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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Botanical Garden
“The Eden Project is a unique attraction housing plants from all over the world. Housed in the famous biomes, many events are hosted including famous bands. It's a one-off experience worth visiting.”
  • 290 locals recommend
Theater
“Check out website for shows and book in advance, if you can get seats near stage. Take a picnic. My advice is book an evening show, arrive early afternoon explore in daylight before watching performance. Magical..”
  • 225 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Well worth a visit for a bit of art and incredible beach views. The light really is different in St Ives, so it's easy to see why so many artists have been drawn there over the years. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Surrounded by great Cornish scenery Go at low tide and walk across to the mount Ferry boat also available ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Park
“If you wish to get lost in beauty and wonder then this is the place to explore. There are activities and events such a a yearly 'seed swap'; for all the family all year round and includes a fantastic restaurant. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
Park
“Set above the beautiful Helford River with spectacular views and stunning exotic plants. Fabulous home cooked lunches in a their lovely coffee shop. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Small yet delightful museum and garden that was formerly Barbara Hepworth's home and studio. Perfect coupled with a potter around St Ives town and harbour. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Landmark
“Castle ruins & dramatic coastline can be enjoyed from the recently opened footbridge. Explore the history & myths of the legendary King Arthur.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Set directly on the beach, also now at Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beach. All these restaurants offer fine dining service as well as a cafe service for the beach.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount; the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall. Interwoven with the planting is an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long, who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonise with the landscape.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Castle
“A day out in Falmouth can be combined with a visit to Pendennis Castle, a walk along the beach and a visit to Falmouth's superb shops and restaurants. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Theme park also housing Blitz WW2 exhibition Experience London in the Blitz Sight Sounds And smells ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“really lovely cosy atmosphere with stunning sea view and lovely food mid range prices”
  • 59 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Much to do Sightseeing, entertainment with Lands End Experience Great food on offer too ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Garden
“House and gardens with an extensive book shop and Art Gallery. The cafe is a favourite! The Woodland walk is beautiful all year round, with an optional path that leads down to the St Mawes Ferry where you can ride across the estuary and back for a donation. Of course, you could drive onto the ferry, and take a tour around St Mawes. The castle is well worth a visit.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This vast expanse of wilderness has several iconic sights like Rough Tor, the Cheesewring, Minions, Brown Willy and much more. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Set directly on the beach, also now at Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beach. All these restaurants offer fine dining service as well as a cafe service for the beach.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Gastropub
“really lovely cosy atmosphere with stunning sea view and lovely food mid range prices”
  • 59 locals recommend
Restaurant
“15 minutes drive to Polkerris, situated in the old lifeboat station, Sam's is a popular restaurant specializing in great pizzas ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Lovely local cinema with an artsy feel, super comfy seats and an unexpectedly solid bar/restaurant. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We have been here a few times (on special occasions as it is not cheap!) and have always had the tasting menu. The food is incredible, plus a lovely atmosphere and beautiful views over Watergate Bay. It is worth asking if they will be able to seat you by the window when you book, so you can make the most of the views.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Pub
“Such a beautiful spot. Take the short drive over to Restronguet Creek and you are in for a treat. Lunch or dinner on the pontoon when the weather is good, there is simply no better place to be. Beautiful views and great pub grub. Be warned if you are visiting in summer there is very restricted parking here in the peak season.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“we love this amazing place amazing views over Fistral beach excellent food and a great atmosphere.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“We've visited this restaurant on several occasions its one of the best low key seafood restaurants in Falmouth. Great experience but they only take cash and you must book well in advance to secure a table, oh and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Shellfish only!”
  • 43 locals recommend

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