Free things to do in Cornwall with kids

Blue Flag beaches, stunning viewpoints, amazing locations which are linked to Merlin and King Arthur… there are some fantastic free things to do in Cornwall with kids!

We've hand-picked a selection of free activities and family days out you can enjoy on a trip to Cornwall. We're sure your kids will love going back home to tell their friends about the place where the giant used to throw huge boulders at ships to steal their treasure…

Here are our tips on where to go and what to do in Cornwall with the kids without spending a penny.

Hit the beaches

Cornwall is utterly blessed when it comes to beautiful beaches, and they will surely be at the top of your “days out in Cornwall” list. From swimming in the sea to playing on the sand, there's plenty of things to do on the beach for free.

Porthcurno is a favourite of ours here at, with its white sands and azure seas overlooked by the unique Minack Theatre. Then you've got Perranporth, a great place for surfing, snorkelling and sailing; Porthminster, a sheltered Blue Flag beach in St Ives; Fistral in Newquay, the UK's most prestigious surfing beach; and Hayle Towans, a long stretch of sand popular for kiting.

But Cornwall's beaches are that beautiful, we couldn't settle at five! Read our blog on the ten beaches you wouldn't believe are in Cornwall.

Learn about the legends

Among the best things to do with kids in Cornwall are visiting some of the county's legendary locations, all of which are free to discover. Among our favourite places to visit are Merlin's mysterious cave on Tintagel beach (above); an ancient stone in Slaughterbridge where King Arthur, who was born in Tintagel, is said to have fought his last battle; Zennor, where a love-struck mermaid once lured her chorister sweetheart into the sea; and Portreath, where the giant Ralph The Wrath would attack passing ships by throwing boulders at them before filling his cave with their treasure.

RELATED: Tintagel also features in our top 10 days out for kids in Cornwall

See the countryside

There are so many beautiful places to go in Cornwall with kids, all of which offer a unique glimpse into the natural beauty of Cornwall. Golitha Falls, a series of cascades and waterfalls running along the River Fowey through ancient woodland, are a must-see, as is the Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor (pictured above). It's a natural geological formation, but we prefer the local legend that says it came about as the result of a contest between a man and a giant!

There's also the Camel Trail, an 18-mile path - perfect for a bike ride - which showcases the beautiful Cornish countryside and links Padstow to Bodmin, via Wadebridge and the Camel Valley.

See the coast

Alongside the gorgeous sandy or stony beaches, there are plenty of other coastal viewpoints to marvel over. St Michael's Mount, a rocky island only accessible between mid and low tide, is a must-see for families and one of Cornwall's top attractions. Walk along the causeway or take a boat trip for a brilliant adventure. The island, part of the National Trust, has a beautiful medieval church and castle (accessed at an extra charge), and is home to a living community – it's a fascinating visit.

Fowey is also a place full of wonderment and, should you visit in the summer, you'll find the Royal Regatta taking over the town for a week. Here you'll witness The Red Arrows in the sky above the historic harbour, a Carnival Parade and a fantastic firework display.

A 300-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path (shown above) also passes around the Cornish coast, with plenty of gentle stretches for kids to enjoy – including this stroll to Kynance Cove, one of the UK's most spectacular locations.

Have we whet your whistle to look at holidays in Cornwall with the kids? If so, make sure you check out our great range of holiday cottages across Cornwall.

For even more inspiration, check out our top 10 things to do in Cornwall when it's raining.

Posted by Simon Lockyer on 7th March 2018