Cornwall is a lovely place to escape to. With its stunning sea views, wide beaches and amazing attractions, there is plenty to do here for the whole family.

Here are some of the best bank holiday May activities in Cornwall.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is set high on an island on Cornwall’s stunning north coast. Cross a footbridge and explore the remains of a 13th century castle where Richard, Earl of Cornwall once entertained his guests.

Make sure to read the outdoor displays to learn about the history of the castle, once a stronghold for medieval rulers.

There are even the remains of early medieval settlements built between the 5th and 7th centuries. End your visit at the beach below the castle, a lesser-known spot with rock pools and a waterfall falling from the cliffs above.



The Lost Gardens of Heligan

This botanical garden near Mevagissey is just what you need for a relaxing day out.

The gardens were first created in the mid 18th century, but were neglected after the First World War. In the 1990s, the gardens were restored and today, it is one of the most popular garden attractions in the country. The gardens surround Heligan House, and are divided into different areas including The Jungle, The Italian Garden, Vegetable Garden, The Walled Garden and The Georgian Ride.

Keep an eye out for romantic structures and quaint little features. Venturing further out, you’ll find beautiful Cornish countryside on the working Estate filled with ancient pastures, hay meadows and woodland.




This small seaside village is the perfect place to spend May bank holiday in Cornwall. The beach is sheltered by cliffs on both sides, and has soft white sand which meets sparkling turquoise waters.

It’s a great place for kids, as there’s a little stream which runs down the beach – great for paddling. A half hour walk away is Logan Rock, known for its 80 ton granite rocking stone.

Make sure to visit the award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Museum which is all about telecommunications and global networks.



Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral was built between 1880 and 1910 in a Gothic Revival design. There are many wonderful architectural features to see, including a brass eagle, stained glass rose window, the high altar and the Pieta which was carved by Breton monks in the 14th century.

The cathedral is a central hub within Truro for arts, learning and Cornish music, and you can take a free guided tour to learn more about the cathedral’s history.

Swing by the cathedral shop to browse the collection of unique, locally made gifts.



Lanhydrock House and Gardens

This impressive Victorian country house is set within beautiful gardens and a wooded estate. The house provides a fascinating insight into the ‘upstairs downstairs’ worlds, from the downstairs kitchens and servant quarters, to the upstairs luxurious family rooms and bedrooms. Check out portraits, letters and personal possessions to learn about the people who lived and worked in the house.

Outside, there are over 900 acres of parkland to discover. See if you can find the Victorian swimming pool which was once used by the residents of the house.


Also in Cornwall

Cornwall Riding Academy at Wheal Buller Riding School

Wheal Buller Riding School, Buller Hill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6SS

Gallery Vista | Cornwall

Cornwall, TR3 6LQ

Puzzle Room

Puzzle Room, Mount Hawke Skate Park, Mount Hawke, Cornwall, TR4 8BQ

The Tabernacle at Frieda & The Moon

An Skiber Goth, Tresawson, Lanreath, Cornwall, PL13 2NT


Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA

11 Ocean Gate | Newquay

Cornwall, TR7 1PY