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Top 5 Free things to do in Cornwall.

Cornwall is renowned for its stunning coastline, rich history, and captivating landscapes. While it may be known for its beautiful beaches and charming villages, Cornwall also offers a plethora of free activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy.

With the cost of living on the rise, it can sometimes be challenging to stay on a budget whilst on holiday here. So, we have come up with a handful of fun and FREE things to do around Cornwall for you and the family to get involved in together.

1.Visit the beaches.

Cornwall’s beaches are known for their beauty, and the best part is that they are free to access! Whether you’re seeking a serene spot to relax or an adventurous surfing experience, Cornwall has it all. From the picturesque St. Ives to the rugged coastline of Newquay, there are so many beaches for families to explore and enjoy!

Why not take a picnic and enjoy an easy and tasty lunch from wherever you are? This will also be a more cost-effective option!

2. Explore the South-West Coast Path.Coast Path

 The Southwest Coast Path is a 630-mile-long trail. It runs along the entire length of the Cornish coast. You can pick a section of the trail and explore the breath-taking scenery, from the dramatic cliffs to the charming fishing villages.

With stunning views around every corner, there are some perfect opportunities for photos and picnics, whilst breathing in the fresh and salty air.

3.Discover the history and culture.

 Cornwall has a rich history and culture that can be explored for free. Explore the mining heritage of the region at Wheal Coates.  A tin mine that opened in 1802 and overlooks the beautiful coast of St. Agnes.

Why not head over to Heartlands Heritage Centre, located just of the A30 at Pool, Redruth? It has plenty of free activities during rain or shine. There is a mining museum and exhibition, diaspora gardens and a giant adventure play park for the kids. This attraction is a charitable trust so you can choose to support them by visiting the café or shop.

There is a lot of history to be explored right here in Newquay too. There are ancient ruins, smuggling history and more. Read more here.

4. Go Wildlife spotting.Spot butterflies and wildlife, here at Polly Joke.

Cornwall is home to a diverse range of wildlife, from seals and dolphins to birds of prey and rare butterflies. Head to the Lizard Point, Pentire Head or Polly joke clifftops to spot some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

We’re sure that you and the kids will have a great time trying to spot the animals and creatures! Just make sure to stay safe near any cliffs!

5. Adventure across the Camel Trail.

 By walking or cycling, you and the family can enjoy the beautiful and picturesque, Camel Trail. The trail follows along Camel Estuary from Wadebridge to Padstow. With plenty of stops on the way, so that you can rest and take in the lovely views.

If you do want to spend some money, why not stop off for an ice cream or fish and chips in Padstow and sit at the harbour? This bustling fishing village is not one to miss!


Cornwall offers an array of free experiences that allow visitors to immerse themselves in its natural beauty. From coastal walks and historical sites to charming villages and stunning beaches, there is something for everyone to enjoy without breaking the bank. So, pack your walking shoes, embrace the spirit of adventure, and embark on a journey of exploration as you uncover the free gems that Cornwall has to show.