Explore Cornwall this summer with our top ten must-visits

Exploring Cornwall is what we do best. So see our list below of what should be on your hit list this summer. 

Eden Project

Located just a short drive from us here at Old Lanwarnick Cottages is the old clay quarries of St. Austell. In the heart of the county you’ll find the biomes of The Eden Project. A mesmerising collection of plant life, sustainability projects, educational talks and tours. As well as some fun activities for the whole family. The Eden Project is all about bringing together humans and nature, to work cohesively for a better future. This is at the top of our list for your summer in Cornwall. A truly remarkable day out come rain or shine. 

Eden Project, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre

In the opposite direction, way out west, through the winding roads of wild Cornwall, you will come across this architectural masterpiece. Carved straight out of the granite rock that forms our coastline, The Minack Theatre is a must-visit for lovers of the arts. Regularly showing incredible performances throughout the summer, it’s a brilliant place to sit and watch the sun go down. 

Boardmasters Festival 

Arguably the biggest music event to happen down here in Cornwall. Boardmasters is a yearly extravaganza of some of the biggest names in music. Originally founded to celebrate surfing, and held in the home of surfing itself, Boardmasters is now an eclectic mix of surfing, skating, music, markets and talks. When the sun is shining, and the drinks are flowing, this festival on the clifftop above Watergate Bay, in Newquay, is not one you want to miss. 

St Nectans Glen

You can’t miss out on this natural beauty. To be found just north of Tintagel, in between Trevethy and Bossiney, you will stumble across a temperate Atlantic rainforest, winding its way up the river, until you come to the waterfall that has been the source of myth and folklore for generations. Allow yourself to be immersed in verdant flora and fauna as you explore this slice of paradise. 

St Michael’s Mount

Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque spots in Cornwall. St Michael’s Mount is a wonder to behold when you first come over the rise of the hill. This castle has been under the ownership of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650. They still welcome visitors through the National Trust to this day! When the tide is out you can walk along the cobbled pathway to the castle. When the tide comes in you can get a little boat back to the mainland. A wonderful day out for the whole family to enjoy this summer in Cornwall. 

Holywell Bay Beach

Made famous by the filming of hit TV series Poldark, this stunning expanse of beach is a great place to spend a summer’s day. With the beautiful sand dunes surrounding you, and the golden sands stretching out before you as they meet the ocean, this really is worth the trip. The iconic landmass just off shore is what makes this spot truly spectacular. Especially when the sun is setting on the horizon. So pack a lunch or dinner and get cosy. You do not want to miss it! 

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Little Barn 

In the village of St Martin, just north of the harbour town of Looe, you’ll come across Little Barn Restaurant. An outstanding slice of style and sophistication overlooking the Millendreath Valley. This stunning eatery is a great spot to taste an outstanding combination of local produce, fine flavours paired with some delectable drinks from across Cornwall. 

Port Isaac

Another local spot made famous by television. The classic Doc Martin was filmed here, and we can see why! This delightful little fishing village is a must visit if you are a lover of old Cornish coves. Located on the north Cornish coast, you can also take a little detour further north and explore Tintagel Castle. A deep dive into Cornish myth and folklore. 

Gwithian Towans

Located on the lower north shore of Cornwall, this 3-mile stretch of golden sand makes for the perfect beach day. A trip to Cornwall in the summer is not complete without spending the day at Gwithian. With a local surf school eager to get you in the water you can try your hand at surfing in this bay. Given that this stretch of beach runs from the Hayle river mouth, all the way to Godrevy lighthouse, there is room for everyone. So whilst the crowds love this beach come summer, it’s never crowded. Allowing you to park up, stretch out, and dive into your favourite book in peace. 

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Trebah Gardens 

If you wish to immerse yourself in local flora and fauna then look no further than Trebah Gardens. This sub-tropical paradise, located near Glendurgan Gardens and nestled just above the Helford River, allows you to escape the norm and plant yourself firmly within the heart of this lush green forest. With a cafe, beach, shops, performances, and educational talks, it’s a great place to spend the day with a family of all ages. As there is something for everyone!

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