Attractions & Things to Do

Places to visit Near Falmouth United Kingdom

St Ives, CornwallThe extraordinary intensity and clarity of light at St Ives lends the place a film set quality

, Marazion – Reached on foot at low tide across a causeway, this former medieval monastery, now home to the St Aubyn family, has been sensitively restored and de-cluttered to show life on the Mount in the 17th century. The chapel has sublime stained glass. The seaward gardens are a peaceful refuge on a busy summer’s day. Open February half-term; guided tours 11am-2pm on Tues and Fri until March 30. Open daily, except Saturdays, March 30-November 2.

Reached on foot at low tide, this former medieval monastery has been restored to show life on the Mount in the 17th century Credit: © Robert Zehetmayer / Alamy Stock Photo/Robert Zehetmayer / Alamy Stock Photo

St Michael's Mount, Cornwallnear St Austell – The world’s largest rainforest in captivity; there’s even a waterfall inside one of the giant Biomes, and these domes are architectural wonders in themselves. The crowds can be tiresome on a dull summer’s day so visit in sunshine and enjoy all the outside exhibits. There are rock concerts in summer and ice-skating in winter. Open all year.

The Eden Project - the world’s largest rainforest in captivity Credit: Glenn Beanland

– One of Britain’s best zoos, Newquay has 130 species, including lions, meercats, penguins and ring-tailed lemurs that visitors can feed by hand for the price of dinner out (£45 for two). You can also sign up to be a zookeeper for a day for £65. Open all year.

Newquay Zoo is home to over 130 species

Eden Project, Cornwall, Mawnan Smith – A valley garden full of sub-tropical plants and trees that tumbles down to the Helford River, where there’s a small beach for picnics and swimming. A good garden for a family visit as it includes an inventive adventure playground and special children’s trails. Open all year.

Trebah Garden, with its sub-tropical plants, adventure playground, and small beach, is ideal for a family visit Credit: © David Chapman / Alamy Stock Photo/David Chapman / Alamy Stock Photo

– The seat of the legendary King Arthur, this must once have been a place of haunting beauty: a medieval hamlet protected by a castle-crowned headland. There is little romance in modern Tintagel, but the 12th-century ruins are dramatically sited and the coastal views magnificent. Visit early or late to avoid the coach tours.

The 12th-century ruins and coastal views from Tintagel are magnificent Credit: © English Heritage Trust/Nigel Wallace-Iles

The Cornish have never forgiven Peter de Savary for ruining Land’s End by building concrete bunkers to house second-rate "family attractions”. A new Sean the Sheep attaction hopes to pull visitors in this summer. As it’s a crushing disappointment to drive to the porticoed entrance and walk through an alley of shops to the End. Instead, park at Sennen beach and walk for 30 minutes along the cliffs.

The clifftop First and Last refreshments at Land's End Credit: Michael Charles/Michael Charles
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