Steeped in legend and mystery; Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and is also featured in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. Set high on the North Cornwall coast, the castle offers dramatic views which makes for a perfect day trip and a magical day out. History stretches back as far as the Romans and Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. The castle offers an events programme throughout the year which provides great fun for the family with events such as the Tales of King Arthur and the Easter Adventure Quest. You can also visit Merlin's Cave which is located nearby.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Take a exciting journey back in time on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which is Cornwall's only full sized railway which is still operated by steam trains. Enjoy the relaxing journey and combine with countryside walks or a pub lunch for a memorable day out. Special trains are also available for events such as Afternoon Teas and Santa by Steam.
The Delabole Slate Company
Take a guided tour of the Delabole Slate Quarry which has been producing the finest slate since 1284. The tour includes a visit to the showroom, a talk on the history and working methods, an observation of the quarry from the pit viewing platform and a tour of the surface works. Short tours are available at 2pm from 1st May through to 31st August, Monday to Friday.
RAF Davidstow Moor Memorial Museum
Davidstow Moor was an important military airfield during WWII but today the museum stands in honour to those who served and their acts of bravery. The museum is housed in the former sergeants shower block and offers a rich history of the wartime years with lots of authentic memorabilia on display. Photographs tell the story of the airfield and the personnel who served from 1942-1945. The museum is open daily from 10.30am to 4pm from Easter until the end of October.
Wesley Cottage is located at Trewint and is where the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, preached and rested. The 18th century cottage and chapel offers visitors a unique experience. Hear the stories of the first Methodist preachers visiting Cornwall and calling at the cottage whilst also exploring the Wesley Room which is where John Wesley prayed and slept. The cottage is filled with 18th century artefacts. The Cottage is open Tuesday to Saturday from 1st May to 31st October.
Trethorne Leisure Park
A fantastic family day out and all weather tourist attraction, Trethorne Leisure Park has something for all the family. The park is home to a farm area, outside play areas and over 45,000sq ft of indoor play areas. The animal barn is home to ponies, goats, lambs and pigs and you can try your hand at bottle feeding the lambs and holding some of the smaller animals on offer. There are also 8 lanes for Ten Pin Bowling, Dodgems and a Games Arcade to keep you amused further.
Camel Valley Vineyard
Located on slopes near the River Camel, the Camel Valley Vineyard has produced award winning wines since 1989. Visit the vineyard to enjoy the view from the terrace and sample the wine served by the glass. Tours are also available which are led by a wine maker. You'll be taken through the vineyard year and winery process whilst after the tour you will be able to take part in a wine tasting session sampling some of the specialties such as Cornwall Brut.
Pop Cafe and Gallery
A cafe and gallery mixed into one, Pop is home to a contemporary art space which celebrates the cutting edge of Cornish creativity whilst also attracting artists from London's East End. Take in the sights of Cornish photography, sculpture and fine art whilst also sipping on coffee and enjoying homemade cake.
Cycling, walking and horse riding
Padstow is located at the start of the Camel Trail. This popular 18 mile route is flat and traffic-free which makes it perfect for cycling, walking and horse riding.
Surf's Up Surf School
Surf's Up Surf School is a family run business with an excellent coaching team. Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer, the coaching team will be happy to help. Take to the waves and learn a new trick!
Lundy Bay is a National Trust area and is a sheltered valley where woodland and shrub lead to a rocky bay and sandy coves when the tide is low. Take a walk through flower meadows and wet grassland whilst observing birds and butterflies in season. There are also great clifftop views to be seen plus a collapsed sea cave and rockpools to explore.
Museum of Witchcraft
Found by the harbour at Boscastle, the Museum of Witchcraft is one of the most popular in Cornwall. It houses the largest collection of witchcraft related items in the world! Visitors can learn about sacred sites, healing, magic, fortune telling and lots more. There are many interesting sights to see including a scold's bridle, mandrakes, a Ouija board and spirit bottles. It is the perfect place to find out everything you need to know about Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum
With one of the finest collections of smuggling collections in the country, the museum tells the tales of wreckers and smugglers over the last 300 years. The museum is a great way to spend the day and delves into the past whilst also hosting The History of Jamaica Inn; an educational and historical show the recounts the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall.
This family home is surrounded by 50 acres of woodland gardens and is anything but a museum! The house is also home to tea rooms and a gift and plant shop. Special events occur throughout the year so keep an eye on what there is on offer.
With four waymarked trails and miles of paths to explore, this scenic woodland is great for an outdoors escape. Bikes are welcome in the woods and there is also a picnic area by the river plus BBQs are available to use.
This National Trust estate comprises a late Victorian country house, gardens, woodlands, parks, a tea room and a restaurant. Free tours are offered around the gardens and there are weekly parks runs so it is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon. The house itself as many touch and discover tables plus a school room complete with slates to write on. There is also the dining room with tables to set and a selection of Victorian toys can also be played with.
This all-weather family attraction is located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. A visit to this former slate mine takes you underground and offers one of the best experiences in Cornwall. Self-guided trips take you on an underground tour to learn how the mines worked. At the end of the tour, you will reach the Underground Lake with its crystal clear blue/green water. A comprehensive collection of minerals which were mined and quarried in the South West can be found.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
Fun for all the family, this theme park is home to roller coasters and many other rides as well as animals and a play barn. Visitors can explore the dark mists of the Crocodile Corner Reptile House, enjoy Morgawr roller coaster and splash down on the Raging Rivers. The Animal Kingdom is now home to two meerkats which you can get up close to. Filled with fun and games, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Siblyback Lake Country Park
Surrounded by Bodmin Moor, this country park offers a range of activities both on land and on the water. There are plenty of walks, cycle trails and play areas to keep everyone occupied. The Active Centre offers a wide range of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. For those who would like to stay dry, there is a High Ropes course where participants can tackle obstacles 40 foot in the air!
A sandy beach with rocky reef which is perfect for snorkelly, Constantine Beach also has good waves which can be enjoyed by experienced surfers.
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