If you have had enough of the beach there are still plenty of things to do in Cornwall. We have a display of local leaflets in the Games Room. Here are a few popular places to visit:
Boscastle is situated on the dramatic and unspoiled North Cornwall Coast. More recently famous for the Boscastle Flood of 2004 it is a truly picturesque village to visit. It has a distinctive natural harbour surrounded with quaint old buildings and local potteries. Walk out to the Coastwatch Lookout which is still manned by volunteers and offers amazing coastal views. Or relax and enjoy a cream tea while taking in the atmosphere. Plenty of parking, cafes and pubs, most of which are dog friendly.
The site of Tintagel Castle has been inhabited since at least the Roman period. Built with dramatic views of the ocean, the castle is a must-see destination. In 2019, for the first time in more than 500 years, the two separated halves of Tintagel Castle were reunited thanks to a new footbridge. This has proven to be very popular to cross. Timed tickets are sold so we recommend pre-booking a timed slot to visit to avoid the lengthy queues. Dogs on leads welcome. There is no parking on site but there are pay and display car parks 600m away in the village.
The Eden project is made up of two man-made biomes that house a collection of plants from around the world. Each dome simulates a different environment: one the Rainforest and the second a Mediterranean environment. There is plenty to do with the children with a mixed holiday calendar packed full of activities. It is also a fantastic place for adults to explore with such a variety of plants to view. You can take your dog with the whole site being dog friendly. It has a variety of restaurants at the site but you can also take a packed lunch too. Pre-booking in high season will reduce your queue time.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Thirty years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England.
Set on a large mound it is the gateway to Cornwall. Its focus is an unusual keep dating back to the 13th century. Dogs on leads welcome. Ample parking locally.
Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre
Just outside of Launceston you can visit the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre. There you can see British and Asian short-clawed otters being fed close up. There are also fallow deer, wallabies, meerkats, several species of Owl and other Birds of Prey.
The Camel Trail
Running through a site of Specific Interest and Special Area of Conservation the 18 mile Camel Trail is largely traffic free with a virtually level multi-use trail great for bikes. You can start the trail at several points along the track. Wadebridge and Padstow being the most popular to cycle between but the Wenfordbridge stop has a lovely locally run cafe with delicious cakes.
Bike hire is available at several spots along the track.
Bridge Bike Hire – Wadebridge
Camel Trail Cycle Hire – Wadebridge
Padstow Cycle Hire – Padstow
Trail Bike Hire – Padstow
Snail Pace Cafe and Bike Hire – Wenfordbridge
Bodmin Bikes and Cycle Hire – Bodmin
Bude has lots to see locally. There is a sea pool which is great for swimming in the summer, several beaches, local shops and restaurants, supermarkets and public swimming pool called Splash. There are also lots of places that offer surfing lessons at Bude or the other local beaches.
You can cycle the canal or hire a paddle boat. A lovely walk between 2 cafes.
Hire a bike from Bude Bikes. They also do weekly rentals with car carriers.