South Cornwall Guide

South Cornwall Guide

Harbour life and gardens to explore

Spend a morning in the picturesque village of mevagissey, have a leisurely breakfast. This is the ideal base for your south Cornwall adventure – browse the art galleries and gift shops.

Take a drive to the lost gardens of heligan – spend time exploring fascinating north gardens, lost valley – if you want more horticultural fun .

Wonder at the amazement of Eden project with its 2 biomes, Uks largest zip wire and the place for a lot of music and cultural events.

Gardens top 5

  • The lost gardens of heligan
  • Eden project
  • Trelissick truro
  • Trewithen gardens
  • Pinetum park and pine lodge


Spend an evening back in mevagissy to sample of the excellent sea food restaurants


Brown willy – strange name??

brown willy

Cornwall is known for its rugged moors. bodmin has ancient landmarks and Cornwall’s highest peak Brown Willy

Brown Willy is Cornwall’s highest hill, with a summit reaching 1,378 feet (420 meters) above sea level.

Bring a picnic and conquer the tors. Be sure to pick a lovely day as you do not want to be caught short.

Be sure to visit Jamacia inn with its links with smuggling and outlaws as depicted by the famous author Daphne du Maurier

Or maybe go along the copper trail taking in the villages along the way!

Bike it

How about taking a lovely bike ride with the family along the camel trail– its 18 miles to padstow . It sounds a lot, but it goes along a disused railway its relatively flat and has some stunning views.

The stretch from dunmere to wenford bridge is scenic passing through woodland and following a former quarry railroad. There are places to stop to picnic or cafes along the way.


Charming villages


Visit looe or polpero as they are some of the most charming villages in south Cornwall.

Have breakfast in polperro , at one of lovely cafes are along the cobbled streets . be sure to visit the harbour side museum and learn the history of smuggling..

Take a drive to looe – have some quality family time on a golden beach or if it is a bit chilly explore the shops and cafes.

Try squid ink restaurant for your evening meal – highly recommend

Family attractions

  • Flambards , Near helston
  • St Michaels Mount, Marazion
  • Adrenaline quarry
  • Bodmin Jail
  • Hangloose Adventure



  • St mawes castle – St mawes
  • Pendennis – Falmouth
  • Restormal castle – lostwithel
  • St Catherine’s castle fowey
  • Caerhays castle and garderns – St Austell.

Best beaches

  • Lusty glaze
  • Mawgan porth
  • Harlyn bay
  • Perran porth
  • Summerleaze


Food for foodies and drink for drinkers


  • Camel valley vineyard- bodmin
  • Healys Cornish cyder farm
  • The idle rocks restaurant
  • Cribbs Restaurant
  • Squid ink