Our guide to free attractions in Cornwall

Here at Porth Beach we understand how the cost of your holiday can very easily add up, especially if you’ve got kids in tow! However, holidays in Cornwall don’t always have to break the bank and days out in the county can be spent without spending a fortune.

There’s an abundance of free attractions in Cornwall and lots of things to do that the whole family will love – that won’t cost you a penny! So, if you want to leave your credit card home then why not give some of the suggestions in our guide, below, a try…

Our guide to free attractions in Cornwall

Visit Cornwall’s Nature Reserves

When you think of holidays in Cornwall it’s very easy to just think about the beaches, the fishing villages and the great family attractions. But did you also know that there are dozens of nature reserves dotted across the county? These places are great for getting up close and personal with nature in its wildest form. Cornwall Wildlife Trust manages 57 nature reserves in Cornwall – and many are right on our doorstep here at Porth Beach.

Located at nearby St Mawgan is Downhill Meadow and is a relic of the downland that once covered the area. It is likely that the boundary hedges here have been in existence since medieval times. Bird life includes the yellowhammer, who scavenges for seeds. Wild angelica blooms from July to October; its nectar is very attractive to insects.

Also nearby is Lanvean Bottoms – an area of wet woodland that is sheltered by a canopy of grey willow and ash. Some areas of the site have been coppiced in the past and wet flushes and redundant drainage ditches are scattered throughout. The dormouse finds shelter here as well as other small mammals. The scarlet elf cup, an attractive and edible fungus is found in great abundance throughout the woodland in winter.

Free attractions in cornwall - walkingLace up those walking boots

Looking for a day out that will live long in the memory (as well as one that won’t cost you anything…?). Then make sure you pack your walking boots, or some tough old trainers with plenty of grip, at the very least, and get out there any walk the South West Coast Path.

Meandering along Cornwall’s coast for over 200 miles, this famous pathway takes in some of the best views of Cornwall you’ll ever likely see. See secret coves, stunning panoramic views, beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages and busy towns. Just remember to bring your camera and check out iwalkcornwall for digital routes and guides straight from your phone.

whealcoates by adam gibbardDiscover Cornwall’s rich culture and heritage

There’s so much more to Cornwall than tourism. The region has played a significant role in major industry and pioneering research which helped change the world in which we now live. Head to West Cornwall and visit the Marconi Centre perched on the cliff at Poldu on the Lizard peninsula where, back in 1901, the first ever radio transmission was sent across the Atlantic Ocean changing the world forever.

Viewers of Poldark will, no doubt, be aware of Cornwall’s rich mining history. Copper and tin were big business and helped shape the county’s fortune. So important was it that many sites across Cornwall have been given World Heritage Status. Visit the many sites for yourself (and follow in Ross Poldark’s footsteps) and step back in time to when Cornwall was considerd one of the world powerhouses of industry.

Also worth a visit is the Heartlands centre at Pool near Camborne. This recently-opened visitor attraction is home to a restored mining engine house, cafe, botanical gardens and huge free kids outdoor adventure playground. There are lots of free events throughout the year, too!

For more free attractions in Cornwall and things you can do, check out Visit Cornwall’s website here.

Porth Beach Holiday Park is the place to see it all!

If you’re looking for the perfect place to see Cornwall in all its glory then our Newquay holiday park is the place to be! We’ve got a great range of caravan holiday homes for you to choose from, along with touring and camping pitches and glamping pods!

Book your break today by calling 01637 876531 or book online here


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