Places to Visit The Atlantic Coast Cornwall

Cornwall appears to have it all; coastlines, landscapes, history and myth. Based on the Gulf stream, the sea in Cornwall can be warmer than other parts of the country and attracts surfers from all over the world.

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Scroll down for a list of all the Places to Visit on the Atlantic Coast with a brief description of each attraction and a link to their website.


Tintagel Old Post Office

Tintagel Old Post Office is a National Trust property set in the heart of Tintagel on the main street, surrounded by shops and modern buildings it affords a glimpse of the past as the building was originally a 14th Century farmhouse. For a brief period during the 19th Century it became the 'hub' for receiving mail for the area and it is full of character with a very interesting roof that seems to rise and fall more than it should!

There are displays of Victorian postal memorabilia and there is a small shop and a very quaint and quiet cottage garden at the rear.

For details of admission prices (NT members free), opening dates and times please visit their website:

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Camel Valley Vineyard Tours

Camel Valley Vineyard is an award winning producer of wine and also an award winning tourist attraction too. There are tours of the vineyard and the opportunity to savour some of their superb wines while enjoying the stunning setting in the Camel Valley. The tours are very informal and if you want to expand your knowledge of the wine making process then this is a very friendly way to go about it. There is also a shop selling the vineyards produce, for more information and opening times please visit their website: or call 01208 77959. Closed on Sundays.

Sandymouth Surf School
Sandymouth Surf School


Sandymouth Surf School
Tel: 07870 472448
Try a fantastic experience with people that love to teach you about their passion.......surfing waves!

Sandymouth Surf School provides fun and safe surf tuition that is tailored to meet the needs of individuals of all ages. 

Sandymouth Surf School operates in smaller group sizes than industry standard, with high quality equipment and provides personable instruction to ensure that each client reaches their full potential. 

The sessions are great fun and take place on a stunning National Trust beach.

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FlowRider The latest in board sports and the first in the UK! The FlowRider® is a truly unique activity and a very memorable one. FlowRiding® is sure to keep the kids happy and adults can either jump on as well or enjoy a drink on our sun decks overlooking the FlowRider®.

The FlowRider® at The Loop opened in April 2010 as the first in the UK. Having just held the UKs First Pro Surfer FlowRider® Championships, The Loop has proved to be a great location for parties, group sessions or for individuals wanting to have an incredible experience in a buzzing environment. With music, great food, sun decks, bar and even soft play areas.

"Flowboarding was started by surfers, but the new sport we have developed takes in aspects of all the board sports. Flowboarding is skateboarding without the wheels (and the road rash), surfing without a fin, snowboarding without the mountain, wakeboarding without the boat and skimboarding without the sand". (Waveloch, 2010)

This adrenaline packed activity is great for all the family, whether you’re a pro or a complete novice. Our fully trained instructors will start you on the body board and before long you can attempt the Flow Board. Book in hour long sessions and why not make the most of it and grab a bite from our Loop Restaurant (opening 5th July 2010).

Prices: £45 per person per hour including all equipment hire

Minimum height restriction of 132cm (please ask for our regular body board sessions for kids age 7+)

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Errant Surf School is one of Europe's leading surf coaching and development centres. We cater for total beginner surfers with our half day and full day taster sessions. We also cater for improvers with our week long course and private surf coaching. For the more advanced surfers we offer longboard coaching weekends, BSA surf coach awards and the NARS Beach lifeguard award. We are perfectly located overlooking the surf at Great Western beach in the heart of Newquay. Click here to view Errant Surf Schools website
* Open all year 
* Changing room, parking and private access to the beach 
* Full range of surfboards (soft and hard) and wetsuits for all seasons 
* Prices from £30 for a half day, £40 full day surf lesson, £69 for a weekend surf course and      private lessons from £35. Prices include all equipment, insurance (£5,000,000) and certificate.


Bodmin Gaol

Bodmin Gaol If you fancy a ‘day inside’ with a difference, then Bodmin Gaol could be the answer ! The granite jail, built by Napoleonic prisoners of war, dates back to around 1778. When Bodmin rose to be the county town of Cornwall in 1836, it became the County Prison . The jail was undoubtedly a gruesome place in those days, with cramped, cold and damp conditions, painful treatment at the stocks and a fair chance of becoming a latter day local attraction whilst being publicly hanged. In 1862 public hangings ceased but they carried on executing prisoners inside the jail until 1909. Apparently, the jail is haunted and appeared on Living TV's 'Most Haunted' series – one wonders why given that 55 prisoners were executed at the jail during it's 150 year history ! The prison closed in 1927 and today the jail is open to the public every day of the year as a museum and aside from exhibits which recreate the lives of 18th century prisoners, there are modern touches such as a bar, a restaurant and gift shop.

The British Cycling Museum is a must for anyone interested in the history of cycling over the past 125 years. The museum is aptly located in an old Victorian railway station in Camelford. The museum opened in 1992, the passion of an enthusiast that had amassed a large collection of cycling equipment and memorabilia. With over 400 cycles, over 1000 cycling medals and badges and an old cycle repair workshop, it is no wonder that the museum attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.  There is also an extensive library of books, pictures, cycle lamps and other memorabilia. Normally open Sunday  - Thursday and at other times, The British Cycling Museum does not have it's own website but can be contacted on 01840 212811

Bude Canal

Bude Canal John Edyvean a Cornish man originally conceived the idea of the Bude Canal in 1774 and had previously pioneered the St Columb Canal near Newquay, Cornwall. His concept was to build a canal from Bude inland to join the River Tamar at Calstock and thereby provide a link between the Bristol and English Channels. Edyvean gave evidence to a House of Lords Committee who were considering the Bill. There was widespread consent in the County and on 25th May 1774, the Act to build the said canal was given Royal Assent. Many detailed and ingenious plans for the canal were presented and amended by various engineers, but to no avail. In 1784, the Act lapsed and the Napoleonic Wars saw the idea of a canal abandoned and it was another 30 years before the concept was resurrected. Visit the Bude Canal website for more details.

Docton Mill & Gardens

Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens are situated in North Devon in a stunning valley, 1000m from the coast. The Garden started in the 1930’s but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation. The gardens are open from March to October and there is an award winning tea room too. For more information on opening times and prices of entry please visit;

Trerice Manor

Trerice Manor Set in a beautiful secluded spot is this National Trust property,  the Elizabethan Manor house contains fine fireplaces, plaster ceilings, oak and walnut furniture, interesting clocks, needlework and Stuart portraits. The highlight of the interior is the magnificent Great Chamber with its splendid barrel ceiling. The garden has some unusual plants and an orchard with old varieties of fruit trees. In the hayloft behind the Great Barn is an exhibition on the history of the lawnmower. Visitors are welcome to play 'Kayles' (Cornish skittles) on the parade ground. The House is open from March to October Trerice Manor website has full details of opening dates and hours and charges for admission - National Trust members free entry.

Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine was opened as a Museum and Heritage Centre in 1993 and is the largest preserved tin mining site in Europe and one of the largest industrial heritage sites in Britain. Historically, Geevor Tim Mine was significant in the international development of tin mining and especially underseas. The facility is located near Pendeen between Land's End and St. Ives on the South West Coastal Path, it is open all year and everyday except Saturdays - please check the website link for opening dates and times and admission prices:

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn  Known all around the world as the setting and inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's fourth novel, "Jamaica Inn", this attraction is a must for anyone with an interest in the work of Daphne du Maurier. The storyline of the novel was hatched some years after Daphne and her friend Foy Quiller Couch went riding on Bodmin Moor whilst staying at the 18th century coaching house and got lost due to bad weather conditions. Sheltering for some time in a derelict cottage must have left interesting memories which later came to life on the pages of her famous novel. One doubts whether Jamaica Inn would be an attraction as such had it not been for Daphne du Maurer but for over 200 years it has  been a welcome resting place for travellers crossing Bodmin Moor between Launceston and Bodmin - and it is said, a hiding place for smuggled contraband, incuding rum from which it is thought the name of the pub derives. Jamaica Inn is one of the most extensive museums dedicated to Daphne du Maurier and to smuggling and worth a visit if you are interested in either subject.

Padstow Museum

Padstow Museum  This small but interesting museum is situated just 50 metres from the harbour side in the port of Padstow on the North Cornish Coast.
Initially set up in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, it holds an interesting collection of artefacts giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries. Padstow Museum website.

The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery  Situated on the quay at Pastow, The National Lobster Hatchery is an important contributor to the management of coastal marine resources and in particular, to the restocking of lobsters. Local fishermen that have caught pregnant female lobsters bring them to the centre and the baby lobsters are born in captivity without predators that would decimate the new offspring. The young lobsters are then raised to a size where they can be released back into the sea. Open 7 days a week throughout the year, the work of the hatchery is on view for everyone coming to the visitor centre.

Lane Theatre

Lane Theatre Newquay Dramatic Society was founded in May 1931 and has been presenting plays ever since. Lane Theatre was established in the Lane Village Hall in 1981 and as a result of 25 years of development and Lottery funding, granted in 1999, now boasts a superb 136 seat theatre with excellent facilities for disabled people.   There is free parking and a licensed bar. The theatre normally stages four shows a year with two plays during the Summer season and productions in the Spring and Autumn. For advance bookings and further information you can ring 01637 876945 or visit Lane Theatre website.

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