Free attractions in Cornwall
Making quality memories with your family and friends doesn’t have to cost the earth, which these fantastic free attractions in Cornwall prove. From fascinating museums to beautiful gardens, there’s bound to be a free attraction to keep you entertained for each day of your holiday itinerary while in the county.
When staying at a caravan site in Cornwall, all you need is a trusty tent, a supply of food, and a bit of imagination and you can have all the fun you need for very little cost. See our favourite free attractions in Cornwall below for inspiration.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
While the house and gardens do incur an entrance charge, it is completely free to make use of the 865 acres of country park, which are incredibly beautiful. They are inclusive of the National Camelia Collection as well as the majority of the formal gardens, making the park popular with those who love both nature and horticulture. Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is open daily all year round, and looks breathtaking during all seasons.
Royal Cornwall Museum
For those interested in Cornwall’s colourful past, this free attraction is a must-visit, and one that can be enjoyed by all the family. Filled with archives relating to Cornwall and the South West of England, as well as collections such as European archaeology, social history, and world cultures, this superb museum will keep even the most curious of people occupied. One exhibition to look out for includes fine and decorative artwork by Cornish artists, designers and makers, alongside significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world.
Falmouth Art Gallery
Keeping on the creative theme, Falmouth Art Gallery offers a wonderful selection of art and crafts, which is particularly impressive considering the small size of the museum. The art collection is extensive and includes over 1,700 works ranging from British Impressionist paintings, to photography, as well as an archive of children’s illustrations. For those with young children, it’s worth checking the website in advance if you are thinking of visiting as there are often excellent workshops and activities scheduled.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves
The county is home to more than 50 nature reserves owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, meaning you’ll have plenty of choice if you wish to see some of the world’s most beautiful creatures in their natural habitats. From birds and butterflies, to dolphins and seals, those who love wildlife will be in their element when visiting one of the picturesque reserves. Looe Island is one of our personal favourites, and is made extra special by the fact you often need to take a boat trip in order to get there.
South West Coast Path
Don’t forget that the great outdoors is also free, so make the most of the sandy beaches, coastal paths, and rolling green countryside during your visit too. The South West Coast Path is a great place to start, as it stretches 300 miles around the entire outline of the county, taking in some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery in the UK. There are also plenty of sights to see along the way as you wander along the clifftops, discovering secluded coves and hidden gems as you go.
If you’re planning a mini adventure on the Cornish coast, iWalk continuously updates their list of walks for those on holiday in Looe, Polperro and beyond. Visitors can print any of these walk directions off for free from their website, before heading out to enjoy the region.