Cornwall is one of the most popular and family friendly holiday destinations in the UK and for good reason. The county is packed full with activities for children of all ages and offers plenty of things to do for the whole family.
Cornwall makes the ideal staycation destination! For those wanting gorgeous white sand beaches and blue seas, fantastic attractions, great food options and easy travelling, Cornwall is perfect. The county is easily accessible by road, train and air from most places across the UK. For those travelling from further afield, flying to Newquay or Exeter airports may be the best option. A number of routes are available from around the UK including from London, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you are looking for great value parking at Edinburgh Airport or one of the other airports, make sure to check out your options at Parkhero.co.uk. For those choosing to drive, the M4, M5 and M6 all provide easy access to Cornwall’s two main holiday routes – the A30 and A38. These two dual-carriage ways are constantly being improved and provide you with quick access to your holiday destination. Finally, if you plan to travel by train, make sure to book in advance for the best prices. Most of the main towns have train access including Newquay, Totnes, St. Ives, Truro, St. Austin and Bodmin. There is even a night train from London Paddington to Penzance!
Once you have arrived and unpacked your bags, one of the first things you will want to do is head for the beach for some fresh sea air and relaxation. Cornwall has some gorgeous beachs to choose from with all the facilities you could need for a perfect family day out. Cawsand Beach is a fantastic choice for the family as it is well-sheltered and provides fun activities for all ability levels, such as surfing, kayaking and kite surfing. If you are looking for a more adventurous experience, then make your way to Fistral Beach in Newquay where you will see some of the world’s best surfers in action. The beach enjoys world-class waves and attracts surfers from around the world. Hop on your board and test your skills or marvel at the pros in their element while chilling on the beach. You will be spoilt for choice for great beaches in Cornwall and you can easily discover a new one every day of your trip!
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Get Closer to Nature
If your family is a fan of nature, then Cornwall offers a host of opportunities to explore it with fantastic zoos, breathtaking gardens and some of the country’s most beautiful rolling countryside. A great family day out is a trip to Newquay Zoo. There are over 1000 different species to see, including endangered animals. Watch the penguins at feeding time, explore the Tropical House with its reptiles, insects and colourful birds and see the mighty lions get fed! Another attraction you do not want to miss is the Eden Project. This out of this world experience gives you the chance to explore a tropical rainforest within space-like domes in a former quarry. There are a variety of different activities for kids and plenty of opportunities to learn about plants and environments from around the world and how we can protect them. If you are feeling adventurous, there is also a zip-wire suspended across the site!
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Cornwall’s Castles and Heritage
Your trips to Cornwall give you the chance to transport your family back in time! Cornwall has many fascinating castles to explore and one of the most iconic is St. Michael’s Mount. The castle is located on a small island just off the coast and is open for public tours that bring the past to life. Discover some the castle’s history through the fun of treasure hunts and family quizzes. This interactive family experience, makes St.Michel’s Mount one of the county’s most popular attractions. Another top pick is Tintagel Castle, said to be where King Arthur was conceived and is associated with many of the legends of this ancient king. A newly constructed bridge now links the castle to the mainland and gives access to the romantic ruins. Explore the remains of the great hall and stand in the footsteps of Cornwall’s ancient kings. Tintagel is a truly magical place to explore with interactive experiences for the kids and is surrounded by the beautiful Cornish coastline. Make sure to go down to the beach and find the carving of Merlin in the rocks. These are just two of many castles and historical attractions you can explore in Cornwall!
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Cornwall’s Stunning Railways
Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s most picturesque rail lines. There are four main line’s for you to explore – the St Ives Bay, the Looe Valley, the Maritime, and the Atlantic Coast. Each offers you wonderful views of the countryside and along the coast, transporting you back to another age. For stunning sea views, choose the St. Ives line to St. Erth and see the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay from the comfort of your seat. Both you and your kids will be amazed by the spectacular views unfolding from the train windows! Take a day to hop on and off one of the lines and explore the quaint Cornish villages and countryside. It is a great way to discover unique shops, cafes and galleries across the county. If you want a more historical experience, take a ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. You will travel on a 13 mile route aboard vintage carriage pulled by an original steam train!
Cornwall is the perfect family destination with plenty of beautiful places to see and exciting things to do.
If you feel inspired to visit Cornwall, we still have a couple of weeks free in October at Blue Monkey, situated between two car free fishing villages, Kingsand and Cawsand on the beautiful Rame Peninsula, so relaxing and quiet it’s known as Cornwall’s forgotten corner. We are lucky to be situated in a micro climate where the weather is mild and the sea retains the summer heat: perfect for a late summer holiday. Blue Monkey has five bedrooms, comfortably sleeps 10 and is just £999 for a week in October.