7 Things You Should do when Visiting Cornwall

Planning a holiday is both exciting and time-consuming. However, having plenty of knowledge about the destination of your choice will help to ensure you have the best experience on your next holiday. If you are heading down south to the gorgeous Cornish countryside and stunning coastlines, then here are seven things you simply must do while you’re there!

Enjoy a Cornish Cream Tea

In true Cornish tradition slather on your jam then top with lashings of clotted cream to create the perfect Cornish cream tea. Enjoy after a stroll through the rolling landscapes or grab a view of the sea.

Visit the Eden Project

The Eden Project Biomes are a paradise of exotic plant life and botanical education. It is a great family day out for adults and children of all ages to learn about plants, environmental impact, and science. Alternatively, head down for the Eden Sessions, popular music events held frequently against this striking backdrop. You can even zip wire over the top of the clay pit and admire the domes from above!

Get lost in the Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is dubbed one of the most romantic estates in England. This once lost and abandoned paradise has been restored to its former glory and is a beautiful historical day out for the whole family.

What’s more, it is only a short distance from the beautiful Roseland Heritage Coast. Portscatho Holidays offer a wide range of accommodation for your South Cornwall visit within this incredible area of outstanding natural beauty. St Mawes or Portscatho are two of a many of the areas authentic harbor towns and coastal village, with gorgeous beaches, heritage sites, and tourist attractions all just a short drive away.

Scoff a Traditional Cornish Pasty

You can’t visit Cornwall without sampling an authentic Cornish Pasty. The Cornish pasty was historically a miner’s lunch; cuts of meat, potato and root vegetables encased in a hearty pastry. Today it is enjoyed widely by all walks of life and is a stereotypically Cornish treat that should be experienced by any visitor. Why not even have a go at making your own?

Follow in Doc Martins Footsteps

If you are a fan (or even if you are not!) of TV’s popular series and global phenomenon ‘Doc Martin’ starring Martin Clunes, then you should pay a visit to Port Isaac; a gorgeous fishing village on the Atlantic Coast. 

You can visit set locations and relive some of your favourite TV moments. If you’re not a fan you will still enjoy the historic architecture and incredible views. The village also lays claim to some seriously fine dining.

Eat at a celebrity or Michelin star restaurant

Cornwall offers some spectacular quality cuisine. Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver both have thriving restaurants, and Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw also boast Michelin Stars. Celebrity and Michelin Star restaurants in Cornwall that you can visit include:

  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac
  • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen – Port Isaac
  • Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 – Padstow
  • Rick Stein – Padstow
  • Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – Newquay
  • Driftwood – Truro
  • Trevenson Restaurant – Redruth

Surf at Fistral Beach

Cornwall’s surf capital and one of the most flocked-to surfing destinations in the UK, Fistral beach is one to put on your Cornish checklist. It is the location of the major surf and skate festival ‘Boardmasters’ every August, and the rest of the year offers a wide range of surfing and water sport activities for all ages and abilities. The beach, combined with great dining experiences and thriving nightlife, makes Newquay a great all-round destination.

So, whatever you are heading down to Cornwall for, be sure to tick some of these ‘proper Cornish’ experiences off your list. 


Olivia Watson

Olivia is a world traveler who has been to 27 countries in just over 15 years. She loves to share her knowledge of traveling to help others travel safer, cheaper and have more fun.
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