Family fun in Cornwall

Looking for something to do with the family as summer draws to a close and autumn unfolds? There's all sorts to do at places in Cornwall: the gardens are filled with vibrant colour and leaves to crunch through, beaches are looking peaceful and beautiful, and there are '50 things to do before you're 11¾' adventures to be had.

Please book ahead before visiting

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. We’re reopening the places you love, safely and in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens, parks and houses, especially at busy times such as weekends. See what’s open and ready for you to book this week below.

A few autumn highlights

A family enjoy the beach at Poldhu Cove

Family friendly beaches in Cornwall 

There are lots of beaches to explore in Cornwall. Here are some that are looked after by the National Trust awaiting your visit, and are beautiful year-round for hardy souls who brave a visit whatever the season.

A couple walking their dog through the woods at Penrose

Autumn walks in Cornwall 

Autumn is one of the best seasons to explore the Cornish coast and countryside. The colours change and the light shifts, making memorable walks shrouded in nature. Here are some favourites.

Winter walking

Walks in the South West with a café

Whether you’re looking for fuel to kick-start a chilly ramble on the coast, or are returning from a gentle stroll in the woods, you’ll find these kiosks, cafés and tea-rooms are great places to refuel and enjoy a treat or two. What's more, every visit you make and piece of cake you buy helps us carry on looking after special places for everyone to enjoy, for ever.

Family enjoying a picnic

Places to picnic in Cornwall 

Sandy beaches, colourful gardens, secluded coves: Cornwall is filled with perfect picnic spots which can be enjoyed whatever the weather (just don't forget your waterproofs). Here are just a few suggestions for your next picnic.

Family taking part in craft activities

Recreating places from the South West at home 

If you're in need of a National Trust fix but can't get out at the moment, we have some different ways you could recreate your favourite places from the South West at home, from baking to knitting to cut-out and create models.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.