your hand at kayaking, coasteering and stand-up paddleboarding.
Kids will love coming face to face with over 40 different species of owls from around the world at the Screech Owl Sanctuary. The sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates owls, raises awareness of their conservation needs, and gives visitors the chance to see and touch them. There are other animals too, including Emus, Meerkat, Alpacas, and Pygmy Goats, making this an excellent attraction for children.
Where else would you recommend people go on their Cornwall staycation?