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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
“This is beyond a spectacular day out and very much worth re-visits. The Eco-Model it practices is a marvel and they have events and activities including great bands all year round.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Theater
“The Minack Theatre is a spectacular outdoor theatre built into the cliff face above Porthcurno Beach. Check out what's on and book as far in advance as you can. The theatre is worth a visit during the day just to marvel at the construction feat and the views. There is a small exhibition outlining the history of the theatre and a cafe that is open during the day, and occasional day time events. There is parking, but I recommend walking from The Rest House to avoid traffic jams at busy times. It's 30-40 mins along the road on foot. ”
  • 224 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
“Keep an eye on the tide, we love to walk along the causeway to the Mount, but if the tide's aren't in your favour, you can take one of the little boats, which is fun.”
  • 158 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. ”
  • 55 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. ”
  • 48 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.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Fantastic contemporary sub-tropical garden with top quality sculptures by local and international artists. Happens to have a top class restaurant/cafe too.”
  • 65 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
“Flambards is a great day out for the whole family. Before hitting the rides, take a walk through the Victorian Village and brave the Britain in the Blitz experience. ”
  • 28 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
“Lands End is the most westerly point of mainland England situated within the Penwith peninsular and is about 8 miles from Mousehole. There is an iconic signpost showing distance from John O’Groats and New York you can personalise and have your photo taken with. The views across the Atlantic is stunning. ”
  • 40 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
“The bleak countryside of Bodmin moor has a beauty of its own, a great place to go walking.”
  • 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.”
  • 52 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 ”
  • 50 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!”
  • 44 locals recommend

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