Family Days Out in Cornwall

Despite dramatic coastline, moorland, cliffs and castles, and golden beaches that stretch for miles variety is the spice of life, especially for children, so it is something of a holiday tradition to take in some ‘manmade’ local attractions, too. It is always good to have a rainy day back-up plan to hand, just in case …

Cornwall offers something for all the family from historic tin mines to an open-air theatre or any number of attractions with animals.

A haunted jail, and a maritime museum (there may be pirates) are other exciting places to visit depending on where you are staying, or there’s always a trip on a steam railway train, so check out some of our best-loved suggestions.

There is plenty to see in the realms of art and culture in west Cornwall from St Ives to Newlyn, but also many museums, aquariums and animal sanctuaries. Down in the west, remember it isn’t far from coast to coast which makes many attractions accessible if you want to explore further afield.

Sometimes, the kids just want to let off steam, so you will find adventure parks and adrenaline sports centres listed, but also for the younger members or the gentler animal lovers, with plenty to see, from rescued seals to madcap monkeys.