What's on and days out in exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline

Places to visit

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There's around 50 places to have a day out in Cornwall. Family houses, historic buidings, mining heritage, miles of coast, a nature reserve, formal gardens and parkland. Here's a taste of what's on and where to go in Cornwall this season. 

Top picks this winter

Young boy seeing Father Christmas at Saltram

Best places to see Father Christmas 

Father Christmas will be making his visits and helping families feel the magic of the festive season. Here’s your chance to book your place to see the man himself near you.

Christmas lights and illuminations

Outdoor activities

Poldark country

A wreath hanging on a door at Trelissick, Cornwall

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Father Christmas, dressed in green, giving a gift to a child with Christmas tree in the background

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to Father Christmas and festive markets.

Upcoming events


Guided tour of Godolphin House and Christmas buffet

Thu 08 Dec 2016
Book onto an exclusive tour of Godolphin House before tucking into a delicious Christmas buffet.

Choirs and musicians under the garland

Thu 08 Dec 2016
We've lined up 27 different local choirs and musical groups to perform for you under the garland.

Christmas Decoupage trail

Fri 09 Dec 2016
Hunt for treasures around Godolphin to add to your very own Christmas decoration.

Christmas trail

Fri 09 Dec 2016
Father Christmas has lost one of his reindeer and needs your help to find him. Explore the garden to find the missing letters so that we can call him back in time for Christmas.

Lyrical links in the Library

Fri 09 Dec 2016
An exhibition in the Library where you can explore how some of Cotehele's collection link to your favourite Christmas carols.

An audience with Father Christmas

Fri 09 Dec 2016
Father Christmas tells a festive story in the stables at Trelissick this Christmas.


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.


Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast are all close to this maritime city.


Amongst the mysteries of the moor are a gorge, a forge and a spectacular modern fortress.

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Best Days Out Cornwall 

We're proud to be part of an association of tourist attractions in Cornwall that, for over 40 years, has been working to provide the best attractions for families and visitors to Cornwall.