Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Bodmin

Lanhydrock

Two and a half miles southeast of Bodmin, this magnificent manor offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881 as a fashiona…
Top Choice Nature Centre in St Austell & Around

Eden Project

Lodged at the bottom of an old china clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project – the largest greenhouses in the world – have become Cornwall's most celebrated landmark, and an absolutely essential visit. Lookin…
Top Choice Landmark in Marazion

St Michael's Mount

Looming up in the middle of Mount's Bay and connected to the mainland at Marazion via a cobbled causeway, this abbey-crowned island is an unforgettable sight, and one of Cornwall's most iconic images. Initially a Be…
Top Choice Gardens in Tresco

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco's key attraction – and one of Scilly's must-see gems – is this subtropical estate, laid out in 1834 on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine priory by the horticultural visionary Augustus Smith. The 17-acre …
Top Choice Gallery in St Ives

Tate St Ives

After an 18-month, multi-million-pound refit, St Ives' most illustrious gallery has finally reopened its doors, although the long-awaited gallery extension won't be open until autumn 2017. The present space is dedic…
Top Choice Beach in Lizard Point

Kynance Cove

A mile north of Lizard Point, this National Trust–owned inlet is an absolute showstopper, studded with craggy offshore islands rising out of searingly blue seas that seem almost tropical in colour. The cliffs around…
Top Choice Seafood in Port Isaac

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

Port Isaac's prestige has skyrocketed since Cornwall's top chef, Nathan Outlaw, moved his main operation here from Rock. This is the place to experience Outlaw's passion for Cornish fish and seafood. His style is su…
Top Choice Gardens in Truro

Trelissick

Grandly located at the head of the Fal estuary, 4 miles south of Truro, Trelissick is one of Cornwall's most beautiful aristocratic estates, with a formal garden filled with magnolias and hydrangeas, and a huge expa…
Top Choice Castle in Tintagel

Tintagel Castle

Famous as the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel's epic clifftop castle has been occupied since Roman times and once served as a residence for Cornwall's Celtic kings. The present castle is largely the wor…
Top Choice House in Helston

Godolphin

This wonderful medieval house and garden was the family seat of the Godolphin family, who during the 17th and 18th centuries were one of Cornwall's great mining dynasties. The main house is still undergoing restorat…