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The best attractions in Cornwall for 2024!

Not only do we have the beautiful coastline, golden sand beaches, serene sea views and amazing food, but Cornwall also has so many excellent and unique attractions to choose from. Here you will find an attraction to suit everyone, whether you are holidaying as a couple, with young children, middle-aged children, or older children, even if there is a mixture of ages or interests: there’s a great attraction in Cornwall here for you!

What’s more, as a Hendra Guest, you can get some offers to certain attractions, so look out for  your pre-arrival email, which you will receive two weeks before your stay!

Cornwall Attractions that Kids will love!

Take the kids on a day out that they will keep talking about afterwards!

Camel Creek

This fantastic attraction is less than half-an-hour from Hendra. Great for kids of different age ranges, and whatever the weather, this attraction is sure to be a hit.

There are lots of different rides, with Swampy and Dinaland, which has a variety of rides for younger children, and the Toddler Play cottages. If you have older children, then they will be happy too, as there are a range of rides that they will just love, with a log-flume, rollercoasters, and vertigo – thrill-seekers will be happy!

There are character visits throughout the year too, so make sure you have a look on the website and see if your child’s favourite character is visiting Camel Creek this year!

There’s a huge indoor play area, with slides, climbing areas and more! Along with stables, and a reptile house.

Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley is an attraction nestled in the Cornish countryside. Take a nostalgic train ride through the countryside to the secret valley, where you will find a range of great things to do.

Little ones will love the play areas, peddle boats on the boating lake, train rides, adventure golf, and woodland walks. There is an exciting new indoor multi-level soft play area too, perfect for burning off that holiday energy! There’s picnic areas and a café on the park, as well as changing areas and it is also dog friendly.

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo boasts hundreds of animals and countless amazing plants across 13 acres of beautiful, and sub-tropical gardens. There’s a farm area, and Tropical house too, where you can spot the sloth! There are two outdoor play areas for kids, as well as fantastic talks by Zookeepers, and a café.

DairyLand Farm World

A farm attraction, not far from Hendra. DairyLand has outdoor and indoor play, farm animals and seasonal fun events.

Cornwall Attractions with a difference!

These Attractions are unique to Cornwall, and something that you won’t experience at home!

Bodmin Jail

This spooky attraction takes you to the dark side of Cornwall’s history. At Bodmin Jail you will learn about mining, smuggling and infamous prisoners, and gruesome tales of the past. Explore the eerie cells of former inmates, on the ‘dark walk’, while experiencing the theatrical effects. Children of all ages can attend, recommended age is 8 upwards.

If you are feeling brave, then why not try the newest attraction, Lights Out, for ages 14 plus? The premise is during recent renovation work, the staff have noticed strange things happening around the museum. Quite often the unsettling activity coincides with the unexplainable sighting of a little girl, seen in different spaces in the jail.

Guests will be whisked away on a tour of the building that goes, horribly, wrong. A visit like no other. Because tonight, the attraction truly comes to chaotic life with terrifying consequences!  This event is not for the faint-hearted with live actors, stories and effects.

Lobster Hatchery

This unique attraction is a brilliant place to visit, which you won’t forget.

Located in the idyllic Padstow, right by the Camel Estuary, is this family-friendly attraction. A marine conservation, research and education charity, the Lobster Hatchery has an award-winning visitor centre. Here you can get up close with rarely seen lobster babies, pregnant lobster mamas, giant lobsters and other weird and wonderful coastal creatures.

SSS Surf School

When in Newquay, do as the Newquay people do! Try surfing with SSS Surf School. The school offers group surf lessons for beginners and improvers, private surf lessons for groups and individuals, family surf lessons, kids surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding tours, and a women’s surf club.

They are based at Towan Beach Newquay, Cornwall, which is a safe, sheltered beach and is perfect for experiencing your first waves.

Cornwall Attractions great for couples!

These attractions are great for couples, but also there’s things for families to do here too!

Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of Cornwall’s most well-known and popular attractions.

Heligan was rediscovered after it succumbed to the brambles after World War Two and wasn’t rediscovered until 1990. Now these thriving gardens feature so much to see, from productive gardens, pleasure gardens, woodland, and even its own jungle complete with one of the longest Burmese Rope Bridges in Britain, stretching 100 feet above ancient tree ferns and across the Jungle floor.

Couples will love strolling around and enjoying the garden’s sights and smells. There are places to eat too, with The Heligan Kitchen and the Stewards House. These places provide a range of refreshments that use much of Heligan’s own produce.

Dogs are allowed at Heligan all year round (though because of some livestock, they must be kept on leads).

Healeys Cyder Farm

Home to the famous Rattler Cyder, Healeys offers barrels of fun all year round, with experiences and tours, cream teas, farm animals, and drinks tasting. Friendly dogs on a lead are very welcome at Healeys!