South West

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.

Tintagel Castle

Escape to a castle steeped in legend on Cornwall’s north coast. Uncover tales of King Arthur and explore the medieval ruins perched on the clifftops.

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Pendennis Castle

Go on a seaside adventure at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. Discover impressive grounds and panoramic views at Henry VIII’s coastal fortress.

Days out at Pendennis Castle

Restormel Castle

Nestled in beautiful countryside, Restormel Castle is a woodland gem. Climb the keep for views over the Fowey Valley and imagine castle life bustling below.

Discover Restormel Castle

Launceston Castle

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 Launceston Castle


  • Tintagel Castle

    Step into the realm of King Arthur at Tintagel - Cornwall's enchanting clifftop castle.

  • Pendennis Castle

    Discover Henry VIII’s castle by the sea, Falmouth's fortress.

Top tips for castle adventurers

  • Escape to the beach

    Relax on the beach beneath Tintagel Castle, a hidden gem! In good weather, admire the waterfall falling onto the sand from the cliffs above, build sandcastles or explore Merlin's Cave at low tide.

  • Two castles in one day

    After visiting Pendennis Castle, catch the ferry across the water to the picture-perfect village of St Mawes, where you’ll find a charming Tudor castle. 

  • Launceston Castle's exhibition

    Discover Launceston Castle's exhibition, newly designed in 2022, which showcases some never-before-seen objects from the castle collection with a rare whale vertebra as the star of the show. 

  • Meet historical characters

    Discover Pendennis Castle's rich history with our costumed volunteers! During summer events, historical characters bring the castle to life – don't miss the chance to meet them.

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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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