There’s so much to see and do whilst in Cornwall! The county has hundreds of beaches, exotic gardens and fun-filled tourist attractions. It can be hard to fit everything that you want to do into your holiday! We’ve narrowed down some of the best places to visit, for couples, families and friends alike. Indulge in some delicious Cornish treats too! From pasties, to ice creams and fresh local fish! Discover some of the best things to add to your Cornwall bucket list for 2021!
St Ives Bay offers perfect stand-up paddle boarding conditions for beginners and all other levels! Stand-up paddle boarding, also known as SUP boarding, is a great form of exercise and it’s ‘SUPer’ fun too! Hire a board from Ocean Sport Centre in Carbis Bay and see how you fare at this fun filled sport! Stay close to the shore, or explore one of the many local beaches. If you’re feeling a little nervous, Ocean Sport also offer SUP lessons, so you can build your confidence before taking to the water alone! For even more fun, you can hire a “Mega SUP”, which fits up to 8 people on one board!
Located in Mounts Bay, St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island that is connected to Marazion. The island is accessible by foot at low tide. Be sure to check the tide times, so you don’t get caught out whilst walking back across the causeway. At mid to high tide, there are boats that can ferry you between the island and mainland. On the mount, learn about the history of St Michael’s Mount in the Barge House Visitor Centre. You can also explore the castle and gardens, which are run by the National Trust.
There are loads of fantastic places to spot seals around Cornwall. Most coves are not accessible to the public, as to not disturb the seals. However some have viewing points at the top of the cliffs, where you can see the seals on the beach below. As the seals are sensitive to noise, it’s recommended that you approach the cliff top with care and keep noise to a minimum. See how many seals you can spot at sea, making their journey to and from the cove!
There’s no better place to enjoy freshly caught fish than Cornwall. With a number of working harbours throughout the county, freshly caught fish is easy to find. Whether you’re looking for a local fishmonger, or a restaurant that uses local produce, you’ll never be far from fresh Cornish fish! One of our favourite places to enjoy fresh fish is the Witchball in the picturesque Lizard village. They offer a seasonal menu, which changes dependant on what fish has been caught that day. Their spider crab is absolutely delicious!
No Cornish bucket list is complete without a trip to one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches. Learn to surf at Fistral Beach and ride waves like the pros! The Fistral Beach Surf School is located right by the beach, offering a range of lessons. Whether you’re a beginner, looking build on your skill or even advanced surfers, there’s a coach for you! With professional surf coaches and some of the best waves in the UK, you’ll be up and riding the waves in no time!
Cornwall is well known for its’ mining history. There are 10 mining districts that have UNESCO World Heritage Status in Cornwall and many of the former engine houses can still be spotted across the county today. One of the most popular mines to visit in Cornwall is Botallack Mine, located in the St Just Mining District, on the dramatic cliff top. It has a long mining history and between 1815 and 1914, nearly 15,000 tonnes of tin was extracted here. Today, the ruins feature in the popular TV series, Poldark. Botallack Mine is now run by the National Trust. You can visit the Count House Workshop and learn about mining in the area. It’s also said that on a clear day, you can see out to the Isles of Scilly, which is just 26 miles off the coast of Cornwall.
What’s on your Cornwall Bucket List for 2021? Let us know in the comments below!