Where to visit with kids in Cornwall

This is a collaborative post.

For a while now I have longed to visit Cornwall. I’m really hoping that next year we can book a Cornwall cottage holiday. Even just putting this post together with all these photos and links to great posts from fellow bloggers, makes me want to pack a bag and head there right now. The beaches look absolutely stunning and there are so many places I’d love to explore with my family. Below are some recommendations for great family days out if you are visiting Cornwall this summer.


The Beaches

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. You will be spoilt for choice for beaches to visit and let’s face it, if the weather is nice, there is no better place to be with kids.


Beach in cornwall

Photo Otis and us

Explore beautiful seaside towns

As well as the beaches, there are many beautiful seaside towns to explore in Cornwall too. I’d love to visit Padstow, Bude, Port Isaac, St Ives and many more. Keeping children entertained can be an obstacle at times to enjoying a nice stroll but I find treasure & scavenger hunts can help. I love the sound of exploring Bude with a Treasure trail.


Harbour in cornwall

Photo by Working Mummy Cambridge.


Tate St Ives

Modern art and stunning views of St Ives, what’s not to like? They also have a regular calendar of family events that sound fantastic. Beach art explorers every Wednesday in August sounds particularly great.


Eden project

I’ve been intrigued by the Eden project since it was first built. I love the idea of exploring all the rainforest biomes and exploring all the plants. It looks pretty big and expensive though, so I think we’ll be waiting until the girls are a bit older before we visit. Find out more about visiting the Eden project with a 5 year old here.

eden project

Photo by Over 40 and a mum to one


The lost gardens of Heligan

I’ve seen the lost gardens of Heligan on various blogs over the years and I love the look of them especially this mud head and the glass house (you know how much I love the glass house at my local National Trust property). I love exploring gardens and these ones look stunning.


Mud head at the lost gardens of Heligan

Photo by Hot pink wellingtons


National Trust visits

We have family National Trust membership which I know many young families do. They have such great facilities and events for families. There are many National Trust properties in Cornwall to choose from, follow the link to see which ones me and B make tea recommends.


Other family days out

Kate on thin ice recommends the Gweek seal sanctuary as a good day out for kids. Or how about St Michael’s mount?


Relax and pampering time

Finally, if you are lucky enough to have a little time to pamper yourself without the kids in tow then how about a visit to a sensory spa garden? They even have a kids club if you don’t have anyone else around to watch the kids. The outdoor spa sounds amazing. You might also find this post from My boys club on places to eat and stay if you are child free for a night.

If you are planning a family holiday, then you might find this post on how to plan a stress-free UK holiday useful.


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Disclosure – This is a collaborative post. I was compensated for my time to produce this piece.


  1. June 27, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Thanks for including our Eden Project post. There’s so much to do in Cornwall with kids I think.

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Your welcome. There does sound to be.

  2. June 27, 2018 / 8:50 am

    You really must book that holiday! Cornwall is one of out favourite places to visit in the UK. Add The Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to your list. Oh and Tintagel!! So many places 🙂

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      I’ve never heard of any of these! Thank you. It’s top of my list for next year.

  3. June 27, 2018 / 9:00 am

    We love Cornwall, but not been since our son was 9 months old ( he’s now 7 ) hoping to go back soon 😊 your post has given us so much inspiration .

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Glad to be helpful.

  4. June 27, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Love Cornwall- hope you get to go!

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      I’m sure we will. It’s just so far from here.

  5. June 27, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I absolutely adore Cornwall and have visited most of the places you have suggested above, not Port Issac though so I clearly have a great excuse to return:)

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      You should!

  6. June 27, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Thanks for this – we go next week and this is JUST what I’m lookign for! X

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Happy to help.

  7. June 27, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    We love it right at the bottom of Cornwall – Sennen Cove and the Minnack theatre. It’s a long journey but always worth it!

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks. I’ve not heard of these places.

  8. June 28, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    I would absolutely love to visit Cornwall with my children. I went as a child, but it’s such a long way away from us now! One day we shall make that trip. I hope you do too.

  9. June 29, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    We absolutely love Cornwall and there is just so much to do – you’ve made me want to go back as soon as possible! x

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Sorry about that!

  10. June 29, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit Cornwall for ages but I’ve never heard of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. That looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of National Trust places to visit with the kids and the Eden project has been on my list for aaaages!!
    Shared on Pinterest for you lovely x

    • Claire
      July 2, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you. The lost gardens of Heligan look beautiful

  11. July 2, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    It’s quite a long time since we went to Cornwall and we enjoyed a few of these. The beaches were so nice we didn’t get round all that many other things!

  12. July 4, 2018 / 9:10 am

    This post is definitely making me want to go to cornwall, we usually go to devon once a year but maybe we should go that little bit further this time. I especially like the look of the lost garden.

  13. Charlie
    July 4, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    We love the look of Cornwall too although it’s a bit of a trek! Everyone speaks so highly of it though and you’ve mentioned some fab places!

  14. July 5, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Wr used to go every year as a family growing up, i loved it although i wasnt keen on camping! we stayed at porthtowan and spent lots of time at Godrevy beach. I havent been since having children of my own though

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