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Best Activities for Couples in Cornwall

26th December 2018

Cornwall is the perfect place to while away a weekend with your better half. Full of breathtaking scenery and romantic beach coves, you are bound to fall in love in this coastal area. Whether you enjoy long blustery walks by the sea, candle lit restaurants by the harbour at sunset, or visiting galleries with a coffee in hand, Cornwall has everything you need to unwind. If you’re visiting in the Spring, bring layers but if you’re headed to Cornwall in the summer then prepare to dip into the sea and get some salt in your hair.

Here are our top six things to do as a couple, holding hands obligatory.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

We know that The Tate St. Ives is a tourist’s first stop, but the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is also a really special destination and visual treat. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display along with paintings, drawings and archive material. Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now the Hepworth Museum, from 1949 until her death in 1975. ​The bronze sculptures now in the garden were created for the space, and most are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them.

Camel Estuary

If you’re an animal (and sea) loving couple, then it doesn’t get much better than this. Padstow Sealife Safaris offer passengers the chance to experience the high speed thrill in search of the rich and diverse marine wildlife that the North Cornish Coast has to offer. Their boat trips leave Padstow harbour and make their way out of the spectacular Camel Estuary to the stunning Cornish cliffs. There are opportunities to see Grey Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Basking Sharks and Sun Fish to name a few. We can’t think of a nicer way to spend a day!

​Lizard and Kynance Cove

The ​brilliant turquoise water, islands and white sand, caves and surprising views make the ​Lizard and Kynance Cove one of the most beautiful beaches in England. Located near the Lizard, it has become far easier to get to thanks to The National Trust building a new toll road to a car park on the downs above the cove.

The beach itself has incredible rock formations and makes for the most picturesque walk. As one of the prettiest coves in Cornwall it is also one of the most painted and photographed. It will be busy so if you’re planning a day of sun-bathing and picnicking, get there early to carve out some space.


Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden is a 26 acre sub-tropical garden near Glendurgan Garden and above the Helford River. The gardens are set within an area of the same name, which includes the small settlements of Trebah Wartha and Trebah Woolas. You can walk for over four miles in this beautiful valley garden, and enjoy canopies of exotic flowers and bright colours. It even has its own secluded beach on the Helford River.

In spring, Trebah is alive with a colourful array of ancient rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias; in summer, the giant gunnera become the star attraction. In autumn, Hydrangea Valley decorates the Mallard Pond and in winter, their spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whilst plants from the southern hemisphere flower.


St Mawes Castle

If you and your partner are Tudor history buffs, you might enjoy a trip to St Mawes Castle. ​It is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. You can explore the grounds which stretch down to the waters of the Fal Estuary and enjoy the stunning views across to Pendennis Castle​ and out to sea. You can often spot cruise ships and other vessels which pass through this busy shipping lane. If you go in Summer you might be able to catch one of their outdoor theatre productions.

What does Doc martin actor Martin Clunes like to get up to in Port Isaac? Read the interview here

Port Isaac

Port Isaac remains one of the most popular villages in Cornwall thanks to the TV show Doc Martin. It’s a ​traditional fishing village with a heaving local community and is truly picturesque with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. If this is a show you keep up with then this should be top of your list.

Make sure to enter our Cornish getaway competition so you can discover all this for yourself! You can enter here.