The Eden Project
Open since 2000, the two huge biomes that make up the Eden Project are full of thousands of different species of plants that have been collected from diverse regions and climates all over the world. The larger of the two biomes recreates a rainforest environment to suit the plants suited to a more tropical climate, which makes for a fascinating day of exploration, discovering exotic and unusual plants and trees, which would otherwise be inaccessible unless you travelled across the globe! There is also an outdoor area of the Project which holds plants and trees native to the UK and to the Cornwall area. The Eden project is open every day of the year except Christmas day, so there’s always an opportunity to visit this unique, ever changing and ever evolving green museum.
Visit Looe Island
Gifted to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Looe Island is open to visitors arriving by boat during the summer months. This island is a marine nature reserve boasting many varied habitats such as woodland, grassland, sand and reef. Teaming with wildlife on land and in the waters, the island is full of natural beauty and a haven for sea life and birds.
National Marine Aquarium
Located in Plymouth, this is the UK's largest aquarium which is dedicated to raising awareness of the ocean and the challenges they face. Discover mysterious sea creatures and be amazed by the Eddystone Reef tank which is home to the UK's largest single-tank viewing panel. The aquarium is also home to tanks of the Atlantic Ocean which house large nurse sharks and three species of rays! Finish the journey at the Great Barrier Reef tank which is home to Zebra sharks as well as Cooper the Humphead Wrasse and Samson the Giant Grouper!
Porfell Wildlife Park
Known as Cornwall's biggest animal sanctuary, Porfell Wildlife Park is a family attraction with more than 250 animals from around the world. The Wildlife Park offers sanctuary to the vast number of animals and takes in neglected, injured and illegally imported animals from around the world. Adults and children can get up close to the wildlife, feed the animals, touch them and learn all about their natural habitats. Home to kookaburras, macaws, giant leopard tortoises, monkeys, zebra and meerkats to name a few, the park offers plenty for a half day visit.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Home to the former house of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, Mount Edgcumbe House is set in Grade I Cornish Gardens and part of a 865 acre country park. Perfect for family outings and group visits, the park is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City council whilst also being one of the most visited tourist destinations in the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore, enjoy and learn wandering through the vast grounds.
Visit this contemporary gallery which showcases work from the artistic community living in the Tamar Valley. Home to modern ceramics and beautiful handmade jewellery.
Tee off at St Mellion Golf Club
Voted the best golf course in the West of England by Today's Golfer Magazine readers, St Mellion Golf Club boasts two courses with 36 holes. The club is a 12 time European Tour Venue where golfers can follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers.
Stand Up Paddleboards delivered to any place in South-East Cornwall at a time that suits so you can SUP along the coast or enjoy a family day out at the beach. Lessons and organised group paddles are also available.
Explore the River Tamar by canoe
What better way to take in the beautiful surroundings than enjoying a tranquil canoeing trip down the River Tamar? The River Tamar creates a natural border between Devon and Cornwall and there is plenty to see on the journey. As well as seeing valley scenery, canoe trips often see lots of wildlife including seals, otters, kingfishers and herons to name but a few.
For the adrenaline junkies out there, Adrenalin Quarry is the place to visit! Located near Liskeard, the quarry has much to offer. Take an exciting trip on the zip wire which runs over the quarry's lake or soar through the sky on the Giant Swing. The Quarry also offers coasteering with a twist; do you dare to take on The Blob? The Adrenalin Quarry opens full time from Easter until the end of September.
This tree-top adventure is full of complex adrenaline filled tasks with tree top ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways situated in the Tamar Valley. Explore the beautiful surroundings and the woodland from up above. This attraction is perfect for families and groups.
Rail Ale Trail Looe Valley Line
Take the opportunity of a scenic tour of real ales of the West Country. A relaxing train journey takes you on a tour of the Looe Valley starting at the market town of Liskeard and ending in the fishing port of Looe. Participants stop off at many pubs along the way where locally brewed ales can be tasted along with excellent food. The trail is self-guided so you can take as long as you please in each different location.
Popular with tourist and locals, Whitsand Bay is a small, rural beach which has remained unspoiled beach with rocky outcrops. Easy to access, beware when high tide hits as this part of the coast divides into small coves.
Walk around Kingsand Cawsand
The quaint village of Kingsand Cawsand has great views over the water to Jennycliff and the small bay is very popular with boaters. Walk along the seafront of Kingsand to the clock tower which was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V or pas the day in the pub on the beach whilst taking in the beautiful views which passing boats sailing to Plymouth. Also take part in watersports such as canoeing and diving which are popular from the bay due to its secluded and safe clear waters.
Located between Torpoint and the village of Antony, this 18th century house features portraits from Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Plymouth born artist who was the founder of the Royal Academy.
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.
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.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park
The Donkey Park is home to 27 donkeys that visitors can watch and pet plus also home to goats, pigs, ponies and many more cuddly animals. Most of the animals are allowed to be fed and by arrangement, visitors can take a donkey for a walk. The park also has adventure play areas and visitors can take a ride on the tractors.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England and was the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. The gardens were 'lost' until 25 years ago and were unknown and unseen until this time. Lost under a tangle of weeds, it was only by chance that they were found. A chance discovery of a door in their ruins led to the restoration of the gardens that once belonged to a large estate. Nowadays, The Lost Gardens are prided by the people of Cornwall and among some of the finest gardens in the county.
Polperro Model Village
A great day out for the kids, Polperro Model Village is a miniature recreation of the village of Polperro with details of Cornish myths and legend. The attraction is also home to The Land of Legend exhibit which tells fascinating stories of local folklore and pirates.
Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary
This rescue centre, which is open to the public, helps the monkeys have the best start in life. 36 monkeys live at the centre and keepers give daily talks on each of them to visitors.
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