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Fantastic days out with the kids
This series of spectacular waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey is one of the best known beauty spots on Bodmin Moor. As the river flows through the ancient woodland of Draynes Wood, the scenery varies, from wide wooded glades to a steep sided, craggy gorge. There’s a variety of plants and wildlife to spot on your walk too.
17 minutes away
19 minutes away
This magnificent Victorian country house is well worth a visit even if you never make it inside; the extensive gardens are awash with colour all year round, while there are off-road cycle trails, ancient woodlands and peaceful riverside paths. The house itself was refurbished in the late Victorian era after a devastating fire and offers a fascinating window into that era.
This woodland is a place that’s perfect for recharging and relaxing, offering everything you and your family could want from a woodland adventure. The diverse woodland is full of hidden glades where you can escape from the world, while the cycling trails offer an adrenalin rush if your family like your outdoor adventures with some excitement!
22 minutes away
25 minutes away
This is probably the best known tourist attraction in Cornwall and with good reason; its biodomes are home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. They nestle in a crater that was once home to a quarry but the site now explores man’s relationship and reliance on plant life and turns it into a fun day out that everyone can enjoy. There truly is nowhere else like it in the rest of the country.
This granite moorland is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and with good reason. The moors are great for walking, horse riding and even cycling, while Siblyback Lake is one of Cornwall’s best known spots for in-land water sports, with tuition and equipment hire on offer. It’s home to Cornwall’s two highest points, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, which afford amazing views of the surrounding moorland.
30 minutes away
30 minutes away
This museum has a journey of peril and possibility, with more than 8,000 finds from more than 150 shipwrecks. Gold bullion bars, barnacled tea sets and stacks of cannon balls are among the exhibits, while it also tells stories behind more than 100 films and TV shows filmed in the area. The museum is in Charlestown, a pristine example of a Georgian working port, which is well worth a look around in its own right.
This zoo has more than 130 species to see during a visit. As well as lions and zebras, it has a lot of animals you might not see so prominently at other zoos, like the Visayan warty pig, lesser Malaysian mouse deer and the Owston’s Civet among the more unusual animals you can see at Newquay. As well as being a great family day out, Newquay Zoo has an emphasis on its conservation programme too.
45 minutes away
45 minutes away
Lost Gardens of Heligan
One of the most beloved gardens in the UK, Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and green fingered gardeners. It’s split into three distinct sections — the Productive Gardens produce more than 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs, the Pleasure Grounds are designed for sedate exploration while the Jungle shows off a collection of plants more usually found in the tropics.
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers and artists. For the first time in more than 500 years, the two separated halves have been reunited thanks to the new castle bridge.
58 minutes away
92 minutes away
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
As the name suggests, this sanctuary is home to grey and common seals, but a ser of Humboldt penguins, Asian short-clawed otters, southern sea lions and even some goats also call this place home, so you’ll see a wide range of different animals up close if you close to spend a day with your family here.