Out and about

Places to visit in Cornwall

Cornwall is a firm favourite for UK holidaymakers, with around five million of us being welcomed to the region every year. Whether you want to enjoy all the tourist sights available or simply explore its rugged beauty, the West Country has so much to offer and it's easy to see why it continues to be such a popular destination for so many of us.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Eden Project biomes nestled in a huge crater

Attractions

Eden Project

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Enjoy an unforgettable experience in this place of beauty and wonder; trek through the rainforest and the colourful Mediterranean Biomes. Perran Sands and Riviere Sands offer a 10% discounts on tickets. Ask at the parks reception for more details.

Address:

Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
26 miles from Perran Sands
40 miles from Riviere Sands
A beautiful sunset at Land’s End

Places of interest

Land’s End

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Surrounded by spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Land’s End is one of the most popular landmarks for families to visit in Cornwall, and one of the most well-known in the UK.

Address:

Land's End, Cornwall, TR19 7AA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
41 miles from Perran Sands
20 miles from Riviere Sands
People aboard a swing carousel at Flambards theme park

Attractions

Flambards Theme Park

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Visit this fantastic family attraction with rides and attractions for every age! While you’re there, remember to visit the award-winning, unique exhibitions including “The Victorian Village” and “Britain in the Blitz”.

Address:

Flambards, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 12 miles from Riviere Sands
Two red pandas at Paradise Park

Attractions

Paradise Park

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Paradise Park, Cornwall's top wildlife sanctuary, is the place to go to see tropical birds and other animals; and just in case the kids have any energy left, you can follow up any visit with a trip to the Jungle Barn indoor play centre. 

Address:

16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 3 miles from Riviere Sands
A panoramic view of Porth Kidney Beach

Beaches

Porthkidney Beach

Close to Riviere Sands. A beautiful 1.5 km sandy beach backed by an expanse of sand dunes, Porthkidney Beach is an ideal retreat for those who prefer a quiet beach with less hustle and bustle. Porthkidney is ideal for swimming, fishing, surfing, and canoeing.

Address:

Porthkidney Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3DY

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions: Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead on the footpath leading from St Uny Church to Porthkidney Sands.
 
Lifeguards: Daily 7 July-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: 5 miles from Riviere Sands
A purple tinted view of St. Michael's Mount

Places of interest

St. Michael's Mount

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You can explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount, wander across the causeway, or take a boat to discover the legends and history spanning over 1000 years.

Address:

St. Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0HS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Riviere Sands
Blue Reef Aquarium

Attractions

Blue Reef Aquarium

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Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Address:

Towan Promenade, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 9 miles from Perran Sands
Animals at Newquay Zoo

Attractions

Newquay Zoo

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Experience the wildlife with over 130 different species set in lush sub-tropical lakeside gardens.

Address:

Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Perran Sands
Sea, sand and beach grass

Beaches

Penhale Sands Beach

Penhale Sands sits behind Perran Sands and together with Perranporth Beach forms a three-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach with good surfing conditions. Zoning is in place for water sports. Take a lovely walk through the dunes above the beach to St. Piran's Cross and the ruins of St. Piran's Oratory.

Address:

Penhale Sands, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0AQ

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dog restrictions may apply
 
Lifeguards: Daily 5 May-30 September, Weekends and bank holidays only 6-14 October,
October half-term 20-28 October
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: Less than 1 mile from Perran Sands
Trevaunance Cove - St Agnes

Beaches

Trevaunance Cove - St Agnes

Close to Perran Sands, Trevaunance cove, near St Agnes, has a sandy beach, completely covered at high tide. It is enclosed on both sides by cliffs, rocks and an old harbour wall. Well favoured by surfers.

Address:

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RU

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Lifeguards: Daily 19 May-30 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: 6 miles from Perran Sands
Cottages and boats along the St Ives harbour

Events

St Ives September Festival

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St Ives will come alive once again as one of Cornwall’s richest cultural experiences delivers a full spectrum of arts from classical to world music, folk and jazz to flamenco, from poetry to theatre, talks and art exhibitions.

Address:

St Ives Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS

Open dates: 8 September - 22 September
Distance from park:
28 miles from Perran Sands
10 miles from Riviere Sands
Lappa Valley Steam Train

Attractions

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

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Join in the fun with 3 miniature railways that run through the beautiful conservation area.

Address:

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St. Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX

Open dates: 24 March - 31 December
Distance from park:

7 miles from Perran Sands

23 miles from RiviereSands

Holywell Bay © AisforAmy91 (flickr)

Beaches

Holywell Bay Beach

Close to both Perran Sands and Riviere Sands parks. A mile-long sandy beach six miles west of Newquay, yet retaining an unspoilt rural backdrop. Gets pretty busy in summer.

Address:

Holywell Bay Beach, Nr Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5PP

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dog restrictions may apply
 
Lifeguards: Daily 19 May-30 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
7 miles from Perran Sands
24 miles from Riviere Sands
Coastal view of Porthminster Beach

Beaches

Porthminster Beach

Close to both Riviere Sands and Perran Sands. Porthminster is the easternmost and second-largest of St Ives' four beaches. Sheltered and sandy, with generally calm waters and excellent views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse.

Address:

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2BN

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions

Dogs not allowed from the Sunday before Easter Sunday - 30 September

Lifeguards: Daily 19 May-30 September

Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm

Distance from park:
8 miles from Perran Sands
26 miles from Riviere Sands