The beautiful beaches, sunny skies and adventurous activities in the coastal county have repeatedly seen Cornwall top the list of best family-friendly holiday destinations. Families migrate to the Cornish coast each summer (hoping) for a week in the sun. But what does make Cornwall the best destination for a family holiday?
One of the biggest struggles when looking for the perfect family holiday is finding places and activities that can keep every member of the family entertained. While a visit to Peppa Pig world will be thrilling to your youngest, the teens are likely to be bored to death after only a few minutes! That’s where Cornwall comes in handy, with each attraction perfect for the whole family.
While classic theme park style adventures can be had at Flambards, it’s the natural and historical wonders that are really worth the visit.
The Eden Project is one of the biggest draws to the county, playing host to the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Regularly running big educational and interactive exhibits, the Eden Project is perfect for families looking for something new to explore. A combination of soft play and outdoor adventure spaces are available for the kids to run wild. With a zip wire running high across the whole grounds, there is something for thrill-seekers too.
Cornwall is also a land of legend, with magical fortresses lining the coast. With Tintagel Castle in the North, and St. Mawes and Pendennis Castles on the South coast, there are plenty of historical delights to discover. Each castle regularly hosts activities and interactive adventures for the whole family, with hands-on history days and jousting tournaments to enjoy! One of the best
family-friendly activities in Cornwall is Heartlands, a free attraction set in a World Heritage Site, featuring giant play spaces, craft workshops, botanical gardens and interactive exhibits, all set around an old engine house and mine, ensuring that there is something for everyone!
With over 400 miles of coastline in Cornwall, the seaside is a major part of life in the county. The gorgeous coast is also one of the major factors that bring so many to the county for a summer holiday. There are more than 300 beaches in Cornwall, so you won’t be stuck for choice! The beaches are another way in which Cornwall caters to families of all ages and interests, with shallow waters on sandy shores perfect for kids who love paddling, as well as ideal conditions for teens trying to catch waves. Don’t worry about trying to cram all the gear in the car alongside your suitcases (and kids!) either, as many of the beaches in Cornwall are fully prepared for seaside sports, with surfboards, paddleboards and kayaks available to rent. For curious kids, Cornwall is also the best place for both crabbing and rock pooling, allowing your little ones to get up close with a variety of sea life.
Last year, Truro, the only city in Cornwall, was voted to the top of the list for family-friendly holidays in the UK. It is considered such a great place due to its historical charm, proximity to the seaside and the incredible range of children’s activities. In the city centre, you will find the Cathedral and the Royal Cornwall Museum, giving an insight into the history of the area, with the museum offering plenty of free interactive activities and discovery trails to keep the kids entertained. A little out of the centre and you’ll be right in nature, with an abundance of little hidden away beaches and National Trust gardens to enjoy.
One of the biggest factors when deciding where to go on holiday with children is how to get there. One in four families says that they would rather travel by car to reach their destination than have to fly. This makes Cornwall the perfect choice for many families in the UK, who would prefer not to have to go through the palaver of cramming all their clothes into a weight-restricted suitcase and queueing for 6 hours with the kids in tow! However, if you do come from a little further afield, then Newquay airport has flights arriving daily from all around the UK!
As a popular holiday destination with such wonderful beaches and attractions, it is no surprise that you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking where to stay. While the coast is lined with hotels and guest houses, there are also plenty of child-friendly cottages in Cornwall, perfect for spending relaxing time with your family alone at the end of a busy day at the beach!
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