Cornwall attractions near Bay Retreat Villas

Stately houses, gardens, wildlife and so much more!

From stately houses with enticing gardens to castles, tin mines, steam railways and animal parks, there’s something for everyone.

Bodmin Jail

An all weather, family attraction which is split over 6 levels. Facilities include a licensed bar and restaurant with a covered courtyard and Civil and Naval Prison housing a museum within its walls.

Bodmin Jail

Eden Project

Discover the world’s largest indoor rainforest and Mediterranean gardens housed in giant biomes. Shop, restaurants. Seasonal activities with varying opening times.
Bodelva, south Cornwall

outside pathways at Eden

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Internationally recognised reclaimed gardens on the Heligan Estate with wildlife areas and a kitchen garden. Free entry to the tea room, shop and plant centre. Open daily all year round from 10am.
Pentewan, St Austell



Trebah Gardens

Subtropical valley gardens with over 4 miles of footpaths, trails and play areas leading down to a private beach. Seasonal events. Family and dog friendly. Open every day from 10am.
Near Falmouth

house and gardens at Trebah

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives

Pirate’s Quest

Dare to embark on a pirate adventure as you travel back to 18th century Cornwall. Fear, hear and smell the danger as myths and legends come to life in an hour long immersive walk-through experience. Advance booking recommended.

Under and around 5 miles (in distance order)

The Stones – standing stones in the front garden of author and artist Edward Prynn.
Seven Sisters, Tresallyn Cross, St Merryn

Tina’s Riding Stables – Group rides, beach rides and horse riding lessons from beginners to experienced riders. Stables overlook Harlyn Bay.
Harlyn Bay

Camel Valley Adventure Park – An adventure park with rides, animals and indoor and outdoor fun.
Tredinnick, Wadebridge

National Lobster Hatchery – Learn all about Lobsters and even adopt one! Marine conservation for all ages.

Prideaux Place – Elizabethan manor house and deer park overlooking the Camel Estuary in Padstow. Used for filming some of Rosamunde Pilcher’s stories and home to a collection of teddy bears from around the world.

Padstow Museum – Discover the history of Padstow over the last two centuries.

Cornish Birds of Prey Centre – The largest collection of birds of prey in the west country. Also offering falconry experience days.
Winnards Perch, St Columb

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps – Spectacular cliff top views of the north Atlantic Coast with National Trust shop and café.
St Eval, Bedruthan

Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps

Around 5 – 10 miles:

Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre – A pony centred family day out with a play barn, pets area and plenty of ponies waiting to be groomed or ridden!
St Columb Major, Newquay.

Waterworld – Swimming pool and tropical fun pool with water flumes and water play fun.
Trenance Park, Newquay.

Classic Air Force – Vintage aircraft museum with climb aboard sculptures and flights.
Hangar 404, Aerohub 1 Newquay Airport, St Mawgan.

Trerice Gardens and House – Elizabethan Manor House and gardens (National Trust).
Kestle Mill, near Newquay.

Indoor Bowling Newquay – 10 pin bowling and burger bar.
Hotel California, Newquay.

Screech Owl Sanctuary – Owls and lots of other animals such as emus, donkeys and alpacas. Children’s play area and tea room.
Trewin Farm, St Columb.

British Barn Owl

Holywell and Crantock – Walk the north Cornwall coast near Newquay and discover hidden beach gems such as Porth Joke (cared for by the National Trust).

Newquay Riding Stables – Riding stables with lessons and group rides from novice to experienced riders.
Trenance Leisure Centre, Newquay.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay – Indoor aquarium with turtles, sharks and an underwater tunnel. Daily talks and feeds. Café and gift shop.
Towan Promenade, Newquay.

Oasis Fun Pools – Family fun with indoor and outdoor pools, flume rides and toddler area.
Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay.

Pencarrow House – House and gardens with café, gift and plant shop.

Around 10 – 20 miles

Camel Valley Vineyard – Guided tours of the Camel Valley vineyards with wine tasting.
Nanstallon, Bodmin

Dairyland Farm World – An all weather adventure park with farm animals, nature trails, museum, café and indoor play area.
Summercourt, Newquay

fun at Dairyland

Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park – Discover Cornwall’s China Clay heritage with interactive displays, preserved Victorian china clay works and a working water wheel. Café, gift shop and children’s woodland play area.
Carthew, St Austell

Lappa Valley Steam Railway – Three miniature railways, a boating lake, maze and play trails with a café, shop and picnic areas all set in a wildlife conservation area.
St. Newlyn East, Newquay

Holywell Bay Fun Park – Bouncy castle, trampolines, go-karts and other rides. Open March – October.
Holywell Bay

Bodmin and Wenford Railway – 13 mile round trip aboard a vintage steam train.
General Station, Bodmin

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum – A display of regimental uniforms, artefacts, weapons and medals with an archives collection.
The Keep, Bodmin

Trewithen Garden – Historic estate with gardens. House open on certain days.
Grampound Road, Near Truro

Lanhydrock – Victorian country house and estate with woodland and gardens (National Trust).

North Cornwall Museum & Gallery – Learn about local life in the last 100 years.
The Clease, Camelford

Kidzworld Cornwall – 20,000 square feet of play area with the majority undercover.
St Austell

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – Learn about the historic village of Charlestown through the exhibits from over 150 shipwrecks and maritime collections.
Charlestown, St Austell

The Arthurian Centre – Learn about the legends surrounding King Arthur on the site where Camelot possibly stood.
Slaughter Bridge, Camelford

Tintagel Old Post Office – Take a look at a Victorian post office set in a medieval building (National Trust).
Fore Street, Tintagel

Tintagel Castle – The castle and legendary birthplace of King Arthur (English Heritage).
Castle Road, Tintagel

sea view through arch

Restormal Castle – Circular Norman shell keep and castle overlooking the River Fowey (English Heritage).

Callestick Farm – Award winning ice cream farm with tea room and shop. Watch the ice cream being made – check first for opening times.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – Take a tour of the orchards and museum or watch the cyder brewing. Petting farm, restaurant and shop.
Penhallow, Truro

Further afield:

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall – activities, workshops and exhibits for all the family.

Cornwall Gold – Gold and Pearl jewellery collections with family activities, bear factory and tin mine. Free entry and free parking.
Tolgus Mill, Nr Redruth

National Seal Sanctuary – The rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for seals.
Gweek, near Helston

Flambards – Rides and attractions plus exhibitions including a Victorian Village.

Poldark Mine – A complete underground mine open to the public.
Tenear, Wendron, Helston

Minack Theatre – open air theatre overlooking the sea. Gardens, exhibition, shop and café. Porthcurno, Penzance

St Michael’s Mount – Reached via a causeway at low tide, the island is famous for its legends of giants. Subtropical gardens and castle.

People at NMMC

National Maritime Museum Cornwall


Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

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