Find fantastic places to explore in Cornwall
The historic twin towns of East and West Looe provide all you could ask of a day out in Cornwall. Safe sandy beaches, harbourside restaurants, excellent walking and cycling routes, wildlife boat trips and more. Looe has something to suit everyone’s taste so take time to relax and peruse through the myriad of individual boutiques, gift shops, and art galleries.
Enjoy a Cornish cream tea at one of the quaint tea rooms or sample the catch of the day at one of the local restaurants. Boat and fishing trips around the bay are available from the harbour quay.
Keep a look out for seals and dolphins playing amongst the waves or see what lies beneath in a glass bottom boat trip. There are several wildlife reserves, managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, dotted about the region, including the delightful Looe Island. Accessible by boat during the main season, tide dependent.
Just a short drive or boat trip will bring you to the traditional village of Polperro, once reported in the 19th century as the worst centre of smuggling on the south coast! This condition has long since gone but it is clear to see how easy it would be to venture forth on a small boat and then hide away from the revenue men.
The tiny harbour is the focal point for the village and seems almost untouched from the 19th century, Wonder the narrow streets and sample the local produce from the pubs and restaurants. An interesting and very unique feature is the horse pulled tram that can take you from the car park to the centre of the village.
There are plenty of family friendly attractions and activities to try in Bodmin. However, your children might be particularly keen to take a ride on one of the traditional steam engines. These charming old locomotives wend their way through the scenic Cornish landscape during the school holidays. Kids will have the chance to meet Peppa Pig during themed days in April.
Charlestown is a small village roughly 1.5 miles from St Austell, beginning life as a historic fishing village it was developed over many centuries to serve the needs of the tin and china clay industries.
The sheltered harbour is a great place for a saunter about there is always something to see especially if you like to see all things nautical. Charlestown has for some years been the home of the square sail company who moor up to 3 tall square sail ships in the inner harbour. These vessels make quite a spectacle at any time but quite another thing altogether to see the ships maneuver out of the tiny harbour and set sail across the bay. These ships have been the stars of many films and television programs, see if you can recognize them?
There are some good pubs and restaurants along with interesting craft shops in the village and any visit is not complete without taking in the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre
Mevagissey refers to the town of St Meva and St Issey, first recorded as a hamlet in 1313. A picturesque, unique 14th Century fishing village located on the South Cornwall Coast at the end of a valley close to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
Still a working fishing village the sea front is a busy place when the boats come in to unload their catch with visitors keen to see the sights and the hungry seagulls hoovering for any fallen tipbits!! Take a trip on the Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry, departure from Mevagissey is from the lighthouse Quay, from Fowey alight from the White house slipway, (where the Polruan ferry sails from). Sailings are weather dependent so do check before you plan your day and take some warm clothing as it can get cool on the water.
On a day out make sure to visit the Mevagissey museum and the model railway.
It is worth pointing out that there have been numerous sightings of the mysterious beast of Bodmin Moor over the years. However, leading scientists have said that such a beast would have little chance of survival due to the inhospitable climate and food supply shortages. The reports have done little to discourage the keen dog walkers who regularly hike across the moor. You might be tempted to join them on explorations of this naturally diverse area.
Truro is the capital town of Cornwall and lies approx 22 miles from Fowey, the cities wide boulevards and cobbled streets have a charming character. Here you will find the best shopping in the county from the top high street names to independent specialist shops.
Cornwall county museum is a excellent place in which to while away an hour or so and give a real insight to the history of the county.
Dominating the city skyline is the Cathedral, a look around is a must on any trip to the city.
Enterprise boats run a boat trip from Truro down the river Fal finishing at the main quay in Falmouth, take the boat to Falmouth and get the bus back to your car afterwards.
St Austell is approx. 6 miles from Fowey, a busy town having recently undergone extensive redevelopment. It has a good selection of shops and is the hub for driving on to take in Mevagissey, Newquay and beyond.
Whilst in St Austell you really should find time to visit the China clay museum Wheal Martyn and take the tour of the famous St Austell brewery who have been brewing in the town since 1851, see how the very popular beers are made and finish of with a tasting or 2 or 4…
Bodmin has a number of claims to fame. This charming old town is recognised as the birthplace and historic residence of Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert and Charles Reginald Billing. You may also have heard about the predatory beast of Bodmin Moor.
However, those of you who are brave enough to visit Bodmin will be rewarded with views of picturesque Cornish countryside. You can expect to have an absolutely wonderful time visiting the highly recommended Bodmin attractions.
If you're interested in religious architecture then it would be worth visiting Bodmin's parish church. Built during the 15th century, this building is regarded as a key symbol of Cornish Christianity. It contains a marble effigy of Prior Vivian and an ornately decorated 12th century font. Visitors may also have the opportunity to enjoy one of the regular choral performances.
You'll be absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to natural sightseeing opportunities in Cornwall. However, a visit to the Helman Tor nature reserve is recommended. You can look forward to seeing intriguing species such as the fritillary butterfly and otter during a guided tour of this splendid rural reserve.
Siblyback Lake offers an excellent day out, not only for watersports but also for walking, running, cycling, fishing or birdwatching, complete with bird-hide. It's only about 40 minutes drive from Polruan on the edge of Bodmin Moor. There are plenty of facilities on-site, including the fabulous Rockhopper café that has indoor and outdoor seating and a children’s play area. The lake has consistently good windsurfing and sailing wind along with a fantastic team of qualified instructors.
Minions is the highest village in Cornwall, high up on Bodmin moor in South East Cornwall, not far from Liskeard and about 40mins from Polruan. The name derives from Minions Mound a barrow to the west of the village despite many people now making the link with the fictional yellow creatures that appear in the Despicable Me!! The village has a pub, a restaurant and cafés in addition to the combined post office and shop. Or if you are interested in the history of the area there is the Minions Heritage Centre and Hurlers Stone Circles.