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Botanical Garden
“Just 5 minutes by car and great for families with lots of activities being held daily during summer months. Check out their website for current activities ”
  • 298 locals recommend
Theatre
“30mins by car. Watch a performance in the open air with great views over the bay.”
  • 226 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Well worth a visit for a bit of art and incredible beach views. The light really is different in St Ives, so it's easy to see why so many artists have been drawn there over the years. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Historic Site
“10mins by car. Catch the tide right to walk the hidden cobbled path over to this wonderful island with its own castle. Take a picnic or enjoy food from the cafe. ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Park
“The Lost Gardens of Heligan give you a taste of the exotic, just 5 minutes drive from Mevagissey. It has a fascinating history, abandoned during the war, only to be rediscovered and brought back to life years later. We love visiting in May/June to see the gigantic rhodedendrons, and seeing what's growing in the fruit and vegetable gardens. There are jungle-like gardens to explore including a rope walk and stunning sculptures in the woods that look like they are growing from the ground. They organise fun events throughout the year - check their website for details.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Park
“Set above the beautiful Helford River with spectacular views and stunning exotic plants. Fabulous home cooked lunches in a their lovely coffee shop. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Small yet delightful museum and garden that was formerly Barbara Hepworth's home and studio. Perfect coupled with a potter around St Ives town and harbour. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Landmark
“An interesting historical site with fantastic scenery. Rather costly to get into but worth a view from the outside at least. There is also a very beautiful church nearby on the cliff top.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Set directly on the beach, also now at Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beach. All these restaurants offer fine dining service as well as a cafe service for the beach.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount; the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall. Interwoven with the planting is an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long, who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonise with the landscape.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Castle
“A day out in Falmouth can be combined with a visit to Pendennis Castle, a walk along the beach and a visit to Falmouth's superb shops and restaurants. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Theme Park
“15mins by car. Head to Helston for a fun filled day on the rides at Flambards great for all ages.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“really lovely cosy atmosphere with stunning sea view and lovely food mid range prices”
  • 61 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“30mins by car. The most westerly point in England. Offers pay as you go attractions.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Garden
“House and gardens with an extensive book shop and Art Gallery. The cafe is a favourite! The Woodland walk is beautiful all year round, with an optional path that leads down to the St Mawes Ferry where you can ride across the estuary and back for a donation. Of course, you could drive onto the ferry, and take a tour around St Mawes. The castle is well worth a visit.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Explore the wild and stunning Bodmin Moor. we are right on the southern edge of the moor and very close to many historic mining sites. A number of walking routes allow you to get close to these evocative ruins and take in the far reaching views. Park at a local farm shop and enjoy a pasty or cream tea! A favourite spot is Minions - high up on the moor close to the famous Cheesewrings and ancient stone monuments. The village has a lovely café and a great pub!”
  • 46 locals recommend