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5 Reasons to Visit Cornwall this Year with Kids

Having just returned from an amazing holiday in Cornwall in January, I wanted to tell you about 5 Reasons to Visit Cornwall this year with Kids.


It’s obvious isn’t it, but it has to be said, it’s for the beaches! Cornwall has some of the best beaches in the world (check out this Top 6 Beaches Post by Mummy Travels) and that is probably reason alone to head to Cornwall with the Kids. Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year there is always something to do on the beach with the Kids.  Cornish Horizons have some beautiful properties that you could stay in really close to those stunning beaches too!

5* Luxury Family Break at St Mawes Retreats, Cornwall

National Maritime Museum

A hands on museum with signs that say ‘Climb Aboard’ rather than ‘Don’t touch!’ It was interactive throughout and a perfect place to while away a morning with 3 five year olds and a 2 year old who thinks she is 5!  All for only £5 per child too. Definitely worth a visit whilst you’re in Cornwall particularly on a rainy day.  See our full review here.

10 Reasons to Visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall with Kids

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

It is well worth visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan even in the rain with kids,  you’ll need the right clothes on and you need to enjoy being outside if it’s raining, but we had a fun 3 hours there on a wet January day with three 5 year olds and a 2 year old.  Why not read our full review you can see large installations like the one below, see farm animals, play on the adventure playground and even brave the rope bridge!

Braving the rope bridge @heligangardens it’s fun and empty today #ukexplore #mondayescapes @lovecornwalluk #cornwall

A video posted by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on

Whilst busier you’ll be able to spend even more time there in the summer as you can see from Tin Box Traveller’s review here.

5 Reasons it is Worth Visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the Rain with Kids?

The Eden Project

Whilst we thought this would be more suitable for kids over 8, the Eden Project continues to get rave reviews and no-one can fault the ethos behind the place.  Kids will love to run around and for children (probably around 8) there is a trail to be purchased that keeps them exploring new things.  It’s two large domes provide wonderful cover in the rain.  One for the list!

Should you visit the Eden Project Cornwall with kids under 8?

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle, which can be visited in the same day as Pendennis Castle too, is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses and there are cannons everywhere and the kids loved them!!  They spent ages climbing up on them, jumping around on them, re-enacting battles and generally just playing on them! A total hit!  Definitely a fab day out.

5* Luxury Family Break at St Mawes Retreats, Cornwall

NB: This post has been created in collaboration with Cornish Horizons but all views and recommendations are my own.

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5 reasons to visit Cornwall with Kids

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

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  1. January 20, 2017 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Thanks for mentioning my post – I do love Cornwall, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are on my list for next time. Always something new to discover, no matter how many times I visit!

  2. January 20, 2017 at 10:06 am — Reply

    I reeeeally want to go one of these summers. I cant believe I’ve never set foot in Cornwall yet!

  3. January 20, 2017 at 11:05 am — Reply

    Great post – Cornwall is such a lovely place to visit. We took our kids a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. The Lost Gardens of Heligan was my favourite spot! x

  4. January 20, 2017 at 11:17 am — Reply

    We have only ventured as far as Devon with the kids. I used to love Cornwall when I was growing up, and we really must take the kids before they leave home. The beaches sound amazing and I would love to visit The Eden Project x

  5. January 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    WE really LOVE Cornwall – such a great place to visit with a young family or even older kids. So much to do! Great post 🙂

  6. January 25, 2017 at 7:45 am — Reply

    Cornwall is high on our bucket list and this post has definitely notched it that little higher, especially seen as it seems a perfect place for curious little ones.

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