Things to do in North Cornwall

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From sand castles to surf

Discover the best of North Cornwall

From Bude, Cornwall’s wild and beautiful heritage north coast stretches out over 60 miles before you. Once home to smugglers, this is now a surfer's paradise. But the mile-wide bays and sandy beaches are equally popular with summer sunbathers and winter dog walkers, with families and food lovers heading for the finest, freshest seafood in historic fishing ports like Padstow. There’s more to North Cornwall than its coastal hot spots - head inland from Burn and you’ll find bustling market towns, historic castles and charming country houses set against the rugged Bodmin Moor.


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Summerleaze beach

This beach is located just a short walk from Bude town centre with a large car park that leads directly down to the sand dunes. Its historic sea pool has enticed swimmers since 1930.

The Milky Way Park

Something for all ages including rides, rollercoasters, archery, golf driving and putting, a bird of prey display and the ‘Nerd Alert’ fun science show.

Newquay Zoo

Get close to your favourite animals from Africa to South America, as you journey around this terrific zoo set in tropical botanical gardens.

Walk Cornwall

Put on your hiking boots and enjoy the history, heritage, and beauty of over 227 different coastal and beach walks ranging from 2 to 10 miles.

Crooklets Beach

Popular with surfers, Crooklets is a short walk from Bude town centre. At low tide, there is a wide expanse of sandy beach and the rocky outcrops are ideal for rock-pooling.

Clovelly

Discover the beautiful Clovelly Court gardens, whitewashed cottages, and the famous steep cobbled street which leads down to the tiny, deep blue harbour.

Cornwall's Lakes

Cornwall’s lakes are an important habitat for local wildlife and plants. These lakes are also used for a wide range of outdoor water activities at five visitor centres.

Tintagel Castle

Explore King Arthur’s birthplace, enjoy fascinating exhibitions, then climb the 148 steps and cross the bridge to the island - the views are not to be missed!

Broomhill Sculpture Garden

Explore magical gardens where art and culture meet and view awe-inspiring sculptures by the likes of Giles Penny and Greta Berlin set in acres of beautiful woodland.

Port Issac

Enjoy a stunning clifftop walk to Port Gaverne, cycle the famous Camel Trail linking Padstow and Daymer Bay, or just enjoy the local galleries and art and craft shops.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens

Explore beautiful gardens and discover architecture and treasures from the Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.

Eden Project

Explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and enjoy everything from the spectacular canopy walk and fascinating outdoor sculptures to the longest zip wire ride in England.

Boscastle

A designated Area of Outstanding beauty, owned by the National Trust. Once a busy trading port, you can now explore hidden churches, historic buildings, river valleys and moors.

Black Rock Beach

The beach's name is derived from the prominent rocky outcrop to the south. Big tides draw in the surfers and there are an abundance of rock pools at low tide.

Widemouth Beach

Widemouth beach, as its name suggests, is a long and open bay. The sun is on the beach all day, so it's the perfect place to catch some rays or enjoy beautiful sunsets.

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