Cornish attractions – a bit further afield…

31st March 2021

We’ve explored attractions close to Polmanter: now let’s venture a bit further afield!


We know that Cornwall has a bit of a reputation for traffic jams in the busier months, and that can be true. Pick your moment, or make sure you have some entertaining music lined up in the car, and simply don’t worry about a slower drive.

You can also use public transport for some destinations. You can pick up the branch line at St Ives station, which will take you to mainline St Erth; and there’s also the shiny double-decker Tinner buses taking passengers all over the county in comfort.

Here are a few of our recommendations for great days out in Cornwall.

The Eden Project

Cornwall’s most famous attraction, The Eden Project near St Austell is definitely worth the travel time. With its exotic biomes, beautiful outdoor spaces, fantastic cafes and exciting events programme, there really is something for everyone at Eden.  Eden re-opens on 17 May; however, you must pre-book your visit online (here’s how to buy your Eden ticket). Keep an eye on their website for details about the cafes, the shop and any events. Persuade any reluctant teens that gardens can be fun by booking a trip with Hangloose Adventure, which offers zip wire rides over the biomes and a giant swing. This reopens before The Eden Project on 12 April.

(Image: Eden Project)

Two smiling people flying high above the Eden biomes on a zipwire
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The story of the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan is heartbreakingly romantic. These old gardens were neglected after the gardeners left for the First World War, and their structure and planting eventually became lost in a tangle of weeds. Then a secret door was spotted and their wild beauty rediscovered… Now detangled and restored, Heligan’s gardens are now a wonderful place to spend a day. Again, they are currently operating a timed ticket system.  Next-door to Heligan, the brilliant Lobbs Farm Shop is open for gorgeous local produce.

(Image: The Lost Gardens of Heligan Facebook)

sleeping lady made from stone, moss and grass at the lost gardens of heligan
Falmouth and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

It’s debatable whether or not Falmouth should be in the closer attractions blog: it depends on which day you travel! We’d allow around an hour to get here. There’s a lot to see in this lively university and harbour town, and the excellent National Maritime Museum Cornwall re-opens on 17 May. Take a trip up the headland to visit the ground of Pendennis Castle. Again, check the websites for 2021 visiting arrangements.


Children exploring the national maritime museum
Trebah Gardens

Close to Falmouth, these sub-tropical gardens are simply beautiful. Trebah Gardens is open for timed visits, and its fabulous café will be serving outside. There are over 4 miles of footpaths to explore, and it’s super dog-friendly.  There’s a secluded beach, an award-winning visitors centre, and an adventure playground.

(Image: Visit Cornwall)

Bright colourful plants surrounding mallard pond with a small white bridge crossing the water
National Trust in Cornwall

Cornwall has an excellent selection of National Trust properties. Lanhydrock House near Bodmin is currently closed; however, its gardens and parkland (please pre-book), and it’s a great place for a dog walk or bike ride. If pushed to recommend a single National Trust garden, we’d go for Glendurgan near Falmouth, which has a rocky little cove to explore. Again, please book a timed ticket.

(Image: Visit Launceston)

Lanhydrock house and lawn with a bright blue sky
Adrenalin Quarry

Any thrill-seekers in the family? Adrenalin Quarry near Looe is the perfect place for kids (and bigger kids) to really run off some energy. Climb, slide, jump and bounce your way around the extreme obstacle course, or try your hand at axe throwing, go carting and zip wire sliding. There are activities suitable for children aged six upwards.

(Image: Adrenalin Quarry)

Adrenalin Quarry
The Lizard

Instead of heading up Cornwall, travel across it to the lovely Lizard peninsula. Gentler and greener than our own Penwith area, The Lizard has easier sections of coast path, beautiful beaches (try Kynance Cove) and lots of pretty little villages. Head right down to Lizard Point, so southerly that your mobile may suddenly switch to a French provider. Don’t leave without lunch from Ann’s Pasties.

(Image: Visit Cornwall)

Looking down on the turquoise waters of Kynance Cove from the cliff top
The Isles of Scilly

If you really want to explore further…Take a day trip on the Scillonian to the Isles of Scilly. The crossing from Penzance to St Mary’s takes under three hours. If you don’t have sea-legs (and the boat trip can get a bit lively), you can go to the Scillies by helicopter from Penzance’s new heliport, or fly from Land’s End airport. From St Mary’s, you can explore the “off islands” by taxi boat, or simply spend a day on lovely St Mary’s itself. Scilly has the most incredible azure seas and white sands, and looks more Caribbean than British.

(Image: Isle of Scilly travel)

view from a plane window of the Isle of Scilly