You’ve heard about the beauties of the Cornish Coast but you are unsure on how to please your family on the things to do Cornwall with the kids. No worries, Cornwall has plenty of attractions for everyone. Whether they’re into pirates, plants or piranhas, there’ll be something here the kids will love!

Without further do, let’s discover our selection of the Best Thing to do in Cornwall with Kids:


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1. The Eden Project

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The Eden Project is an educational charity which aims to connect visitors to the natural world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. The huge, unique Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning contemporary gardens and exciting exhibitions and events.

An amazing place to visit in any weather, highlights for kids include the rainforest canopy walkway, a beautiful ice rink and SkyWire, England’s longest zip wire over the Biomes. There are also a huge array of seasonal events especially for families, all throughout the year – check the website before you visit to see what’s on.

Price: ££££ (FREE for under 4s’)

Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

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2. Tintagel Castle

Located in North Cornwall, Tintagel Castle is one of the busiest historical sites in Cornwall presenting hundreds of years of history. There is also a high bridge to walk through with an amazing view of the coast and the beach with emerald waters. Beware that the walking trail around Tintagel Castle could be challenging for some with steep slopes. So if you bring a baby or toddler, make sure you have a baby carrier or backpack with you.

Price: ££

Address: Castle Rd, Tintagel PL34 0HE

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3. Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

This popular aquarium is good for young children as its small size means they won’t get too tired – you can walk around it in less than an hour. It packs a lot in though, from exotic fish to sharks and turtles. Kids will also love walking through the Underwater Tunnel, and watching the animal feeding times too.

Price: £££

Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU

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4. Woodland Adventure Golf

This fun outdoor activity is situated within the China Fleet Golf Club not too far from Plymouth. Woodland Adventure Golf is a fun mini golf with 18 hotels that will please the whole family on a day out in Cornwall. There is FREE parking too. Are you ready to challenge your kids in a massive round of miniature golf?

Price: ££

Address: Plymouth, Saltash PL12 6LJ

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5. Pirate’s Quest Adventure Golf, Newquay

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This immersive, pirate-themed experience features actors, special effects and elaborate sets which will amaze your little ones. This new adventure golf open in 2021 is suitable for children ages 3 and above. Are you ready to escape a shipwreck, exploring mystical caves, and soaking up a bucket load of history and legends along the way while trying to have the best score in golf?

Price: ££

Address: 22 St Michael’s Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA

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6. St Nectan’s Glen & Waterfalls

Here is another idea to be outside and contemplate the beauty of what nature is offering us. St Nectan’s Glen & Waterfalls is home to several waterfalls that will trigger many photos for sure. St Nectan’s Glen is a truly natural meditation place where you would be able to walk in the wild with the sound of birds and water. And don’t forget to stop by the Tree of Life Cafe for a well deserved break. Check out the ice cream parlour too.

Price: £

Address: Trethevy, Tintagel PL34 0BG

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7. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth​

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Renowned for being a museum that says ‘Climb Aboard’ rather than ‘Don’t touch!’ the National Maritime Museum has a whole host of interactive exhibits and events to entertain curious young minds, from story-telling to dress up and much more.

Highlights include a 100 foot Lookout Tower offering panoramic views over Falmouth harbour and a Treasure Island Play Zone.

Price: £££ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY

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8. Hidden Valley

If you are a big fan of discovery parks, Hidden Valley is the place to go to in Cornwall. You will enjoy several gardens with lovely walks for you and your little ones. Different trails are available such as Sherlock Trail or Indiana Trail. And there is a little train that travels all around the grounds too. Last but not least, you will visit the Forbidden Mansion, a house full of mysteries and strange things.

Price: £££

Address: Hidden Valley, Tredidon, St Thomas, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8SJ

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9. Paradise Park Jungle Barn, Hayle

Finally, Paradise Park in Hayle is a fantastic animal sanctuary, with a fun indoor play centre for those rainy days. If the weather is too wet to admire the 650 animals and birds, head to the Jungle Barn where you’ll find indoor slides, ball pits and climbing frames galore.

If the weather is dry, the Jungle Express Train operates throughout the summer months and on good weather winter days.

Price: £££ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address: 16 Trelissick Rd, Hayle TR27 4HY

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10. Big Blue Surf School

For children aged 8 years old and above with the ability to swim 50m, Big Blue Surf school offers great lessons to get your hands dirty in the practise of surfing. A lesson lasts about 2-hours 1/2. All equipments including wetsuit are provided. This surfing school had a lot of experience in the area with over 20 years of teaching this great sea sport.

Price: ££££

Address: Summerleaze, Bude EX23 8HN

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11. Camel Creek Adventure Park

This theme park offers entertainment for all weathers, with lots of rides and attractions to keep all ages entertained. Brave the log flume as a family, or watch your kids zoom down the mega slides. There are several rides especially for toddlers, and if they’re under 92cm they get free entry too. A fun activity among our best things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Price: £££

Address: Tredinnick, Wadebridge PL27 7RA

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12. Eureka Escape Cornwall

As you probably know, escape rooms are flourishing everywhere in the UK and Cornwall is not missing out either. Eureka Escape has escape rooms in Truro, Penzance and Falmouth. So make sure you pre-book the right side close to where you are holidaying in the Cornish coast. The games are usually suitable for children 10+. Will you manage to escape in less than 60 minutes?

Price: ££££

Address: 18 Lemon St, Truro TR1 2LZ

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13. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A lovely day out for any budding conservationists and animal lovers. See adorable seal pups up close, as well as cute penguins and otters. The sanctuary does so much great work in the local area too – there are beach cleans which the kids can get involved in, as well as animal care and lots of interesting talks and workshops.

Price: £££

Address: Gweek, TR12 6UG

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14. Geevor Tin Mine

Have you ever visited a real mine? Well maybe now is the time to book your tickets for a great tour of Geevor Tin Mine and learn about the former life of a Cornish miner. You will be equipped with a hard sanitised hat to explore the site. You will go underground and walk through different tunnels. Geevor Tin Mine is a very unique experience and is highly recommended among our best things to do in Cornwall with your kids.

Price: £££

Address: Pendeen, Penzance TR19 7EW

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15. Roskilly’s Farm

Visit a working dairy farm which produces Cornwall’s most famous ice cream and clotted cream.  The kids will love meeting the friendly cows, watching the daily milking and learning all about the ice cream making process. And of course, there are loads of flavours to try in the cafe afterwards!

Price: FREE

Address: Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, Helston TR12 6NX

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16. Cormorant Cruising Boat Trips

Fancy a boat trip to explore the Cornish coast around Penzance? Neil and his team organises several trips from 1 hour to 3 hours depending of your mood and how far you want to explore. The boat is located at the marina from Mousehole Harbour.

Price: ££

Address: Mousehole, Penzance

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17. Monkey Sanctuary

Keep your little monkeys entertained at this sanctuary dedicated to all things primate. There are loads of animals for them to spot, as well as children’s workshops, a wild play area, and even the opportunity to be “keeper for the day.”

Price: ££

Address: Murrayton House St Martins, Looe PL13 1NZ

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18. Bodmin Keep Cornwall’s Army Museum

Here is another historical site where you be brought back to 160 years of the Army of Cornwall history. The museum offers the opportunity to look at over 12,000 collection objects that take you through different times such as World War 1 or The Cold War. Thanks to many volunteers, this museum is very rich and very well maintained. A great activity to do with the family, especially on a rainy day in Cornwall.

Price: £

Address: The Keep, Bodmin PL31 1EG

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19. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Like something out of a fairytale, these hidden gardens have an amazing story behind them.  Twenty-nine years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were hidden under overgrown brambles. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this beautiful estate. They are now some of the finest gardens in the country, and a joy to explore with children. One of the best outdoor things to do in Cornwall with the kids.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN

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20. Tehidi Country Park

Now owned and managed by the Cornish council, Tehidi Country Park has over 250 acres of woods and peaceful nature that make a perfect spot for a day out with the family in Cornwall. There are 2 car parks where you can access the site: North Cliff and South Drive.

Price: FREE

Address: Camborne TR14 0TS

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21. Jungle Jack’s Newquay

A soft play centre is always a good choice on a rainy day, and this one in the centre of Newquay is sure to be a hit with the kids. The large play-frame offers challenging climbs, a rope bridge, super-fast slide and much more. In addition, there is a separate area for babies and toddlers,  as well as free wifi and a well stocked cafe for adults.

Price: £

Address: Treloggan Trade Park, Newquay TR7 2SX

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22. Sterts Theatre

Sterts Theatre is a 400 seats open air theatre with a massive canopy covering the place to make sure show performances continue during rainy days. The theatre offers a unique way to watch a play, listen to a concert or have a laugh with a comedy show. Some performances are not suitable for children though so make sure you check what’s on during the year.

On Saturday 19th February 2022, Sterts Theatre will show the movie Matilda at 6pm. Make sure you pre-book your seats!

Price: £

Address: Sterts, Liskeard PL14 5AZ

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23. Screech Owl Sanctuary

Meet a wide range of beautiful owls at this unique sanctuary. A must visit for any Harry Potter fans! As well as watching impressive flight displays, kids can get hands on with the other resident animals including meerkats, Shetland ponies, donkeys and racoons. Animals sanctuaries are definitely on our to do list of things to do in Cornwall with the kids.

Price: ££

Address: Trewin Farm, Saint Columb TR9 6HP

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24. Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Here is a fun and educational museum that will tell you all the secrets behind china clay. This venue has both indoor and outdoor exhibitions and activities for the whole family. There are also nice walking trails in the wood with an opportunity to see a working real life clay mining pit.

Price: ££ (FREE for children under 5)

Address: Carthew, Saint Austell PL26 8XG

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25. Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

If you have young children who love trains, why not take them for a day out on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway? The 6.5 miles train ride from Bodmin will be the perfect length of time to keep toddlers entertained, as it chugs through charming Cornish countryside. Why not take a picnic to eat on board? This train journey is one of the most popular things to do in Cornwall with kids, so make sure you book your fares in advance!

Price: £

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26. Heartlands

Niched in the heart of the Cornish mining Heritage area, Heartlands is a great family attraction with a mining museum, an outdoor large adventure play area for children and a Café to enjoy a break. Access to Heartlands and its facilities are completely free. There is an indoor soft play area (extra charge) called Wheal Play open Thursday to Sunday with 2-hours session.

Price: FREE / Indoor Play area is £4.95

Address: Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Ln, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QY

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27. Climbing & Soft Play at Indoor Active

A climbing centre and soft play all in one place makes for the perfect venue if you have kids of varying ages to entertain. This is Cornwall’s biggest Clip ‘n Climb centre, offering a range of different challenges for both kids and adults. Meanwhile, the Soft Play Centre next door has lots of fun elements, from a ball pool & double slide for toddlers on the ground floor level, to rope bridges, climbing nets and a maze run on the next 2 levels.

Price: £

Address: Cornwall Services A30, Victoria junction, Roche PL26 8UF

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28. Retallack Resort & Spa Watersports

If you would like to be introduced to different watersports in Cornwall, you can’t go wrong by checking out Retallack. You will find a surf simulator, you can hire a paddle and use in the lake or have fun in the aqua park. Check website for minimum age and conditions. This is fun packed activity especially on sunny days in Cornwall.

Price: ££

Address: Winnard’s Perch, St Columb Major, Saint Columb TR9 6DE

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29. Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo takes you on a journey around the world: from the amazing savannahs of Africa to the rainforests of South America. A fantastic day out for the whole family. You’ll be helping to protect the animals too, with all profits from ticket sales going directly back into the Zoo’s conservation work.

Price: £££ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL

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30. Swimming at Bude Leisure Centre

If you have little ones who love the water but it’s too cold to brave the sea, you could head to Bude Leisure Centre’s Swimming pool. There you’ll find a beach area for tiny tots, as well as fun features like a flume and a wave machine. Aqua Splash sessions dedicated to children are on every Saturday and Sunday morning. A cheap and fun way to entertain kids on a cold or wet day.

Price: £

Address: Stucley Rd, Bude EX23 8AR

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31. Trebah Garden

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Explore this beautiful Cornish valley garden with little ones, helping them spot exotic flowers and abundant wildlife. The 4 mile footpath through the garden winds its way down to the sea, so you can have a picnic on the beach at lunchtime too. An idillic place among our things to do in Cornwall with the kids.

Price: £ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ

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32. Glendurgan Garden

A National Trust protected site, Glendurgan Garden is made up of three valleys which join into one and lead down to the old fishing village of Durgan. A charming place to walk your dog (or your children!) on a sunny day.

Price: £

Address: Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ

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33. Pendennis Castle

Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses. Explore the vital role the castle played in defending the Cornish coast, through its fascinating exhibitions and knowledgeable guides. The kids will love the daily cannon firing each day at noon, and there are lots of fun activities for them during the school holidays.

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Price: £

Address: Castle Dr, Falmouth TR11 4L

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34. Cycle The Camel Trail

An 18 mile trail running from Wenfordbridge to Padstow. Cycling The Camel Trail is certainly a much-loved annual tradition for many families holidaying in Cornwall.

It is suitable for all abilities so you can make the route as long or short as you like. In addition, there are bicycle hire shops in each of the four main towns along the route. You can hire a wide range of bikes, including “tagalong” bikes for young children who can’t ride far. The route along a disused railway line, has stunning views of the Camel Estuary and Cornish countryside. Moreover, there are several tea shops along the way to refuel with scones!

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35. Land’s End

The Westernmost point in Cornwall is a major tourist attraction and a great day out for families. Above all, designated pathways along the magnificent granite clifftops will lead you to breathtaking views of the wild Atlantic. Also the famous Longships Lighthouse and the Isles of Scilly ,which are visible on clear days. See if you can spot some of the abundant wildlife, for instance seabirds, dolphins and seals. Don’t forget to have your picture taken by the famous Land’s End sign.

You may also wish to visit one of the four family-focused attractions such as “The Grand Experience”. This an interactive activity from the animators of Wallace and Gromit.

Address: Land’s End, Sennen, Penzance TR19 7AA

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36. The Beach

Cornwall is famous for its amazing beaches, from the wild, windswept north coast to the sheltered sandy coves on the south. In others words, a haven for surfers, families, walkers and photographers. To sum up, the sheer variety and beauty of Cornwall’s coastline enchants all who visit.

There are over 300 beaches to explore, each with their own merits. Some of our favourites are Perranporth , offering 3 miles of golden sand on the north coast. Sheltered Porthminster with access to all of St Ives’ amenities and beautiful Porthcurno for its dramatic cliff-backed scenery. Surely, going to the beach must be on your to do list things to do with your kids in Cornwall.

37. St Michael’s Mount

For a truly fascinating day out, visit St Michael’s Mount, a tiny island accessible only at low tide. You’ll find a medieval castle, a working harbour and a thriving village of just 30 inhabitants. The island has consequently inspired numerous storytellers through the ages. With legends of magic, myth, giants and mermaids that are sure to amaze young minds. The mount has also been used as a filming location for numerous productions. Thanks to its wild, remote and breathtaking beauty. Definitely one of the best things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Visitors can wander the century-old corridors of the castle and its colourful gardens, before stopping for some amazing food at The Sail Loft or The Island Café.

Address: St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 OHS

Opening Hours:  Castle, shops and cafes are open Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturday). All visits are dependent on weather and sea conditions.

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38. Minnack Theatre

An open-air theatre carved into the granite cliffs near Porthcurno. This is a certainly a “must see” on your visit to South Cornwall.

Constructed in the 1930s, The Minack Theatre is world famous and an incredible place to watch a live performance. Perched on a rocky outcrop above the crashing waves. In high season (April – September), there are family friendly morning shows three times a week. These are very popular and tend to sell out quickly, therefore advance booking is highly recommended.

Address: The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU

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So there you have it.  Our favourite things to do in Cornwall with your kids so you will know what to choose for your next family holiday break in Cornwall. Bear in mind that the Cornish coast can be very busy during school holidays in the summer so why not deciding to go for the long Easter holidays instead.

38 Things to Do in Cornwall with Kids

1. The Eden Project
2. Tintagel Castle
3. Blue Reef Aquarium
4. Woodland Adventure Golf
5. Pirate’s Quest Adventure Golf
6. St Nectan’s Glen
7. National Maritime Museum
8. Hidden Valley
9. Paradise Park Jungle Barn
10. Bing Blue Surf School
11. Camel Creek Adventure Park
12. Eureka Escape Cornwall
13. Cornish Seal Sanctuary
14. Geevor Tin Mine
15. Roskilly’s Farm
16. Cormorant Cruising
17. Monkey Sanctuary
18. Bodmin Keep Cornwall’s Army Museum
19. Gardens of Heligan
20. Tehidy Country Park
21. Jungle Jack’s
22. Sterts Theatre
23. Screech Owl Sanctuary
24. Wheal Martyn Clay Works
25. Bodmin & Wenford Railway
26. Heartlands
27. Climbing & Soft Play at Indoor Active
28. Retallack Resort & Spa Watersports
29. Newquay Zoo
30. Bude Leisure Centre
31. Trebah Garden
32. Glendurgan Garden
33. Pendennis Catle
34. Cycle the Camel Trail
35. Land’s End
36. The Beach
37. St Michael’s Mount
38. Minnack Theatre

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