The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional Cornish pub serving traditional pub food. Found in the village of Breage, this family-friendly pub is popular amongst locals and features beamed ceilings and three open fireplaces, perfect for those chillier winter months. Regular live bands play at the Queen’s Arms and quiz nights are hosted on Wednesdays.
Good food. Reasonably priced and friendly service
Just along the coast from the popular beach at Praa Sands, Rinsey is a sand and boulder cove reached down a steep cliff path. The climb is worth it for the stunning views of old mine workings perched on the clifftops. The crags at Trewavas Head are popular with rock climbers.
Quiet and Unspoilt
A stunning off the beaten track sandy beach surrounded by granite cliffs of SSSI status. A great place to avoid the masses. Access via a cliff path not suitable for those less able.
A very secluded spot which you have to walk to!
King-of-the-castle views from coast to coast. Tregonning Hill is steeped in history. Surveying the views across the surrounding countryside and out to sea, it is obvious why the Celts once chose this place to settle. In more recent times, Tregonning has played its part in the long-standing relationship between Cornishmen and the land, as the place where china clay was discovered in around 1745.
Start in the village of Balwest (off the A394 Helston-Penzance road) and head for the Germoe war memorial, which sits on top of remains of the Celtic settlement.
A lovely walk to work off a Sunday lunch or a pasty. A nice gentle walk up the hill is well rewarded with stunning views of the north and south coast of west Cornwall. From the war memorial on the west side of the hill the views over Mounts Bay and St Michael's Mount are amazing. You then walk along the top of the hill finding the preacher’s pit, old mining pits all of which have descriptions explaining when and what happened on top of this hill. Then when you get to east side of the hill there are views over the Lizard and up to the china clay pits around St Austell and beyond.
Porthleven is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems, less known than the likes of Padstow or St Ives, but certainly well worth a visit. Situated in west Cornwall between Lizard Point (Britain’s most southerly point) and Land’s End, it faces directly into the Atlantic ocean, giving it a raw, rugged feel that a lot of the more sheltered harbours along the Cornish coast lack.
The iconic clock tower sits on the harbour entrance and the pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants cluster around the historic inner harbour, guarded by two cannons salvaged from the shipwrecked HMS Anson. With a warren of streets lined with classic Cornish granite cottages as well as deluxe apartments with uninterrupted sea views, there is a little bit of heaven for everyone when staying in a Porthleven cottage.
Porthleven is one of those rare places that it does not matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do while on a holiday in Porthleven. The summer brings the quintessential seaside holiday; a beach manned with lifeguards, al fresco dining and crabbing off the harbour. But it is out of season that the town can really come into its own. With one of the best surf breaks in the country, you can sit down and get lost for hours watching some of the best surfers in the country putting on a display. But be warned, for this is not for the beginner or part time surfer. If you feel the need to jump in and give it a go, we recommend Praa Sands or Poldu Cove, near Mullion, which are only a few miles from our cottages in Porthleven. You may not have realised, but you will probably have seen pictures of Porthleven on television as it is one of the best spots in the UK for storm watching - the crashing waves are often used as the backdrop to weather forecasts.
There is quite a culinary explosion going on, with its yearly food festival and some well respected, up and coming restaurants and cafes in Porthleven - it is worth booking early in your holiday to ensure a table. Or if you want to do a bit of self-catering there are a few amazing fish shops and delis to buy quality fresh ingredients.
If you are a keen walker you may as well leave your car at the cottage all week. With the coast path stretching hundreds of miles either side, you can head off west and explore Rinsey head and beyond, or set out south across Loe Bar and on to Church Cove. There are many walks inland too, either in to the nearest market town of Helston or the circular walk around Loe Bar.
Beautiful harbour village with some lovely shops; not over commercialised. We did struggle to park the car on Saturday evening though! Food in the Rick Stein restaurant was excellent.
Pleasant little village
Good for a visit if the weather is not brilliant. Several nice little shops, good deli and pub (The Harbour).
The harbour is a good place to watch the world go by as you eat an excellent baguette or pasty
We always make a b-line for Porthleven. A pretty little fishing harbour and a sandy beach. Dog friendly as well if you walk to the far end. We always have refreshments at the Kota Restaurant which is on the less commercial side of the harbour. Lovely food and polite service. Then a lovely walk along the cliffs to the memorial to sea farer's.
A pleasant small harbour town, not over spoilt by tourism. One or two nice shops and galleries, also a good deli. Can recommend the cafe by the harbour entrance, good ice creams and a nice pot nof tea. Good for a quick visit if out and about.
Beautiful harbour village with plenty to do and see. Good beach for swimming and surfing, although beware of the rocks!
Stride through time at the legendary St Michael’s Mount. Follow a giant’s footsteps and find his heart buried in the cobblestone paths. Scale to the top of the mount and conquer the castle, looking out over spectacular views of the bay and out beyond the horizon. A day spent here is not one to be forgotten.
St Michael's Mount
We are National Trust Members and didn't actually book this. After walking across the causeway we were told we needed to have booked online tickets. We then did this on our phone and were admitted easily enough. Cafe has been updated and the plant sales area changed but for the better with more seating. A wonderful castle and beautiful gardens. You need to book a ticket for the boat trip before setting off if you cannot walk the causeway. You can't buy a ticket on the boat anymore. A fabulous day out.
Requires booking ahead
Be aware, whatever your previous experience, the NT require a booking even to reach the Mount harbour, never mind entering the castle. Also note, there is very little phone signal on the beach so you cannot book there!
Well worth a visit
Exceeded my expectations. Lovely day out.
St Michael’s Mount
Very enjoyable day out but quite a climb.A long queue to pay for parking about 15 mins as very difficult to work out how to pay
Be prepared to now pay for entry.
We had visited St Michael's Mount before and you could go into the outer areas without having to pay . But now it is £10 for a ticket , so be prepared .
Another must visit
Fabulous but get there between 9-10 as it gets very very busy...also check website to see when garden is open!
A crazy place. Copy of Normandy but different. A museum but people still live there. Garden is also spectacular. Short trip by boat is nice.
Perfect also for children
A MUST TO VISIT....
St Michael's Mount is a truly unique and magical place and was the highlight of our stay. Check the tides on the website; you need to walk the Causeway one way and get the boat in the other as the tide will come in/out while you are there. I would advise going early during the high season. That way you will park easily in the National Trust Car Park on the beach and will avoid the worst of the crowds. Both National Trust Cafes on the Mount do amazing food, often sourced from local producers, and they have spectacular views of the mainland. The Crab Rarebit will linger in my memory...mmm!
The warnings of uneven ground should be heeded; you do need to wear supportive footwear...no flip-flops! The cobbled, steep paths up to the Mount are poorly maintained and have great gaps in between the cobbles. One section known as 'The Pilgrim Steps' dates from mediaeval times and are now little more than tumbledown boulders that have to be scrambled up. Buggies are better left behind or you will end up carrying them (and the kids)!
However, it is SO worth the climb for the amazing views from the top and to look around the house and Church. What a history! Medieval Abbey, to Civil War fortress, and now a private residence. Stunning!
Be prepared to hike
Whether you walk across the causeway or get the ferry (likelihood is you'll do both), at some point you will have to walk. The walk from quay to either the gardens or the castle is a bit of a trek, with the latter needing the visitor to scramble up steep cobbled steps and pathways. Once you reach either the strenuous walk is immediately forgotten as you are left agog at the stunning views, both natural and man made.
The top of the castle commands spectacular views across Mount Bay, with Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion all within a perfect vista. If you're brave enough you can peer over the ramparts and spy the fabulous gardens from on high.
Children are easily entertained by the castle quiz and they get a prize at the end, adults can simply wonder at the artefacts on display and the fabulous architecture.
Well worth a visit
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to St Michael's mount. The castle was delightful and there was much more to it than we had expected. Would recommend a walking stick/pole for the ascent to the castle.
Perfect day out
We love St Michael's Mount. If the tide is right you can walk across to the mount and then get a boat ride back. The house and surrounding area are very atmospheric and if you are fortunate enough you will get to see the Basking Sharks. A great day out and well worth a visit.
Good day out for all the family
Took the ferry as it was high tide. A long queue but with several ferries we didn't have to wait long. Kids enjoyed the ferry ride and the interesting things in the castle. Quite a steep climb on cobbles up to the castle so wished I had worn more sensible shoes but worth the climb. Cafe's were good and also places to picnic. Lovely views from the castle. Spent several hours on St Michael's Mount.
A truly worthwhile visit and highly recommended. But you do need to be physically fit and able to cope with steep uphills on cobbled paths! Not for the elderly or infirm!
Lovely day out
We got there on a small boat. Had a nice scone in the cafe and waked around the house. Lovely day out
Fabulous views on the mount !
The views are amazing and the castle is full of history. A bonus is the castle is still inhabited as a family home, which gives it a nice lived in feel. Gardens look fantastic from the ramparts, but are not open every day. Phone up before you visit to check tide times. We went out by boat, then walked back across the causeway.
The NT cafe is lovely, and you can have an above average waitress served meal.
I would recommend everyone to make the walk across to the Mount, it is magical but do watch the tides!
ST M's Mount
Well worth being a member of the National Trust to be able to enjoy this treasure. Great afternoon's outing for family - we had our 2 older teenage kids who were very happy to go round the castle. Lovely place to sit and relax too enjoying an ice cream after you've viewed the property. Keep your eye on the tide though - it comes in very quickly but it adds to the fun to have to wade back through thigh-high water!
The view from Sunnyside over St Michael's Mount is magical and a trip there doesn't disappoint. We were impatient for the tide to recede and so began our visit by paddling over the causeway, an adventure in itself. The walk up to the house was an exciting scramble, but not for the infirm. At the top the views were tremendous and the property quite as wacky as the octagonal dairy on the way up suggested it would be. Lunch in the tea shop was one of the best we had during our stay. All in all, a delight. Brilliant for anyone with children. Best not paddle over the causeway if you're taking the buggy though.
Wonderful St Michael's Mount
When in the area there is nothing nicer to do, whatever the weather, than walk or take a boat to the Mount (depending on the tide). At low tide you can meander up the causeway the to the Mount where a nice NT cafe awaits and a steep walk up to the castle (passing over the giant's heart on the way), here the views across the Mount's gardens are second to none. A magestic place.
Check the tide times before you leave, as it's great to walk over to the mount. If you have small children it is better to walk or bring a baby carrier as pushing a buggy on the cobbles is really hard work. It's a magical place, nothing quite like it, it's amazing how the access to the mount suddenly appears and then disappears later in the day. There is also a fab outside play area for children with plenty to do for small tots and children up to about 12 years.
Sub tropical gardens
Great attraction to visit if you haven't already been. The castle is worth the climb, and the gardens are wonderful - many sub tropical species there which can only be found in this part of England. Well worth a visit.
Set out from a beautiful beach, this is a great place for a day out. If the tide is in you can get a boat across to the Mount which is great fun. There are lovely gardens as well as the Mount to explore.
A trip to St Michael's Mount is a wonderful way of spending a sunny summer's afternoon or even a beautiful autumn one, if you want to avoid the crowds! The view of the castle in the bay is so well known, it is lovely to get another perspective of the coastline by looking back from the island to Marazion beach and the sweep of the bay to Penzance. To get the full experience you need to walk across the causeway at low tide (there are often puddles!!) but the walk up to the castle itself is very steep, so not a day for heels! The restaurant is nice, and there is also a tea-room/cafe, but we like to buy pasties in Philps at Marazion and sit round the island's harbour to eat them. On your ascent to the castle don't forget to look out for the heart of Cormoran the Giant, now turned to stone...
Wonderful five minute trip by sea or if the tide is low, you can walk across the causeway to this fairy tale castle which dominates Mounts Bay. Steep walk up to the castle itself which is not for the faint hearted! Those who would rather not can wander round the little harbour. Good coffee and pasties at the Cafe or there is the Sail Loft Restaurant. N.T. shop. There is plenty to see in the Castle and the views from it are stunning.
Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.
Lovely day out
We had a lovely day at Trebah in March. There were lots of colourful Spring plants including all the rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias, and a sea of fascinating gunneras that were starting to come out. When they are fully grown, the leaves can reach 2.5m across and there is a gunnera passage where you could walk underneath them. There’s also some giant bamboo and many interesting paths up and and down to the beach. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe and all in all, a great day out. Check the website and make sure you book in advance as they were only accepting pre-booked visitors. Also check the cafe closing time on the beach (ice creams etc) as it closed at 3pm when we were there.
Wonderful exotic gardens
We visited in February and were surprised by how warm and mild the atmosphere was in the gardens. What a wonderful variety of plants, shrubs and trees! well laid out paths allow the visitor to wander around the grounds to access different view points. The beach at the bottom of the valley was a lovely surprise. We particularly liked the water feature cascading down the valley.
Excellent cafe in a delightful light and airy modern building. The entry fee is reasonable and good value for money.
An enjoyable afternoon out
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trebah, September was a good time to visit as the hydrangeas were flowering beautifully. The beach was lovely as was the delicious ice cream!
A disabled persons opinion
I was really looking forward to visiting Trebah but was really disappointed, I was only able to go out of the reception building in my wheelchair when I was faced with the most sever decline and was told that it was like that all the way. It was very unsafe for me to go any further, so had to turn round and go out of the gardens
Beautiful gardens and beach
Well worth a visit. Really incredibly, calming gardens with excellent covid measures in place to feel safe. The private beach is just lovely, worth the short queue to get in (controlled by a traffic light system to ensure not too many people are on it are time). Nice cafe with gluten free options. A very good day out, would highly recommend.
Best gardens to visit in the area
If you like to visit gardens then this is one of the very best in the area. We prefer it to the nearby Glendurgan gardens, though Glendurgan is run by the National Trust so you can get in for free if you are a member.
Excellent lovely gardens which as NT members (although Trebah is privately owned)
out of high season, can be viewed for very reasonable cost.
Best more natural gardens in the area in my view.
Wonderful Gardens leading down to a lovely beach.
These gardens are truly fascinating and beautiful. We loved that the dog was welcome even in the cafe and the food and drink were all really good, healthy, well prepared and delicious.
Impressive gardens and picturesque beach
Beautiful gardens. Very pleasant staff and good food. The private beach was very picturesque. Would recommend.
You won't be disappointed
What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!
A mini paradise
This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.
Nice family day out
We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.
We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.
We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.
I love trebah
Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!
A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.
The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.
Well worth a visit time and time again.
Gets better every time
We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.
We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.
Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.
A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.
Suitable for young and old
I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.
A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!
Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!
Taking pride of place on the cliffs above Porthcurno, the world-famous Minack Theatre is truly one of a kind. Hosting an array of open-air events, visitors to the theatre will be intrigued and entertained by actors and musicians performing fantastic live acts. If you can tear your gaze away from the stunning Atlantic background, that is.
Mischief Movie Night at the Minack
Fantastic setting and a very entertaining show. The staff were brilliant and the social distancing worked well. If you have the opportunity to visit (for a tour or with tickets for a show) don't miss it. It's an amazing place.
Brilliant, a must, the play was excellent
Best open-air theatre ever
I came here back in the 1970's and was fascinated. I came again now and nothing has changed. Where can you say that? Unique place, great artists (we enjoyed Shakespeare), incredible atmosphere. Out of this world! But take warm clothes, it can be cold later!
Amazing place !
We had booked to see a performance months ago as a friend recommended it. We were not disappointed. This is an amazing place.
A wonder to see
£5 each to view a theatre seems steep but when you go through the doors and see the view on a sunny day its well worth it. One of the best views Ive ever seen in Cornwall.
Stunning views, gardens, ammenities and the actual theatre itself is worth the trip down alone. Recommended to anyone visiting Cornwall, add the MinackTheatre to your itinerary.
An Absolute Must!
The views from this magical place are gorgeous and all the gardens that are painstakingly laid out between the seats are a real pleasure to see,but the theatre itself is so spectacular that it almost takes your breath away.We have been to Cornwall lots of times and have always promised ourselves a visit to the Minack but this was the first time that we had made it.I have to say that having been once we will certainly be returning.Thank you Rowena Cade for starting this truly magical place!
An absolute must!
Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!
A unique experience!
What can one say? This was my second trip to The Minack, but my partners first. She was utterly enthralled - the production of "Mack & Mabel" was fabulous! But, let's be honest, the real star of the show is the theatre itself - absolutely tranquil setting, looking out over the sea and Porthcurno Beach while the production unfurls before you (there is something truly magical about the sound of the sea drifting in during the quiet parts of the show). Really - if you do one thing whilst in Cornwall, please make it a trip to see a play at The Minack Theatre. You surely will not regret it - and it's outstanding value for money too (less than a tenner for a seat)!
Minack Theatre – Spectacular
The story about how the theatre was created is fascinating.
The views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Once you have visited the theatre either walk down the footpath or go to the car back at The Telegraph Museum and walk down to Porthcurno Beach. What a way to spend a day.
Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre performance of David Copperfield. The weather on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon had been appalling - pouring rain- but we received text updates from the Minack, and in line with the BBC weather forecast the rain stopped in time for the show and later on the moon shone over the sea. The play was very well done and we all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys. We wrapped up warmly and invested in hire of the Minack padded seat cushions with backs. This year we had stone seats with backs which were much more comfortable than sitting on the grass terraces. I booked the seats online about a month in advance, and I believe they were sold out for the week's run of the play.
Squashbox Theatre - Craig
If Squashbox repeats in 2013 ...you must go and see it. Morning shows for children - but equally enthralling for Adults.
Craig is a fantastic performer and you get the chance to see the Minack.
But you will need to book - performances in August are usually sold out a few days in advance.
Amazing and great value
I rang the theatre to ask for advice and they were incredibly helpful.Unfortunately the weather was rubbish - but the show went on and we enjoyed a great play in an amazing location - even the weather couldnt ruin the evening. Well worth a visit and good value for money.
Worth every penny - the history about how the theatre was created is fascinating; the views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Excellent attraction with fantastic views.
We tried to book tickets online prior to our visit, but the theatre was fully booked. However, when we visited during the day, we found that the booking office had received some cancellations and we were delighted to be able to get tickets for two days later . Worth checking with the booking office when you visit!
This is truly uplifting, the story about it is amazing ,the views are simply wonderful. No plays on when we visited but truly a great place to spend some time, free car-park!! decent reasonably priced cafe, friendly staff.
We got tickets to see Titanic The Musical which was being performed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Adult tickets were a very reasonable £8 for the upper terraces, which gave a decent view. We all wrapped up warm with blankets and foam sit mats (essential) and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The backdrop of the sea and cliffs on the opposite side of the bay gave this show special significance. The real water gushing down the steps and the marine distress flare illuminating the sea made this a truly emotional and memorable experience.
Go to the Minack Theatre - you won't be disappointed
Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!
Saw Pirates of Penzance in Sept and was fab. Do take warm clothes even if the weather seems mild and totally exposed to elements! My partner nearly had frost bite on his ears so had to buy a silly hat! Some people who were not dressed for cold weather left at the interval.
Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.
A wonderful place to visit, for all the family. Attended chidren's storytelling session on a Tuesday morning (on Tues. & Thurs. morning during summer holidays), which was a great hit with both children and adults. Enjoyed some delicious Cornish pasties in the cafe on site before heading down to Porthcurno beach below - a great day out!Superb views when the weather is fine.
Fantastic. Super setting for The Death of Sherlock Holmes which was funny and very entertaining. Wrap up warm, even on a summer's evening, and take cushions to sit on. Plenty of opportunity in the break to wander round and explore,taking photographs, up and down the steps. We bought fish'n'chips in Sennen to eat there which were lovely rather than have the hassle of carrying a picnic round all day.
A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
We loved the Minack: the turquoise sea as a backdrop to the action on the stage. We were there for a matinee on a hot September day in 2010. A traditional production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikardo by actors from Cambridge University. Many years ago, a friend had performed in this at the Minack.
Words of warning: the tiers are very steep, and the sun can be very hot: not a venue for the very elderly (who were there when we were, but a couple were overcome by heat). Recommend the canvas seat covers which make the narrow tiered seats, cut from the rock, more comfy.
The Minack Theatre
A wonderful venue. Attending at least one event is a must. Take plenty of warm clothing along with a picnic and something hot to drink because you really are exposed to the elements. Early booking is essential for many events. If you love the theatre then a visit to the Minack is not to be missed. Plenty of easy access parking.
A stunning location for this original open air theatre. Fantastic views with the possibility of fabulous sunsets. If you are lucky you may also see dolphins. Book early for the summer time plays as it is very popular and remember to take a picnic and lots of warm clothing!
Open air theatre built by Rowena Cade in the most stunning cliff top setting near Penzance at Porthcurno.
Whether you attend a performance or simply visit the site (there's the Rowena Cade visitors' centre and a cafe), you'll find the setting utterly breathtaking. I'm still in awe of the determination of Rowena Cade to create this utterly unique theatre where a great variety of imaginative performances take place. The weather is important, so it's a good idea to check the forecast before you book.
- J Wallwork
This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.
Wow is not enough
To say that it has 'wow' factor is not enough. No photograph does it justice. People walk in through the gates for the first time and their jaws hit the floor. Daytime visitors can enjoy the exhibition about Rowena Cade, the single lady who built the theatre with her own hands, and take refreshments in what must be the most spectacularly appointed coffee shop in the country. But it's even better to come on a summer evening when there is a show on. No trip to Penwith is complete without experiencing this unique and wonderful theatre.
Probably the most photographed beach in the area - the rugged, rocky coastline, caves and gleaming white sand make it one of Cornwall’s prettiest, take note though, the beach is totally covered at high tide. National Trust car parking is available with access to the beach via a steep gravelled path. Cafe and toilets are available during the summer months.
This is a stunning beach to visit. Be sure to arrive early in summer months so as to get into the car park nearest the beach, otherwise, it's a long walk from the overflow car park! It's well worth the early start and walk to the beach though, the views are stunning. Worth checking tides before you go so you can ensure you make the most of the beach at low tide.
Beautiful day out
Stunning , a must
Gorgeous dramatic windswept and steep
Gorgeous dramatic beach but time your visit carefully as at high tide there is no beach. Also dogs not allowed on beach in summer as National Trust so have to stay in cafe. Steep climb down so not wheelchair accessible. Make sure you bring your national trust membership card with you when you visit as otherwise will cost you £7 to park.
Busy and you’ll need change for carpark
We knew it would be busy but hadn’t appreciated quite how much. You cannot take dogs onto the cove and trailers are not allowed in carpark they’re pretty strict so don’t try and sneak in! It’s very organised with lots volunteers and go with change for car park, although it suggests there is a signal, behind the main hut so you can pay by phone it’s not the case, signal v poor.
...but get there early. Check the tide times to plan your visit as beach virtually non-existent at high tide. Also the slightly longer, easier walk is better on your knees and much quieter, better option to walk back up in my opinion!
Beautiful but very busy
If you’re going to go here then go early! We went at 9am one day and got parked fine, had a lovely breakfast at the cafe then wondered around the cliffs. Incredible views. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach from 10-6pm. We tried to go back a few days later, arriving at 9:20 and the car park was completely full!
We went on a stormy weekday in winter and it was fantastically spectacular. Wish we'd paid for longer parking! The walk gives you brilliant views and the cove itself was full of crashing waves! Unfortunately the cafe was shut (only open at weekends in January). But there was a baby seal lying on the path. Sorry, I can't guarantee that it'll be there when you visit. :-)
most beautiful cove
Though it is very busy and crowded its definitely worth a visit
the Kynance Cove Cafe above the beach is a highlight
Well worth the walk !
We loved the walk to Kynance and the cafe and cove when we got there. They even had lots of gluten free choices.
England's own Paradise
Great walks and when you actually walk down to see it a low tide you've got to catch your breath. Why people go to other countries looking for similar places I do not know. Absolute stunning.
One of my favourite places in the whole of Cornwall... absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit!
Best Beach in the world
Picturesque, West facing suntrap, great surf, caves and rock pools.
My 10 year old confidently states it is the best beach in the world and I agree.
Well worth the drive
Although there is plenty to see near Falmouth this beautiful beach on the Lizard is a must and if you forget your picnic don't worry there is an excellent cafe when you get there. There are 2 paths to take from the National Trust car park, one a bit challenging and the other one very straightforward and wheel chair friendly. A fantastic morning out, a lovely walk and all very photogenic.
The Place to visit on The Lizard
Kynance Cove is probably the only place on The Lizard that everyone should visit. Spectacular at any time of the year, in all weather conditions, but probably better to avoid high tide, as there is no beach!
We could have spent every day here and not got bored. Beautiful views, sandy beach, caves, mermaids pool, sea, rock pools and a cafe that offered lovely food and great coffee - even the toilets were spotless. The only thing I would say is if you have younger children be prepared for the walk back up to the car after a long day on the beach. But don't let it put you off - its worth it!
Spectacular scenery. We'd already been swimming that day so didn't get in the sea but it was beautiful just to sit up on the cliffs with an ice cream and enjoy watching others enjoy the waves. Being a National Trust member, parking is free so could stay as long or as short as we pleased. Wish we'd spent more time exploring the cove a bit more as I understand there are caves etc. Highly recommended
Best Beach on the Lizard
Whilst some don't rate this beach due to the steep walks down to and back up from the beach and the fact that there is no beach left at high tide, in our opinion it is the best beach on the Lizard and definitely worth a visit.
To avoid having to carry too much don't worry about packing lunch as the cafe there is excellent and has loads of different options from jackets to toasties, cream teas and of course pasties.
The advantage of high tide covering the whole beach is that the sand is always pristinely clean and great for making castles!
The sea is usually pretty calm but fairly cold in comparison with others locally, dolphins are often seen in the waters and fish in the cove round the back of the caves - great for snorkelling.
Toilets on this beach are spotlessly clean too which is a bonus.
The best Beach
One of probably the best beaches in the UK if not Europe and further afield. Spectacular either when calm or during a storm. The pristine sand is cleaned by each high tide and if you make the effort in checking your tide times, fancy a paddle, and get there about an hour before low tide, you could be the first to make your footprints in the untouched sand. A brilliant National Trust cafe where you can get to eat (in my opinion) the best British bacon butty (even though its in a baguette) plus the view to relish. My other half recommends the crab sandwich. And we both say mmmmm to the cream teas. And then you can exercise it all off with the coast walks north or south.
Very pretty beach with some amazing coastal paths surrounding it.
Spectacular wildlife, plants, views and rock formations with a beautiful beach (at low tide) and bathing. Wonderful local walks to the Lizard and Mullion Harbour. National Trust cafe with outside seating.
- Rodney Keen
Chilled out cafe in amongst the dunes at Godrevy Lighthouse National Trust car park. Bright and breezy with great views across the bay to St Ives from the deck and big plates of really fresh, imaginative food - try the Mediterranean mezze.
Great cafe and just off the beach to work up your hunger. Always have interesting things on the menu as well as traditional bacon sandwiches etc. Some indoor seating but most is outside. Good value.
Fantastic wild beach
The beach is wild and windswept with amazing light and waves rolling in from the Atlantic, a wonderful experience. The cafe food is excellent, particularly the beef sandwiches. We couldn’t understand why the toilets at the cafe were closed and the nearest public loos were a 15 minute uphill walk against the wind, what a shame!
After seal watching we stopped here for a beef sandwich for lunch - absolutely delicious! We did have to wait a bit but as we’re in the COVID era with things taking longer that can be forgiven. Will definitely return.
Situated on the headland at the end of the huge Hayle/Gwithian Beach. National Trust owned and offers excellent food. Seating is both indoors and outdoors and justifiably popular. Open during the day and also some evenings.
Great breakfasts and so close to the seals
Lovely breakfasts (full Cornish is massive, honestly it'll keep you going the entire day) and surprisingly good coffee which i didn't expect. Best of it is, it's just a few minutes walk from the seal colony which we visited three times during our stay locally to see their antics at different tide times (best to see them as the tide is going out as they come ashore to rest so there's lots of activity then).
Outstanding food, drink and view
Our favourite beach cafe in Cornwall. Great food, particularly in the evenings when you can sit upstairs with a view of the beach and watch the sunset (really family friendly - they always spoil our kids). For lunch the wraps are brilliant (Mexican and vegetarian are particularly good) - we get them takeaway and eat them on the beach when body boarding.
Lovely on a sunny day
Great place to stop if you're on a trek to refill your energy levels with local cakes and decent coffee.
Its become a 'tradition' for us now to have our final days breakfast at Godrevy Cafe. If you leave on a Saturday you are going to wait, but its worth it. Excellent, wholesome ingredients cooked perfectly and no skimping on portions either. There is so much more that the usual 'full english' - but this is sooooooo nice! Excellent location off the beaten track.
Also does excellent cream teas which you can justify eating if you've just returned from a long walk (but don't try going for a walk after eating one!). Can get very crowded and service can take a while, but the food is worth the wait.
Fab! The food is freshly cooked and very tasty. The large hot chocolate is especially good after a long coastal walk. The cakes are again home cooked and huge! The ice cream is a treat after a day on the beach. Well worth a visit.
Another mention for the breakfast!
It's been mentioned before but who cares. I can confirm that the breakfast IS simply divine. Don't look for a healthy option (have that at home), give yourself a real treat and go for the full English. I'm still dreaming of it :-)
Great location - call in here for a full English breakfast - it is to die for - get your day off to a fantastic start. Then walk it off either along the beautiful sandy beach or climb the cliff path to the top and watch the seals in the little secluded cove. A real treat.
The largest mug of hot chocolate ever! Lovely freshly cooked food and huge cake portions - a must stop if you are visiting Gwithian.
Lovely lunches, great for a cake and a big mug of coffee!!
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