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Parks and nature in Cornwall

Top parks

Botanical Garden
“20 minutes walk. Tropical and temperate gardens, food, ice skating, zip wire, music venue, shopping. ”
  • 272 locals recommend
Park
“A wonderful garden with a difference. Heligan has a wonderfully romantic yet sad history. It is children and dog friendly with lots to do in the school holidays with events specifically to entertain the whole family. Don't forget the jungle and the Burma rope bridge as well as the wonderful collection of rare breed animals and delightful plants.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Park
“This place is close and the best Garden in Cornwall (IMHO). They have a nice cafe or just down the road is the the very scenic Ferry Boat Inn.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Lovely sculpture gardens with fab restaurant and opportunity to buy some plants. Amazing outside space with views to St. Michaels Mount”
  • 62 locals recommend
Garden
“As well as an amazing Cornish Orchard, there is a large lawned area and the focal point of the lawn is the magnificent Japanese red cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) which was planted in 1898, an extremely long-lived tree that thinks nothing of growing over 1,000 years. These gardens have super views down to the beautiful Helford River. Exotic plants and beautiful floral pathways lead to different areas of gardens and if you like gardens this is a must.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Garden
“Fabulous gardens complete with Maze and it’s own beach! Well worth a visit. Lovely ice cream hut down on the beach for a well earned treat before the walk back up!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for walking & Cycling. You can hire bikes here. There is also a small cafe.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Zoo
“Love it here. check out the local Westbriton newspaper for any discounts. There's a good softplay barn here too. ”
  • 25 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“Perfect for little ones to burn off energy in the ball pool, jungle gym, demon drop slide, on the high ropes or many other attractions. Various discounts are available throughout the year. Its worth asking in advance or checking local papers for vouchers. Our Kidz love it there!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“10 lanes of ten pin bowling, 5 floors of fun in the 'Screamers Playzone' with drop slides, a fully licensed bar and the 'Snack Bowl'”
  • 4 locals recommend
Playground
“Bossinney Bay, a beautiful secluded beach- quite a long walk down and up through the countryside. Check tide times as there is no beach at high tide. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Kynance Cove is a cove on the eastern side of Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated on the Lizard peninsula approximately two miles north of Lizard Point. The cove became popular in the early Victorian era, with many distinguished visitors including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the poet Alfred Tennyson. The BBC has described Kynance Cove as "one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South West." The South West Coast Path, which follows the coast of south west England from Somerset to Dorset passes by on the cliffs over-looking Kynance Cove.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Beach
“Great views to the sea , go on a Sunday for bbq nights in the summer or roasts in winter A 15 minute walk will get you to Gyllngvase beach. From there you can enjoy neighbouring beaches along the coastal path or head to Pendennis castle which you can see from Gyllyngvase. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Polzeath is a busy seaside town an enjoys some of the better waves along that stretch of the coast. If body boarding is not for you then you can take the coastal path to Daymer bay and Rock or head the other way to Taco bays”
  • 27 locals recommend
Beach
“A gentle beach with lifeguards, it rarely gets waves so is great for those wanting to swim in gentle waters.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Beach
“Lusty Glaze beach was crowned Beach of the Year 2017 by the The Times and The Sunday Times. And although privately owned the beach is fully open to the public at no cost. At the heart of the Lusty Glaze resort lies the bar and restaurant, relaxed, intimate and friendly with gasp inducing views and sunsets you can enjoy many culinary delights year round either by the roaring log burner or in the afternoon sunshine. For those looking for a little more adventure on their visit to the cove, The centre located down on the sand provides activities both water and cliff based! From surfing to abseiling and much more in-between, so for a fun filled day or even a team building exercise this centre is the place for you.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“With two kilometres of golden sands (at low tide), Sandymouth certainly lives up to its name. The stretch of National Trust sands allows dogs all year and is the ideal choice for families, boasting a café, parking and toilets alongside stunning natural features such as a waterfall and plethora of rock pools.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“A lovely place to visit from here, a bit of a schlep but worth it. Beautiful beaches, great shops and cafes. Does get very busy and hard to park. The best way to arrive is by train, the views of the coast are breathtaking. You can get the train from the bottom of the garden to St Ives (change at Truro). It takes 1.5 hours. Or drive to St Erth and get the cute little branch line to St Ives (it takes about 20 minutes). Places to eat: Blas Burgers/Cornish Deli. We have swum with seals in the shallows on Portmeor beach, amazing!”
  • 130 locals recommend
Beach
“Great beach with lots of activity! Home to Sams on the beach, Polkerris coffee shop and the Rashleigh pub! ”
  • 14 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Viewpoint
“Great grounds and made famous recently for being used as a location for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland. It has a trail for this in its grounds”
  • 8 locals recommend
Trail
“Good for dog walking and local to house. Short drive or fancy taking on the hill. Good cafe. Farm shop is amazing on way down when open. ”
  • 2 locals recommend