Home to the world famous Eden Project and many quaint fishing villages along the South Coast, including Mevagissey, Polkerris and Portmellon. Charlestown has tall ships docked in the harbour and there is a selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from. There is a small sandy bay and the Shipwreck Centre displays historical artefacts and maritime equipment.
There are large sandy beaches at Par and Carlyon Bay. Porthpean also has a lovely sheltered cove ideal for a paddle.
Wheal Martyn is the country’s only china clay museum and its country park has 26 acres of woodland walks and nature trails. There is also Cornwall’s largest waterwheel and the preserved Victorian clay works. The incredible Eden Project is a must see, as well as the main Biomes there are beautiful outdoor gardens and sculptures, there are play areas for children, discovery trails and activities.
Caerhays Castle and the gardens are open March – May, with views out to Porthluney Cove. There are scheduled tours of the castle and the gardens, which have rare collections of Chinese plants and Magnolias.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan has over 200 acres of restored Victorian gardens and woodland for visitors to explore. Rare collections of tropical plants are on display, there is also a working farm on site and a café with gift shop.
The Cornish Market World is well worth a visit and has over 70 stalls of local produce, clothing and gifts. On the same site Kidz World has a large indoor adventure play centre, dodgems, roller skating and mini golf.