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Days out in Cornwall

Cornwall is famous for its scenic coastline, golden beaches and picturesque fishing villages – and it’s also home to some unmissable historic days out.

We've rounded up our favourite things to do in Cornwall, from the legendary castle at Tintagel to Falmouth’s seaside fortress and more.

Places to Visit

Great ideas for holidays in Cornwall

Escape to the beach

Tucked below Tintagel Castle is a secluded beach, perfect for a paddle. Kids will love exploring Merlin's Cave and the Tintagel waterfall, and you may even spot the occasional seal playing in the water.

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Let off some steam

Pendennis Castle is a family favourite in Falmouth. Escape the hustle and bustle of the town and let imaginations run wild in the castle grounds. There’s a café for hungry explorers, and action-packed events throughout the holidays.

Family days out at Pendennis

Take to the water

Travelling by boat is one of the best ways to enjoy Cornwall. Breathe in the sea air by hopping on the St Mawes Ferry from Falmouth – and visit St Mawes Castle across the water.

Visit St Mawes Castle

A moment of calm

With idyllic views of the countryside, Restormel Castle is a peaceful spot for a picnic. Look out for wildlife in the grounds and admire carpets of bluebells and daffodils in the spring.

Visit Restormel Castle

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Children looking at the Gallos statue at Tintagel in Cornwall

Capture the moment

With its atmospheric ruins and turquoise waters, it’s easy to take a great picture at Tintagel Castle. When exploring the island, be sure to take a photo with Gallos. Meaning ‘power’ in Cornish, this life-sized sculpture is inspired by King Arthur and Tintagel’s royal past.

Things to see at Tintagel Castle

Places to Stay in Cornwall

  • Fort House, St Mawes Castle, Cornwall

    This spacious holiday cottage sits in a private garden, with uninterrupted views of the coast. A short walk leads you into the picturesque fishing village of St Mawes.

  • The Custodian's House, Pendennis Castle

    Embark on a holiday for the history books, by staying in the grounds of Pendennis Castle. Overlooking Falmouth, you’ll have exclusive access to the castle grounds out of hours.

  • Callie's Cottage, Pendennis Castle

    A two bedroomed cottage in the heart of Pendennis Castle. You can stroll into Falmouth in 20 minutes, or spend the evening enjoying the sweeping sea views.

Make the most of your holiday

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