Cornwall attractions near Green Acres Cottages
So much to see and do in Cornwall!
Situated on the south coast of Cornwall, Green Acres has many of the big attractions such as the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan right on its doorstep. Whether you enjoy historic castles, family days out, arts and crafts, gardens, animals or food and drink there’s just so much to choose from come rain or shine.
An all weather, family attraction which is split over 6 levels. Facilities include a licensed bar and restaurant with a covered courtyard and Civil and Naval Prison housing a museum within its walls.
Subtropical valley gardens with over 4 miles of footpaths, trails and play areas leading down to a private beach. Seasonal events. Family and dog friendly. Open every day from 10am.
Internationally recognised reclaimed gardens on the Heligan Estate with wildlife areas and a kitchen garden. Free entry to the tea room, shop and plant centre. Open daily all year round from 10am.
Pentewan, St Austell
Live, see and hear the sounds of the pirates in 18th Century Cornwall as this immersive walk through experience takes you back in time. Booking recommended.
Under 5 miles (in distance order)
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary – Common and rare birds and animal conservation with gift shop and refreshments. Moorlands Farm, Treesmill, Par.
Mid Cornwall Galleries – Contemporary arts and crafts gallery featuring artists and makers from the UK and Europe. St. Blazey Gate, Par.
Tregrehan Gardens – Nursery and 20 acre gardens with tea room. No dogs allowed in the gardens. Tregrehan House, Par.
Pinetum Park and Pinetum Lodge Gardens – Park and gardens with lake, tearooms, farm shop and nursery. Holmbush, St Austell.
Cornucopia Cornwall – Undercover children’s play area of over 20,000 square feet. St Austel.
Restormal Castle – English Heritage circular fort overlooking the River Fowey. Lostwithiel
Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – Exhibits from over 150 shipwrecks alongside a collection of maritime objects. Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell
Eden Project – Conservation and eco project with mediterranean and rainforest biomes, restaurants, gardens and activities. Bodelva.
Between 5 and 10 miles
Lanhydrock – Victorian country house estate, woodland and gardens with riverside paths and cycle trails (National Trust). Bodmin.
St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre – Guided tours of St Austell Brewery and interactive museum. 63 Trevarthian Road, St Austell.
St Catherine’s Castle – Henry VIII’s artillery fort, built to protect Fowey Harbour (English Heritage). 3/4 mile from the car park at Readymoney beach, Fowey.
Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park – Former China Clay works with a working water wheel. Interactive displays, café, gift shop and children’s woodland play area. Carthew, St Austell.
Cornwall’s Regimental Museum – A collection of local military weapons, medals, paintings and armour. The Keep, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway – Take a steam train around Bodmin. General Station, Bodmin.
Polmartin Riding Equestrian Site – BHS Approved Riding School and Training Centre. Riding lessons and trekking is available for beginners to experienced riders. Trenance Leisure Centre, Newquay.
Camel Valley Vineyard – Take a tour of the Cornish vineyards with wine tasting. Nanstallon, Bodmin.
Between 10 and 15 miles
Pencarrow House – House and gardens with cafè, gift and plant shop. Bodmin.
Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre – Ride and groom the ponies, play in the barn or visit the pets area. St Columb Major, Newquay.
Trewithen Gardens – Historic estate with gardens and house (open to the public on named days). Grampound Road, Near Truro.
Screech Owl Sanctuary – Owls, emus, donkeys, alpacas and other farm animals with childrens play area and tea room. Trewin Farm, St Columb.
Caerhays Estate – Castle, beach and gardens rich with camellias and rhododendrons as well as a National Magnolia Collection. Gorran, St Austell.
St Breock Downs – Cornwall’s largest prehistoric monument. Managed by Cornwall Heritage Trust. Rosenannon.
Dairyland Farm World – An all weather adventure park with farm animals, nature trails, museum, café and indoor play area. Summercourt, Newquay.
Between 15 and 20 miles
Cornish Birds of Prey Centre – The largest collection of birds of prey in the west country. Also offering falconry experience days. Meadowside Farm, Winnard’s Perch, St Columb.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway – Three miniature railways, a boating lake, maze and play trails with a café, shop and picnic areas all set in a wildlife conservation area. St. Newlyn East, Newquay.
Trerice Gardens and House – Elizabethan Manor House and gardens (National Trust). Kestle Mill, near Newquay.
Oasis Fun Pools – Indoor and outdoor swimming pools with flume ride and toddler area. Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay.
Royal Cornwall Museum – Local and international archaeology, fine art and geology collections, exhibits and shop. Children free. River Street, Truro.
Between 20 and 30 miles
Looe Monkey Sanctuary – Monkey Sanctuary set in woodland with a café and shop. ‘Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, Murrayton House, St Martins, Looe.
Camel Creek – An adventure park with rides, animals and indoor and outdoor fun. Tredinnick, Wadebridge.
The Stones – standing stones in the front garden of author and artist Edward Prynn. Seven Sisters, Tresallyn Cross, St Merryn.
Tina’s Riding Stables – Stables near Harlyn Bay offering lessons and beach rides for beginners to experienced riders. Old Trewithen, St Merryn.
The Arthurian Centre – Learn the Legends of King Arthur where Camelot may have been. Slaughter Bridge, Camelford.
Tintagel Old Post Office – Take a look at a Victorian post office set in a medieval building (National Trust). Fore Street, Tintagel.
Prideaux Place – Elizabethan manor house and deer park overlooking the Camel Estuary. Used for filming some of Rosamunde Pilcher’s stories and home to a collection of teddy bears. Padstow.
Newquay Riding Stables – Riding stables offering lessons and group rides from novice to experienced riders. Trenance Leisure Centre, Newquay.
Padstow Museum – Discover the history of Padstow over the last two centuries. The Institute, Market Place, Padstow.
National Lobster Hatchery – Learn all about Lobsters and even adopt one! Marine conservation for all ages. South Quay, Padstow.
Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay – Indoor aquarium with turtles, sharks and an underwater tunnel. Daily talks and feeds. Café and gift shop. Towan Promenade, Newquay.
St Mawes Castle – Tudor Military Fortress looking out towards Pendennis Castle (English Heritage). Castle Drive, St Mawes, Nr Truro.
Trelissick Gardens – Discover 30 acres of elevated gardens overlooking the Fal River. Café and shop (National Trust). Feock, near Truro.
Callestick Farm – Award winning ice cream farm with tea room and shop. Watch the ice cream being made – check first for opening times. Truro.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – Take a tour of the orchards and museum or watch the cyder brewing. Petting farm, restaurant and shop. Penhallow, Truro.
Hidden Valley – Explore the adventures and trails, take a ride on the miniature railway or visit the tea rooms. Tredidon, St Thomas,Launceston.
Launceston Castle – Norman Castle and grounds with a colourful prison history! (English Heritage) Castle Lodge, Launceston.
Launceston Steam Railway – Take the five mile round trip on the old north Cornwall railway by steam locomotive. Gift shop, book shop and café for cream teas and hot and cold refreshments. St Thomas Road, Launceston.
Falmouth Art Gallery – Family friendly free art gallery. Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth.
Cotehele – Tudor house and valley garden on the River Tamar (National Trust). St Dominick, near Saltash.
Further afield but under an hour
Cornwall Gold – Gold and Pearl jewellery collections with family activities, bear factory and tin mine. Free entry and free parking. Tolgus Mill, Nr Redruth.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC) – Seafaring exhibitions, displays, activities and workshops suitable for all the family. Open daily. Discovery Quay Falmouth.
Pendennis Castle – Tudor Fortress built by Henry VIII to defend from invasion (English Heritage). Castle Close, Falmouth.
Trebah Gardens – Sub Tropical gardens with trails and play areas. Family and dog friendly. Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary – The rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for seals. Gweek, near Helston.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park – House and Country Park with shop, café and restaurant. Cremyll,Torpoint.
Flambards – Rides and attractions plus exhibitions including a Victorian Village. Helston.
St Michael’s Mount – Medieval Castle set on an island and reached by a causeway allegedly built by giants. Shops, restaurants and sub-tropical gardens. Marazion.