5 Family-Friendly Things to do and see in South Cornwall
Whilst north Cornwall is perhaps slightly more accessible, there are more large settlements for visitors to south Cornwall. Places such as Truro and Falmouth are packed with things to do for families and further south still lies the stunning countryside and coastline of places such as Land’s End, the most southerly point in the mainland UK. In this article, we’ll suggest five family friendly things to do and see in south Cornwall.
Located not far from St Austell, the Eden Project is probably one of Cornwall’s most iconic attractions. An educational charity, it provides both a fun day out for the whole family and an educational setting for children to learn more about the world they live in. Some of the attractions at the Eden Project include the world’s largest indoor rainforest, England’s longest zip wire and a collection of tropical plants from all over the world. There are attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Housed in giant domes of what looks like bubble wrap, even the exterior of the project will be enough to get the kids excited. There’s plenty of outdoor gardens too, as well as amenities including cafes and a gift shop.
Ticket prices begin at £29.50 for adults and £10 for children aged 5 – 16. Under 5s go free to the Eden Project all year round.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Also located near St Austell, the Heligan Gardens were once lost, covered in dense brambles since the end of the First World War. A chance rediscovery led to the restoration of the gardens and they are now regarded as some of the finest in England. Over 200 acres of gardens are now open to the public. There are produce gardens where crops are grown and pleasure gardens with flowers of all colours attracting bees and butterflies in the summer. Most interesting for children will be the jungle. Part of this outdoor tropical jungle can be explored by a Burmese rope bridge, 100 feet above the ground. Kids will feel like Tarzan as they scramble around amongst the ropes, admiring the views down below.
A family pass for two adults and up to three children costs £48.
Falmouth boasts too many beaches to pick just one.
The Blue Flag Gyllyngvase Beach is the largest and most popular, with golden sand and a host of amenities on the waterfront meaning it caters very well to families. There are also lifeguards on hand throughout the summer season to help keep people safe.
Swanpool Beach is smaller and more sheltered, with fewer crowds but no lifeguards. But it does boast a crazy golf course, bouncy castle and kayak hire in the summer, so there is plenty to keep kids both young and older entertained.
Finally, if you wanted to enjoy a spot of family rock pooling then Castle Beach is the place to head, with pools of all sizes filling up at high tide and then becoming reachable on foot as the tide recedes. Look out for crabs, starfish, mussels and even fish that get trapped in the pools until the tide comes back in.
We’ll be honest, this one is more for the adults and older children. But if you’ve never been to Land’s End before then you should be able to excite younger children about the trip too. I mean it’s not every day you see the very edge of mainland Britain. Marked by that iconic 1950s signpost, a family day out to Land’s End is sure to be enjoyed by all. As well as marking your day with a photograph at the post, you’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous coastal walks and a meal at the nearby Land’s End Restaurant and Bar where you can dine alongside the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
If you’d like your Cornish family day out to also bring some good to the world then look no further than the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, around 10 miles from Falmouth. Your ticket price helps with the rehabilitation of rescued seal pups in Cornwall, with the aim of eventually releasing them back into the wild. Meet the rescued seals and sea lions, see the seal pup hospital and meet the rescued baby beavers of the Secret Creek. If that's not enough, there’s penguins too! There's also a pirate play area and café serving hot drinks and food.
Entry for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) costs £48, single adult tickets are £15.50 and £12.50 for children aged 3 – 16 years. Children under 3 go free.
The Eden Project is arguably the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, attracting thousands of visitors every year. But look a little further and you’ll see that south Cornwall is bursting with wonderful days out for the entire family.