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Nearby Attractions and Places to Eat

At Porth Sands we are blessed to be in a superb central location where you can travel to the many wonderful places around Cornwall. Locally we have many gorgeous beaches such as Fistral, Watergate, Great Western, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne, Crantock, Whipsiderry and of course our very own Porth Beach. Along with the beaches Cornwall has some wonderful places to visit, here are  a few suggestions. Make sure you check they are open before travelling.
The Eden project

The Eden project

30 min drive


The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.

The visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.

Lost gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

40min drive


Thirty years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England.

Poldark MIne

Poldark Mine

45min drive


Our intention is to give an interesting, engaging and educational introduction to Cornwalls mining and social heritage. The museum and grounds are home to many unique exhibits, interpreting the fascinating story of the Cornish miners overseas and at home. The Cornish Heritage Collection opened its doors for the very first time on June 1st 1971 - so June 2021 is the start of our GOLDEN JUBLILEE YEAR - the museum offers something of interest to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Bodmin Jail

30min drive (not recommended for the young)


Bodmin Jail on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall was originally built during the reign of King George III in 1779 as part of the ground-breaking Prison Reform, built by military engineer Sir John Call.

Building works started in the early 1770s using 20,000 tonnes of local Delank granite, and stone from the adjacent Coocoo Quarry. 

The resulting building was a milestone in prison design, based on the plans and ideals of the prison reformer John Howard. It was one of the first modern prisons in the UK with individual cells, segregated male and female areas, hot water and light and airy areas for prisoners to live and work. In addition, prisoners were paid for their work from products sold by the governor.

Bodmin Jail


60min drive

Although its a car journey of about an hour Flambards is Cornwall’s best family day visit attraction with rides for everyone, family fun, indoor attractions and entertainment. Visit the award-winning and unique indoor attractions including The Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz life-size re-creations and enjoy some top rides including the newest ride ‘Sky-Force’.

Camel Trail, Padstow

26mins drive

The Camel Trail runs along a disused railway line following the course of the Camel Estuary providing access to some of North Cornwalls most beautiful scenery and wildlife.

The trail is level and mainly traffic free making it an ideal day out for all the family. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way and Wadebridge is a handy half way point to try a Pasty!

The trail is also part of the National Cycle Network following routes 32 and 3. The Camel Trail is an 18 mile mainly traffic free route based on an historic railway track.

There are plenty of places to high bikes.

Camel trail
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