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!
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.
Try your hand at the fastest growing watersport with SUPRental who can deliver Stand Up Paddleboards to any place in south-east Cornwall at a time which suits you! Try your hand at paddleboarding in Kingsand and along the south-east coast or enjoy a family day at the beach. SUPRental can also organise lessions and group evening paddles.
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.
Kit Hill Country Park
With 400 acres of land, Kit Hill Country Park is open to everyone to enjoy. It is the ideal place to come for bird watching, kite flying, walking and to take picnics. The Country Park is home to the Quarry, the North Engine Shaft, South Kit Hill Mine. There is also a walking trail which takes 2 hours to complete and a horse trail.
Heavy Horse Hacking
The perfect way to spend the day or a few hours, this offers the opportunity to go hacking on a heavy horse. Rides are on offer through the Cornish countryside for all adults. There are many different hacks to choose from such as woodland hacks, group hacks, one to one experience days, pub lunches, beach rides, carriage rides and there is also a children's pet corner where kids can feed the lambs, pigs, goats, chickens and rabbits.
Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink
Open all year round, Plymouth's Ice Rink offers a thrilling trip for families of all skating abilities. There are a variety of sessions available including tots' sessions, disco sessions, ice hockey and group lessons.
West Hoe Park
This large park situated in Plymouth has a large children's play area, a miniature railway, putting green, crazy golf, trampolines and a bouncy castle. Children will enjoy taking a ride on the Gus Honeybun train and having a bounce on the bouncy castle. During August, the park is transformed into a festival event for children with different organisations throughout Plymouth providing a range of activities such as bushcraft and story telling.
Part house and part museum, Buckland Abbey is a beautiful estate boasting meadows, woodlands and orchards and is home to over 700 years of history. Visitors can discover the Great Barn which has barely changed since it was built and find treasures throughout the estate. The Nave Gallery contains the Rambrandt self-portrait and is well worth a look. Exciting family events happen year round.
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.
Saltram House and Gardens
Close to Plymouth, Saltram House has over 500 acres of grounds and is itself a exquisite Georgian mansion full of interesting history and original objects. The house offers an insight into country estate life through the centuries with many impressive collections to discover such as paintings and marvellous interiors. Visitors can take themselves back in time by dressing up in Georgian and Regency costumes in Lord Morley's bedroom.
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.
A great way to spend a day outdoors, Dartmoor Zoo is home to many different animals from all over the world. Creatures to be discovered are: African lions, Iberian wolves, bearded dragons, Jaguars plus many many more. Daily talks are held plus visitors will have the opportunity to feed meerkats, otters and bears.
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.
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