What to do in Cornwall
Here’s our pick of the best attractions to visit in Cornwall during your stay at Cove Cottages… there’s something for everyone all year round.
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Cornwall’s affair with Poldark, Pilcher and other artists
A little bit of Cornwall in some great literary works
The Eden Project
Spend a day at Cornwall’s world-famous gardens, eco visitor attraction and educational charity with Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes – great for a family day out!
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
Art fans and Cornwall lovers alike should head to Penzance where Penlee House showcases the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 – c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight.
Trebah Garden near Falmouth
A subtropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.
Animal lovers will be spoilt for choice at Cornwall’s award-winning zoo featuring over 130 different types of animal
Blue Reef Aquarium, Plymouth
The UK’s largest aquarium will take you on a journey from the foreshores of Plymouth Sound to the coral reefs of the tropics.
Paradise Park, Hayle
Get to feed the penguins then have birds of prey swoop low over your heads at one of their regular and informative bird shows. Finish the children off in the Jungle Barn for a peaceful evening!
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Force 10 storm, zero visibility, 40ft waves, someone needs rescuing. It’s time to go to work! Discover our National Heritage at this interactive and educating venue.
Walking in Cornwall
We are lucky enough to be situated on the Coastal Footpath, with walks long or short from your front door-step. Cornwall is blessed with extremely varied terrain; from rugged and remote cliff tops to sheltered estuaries and busy harbours. Moorlands, plateaux incised by steep coastal valleys, intimate coves and long pebble or sand beaches.
- Circular walks around St Agnes (pdf)
- 10 walks around the parish of St Agnes (pdf)
- Westcountry walks: St Agnes Beacon
- National Trust near St Agnes
Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell
The seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years is claimed to be one of the most mysterious estates in England. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. Fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.
Breakers Surf School
Fun for all the family, book a lesson or two with Tom, an experienced instructor. Wetsuits and boards provided.
Little Feathers Gallery
Talented St Agnes-based silversmith with a lovely range of jewellery, including other unique arts and crafts from locally talented artists as well as those from further a field. Well worth a visit!
Nankersey Rowing Club
For the row of your life! Seats can be arranged for families or a row for one down the beautiful Fal estuary from Mylor, Flushing. They are a friendly club with the simple ambition of making rowing a pleasure for all those that come along. Whether you want to be part of a racing crew or just have a fun row (just out on the water or to a nearby place of refreshment!), whatever your age or ability, Nankersey Rowing Club wants to make your experience with us one that you wish to repeat again and again. For those who do not want to go on the water, you are welcome to become a Supporter and join in all our on land activities, – these include monthly quiz nights, mostly at the Royal Standard in Flushing.