There are plenty of reasons why Cornwall is wonderful in winter. Deserted beaches, piping hot pasties, and brisk morning walks that are guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs. The county’s top attractions also happen to be a little quieter too.
Here are some of our favourite places to visit nearby that are open throughout winter.
This award-winning wildlife sanctuary is just a 5-minute drive from St Ives. The park is home to a JungleBarn soft play centre, acres of gardens, and over 1,200 species of birds including rare and beautiful parrots, Humboldt’s penguins, Caribbean flamingos, and golden and bald eagles. Plus, you’ll also be able to meet red pandas, red squirrels, and even Asian otters.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
(Extra days may be added during school holidays – be sure to check the website when booking)
The Eden Project
A must-visit attraction that promises a great day out, whatever the weather. In fact, it’s almost more enjoyable visiting during the winter months, as the enormous biomes will instantly transport you from chilly Cornwall to tropical rainforests and Mediterranean landscapes. Plus, they always have a calendar packed full of seasonal events and additional activities during school holidays.
Check their website for opening hours, as they vary week-by-week throughout the winter months.
Visit The Eden Project
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Blue Reef Aquarium is just up the coast in Newquay and is the ideal family day out come rain or shine. The aquarium is home to 40 naturally-themed exhibits, giving little ones the chance to get up close to a whole host of sea creatures. This underwater world is open every day, however, we recommend booking in advance – especially during school holidays,
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Weekends 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Visit The Blue Reef Aquarium
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
If things get a little too blustery on Falmouth’s beaches, then you can always head inland and pay a visit to the town’s National Maritime Museum. It’s packed full of exciting exhibits, which are guaranteed to delight big kids and little kids alike. Plus, it’s right by Rick Stein’s Fish, so you can round off your visit with some tasty fish and chips. What’s not to love?
Every day: 10am – 5pm
Visit the National Maritime Museum
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
If you’ve visited St Ives before, there’s a high chance you’ll have spotted seals playing in the shallows around the bay. And if you’d like to learn more about these creatures, you can always head on down to the Sealife Trust’s Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. For years, the trust has been rehabilitating seal pups that have been rescued from the Cornish coastline and, when you visit, you can learn about their individual stories.
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
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