You may remember at the start of the holidays we went away to Cornwall for a few days. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll know that it’s one of my most favourite places – I would move there in a heartbeat if it was ever possible. We spent three full days in Cornwall – two of those days we had an itinerary that we followed. I’m going to talk you through what we did as we had such a lovely time! If you want to check out where we stayed then have a look at this blog post on Trereife House. We stayed in Penzance – somewhere we have stayed before and will definitely be staying again. The first day we arrived we spent time just relaxing, sleeping and shopping. It took over 6 hours for us to actually get to Cornwall, so it’s safe to say we were all a little exhausted.
The Cornish Barn
We had dinner one evening at The Cornish Barn which was delicious. This little restaurant is definitely a hidden gem with it’s rustic and homely vibe. They use local suppliers so everything is bought locally from Cornwall and the food was just delicious! I usually go for things that I am comfortable with (ie. Burgers, pizza, fajitas) but I decided to be a bit more adventurous and try the Butternut Squash, Spinach, Pine Nut & Ricotta Gratin. It was amazing! Probably could have done with some meat if you are a meat eater like Andrew, but I enjoyed it exactly how it was.
“Tucked away in the old quarter of Penzance,The Cornish Barn is a rustic restaurant, bar and smokehouse in Penzance serving a wholesome menu with a focus on fresh Cornish produce – all helped along by craft beers and wines from local independent vineyards.” Visit their website to see more about them and their menu here.
St Michael’s Mount
We had heard all about St Michael’s Mount, and after being to Cornwall several times, we figured it would be about time we visited. It was absolutely beautiful. We spent a couple of hours sitting by the sea, wandering over to the castle whilst the tide was out and fishing around in rock pools! We took lots of photos, ran about and got a little windswept. The weather was perfect and it was an evening I’ll always remember. Definitely pop St Michael’s Mount on your list of places to visit in Cornwall.
The Minack Theatre
When I think of heading to a theatre with a 4 year old, I can’t help but get a little anxious. However, when I realised that The Minack Theatre in Cornwall is an open air theatre on the edge of a beautiful cliff in Porthcurno, I couldn’t wait! What could be better? Whilst staying in Penzance we hopped in the car and drove the 15 minute journey to watch ‘The Lonely Lighthouse Keeper’, we had no idea what to expect but had heard great things. The Minack Theatre is one of the word’s top 10 open air experiences according to The Lonely Planet and so we knew we’d be in for a treat. You can read my full post reviewing The Minack Theatre here.
The Old Success Inn
This was by far the best place we ate whilst in Penzance. Mostly due to the amazing customer service! A gorgeous little pub in Sennen Cove – right opposite the beach. I had one of the best burgers I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a lot of burgers! The staff were amazing with Daisy and the services was quick (always handy when you have little ones).
“We’re based in a stunning part of Cornwall, with fantastic access to fresh local produce, so why not make the most of it? From pub food to fine dining, our chefs use only the best Cornish ingredients to ensure they hand craft delectable dishes, so when dining in Sennen Cove, you can enjoy quality home cooked cuisine, savouring Cornwall in every bite. ”
Other things to do in Cornwall to really gain an insight into Cornish heritage
Geevor Tin Mine – The largest preserved mine site in the country, the key centre within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Visit Geevor Tin Mine and get interactive in their hard rock museum telling interesting stories of Cornish tin mining. You can explore the many buildings and see all the machinery used whilst also learning about how the rock was processed in the mill to produce the tin. Not to mention this is all set in an area of gorgeous scenery, natural beauty and a handful of wildlife. See more on their website.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – “A beautiful sheltered valley in west Cornwall, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic vista provides the perfect setting for this 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. International renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash RA have interacted with the garden to create site-specific permanent works, all harmonising with their garden setting.” See more on their website.
Find and Seek
Cornwall 365 have created a gorgeous little book titled Find And Seek – an illustrated atlas of Cornwall’s culture and heritage. It is split into different parts of Cornwall and illustrated beautifully. It’s a quickly little book and well worth purchasing if you’re avid fans of Cornwall like we are. It’s nice to flick through and discover what lays beneath the surface of Cornwall – the culture and the heritage – the things that make Cornwall what it is today. You can purchase this book for £10 here.
*Our trip was hosted by Cornwall 365. All words and opinions are completely our own and as you are well aware, we love Cornwall!*