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Parks and nature in Cornwall

Top parks

Botanical Garden
“40 minutes drive. A fascinating location, but, more importantly, Eden is a fun and family-friendly day out. Curious kids can find out where tea, rubber and sugar come from, and travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations that they dream of traveling to in the future. There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days, music concerts and much more besides.”
  • 295 locals recommend
Park
“45 minutes Drive. Heligan is so much more than a garden restored; its own special atmosphere encourages contemplation and inspiration, satisfying the broadest range of horticultural and wildlife interests. Today, the 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate offer quite simply, the best natural playground ever.”
  • 156 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. ”
  • 57 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.”
  • 65 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.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful National Trust garden with paths to Durgan Village on the Helford River.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Cardinham Woods has all the great adventure of outdoors life. Here you can walk around the trails stop off for a bite to eat at The Woods Cafe, jump on to your bike and do some serious cycling or just relax and have a barbie by the lake. A must to visit whilst In Cornwall.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Fabulous camellia collection. Free entry to the park. Riverside views and duck pond.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“Perfect for little ones to burn off energy in the ball pool, jungle gym, demon drop slide, on the high ropes or many other attractions. Various discounts are available throughout the year. Its worth asking in advance or checking local papers for vouchers. Our Kidz love it there!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“10 lanes of ten pin bowling, 5 floors of fun in the 'Screamers Playzone' with drop slides, a fully licensed bar and the 'Snack Bowl'”
  • 5 locals recommend
Playground
“Bossinney Bay, a beautiful secluded beach- quite a long walk down and up through the countryside. Check tide times as there is no beach at high tide. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Kynance Cove is an amazing bay that is a must see! Beautiful views, gorgeous beach and a lovely cafe. It's a National Trust property and so free parking if you are a member or a few pounds if you are not - well worth it though. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
“Great family friendly beach, safe clean bathing, water sport equipment hire and tuition available, and the cafe...fantastic.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“For all those surfers Polzeath is a 10 minute drive from @deckhouse23 with great waves to enjoy surfing and body boarding. Remember to check the tides.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
“Nestled in a secluded cove, just a short walk from us and down the infamous 133 steps, the Bar & Restaurant at Lusty Glaze Beach is the perfect spot for lazy lunches, cosy coffees, and seaside suppers. They also host amazing live music and beach games throughout the summer months.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Perfect beach to kick back and relax. Best swimming beach in St. Ives with gentle sloping sand and very little current. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Beach
“Polkerris beach is an idyllic sheltered sandy Cornish cove. It offers a variety of landscapes, superb views, coastal walks and historical features. Well know for its links with the author Daphne Du Maurier and the setting of many of her novels. There is a great pub called The Rashleigh Arms which is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and the restaurant "Sams on the Beach" in a converted lifeboat station, now serving wood fired pizzas and exceptional seafood.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“With two kilometres of golden sands (at low tide), Sandymouth certainly lives up to its name. The stretch of National Trust sands allows dogs all year and is the ideal choice for families, boasting a café, parking and toilets alongside stunning natural features such as a waterfall and plethora of rock pools.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Beautiful beaches, great restaurant, very popular to visit, lots of lovely, independent shops, local produce, boat trips. ”
  • 144 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Lookout
“Antony House. Still lived in by the Carew family. Beautiful gardens and great tea room - Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland was filmed here in 2008.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Trail
“Good for dog walking and local to house. Short drive or fancy taking on the hill. Good cafe. Farm shop is amazing on way down when open. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
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