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Things to do in Cornwall With Kids Right Now

Now that England is opening up a little more, there are more options of things to do in Cornwall with kids. Whether you live within driving distance or are perhaps visiting the area whilst camping or even glamping in Cornwall, here you will find lots of current details on the following places. Including where to eat on site, toilet facilities, guidelines, what facilities are closed and other useful information.

  • Eden Project
  • Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens (Penzance)
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan (St.Austell)
  • Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
  • St Michael’s Mount (Marazion)
  • Trewidden Garden (Penzance)
  • Encounter Cornwall (Fowey)
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary (Gweek)
  • Trebah Gardens (Near Falmouth)
  • Pinetum Gardens (Saint Austell)

For more details, go straight to your preferred attraction by selecting it from the contents table or scroll down.

Things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Eden Project (Bodelva)

From the website: Our site is an international visitor attraction with a difference, and not only because it’s in a hole in the ground. Our mission is to provide a stage on which we entertain and communicate both our work and that of others. Most importantly we want to give you a good day out by taking you on a journey that is memorable and inspiring. Everything links together – from what we grow, to what we cook and what we sell.


Opening Date:  Outdoor Gardens only – Saturday 6 June, seven days a week, 10 am – 4 pm

From 4 July our Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, and Core education centre, will also be open. All visits must be pre-booked online.

Where to eat: from outlets around the site(take-away)


  • Toilet facilities are open in the Visitor Centre and ground floor of the Link building (in between the Biomes) including accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. 
  • A Changing Places toilet is available in the Visitor Centre.


  • Accessible parking spaces and toilets
  • Personal assistants get in free
  • Manual and powered wheelchairs available for free

Other useful information:

  • The gift shop in our Visitor Centre is open. 
  • We are permitting dogs in our outdoor spaces at the Eden Project during our phased reopening. 
  • online shop remains temporarily closed


  • During this first phase of reopening, Eden is welcoming in free of charge anyone who works in the NHS or the care industry plus one guest – but they must be pre-booked. Pre-booking online is also essential for existing Eden Project Members and Passholders, while new visitors can also book via the website, but availability is limited. 
  • For safety, our buildings and structures remain closed, including the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, The Core education centre, restaurants and galleries and the Land Train. Selected toilets are open. And we have outdoor options for takeaway food. 
  • Here is a full list of what is currently not open to visitors, which we are regularly reviewing: Rainforest Biome; Mediterranean Biome; indoor restaurants and cafés; The Core education centre; Visitor Centre buildings; galleries (in The Core, the Stage, Invisible Worlds); the Land Train; park and ride service; certain toilets; play equipment; dog shelter; Hangloose adventure activities. 
  • Please note that you must only come to the Eden Project if you can safely visit us and are respecting the latest government guidance on coronavirus.  

Time slots for all visitors  

  • Every visitor will need to reserve a time slot for their visit, including those who are admitted for free, such as personal carers, under-fives, Members, Passholders, and anyone who works in the NHS or the care industry to whom we are currently granting free access. We’ll, unfortunately, have to turn away any visitors who don’t book themselves a timed slot in advance.  
  • When you arrive, make sure you have proof of your time slot on your phone or on a printout plus any ID such as your Membership, Pass, or – for those who work in the NHS or the care industry – proof of employment.  
  • You have 30 minutes from your chosen time slot to enter the Eden Project; once you’re inside you can of course stay as long as you like, until we close at 4pm.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens (Penzance)

From the website: In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount; the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall. Interwoven with the planting is an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long, who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonise with the landscape.


Opening Date: now partially open every Wednesday – Sunday, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

Where to eat: Tremenheere Kitchen outdoor hut

Toilets: standalone toilet block


Other useful information:

  • Tremenheere Nursery is open
  • Great care and consideration has gone into ensuring Tremenheere is safe to open on this partial basis, with extra hygiene and safety measures in place across the site to protect visitors and staff alike. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan (St.Austell)

From the website: Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.


Opening Date: now open every Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)

Where to eat: 

  • The Horsebox (takeaway offering light refreshments, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am – 3:30pm)
  • Steward’s House Tearoom (takeaway offering light refreshments and ice creams, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am – 3:30pm)


  • inside the gardens at the Steward’s House, including an accessible toilet.
  • All facilities feature; alarms, tactile signage, lever style taps and colostomy shelves
  • Changing Places toilet can be found within the main set of toilets


  • The Gardens lie on a gentle downhill gradient, so please remember this when you want to make your way back to the exit.
  • The Jungle and Wider Estate are unfortunately not easily accessible to everyone. The gradients of the pathways to these areas are very steep and sometimes the route involves wooden boardwalk and steps. For this reason and your safety, we kindly ask wheelchair users to refrain from entering these areas.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow, free of charge, from our Ticket Office on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The cost of admission includes free entry for one personal assistant, for those requiring help during their visit.

Other useful information:

  • Routes and Amenities map is available on the website
  • The Heligan Shop & Plant Centre is open (Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sundays: 11:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Our Jungle Rope Bridge, East Lawn and Woodland Walk adventure play areas are currently closed in line with government guidelines.
  • Assistance dogs on harnesses are welcome throughout the year and water bowls are available around the gardens.


  • Pre booked tickets are now essential for ALL visitors, including Heligan Members and Local Pass Holders
  • We kindly ask that you keep a 2m distance from all staff and other garden visitors at all times.
  • Please follow all directional signage, use the hand sanitisation points and keep to the right hand side of pathways
  • Please love the Gardens as much as we do and take your rubbish home; leave us only your footprints. Thank you

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park


Opening Date: Now open on select dates and times

Where to eat: Catering outlets are currently closed.

Toilets: The retail and catering outlets and toilets are also currently closed here at the Park until further notice, however we do have 4 portaloos in the lower Avenue and Barn Pool. 


The first walk is the easiest way to explore the park and discover herds of wild deer, formal gardens, landscaped woodlands and historic buildings including forts, a temple, a folly and an orangery.

The second walk focuses on the multi-use trail; designed for cyclists, walkers and riders to share the trail is also accessible for wheelchair users. There’s a tarmac road and hard-surfaced tracks alongside generally flat grass. This walk heads from the Park towards Kingsand past ancient forts and farms as well as Maker Church.

For the third outing, be guided along the cliff tops from Cawsand and around Penlee Point to Rame Head as a maritime history unfolds in front of you. This is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest so keep an eye open for thrift, sea campion, ox-eye daisies, wild thyme, wild carrot and foxgloves.

On the fourth walk from Cawsand to Polhawn Cove and the deliciously named Wiggle, there are panoramic views across Whitsand Bay, punctuated along the way by Picklecombe Fort, Polhawn Battery and other Palmerston follies.

The final choice follows the river from Cremyll to Millbrook and returns through the woods. It’s described as an ‘extremely steep’ footpath in places and will take two to three hours but is well worth the effort.

Five walks around Mount Edgcumbe and the Rame Peninsula is a ‘green’ publication which encourages arrival by public transport. The routes are circular and the places to eat and drink on the way are included in the directions.

Other useful information: The main Park remains open, there is parking available at Cremyll (charges apply) and Maker Car Parks. Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is open and free to enter, but the House and Earl’s Garden, lower formal gardens, Barrow Centre, Orangery restaurant, Aunt Ems and all the children’s play areas and the toilets remain closed. The Cremyll Ferry from Plymouth started again on the 16th June.

Guidelines: TBA

St Michael’s Mount (Marazion)

Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history.

Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community.

Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home to the St Aubyn family and thirty islanders.

Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay.

Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant.


Opening Date: Gardens now open on select dates and times

Where to eat: Pop-up on the Garden Lawn (takeaway, light refreshments, contactless card payments only)

Toilets: Two sets of toilets open on the island


  • There are baby-changing facilities located in the Accessible Toilet near the Garden Exit.
  • The causeway to St Michael’s Mount is cobbled which can make it tricky to navigate pushchairs. If you do decide to bring pushchairs across the causeway, we have a secure area to park them.
  • Due to the terrain of the island, the Mount terraced gardens are steep and can be challenging to those with limited mobility. 
  • The terraces are built into the side of the rock and are accessed by narrow steps made up of uneven granite steps. 
  • Handrails are intermittent. We advise sturdy shoes should be worn for your visit. 

Other useful information:

  • Garden Terraces One-Way Route map is available on the website
  • Assistance dogs are allowed. Please make a note on your booking if you will be bringing an assistance dog.
  • Parking: £4 per car by contactless card only


  • The castle remains closed until further notice.
  • The number of tickets sold on each day will be limited.
  • Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (at least 30 minutes in advance of the visit).
  • A ticket provides you with a specific time slot to our amazing garden terraces.
  • We will only be open on a select number of days and when the tide is low. 
  • Visitors will be asked to show a print out of their tickets or an electronic version on their phone at the first checkpoint which is on the causeway before accessing the island.
  • Ticket holders will only be able to access the island by walking across the causeway to the island. 
  • There will be no public boats.
  • There will be a limited number of plants for sale on each day we are open. Plant Sales are located at the Exit point. (Cash sales only via an honesty box – no change can be provided)
  • At this stage we will not be opening the shops on the island.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • Visitors may wear face masks should they wish. In line with government guidance, our staff will not be required to wear face masks, but they are free to do so.

Trewidden Garden (Penzance)

From the website: Situated in the heart of West Cornwall and forming part of the historic Bolitho Estate, Trewidden House is a resplendent 19th Century manor house bordered by Trewidden Garden, one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall. Children can especially enjoy the Trewidden Trail. Dogs also welcome.


Opening Date: Now open seven days a week (10:30am – 5:30pm with last entrance to the garden at 4:30pm)

Where to eat: There is ample seating available both indoors and outdoors

Toilets: Toilets on site


1For those with impaired mobility, they can be dropped off at the start of the concrete path which is accessible for wheelchair users and runs directly to the tearoom entrance.

  • The entrance from the tearoom to the garden garden entrance is gravelled and sloping, before levelling out to a pathway.
  • About half of the pathways in the garden are accessible to electric wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are not advisable due to our pathways being topped with gravel.
  • Carers are admitted free of charge and are welcome to inspect the (only) incline which leads directly from the garden entrance. (Sorry, we’re not able to provide any wheelchairs for loan). 

Other useful information:

Dogs are allowed in the garden and tearoom (kept on a lead at all times)

Trewidden Garden, Penzance reopened on the 5th June, opening hours 10:30am – 5:30pm with last entrance to the garden at 4:30pm, seven days a week. All purchases MUST be made by contactless card, including tickets, takeaway food and drink and any plant purchases.


  • Please purchase your tickets, takeaway food and drink and any plant purchases all at once at the tearoom door (plants can be safely taken back to your car before you enter the garden).
  • All purchases MUST be made by contactless card, we regret we cannot accept cash at present.
  • All seats from our benches in the garden have been removed for your safety, visitors are welcome to picnic on grassed areas.
  • Please observe the new exit route behind the tearoom.
  • We currently have a skeleton staff in place serving from the tearoom door, we thank you for your patience if you have to queue.
  • Our Head Gardeners notes will be available to download here from the 5th June instead of the paper copies that we normally give to visitors.

Encounter Cornwall (Fowey)

From the website: Cornwall Tourism Award winner Encounter Cornwall has been running guided  kayak trips and kayak hire since 2006 from our quiet, safe and sheltered village base in Golant at the heart of the Fowey Estuary.

From FB page: We have two 3 hour trips. Our Creeks & Backwaters tour paddles upriver either side of the High Tide – and our Wildlife & Waterfronts trip paddles down to Fowey Harbour and the sea on the Low Tide. Trips are suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness (happy to walk a couple of miles or so).

We also arrange tailor made trips for corporate groups, hen, stag and birthday parties, birdwatchers, etc …


Opening Date: now open daily (see website for the tour schedule)

Where to eat: Our 3 hour tours include a 30 minute refreshment break where drinks and food can be purchased. Alternatively you can bring your own food along and have a picnic. Our shorter 2 hour Sundowners don’t allow time for a break – so bring along a snack. Arrive early or stay on to enjoy coffe & cakes or a cream tea at our seasonal Boatshed cafe.

Toilets: We have toilets, there is also a fully equipped public disabled toilet just across the road.


  • For those visitors who have a disability, whether visible or invisible, and who feel fit enough to paddle, we will do our very best to accommodate your needs so that you can have a wonderful time on the water. 
  • Experience has taught us that every person will have unique requirements, and so the earlier we can discuss these the better, for us to understand the needs and put in place any necessary arrangements to make the trip enjoyable. 

Other useful information:

  • Dogs and their well behaved owners are very welcome in the Boatshed

What kit do I need to bring with me?

  • Clothes appropriate to the weather conditions – Sun hats, Hats, Gloves, Warm Clothes and Waterproofs (you’ll probably get a bit wet even if it’s not raining)
  • Old trainers or crocs (feet often get wet)
  • Medication/ Inhalers / Suncream
  • Bring a set of spare clothes to leave in your vehicle – just in case
  • A small airtight food tub to put valuables in (mobile phones, watches, ipods, Cameras, Electronic Car Keys)
  • Glasses / Sunglasses must secured by a suitable strap

How fit do I need to be?

  • You need to have a reasonable fitness level (can comfortably walk 2 or 3 miles). 
  • Please advise us when booking of any relevant medical conditions i.e. Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, heart conditions etc. 

What is the minimum and maximum age?

  • There is no upper age limit providing you consider yourself reasonably fit and we’ve had many paddlers in their 70’s and a few in their 80’s. 
  • We take children from 3 upwards with a parent or parents. Our larger double kayaks can take an additional child seat which is suitable for 3-5 year olds. 
  • Suitable Buoyancy aids are always provided.


  • For the moment, each Guided Trip is restricted to six paddlers but where possible we are running additional trips to cater for demand. 
  • Kayak, Canoe and SUP hire is also available for up to six kayaking together  (experienced paddlers only). 
  • All equipment is cleaned before and after each use and not used again the same day. 

Cornish Seal Sanctuary (Gweek)

From FB page: Make some new friends today at Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Come and hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit. Relax at our Café or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the Helford River and wander along our picturesque woodland walk. Children will love the pirate play area, quiz trail and special events all year round. Don’t forget to say ‘hello’ to our other friends the penguins, otters, sheep, goats and horses!


Opening Date: now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm (Last admissions 3pm), (Extra days will be added over the coming weeks)

Where to eat: Our café will be open for takeaways. Please use card payment when possible.

Toilets: all our usual facilities including disabled and baby changing facilities will be open with extra safety measures in place


  • Due to the nature of our location, there are some steep gradients on our site. From our main reception area and car park, it is about a 600m walk to our seal hospital, and then a further 300m downhill to our seal pools.
  • The hills leading down to our pools may exceed 16° which may not be suitable for some mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs. Please check your instruction manuals before visiting.
  • Our main accessible parking area is immediately in front of our main reception.
  • Our accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located in our front reception, and on the left hand side of our Seal Hospital.
  • One carer goes free for every paying disabled guest.

Other useful information:

  • Our retail shop will be open with extra safety measures in place. Please use card payment when possible.
  • Unfortunately the bus will not be running at this time. If you have mobility issues then please speak to the member of staff at reception upon your arrival.
  • Dogs are welcome along with you, but must be kept on leads.


  • Enhanced cleaning regime and provided hand sanitiser stations around the site
  • Installed protective equipment to keep our staff and guests safe
  • Book an arrival time online
  • Follow the one-way system in the grounds
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using facilities
  • Use hand sanitiser when necessary

Trebah Gardens (Near Falmouth)

From the website: Experience the magical essence of our sub-tropical Cornish garden, steeped in heritage, creativity and the spirit of innovation.

Four miles of footpaths wind through dazzling exotic planting, transporting you from our little corner of England to sunnier climes. Our very own private beach, and the countless secret corners waiting to be discovered in our garden, offers the perfect escape for all ages.

With a unique outdoor theatre and plenty of dedicated space for small ones, as well as four-legged friends, Trebah is the perfect destination for both family adventures and peaceful solitude, with visitors enjoying our inspiring spaces and unique events all year round.


Opening Date: now open Saturday to Wednesday inclusive to pre-booked visitors (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Where to eat: 

  • The cafe, shops and boathouse remain closed. Check back from July 4th to see when they open.
  • Picnics are permitted, the beach and amphitheatre are great places to enjoy your lunch.


  • Toilet facilities are available in the visitor centre. 
  • There are no other toilets on site.


  • The Visitor Centre is fully accessible, on a single level and contains no steps
  • There is step-free access from the car park towards the Visitor Centre
  • The floor is concrete and level throughout the Visitor Centre, (including the Cafe, Gift Shop and Garden Shop, however these facilities are currently closed)
  • The Cafe has step-free access to an outside seating area
  • There is ample room between tables for wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs
  • We have a portable hearing loop available at the Entrance
  • Low counters are provided at the Entrance Desk and in the Shops
  • A wheelchair is available within the Visitor Centre
  • Tramper mobility scooters are available for hire for use in the Garden

(Currently our mobility vehicles are not available, we will get these back in use as soon as we can do so safely. Please call 01326 252200 if you wish to bring your own mobility scooter, paths are steep and not all vehicles are suitable for our garden.)

  • As we are a steep valley garden, our route is not suitable for wheelchair users and unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer our own mobility vehicles.
  • Free access is given to a viewing area of the Garden Valley for those unable to use the pathways
  • In addition to male and female toilets, there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet with baby changing facilities
  • There are circular, step-free routes around the garden, although as a valley garden there are hills in places
  • Entry for carers is half the current entry rate.
  • We have 9 disabled parking spaces for badge holders near to our Visitor Centre.

Other useful information:

  • Guide dogs, as with all dogs, are welcome at Trebah
  • 2020 Trebah Events are postponed
  • Map is available on the website


  • Tickets and parking spaces can be booked up until 9am on the day of visiting.
  • Please do not turn up without a ticket, you will unfortunately be turned away.
  • On arrival your car registration will be checked, and you will be asked to show tickets or membership cards through your window. If arriving by bike, bus or if you intend to walk you will need to show your ticket or membership card to our staff in the car park.
  • Please ensure you arrive within your designated half hour slot; late comers may not be admitted.
  • Please respect our staff and communicate with them from a distance of 2m, we are still very happy to help and will do everything we can from afar.
  • The garden, beach and plant sales are open (contactless payment only)
  • All children’s play areas are closed.
  • All routes around the garden are one way, except for access to the beach which will have a traffic light system.
  • All routes are signposted, maps are not available, we encourage you to download a pdf of our map from the blue information panel.
  • You can descend to the beach via a variety of routes on the west side of the garden and return to the car park via a selection of routes on the east side of the garden.

Pinetum Gardens (Saint Austell)

From the website: In the heart of St Austell, discover Pinetum Gardens, a place of tranquillity, peace and remarkable garden scenery. This family-owned garden offers an intimate experience with a personal touch, rarely found in our busy world.

Lovingly created over the past four decades, this 30-acre garden is home to one of the largest plant collections in the county. Set within stunning parkland, ten individually themed garden rooms host an array of plants. We are also home to some of the county’s most spectacular champion trees.


Opening Date: now open from 10am – 5pm daily

Where to eat: 

  • Takeaway drinks currently open. Normally, From April to September, the Courtyard Café will be open from 9am to 4.30pm. Breakfast will be served from 9am to 12 noon and Lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm. 

Toilets: The toilets are on limited basis which includes immediate hygiene measures if used with £1 cash donation, so prepare before you come.

Accessibility: We’re wheelchair accessible. There is wheelchair access on the pathways throughout nearly all of the gardens. We have three easy-to-use mobility scooters for hire at reasonable rates; these can actually be operated by a companion if necessary.

Scooter Hire is available at £3 per hour (£10 for 3+ hours). Members are entitled to half price.

Other useful information:

  • Map is available on the website
  • Our site is suitable for all ages
  • We are able to welcome dogs


  • To ensure that we are able to effectively socially distance in our gardens we are limiting access at any one time.
  • Walk clockwise (as you are driving) when meets or follow signage in tight areas and paths.
  • It helps to bring cleaning tissues, sanitizer, a large Tesco bag /or cover to sit on, fold-wrap carefully for disposal at home. Try avoiding handles, benches, any surfaces, and touch as less surfaces as possible.
  • Call or text 07483 901419 for questions, feedbacks, report of misuse.
  • Cash in honesty box only, we have small number of plants for sale at £3, £5, £10, £15 per pot and for all takeaway drinks and use of toilets £1, No change given.

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