The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Centrally located, this pub offers real ale, open fires and a garden for the summer months. Food is traditional pub grub. There are three bars and the pub dates back to the 15th century.
Mawgan Porth Beach is a quintessential north coast beach. With sweeping golden sand sheltered by high cliffs and met with bright blue sea, it is a true gem. Offering lots of space, the edges of the beach are peppered with little caves and nooks and there is plenty of room for everyone to find a comfortable spot to sit. With a number of awards under its belt, Mawgan Porth Beach beckons visitors of all ages. There are lots of facilities in Mawgan town and lifeguards are present from April to October. Dogs are welcome year-round.
We loved this beach more than Perranporth. Good surf for body boarding and all facilities available including helpful surf shop where you can hire all necessary equipment. Good for rock pooling too.
Mawgan Porth beach seems to stretch out into the sea for miles - but when the tide comes in, it comes in fast! We loved exploring the caves, paddling in the river that flows onto the beach, and just building endless sandcastles. There is a great fish & chip shop nearby, well-stocked convenience store with smoothie bar and fresh food to take-away, and a friendly pub with safe garden for children to play in.
Only for serious walkers, this seventeen mile hike takes in Mawgan Porth, Watergate, Trevelgue, Trebarber and Trebuddon. You will need a map to plan the route as full details are not on the Web site and please ensure you have enough of day-light hours to complete the walk.
There's lots more to the Newquay area than Newquay itself - St Columb is testament to that, with easy access off the A30 for all things beach related, there are lots of heritage sites in the area; Nine Maidens, Castle an Dinas, Devil's Quoit and Rosenannon Downs, plus The Vale of Lanherne and valley of the River Menalhyl should all be on the itinerary.
Be transported to faraway lands at the wonderful Eden Project. An educational charity and social enterprise, the Eden Project teaches visitors all about global environments and the importance of sustainability. Get lost in the tropics before stopping in the Med, who knows where your day could take you.
Worth a visit
Worth a visit but look out for discount codes or vouchers as can be expensive to get in but ticket valid for a year.
Visited a few years ago so wanted to revisit to see what had changed or improved. The plants in the domes have grown in to good sized plants. A few more sculptures & places to eat.
Great for families
We've been several times and always had fun. You can get annual tickets when you gift aid your entry which is very worthwhile as it isn't cheap. Went twice over Easter week once going in as it opened and enjoying the biomes in the pouring rain! Core building also great for kids and not as busy as biomes. We went again later in the day another day and discovered that you can have an evening meal in the Mediterranean biome midweek from Easter to October which was a lovely treat and then they give you a lift back up the hill afterwards! Staying til it closes gives you a quieter time too!
Amazing place, well worth a visit
A fun day at Eden
Myself and my two children (aged 4 and 7) visited Eden Project during the school holidays. We had a great day out which was enjoyed by all. The Biomes were busy at times but there was plenty of little hideaway places outside to get away from the crowd and recharge the batteries. We took our own picnic so don't know about pricing / food of the onsite eateries but I can say that the ice creams were lovely and in my opinion great value at £2 each.
Simply great !
Last year we bought an annual ticket and could visit The Eden Project 3 times. Every time we went it was a great day out !
Excellent all round.including zip wire!
We went on a rainy day in the summer hols and understandably everyone else had the same idea so it was packed. It was nice to see the iconic biomes and interesting to look round but we thought it was very expensive for what it was - £60 for 4 of us plus we ate there so an extra £40 for that. We also seemed to spend a lot of time queuing for food, to look round the biomes, for the park and ride etc . We would go back but perhaps out of season to have chance to explore fully. We'd also look round for cheaper tickets!!
Have wanted to visit here for many years. It was quite interesting, the Biomes were amazing to look at from the outside. We bought tickets from the tourist information centre before we visited which they sell at discounted prices and also went after 3.30pm when entrance is less. The cakes in the cafe were all a bit stale, at nearly £40 for a piece of cake and a drink for 7 of us we thought they would be lovely and were not so good. Maybe it was a bad day for cake. Glad to have visited, would probably only go once.
good value with stores vouchers....
Visited for the first time 10 years ago, and of course in 10 years it HAS changed...more grown up, but we remarked to each other many times that it didn't feel as "magical" as the first time we wound our way down to the domes. The large 'flags' have gone that marked the way down the paths.....perhaps that was it? entrance was £23 each for adults & £9.50 each for kids....So to be honest we really wouldn't have visited had it not been for a certain store voucher scheme that meant we payed £5 each and the kids £2.50 each ...so we did treat ourselves to lunch..£5 for most mains with salad or new potatoes....YUMMY, filling & VERY good value, with free pitchers of water on the tables and help yourself mugs hang above - all very handy. Plenty to see and do although our kids sped around the place and ended up where they REALLY wanted to be..in the shop. A great day out though , as they slept like logs on the way home!
What a wonderful way to spend a day. The weather was perfect for us, but that didn't matter as it would be okay on a poor day at Eden. It was early in the year when we visited but still plenty to see and do.
Had lunch there and it was very good value for money.
We will be back!
Definitely lived up to expectations and has grown considerably in content since our last visit 9 years ago.
Its excellent, go and have a great day.
Absolutely fabulous. The highspot of our holiday. So much to see and enjoy, will definitely return.
We felt that £20 per adult was a lot to pay, yes there was plenty to see; however, on a wet, cold, windy day walking the outside paths was not great.The two domes well worth seeing, but again not worth £40. We came away saying to each other that we felt the Eden Project to be a great Educational Centre for children, schools and colleges to visit, there were other gardens we visited in Cornwall we felt much better value.
There aren't may concert venues where there are no queues for the loo or the bar! A great venue with staff who actually smile - and if you don't like the band you can always wander around a biome (or two).
The Eden Project really is somewhere very special. Leave loads of time to look around and I would recommend staying for the evening as this is when the place really comes alive. The lighting and scenery in the evening has to been seen to be believed, it’s so beautiful.
A great day out with loads to do for all ages. In winter, skating on the ice rink is great fun and the hot, tropical Biome is a great antedote for the winter blues. There's lots of delicious food to choose from in the cafes and restaurants too.
Fabulous day out
The biomes are amazing, and the educational centre is interesting too. Watch the film on the making of Eden. It's a good couple of hours long but worth it. With ice skating and gigs playing at this exciting venue too it makes a good day out for all the family.
Eden Sessions and Biomes
My trip to The Eden Project was amazing. I visited in the summer to see a band and included in the ticket was access to the rest of the grounds; we went early and took a trip around the Biomes before the gig started. The sound quality from the open-air gig was fantastic, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance (but remember tickets sell out fast!).
Plants and gigs!
A visit to the Eden Project is a must. The biomes which house the plants from all over the world are amazing! And if you get chance to see a gig then it will be an experience you will not forget - tickets are often sold out!
Said to be the stepping stones of a giant, the Bedruthan Steps are a series of rock formations soaring from the sea along Cornwall's north coast. Just a few miles from Padstow, the sea stacks are best viewed from the cliffs above Bedruthan beach. Park in the National Trust car park and take a short walk to be treated to spectacular views. The Bedruthan Steps are a sight to behold all throughout the year.
We were there in early season and there were very few people on the beach: it felt really wild and pristine. The best time to visit is shortly before low tide, when access to the various parts of the beach is easiest.
Beware: there are 150 (steep) steps going down, but at least double that number coming back up!
Best cream tea
Walk along the cliffs above Bedruthan steps for stunning views and crashing waves. If the tide is right you can add a walk along the dramatic sandy beach. The tearoom at the National Trust car park at Carnewas served the best cream tea of our holiday - fresh, melt in your mouth scones. Yummy! If you are an NT member the parking is free and right at the cliff edge for starting your walk.
Probably the most fantastic sandy beach I've been on. Amazing and well worth the climb down. I have Fibromyalgia, a painful muscle/joint condition, but I could not resist going down onto this beach and I was very glad I did. It was overcast when we started the descent but the sun came out for a while. I would imagine the beach would be like paradise on a warm sunny day as it was when overcast!!! There wasn't many people on the beach which added to the feel. Lots of warm pools everywhere, beautiful rocks and little caves. Dramatic and wild. My husband, 21 yr old son and 2 teenage daughters loved it. We had a snack in the lovely tea room at the top that had an extensive menu for such a small cafe and lovely coffee. Really enjoyed the day. It was worth the pain of coming back up, but I did so slowly in my own time. I would definately do it again. It would be very hard for anyone more disabled than me though.
Dramatic and beautiful
We visited Bedruthan Steps on a windy and overcast day, parking at the National Trust carpark and following the paths across the heathland to the clifftop. Our 3yr old daughter was just entranced by the rocks and swore that she saw a mermaid...
As the tide was in we didn't climb down the steps, and wouldn't have attempted it with our daughter, but just seeing the amazing rocks and cliffs from the viewing spots at the cliffedge was enough.
Jamie Oliver has brought his formula to Cornwall. Fifteen youngsters are given a chance to cook for you and to forge a promising career. Enjoy their cooking and the extreme antics on the two mile beach at Watergate Bay.
A lovely treat
We visited Fifteen with our 3yr old and her 78yr old grandma, and both loved the food, setting and attentive but relaxed service. We all enjoyed the fantastic food, with a well-priced children's menu and are glad we booked weeks ahead!
Fantastic food in a beautiful location, did struggle to find it though!
Fantastic Food at Fifteen
We have had excellent food here whether it's lunch or dinner. Do not be put off by the 'taster menu only' for dinner - there is plenty of choice. We would go just for the Italian olives - they are a great start while studying the menu. The atmosphere is very informal and the views are fantastic. The staff are attentive, enthusiatic and clearly well-trained. We would go for the food experience alone.
The open kitchen layout means you can watch your food being prepared, but it's more likely you'll find yourself staring at the stunning views of the coast stretching down towards Newquay. A great setting for some great food - the octopus salad was delicious, as was the chocolate nemesis.
Great for lunch as you have the wonderful view of the beach. Do need to book. Great walk on the cliffs before you eat!
This is a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy with friends and/or family. Lovely lunches or posh nosh in the evening. This restaurant is one not to missed with great views over the beach and within easy reach of Newquay airport. If rice pudding is still on the menu you must try it. It's not the pud as we all know it ......
This lovely old pub is tucked away in the village of St Mawgan, not far from Newquay airport. The garden is beautiful and they do a good Sunday roast.
This is a high-class pub in St. Mawgan. The ambience is very nice, the staff friendly and the menu offers far more than the usual pub grub. We had excellent mussels, goat-cheese with red onion relish and tian of crab and salmon and all dishes were excellent. You can also have a decent fish and chips or a burger, but you should definitely go for the better dishes. Reservation recommended.
Great pub in a lovely village
Probably one of Cornwall's less well known pubs but you won't be disappointed. Good pub food and there is a beer garden for warmer summer days. The village of St Mawgan is a hidden gem - and you can combine a visit to the Falcon Inn with a visit to the Japanese Garden just down the road.
Great beer garden
In spring the massive magnolia tree in the garden is stunning. There are quite a few tables outside, making it a good choice on a fine day. The Sunday roasts are pretty popular here. Combining a meal with a visit to the beautiful Japanese gardens across the road makes a nice day out.
The Camel Trail is a 19 mile route that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. En-route at Nanstallon you will also find the Camel Trail Tea Rooms. Bikes are for hire from either Padstow or Wadebridge and it's a brilliant area for bird watching. Visit Wenfordbridge in spring and delight in the profusion of daffodils, snowdrops and primroses.
Wadebridge to Padstow
The Wadebridge to Padstow section of the trail is about 6 miles. Whilst you can hire bikes easily in Wadebridge the largely flat walk, which would be possible with a pushchair, makes a lovely walk. New views open up as the Camel twists and turns and the slower pace means you can spot the wildlife en route. Set off after breakfast and you will be in Padstow for lunch. A bus to Wadebrdge leaves Padstow from the old railway station on the half hour and will take you back in about 20 minutes.
Wonderful off road cycling venue, undisturbed with beautiful views and mostly flat easy cycling.
The four mile Helland to Bodmin section of the Camel Trail is much quieter than the Wadebridge to Padstow section. Park for free at Helland and follow the trail through peaceful woodland catching tantalising glimpses of the river through the canopy of trees. Wildlife abounds in this tranquil spot. Before leaving Helland go and have a look at the medieval Helland Bridge which spans the upper reaches of the River Camel.
The Camel Trail
The trail is best explored from the Pooley Bridge end which is just 2 1/2 miles from daydream cottage. Shell woods are great in the autumn and cool and shaded during the summer. Wonderful for picnics by the fast flowing river.
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