Holidays are rarely cheap, and more often than not they come with hidden costs! Do you need to get transport? Want to try local food? Do you have children? These variables can increase your costs double or even triple-fold.

Unlike other places, Cornwall has things to do for a minimal or even FREE cost. That’s right, FREE! Can you believe it?

Here are the top five things to do in Cornwall for FREE!

  1. Rock pooling
  2. Lanhydrock cycle trails
  3. Cardinham Woods
  4. Heartlands
  5. Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Rock Pools

Cornwall’s coastline isn’t all pearly-white beaches and picturesque seaside views. Scattered across the coastline are excellent rock formations and pools that you can explore. See the sea life!

Amongst the sea life in the rock pools, see if you can find pipefish, transparent prawns, sea-stared starfish, and more.

Between Newquay and Padstow, you have Treyarnon Bay which has large shallow rock pools perfect for children.

The south coast hoasts some great rock pool options near Falmouth, Castle Beach, and Hannafore Beach
Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs rockpool safaris. If you are interested and want to know more about the aquatic life at the rockpool, make sure to grab your ticket! They hold safaris throughout the year.


Close Up Of Child Fishing In Rockpool With Net


Cycle Lanhydrock Trails

Do you have your own bike? If you do, why don’t you cruise around the National Trust property of Lanhydrock? Each trail around the property has different difficulty levels so whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider there will be something for you.

The trails around the property have their difficulty level indicated by colour. Green is the easiest difficulty, blue is moderate difficulty, and red is hard. The green trail is perfect for children and beginner riders, or for advanced riders who want to take it easy. The blue trails are perfect for older children, while the red trails are better suited to adults and teenagers as they are tougher and test your skills more.

As a National Trust member, you can stop at Lanhydrock and other National Trust properties without spending more money.


Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods is home to four walking trails and three cycling trails. One of the walking trails around Cardinham Woods is perfect for families with children as it has a cafe, a play area, and is bug-friendly. There is a small charge for parking unless you are a discovery pass holder. You will be charged £2 for two hours or £5 for the entire day. These charges can be paid by phone if you forget to bring money. Although not free, this small charge is well worth the price for a great day out!


A woodland path amongst a old english woodland.


The Heartlands

The Heartlands is a 19-acre free attraction that includes an adventure playground, sculptures, mining exhibitions, and more. With indoor options, the Heartlands is the perfect place to spend your time no matter the weather.

Because the Heartlands are open the majority of the year it provides countless hours of entertainment as it transformed a former derelict mine into a cultural playground.


Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Although, the former home of the Earls and formal gardens does cost money to enter. You can explore over 860 acres of country park. The country park has plenty of different walks to explore. So, take your time and enjoy the scenery. The tree trail and the landscape walk are personal favourites that treat you to some of the best views in Cornwall.

Don’t fancy following a specific trail? Then, follow the winding river and see what sights you can take in.

Let us know in the comments if you go to any of these places!

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