Unusual Things To Do in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the top holiday destinations in England, and is famed for its spectacular beaches, wonderful scenery and historic castles, but there is far more to see and do, especially if you look off the beaten track. If you are planning a stay in Cornwall, here's a quick guide to unusual things to do in Cornwall for something different.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the unique things to do in Cornwall

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Situated near the south coast of Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan’s 200 acres of spectacular Victorian gardens are a joy to explore.

Over the past 25 years, the site has been faithfully restored back to its former glory and is considered by many as one of the best gardens in the UK.

Visitors can discover the remarkable Victorian grass-covered sculptures, learn how the Victorians grew their food in the productive gardens and explore the vast array of native and exotic plants in the pleasure grounds.

The impressive sub-tropical exotic plants of the Jungle Garden will surprise many guests with its exotic plants, including bamboo tunnels, giant rhubarb and even banana trees.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is open to the public all year round and is a great place to visit at different times of the year because every visit is unique.

Poldark Mine in Cornwall, England

2. Poldark Mine & The Cornish Heritage Collection

Poldark Tin Mine transports visitors back to the days when Cornish miners were commonplace and is one of the few mines in the UK that offers underground guided tours. The Poldark Tin Mines experiences helped create what it was really like to work in the mine.

Visitors will learn about the real working environments of a tin mine while walking through the tight tunnels with only a head torch to see. The site also features a museum which boasts an array of unique artefacts and exhibitions following the enthralling stories of Cornish miners at home and abroad.

3. Screech Owl Sanctuary

Situated near Gross Moor National Nature Reserve, Screech Owl Sanctuary is a great day out and educating too. Dedicated to help care and rehabilitate sick and injured owls and to teach visitors about the preservation needs of owl species throughout the UK.

Screech Owl Sanctuary have a wide range of hand-reared tame owls, and visitors are encouraged to get up and close to these amazing birds.

You can also learn about each owl’s characteristics, their habitats and what food they eat. There are also three flying displays each day so that you can see the owls in action.

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre in Cornwall, England

4. Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

The Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre is a different place to explore. Home to one of the biggest private collections of shipwreck and maritime artefacts in Europe, the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre is the place to visit for those who want to learn about the history of ships and diving.

The site boasts an array of fascinating objects from over 150 shipwrecks, as well as exhibits that celebrate the history of Charlestown, what village life was like and showcases the villages once thriving China Clay manufacturing process.

​The exhibition also boasts a collection of maritime history dating back to the early 1700s and has one of the biggest underwater diving equipment displays in the UK, including deep-sea diving suits used for hunting treasure, searching shipwrecks and other naval purposes.

Inside the Eden Project, Cornwall.

5. The Eden Project

One of the most unique places to visit in Cornwall is the Eden Project. You can spend hours exploring this indoor garden with different climates and plants all the way from the Amazonian jungle and Mediterranean.

See its floral displays and beautiful statues, learn about the Eden Project with its interactive exhibits and grab something to eat at their cafe, which serves local and seasonal dishes.

Getting to the Eden Project is also straightforward. You can access it by car, bus, bike or on foot.

It is definitely a place worth visiting during your time in Cornwall.

6. The Tea Plantations at Tregothnan

If you love tea, The Tea Plantations at Tregothnan must be on your Cornwall itinerary.

The UK loves tea and has relied on Indian tea for many years, but it is working on producing its tea, and you can see that in this tea plantation in Cornwall.

You can explore the gardens at your own pace or book a private tour where you will learn all about this tea plantation.

They also have fantastic workshops that involve beekeeping, a tea masterclass and a tea tasting!

St Michael's Mount.

7. Island hopping

One of the best things to do in Cornwall is visit its nearby islands. They are fantastic for a day out and offer unique attractions.

Cornish Isles include St Michael's Mount, The Isles of Scilly, Puffin Island and many others.

St Michael's Mount is probably the most famous island in Cornwall. Its beautiful cliff sand castle makes it picturesque. Explore its historical buildings and simply take in the views.

Another favourite is The Isles of Scilly. The crystal-clear water and unspoilt nature are worth seeing. You can travel to the island by plane or boat.

8. Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle is the place to go to for history buffs. This circular castle, located in the middle of the Cornish countryside, was built in the late 13th century and was primarily used as a luxury retreat.

You can only see the castle's ruins now, but your visit doesn't need to stop there. It is worth doing the Restormel walking trail, which goes through the beautiful Fowey Valley. It is a lovely 45-minute walk.

A view of Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

9. Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is one of the most unique places in Cornwall. This theatre, built on a cliffside, offers a different experience.

You can visit its lovely garden, book a guided tour or see a show. Regardless of your chosen activity, booking your tickets in advance is essential.


I hope that this post has given you some ideas for doing something different in Cornwall. Cornwall is a wonderful place to visit, and if you're travelling solo to Cornwall, you'll meet lots of other visitors here too.

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