Things to do in Cornwall

Get the most from your stay on the Cornish coast and explore St Austell and the rest of Cornwall. Enjoy a break filled with adventure, outstanding attractions and beautiful beaches. 

To give you a helping hand, we've pulled together a list of some of the things to do in St Austell and the surrounding area. 

* Before travelling please check these attractions are open and that you are comfortable with their COVID-19 procedures before visiting.  

Tregothnan Tea and Orchard Tours

Tregothnan Tea and Orchard Tours

Tregothnan Estate is home to Europe's largest tea garden, in Cornwall's goldilocks climate for botanical gardens with a history going as far back as 700 years.  

The Gardens are now open to the public, with tours being described as "The Vinyard tour you can drive away from" with glorious views over the 18-metre deep Fal River. Each tour takes about two hours, covering about 2 miles and a variety of terrains from the tea gardens at Halwyn overlooking the King Harry ferry to the hidden valley jungle gardens Kea Plum orchards of Coombe by the edge of the foreshore.

Please speak to our Reservations Team for more information. 

 

Cornwall Waverunner Safari

Cornwall Waverunner Safari

Get out on the crystal water and experience adrenaline fuelled Jet Ski Sessions and scenic Safaris with the UK's official Yamaha Jet Ski Experience on Carlyon Bay Beach.

Find out more or contact our Reservations Team today.

Walk with Me App

Walk with Me App

Walk With Me is a free story app created by award-winning theatre company Kneehigh. It brings the tales and landscapes of Cornwall to life. Looking for a the perfect socially-distanced activity that can be enjoyed alone or with family and friends? Kneehigh has launched four new story walks at the Eden Project and in St Austell. Funny, magical and often moving stories from locals can be found as you explore the local area.

Find out more.

Water Sports at Polkerris Beach

Water Sports at Polkerris Beach

Situated across St Austell Bay from the Carlyon Bay Hotel, the Polkerris Beach Company offers a range of activities including powerboating, sailing, windsurfing and many more. Suitable for all ages and experience, all done with friendly and expert instruction.

Find out more

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

The most extraordinary theatre in the world, carved out of granite on the side of a cliff, with spectacular sea views. Open air performances take place throughout the summer.

Find out more

Surfing and watersports

Surfing and watersports

Don’t miss the wonderful surfing that Cornwall is famous for! Harlyn Surf School near Padstow offers great family activities including surfing, paddle boarding, coasteering and kayak tours. 

Find out more

Land’s End

Land’s End

The famous landmark boasts iconic scenery and a range of fascinating family attractions. No Cornwall holiday is complete without a photo in front of the Land’s End signpost!

find out more

Try your hand at sea fishing

Try your hand at sea fishing

Cornwall's dramatic coast offers ample opportunity for sea angling. Whether you are a seasoned, experience angler or just want to spin for mackerel there are a wealth of rocks, beaches and boats available.

Find out more

Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock House is a magnificent National Trust Victorian style country estate set in beautiful manicured gardens and grounds. Discover the differing life below stairs to the elegant and luxurious manor house home to the Agar-Robartes family. Discover the ancient woodlands and riverside paths, perfect for country walls and unspoilt nature.

Find out more

Flambards

Flambards

Flambards is one of Cornwall’s best family day visit attraction with rides for everyone, family fun, indoor attractions and entertainment. Visit the award-winning and unique indoor attractions including The Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz life-size re-creations and enjoy some top rides.

find out more

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens are a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Visit to discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our their own secluded beach on the Helford River. 

 find out more

Football Golf

Football Golf

Football Golf uses the same rules as golf but instead of using a club players kick a football into a hole. There are hazards and obstacles along the way helping make the game fun and enjoyable for everyone

Find out more

Hangloose

Hangloose

The fantastic Hangloose offer a variety of activities for the adventurous! Including the longest and fastest zip wire in the country, a giant 20m cliff top swing, a free fall simulation, jumping off a platform to an airbag of epic proportions, a 16 metre climbing tower and the world’s first commercial freefall onto an airbag! Situated in the spectacular surroundings of the world famous Eden Project, a definite one for all the family especially those adrenaline junkies.

Find out more 

The Eden Project

The Eden Project

You will never forget your first visit to the spectacular biomes, as you wander deep in a rainforest and through gorgeous Mediterranean gardens. Eden always has a lively programme of entertainments that are educational and huge fun. Buy your tickets from reception for discounted pre-paid entry!

Find out more

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Since they were rediscovered 25 years ago, these have become some of the most popular botanical gardens in the country, with an enthralling history stretching back hundreds of years. Buy your tickets from reception to receive discounted, fast track entry.

Find out more

Horse riding in Cornwall

Horse riding in Cornwall

This is a wonderful way to experience our countryside. Sunrising Riding Centre near Liskeard run guided pony treks across Bodmin Moor for riders of all abilities.
Find out more   

Barguse Riding Centre, near St Austell, has an indoor school, outdoor arena and jumping paddock. 
Find out more

Visit the historic Poldark Mine

Visit the historic Poldark Mine

Take a spellbinding journey through time as you travel underground to experience at firsthand a chapter in Cornwall’s history made famous by the hugely popular Poldark novels and TV series.

Find out more

Doc Martin Tour's

Doc Martin Tour's

Doc Martin tour is fully guided tour which will take your around the fictional Cornish seaside viggage of Portwenn. This tour is led by the local who has been involved in the filming of Doc Martin itself as an extra who shares many anecdotes about the filming of this show. Doc Martin is filmed on the location in Port Isaac. Port isaac is a very popular place for tourists. This is a small picturesque filming village on the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall. 

Find out more

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn

A popular attraction in Cornwall.

Wheal Martyn is the UK's only china clay mining museum. 

The museum tells the story of Cornwalls's largest mining industry. Their charity provides opportunities for all visitors to discover how china clay was mined, processed and used.

Find out more

Dairyland

Dairyland

Dairyland Farm World offers a fantastic adventure park to suit all ages. With lots of fun such as slides, nature trails, pony rides, tractor rides, milking cows & feeding the animals. This is a fabulous day out for the family at reasonable prices.

Find out more

Charter your own luxury cruiser

Charter your own luxury cruiser

Enjoy an unbelievable luxury trip as you explore our lovely coast in the hands of a professional skipper. Falmouth Motorboat Charters offers full day, half day and evening cruises tailored to your requirements.

Find out more

Kidzworld

Kidzworld

Kidzworld has plenty for everyone, majority being undercover therefore a great day out come rain or shine! Everything included in admissison price - Open 7 days a week throughout all school holidays and bank holidays. Great fun all the kids!

Find out more

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo

Get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals at Newquay Zoo! 

Find out more

IBounce

IBounce

With over 66 trampolines there are lots to keep the family entertained.  There's plenty to experience with their interactive light games, the energetic activity zone and the new skywalk, where children and their adults can climb steps and rope bridges to jump off a 1.5m high platform on to a giant airbag. The first trampoline park in Cornwall. 

Find out more

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Visit a real working cider farm making over forty varieties of delicious fruit products including farmscrumpy and sparkling cider.

Find out more

St Austell Brewery Tour!

St Austell Brewery Tour!

Pop by and find out about the history and heritage of the Brewery with their interactive tour. A great day out for all with prices from ONLY £12.00 per ticket including beer sampling & a pint of your choice.

Find out more

The Seahorse Pentewan Sands

The Seahorse Pentewan Sands

Eat, Swim, Play & Party at The Seahorse Centre!

Sheltered under the cliffs and with stunning sea views between St Austell and Mevagissey, this fresh and vibrant leisure venue is a wonderful setting for a day out with friends, family or just to get away from it all!

Find out more

Meadow View Guided Hikes

Meadow View Guided Hikes

Experience the beauty of the Cornish coastlines on a hike with an experienced walker and leader! Selection of dates available, walking locations including Fowey, Polkerris, Carlyon Bay, Charlestown and Porthpean. The guided walks include shorter, circular walks in readiness for light/path conditions at this time of year.  Also providing a service to tailor single or multi-day guided walks for private parties.

Find out more

Cornwall’s Camel Creek Adventure Park

Cornwall’s Camel Creek Adventure Park

Fantastic fun for the whole family at this top quality attraction which consistently gets five star reviews on TripAdvisor. Beautifully designed rides and animal attractions in a lovely setting.

Find out more

Pinetum Gardens

Pinetum Gardens

Lovingly created over 4 decades and located in the heart of St Austell Pinetum Gardens stands as a place of tranquillity, peace and remarkable garden scenery.

Find out more

Caerhays Castle and Estate

Caerhays Castle and Estate

Discover the magic of the 140 acres of Spring Gardens at Caerhays Castle and Estate. Enjoy a day exploring the natural beauty of the coastlines, the sweeping valleys, the castle grounds and the exciting rich history. 

Find out more

Cornwalls Camel Creek Adventure Park - Reopening!

Cornwalls Camel Creek Adventure Park - Reopening!

Fantastic fun for the whole family at this top quality attraction which consistently gets five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. Beautifully designed rides and animal attractions in a lovely setting.

Opening on the 6th April 2019, Camel Creek is launching a fantastic array of new rides and attractions.

Find out more

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail

The UK’s most haunted venue. Built in 1779 from 20,000 tons granite by the prisoners themselves this jail isn’t just a Building… It is a story, Museum, tourist attraction, alternative wedding venue and a paranormal hotspot. With recent development happening and plans to change part of the jail into a hotel and to expand and renovate the rest of the building means there are lots to be looking forward to!

Find out more

Luxury Cruising in Cornwall

Luxury Cruising in Cornwall

What better way to see the sights of Cornwall than on a Luxury Cruiser?

Operating from Fowey, Fowey Maritime Centre offer a variety of packages including bespoke to you cruises.

Whether you wanted to watch the Sunset with a glass of bubbly or perhaps take the family on a day trip with lunch. Nothing is too much trouble.

Find out more