Day Trip Options in Cornwall
The Eden Project – 3 miles from St Austell
No trip to Cornwall is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Eden Project. Run as a conservation charity and home to thousands of plant species from around the globe, it took a Guinness World Record in scaffolding erection to build the main 50m high ‘biome’ that is the centre piece of the Eden Project complex. Spanning 30 football pitches and replicating the heat and humidity of a rainforest, the Eden Project represents the Amazon in captivity! It’s an enthralling day out for adults and children and well worth the entrance fee which is valid for one year.
Tintagel Castle – Tintagel Headland
Given the county’s Celtic heritage it’s unsurprising that Cornwall is dotted with spectacular castles and hilltop fortifications. The 13th Century Tintagel Castle is thought to be the birthplace of King Arthur, who was famously protected by his magical sword Excalibur! History comes alive throughout the summer months at Tintagel Castle, with fighting Knights and story-telling sessions keeping everybody spellbound with the legendary tales of King Arthur. The Tintagel headland on which the castle sits is quite exposed and offers tremendous seascape views so don’t forget to put on a decent pair of trainers, oh and your camera!
Land’s End – 9 miles from Penzance
Next stop America! Aside from the obvious geographical significance, the Land’s End Centre is a tourist complex with plenty to entertain the whole family. The complex is also the culmination of many long distance walking paths with the final stretches before Land’s End home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the whole of the UK.
Geevor Tin Mine – Pendeen, near Penzance
In the vicinity of Land’s End is the fascinating Geevor Tin Mine. This educational attraction continues to win numerous tourism awards year after year. The mining of tin was of huge importance to the Cornish economy and on the underground guided tour you’ll gain a real appreciation of what was like as a miner in the early 1900’s and you’ll probably never grumble about your own working conditions ever again – make sure you’re wearing your hard hat!