The Lizard Peninsula's beaches, coves, spectacular stretches of dramatic coastline, enchanting harbours, thriving fishing communities and picture book villages, make this a truly memorable place to visit.
Places to Go - Things to See
There is so much to do in and around Cornwall and Helford is a perfect base from which to explore. Here are a few things we love to see and do but there is so much more to discover and enjoy. Or of course you can simply spend time at the cottage and relax!
Cadgwith – It has often been said that this quaint village is the most romantic place in Britain. The cliff walks are spectacular and the impressive Devil's Frying Pan is situated to the south.
Coverack – Once a notorious smuggling haunt, this traditional village has a small protected harbour, usually brimming with fishing boats. The wide beach at Coverack is popular for windsurfing, surfing and building sand castles. We love going here with the family!
Diving – at Porthkerris Cove offers facilities for divers with access to The Manacles and the many shipwrecks offshore
Falmouth – As well as an abundance of interesting and individual shops, there are exhibitions, concerts, street entertainment and theatrical events going on throughout the year in this vibrant town. Pendennis Castle, an excellent example of British Coastal Defence in the form of a Tudor Fort is worth a visit for all the family. Children will love the themed activity pool 'Ships and Castles'. The Fal Estuary has a striking network of creeks and rivers and is blessed with some excellent sandy bathing beaches. It is well worth taking a ride down the river on one of the passenger boats and enjoying the magnificent scenery. Alternatively, spend time exploring The Cornwall Maritime Museum, The Falmouth Arts Centre and The Falmouth Art Gallery.
Fishing – Blue Pointer is based in Helford and Dan takes groups of any experience fishing on a daily basis. His number is 07814 191921.
Flambards Village Theme Park – Is a great day out in all weathers and is the West Country's leading family attraction.
Gardens – Because of the climate, plants such as Daturas, Palms, Camellias, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Abutilons and Bamboo thrive in this region. Not surprisingly, the gardens in the area are renowned and to name but a few:- Glendurgan, Bonython, Trevarno, Trebah, Penjerrick, Carwinion and Burncoose. You can get to Durgan and Trebah by crossing the river either on the ferry or CJ and walking up to the gardens.
Goonhilly Downs – The heather covered plains and wild flowers at Goonhilly contribute to making this one of the oldest and richest nature conservancy areas in the country. History and Science are both in evidence; from prehistoric burial barrows and standing stones to the Bonython Wind Turbine Farm and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
Golf – There are several golf courses that are well worth a visit. Including Mullion, Britain's most southerly course and, perhaps, one of the most beautiful coastal courses.
Gweek – Once a Roman Port, now home to the renowned National Seal Sanctuary. This busy rescue centre is open daily and cares for dozens of injured or abandoned seal pups before returning them to the wild.
Helston – This historic (stannary)market town is also famous for its Flora Day (and the Furry Dance) which takes place in early May. Trace the origins of Cornish Heritage by visiting the Folk Museum.
Kynance Cove – is an extremely picturesque cove with white sand and turquoise water surrounded by serpentine cliffs and caves. It is owned by the National Trust and there is an extremely good café just above the beach.
Lizard Village – Watch the Serpentine turners shaping this unique local stone into a variety of beautiful designs and visit the most southerly lighthouse in Britain – it’s fascinating!
Minnack – Stunning natural open-air theatre built into a cliffside. Plays, musicals and opera. The season runs from May to September.
Mullion – The largest village on the Peninsula. The pretty harbour at Mullion Cove is owned by the National Trust. Mullion Island is a bird sanctuary for many unusual migrants. Mullion Gallery exhibits the work of over 80 local artists. Poldhu Cove - is an ideal and easily accessible family beach and Polurrian Cove is a popular spot for surfers.
Poldark Mine – Select one of four underground tours to experience the working conditions of an 18th Century miner, see the equipment he used.
Predannack – The site of a nature conservation project by the National Trust which has aided the survival of a number of wild flowers found nowhere else in the world.
R.N.A.S. Culdrose – The largest naval helicopter base in Europe with a visitor's enclosure for viewing manoeuvres.
St Anthony – where our boats are based, has an ancient church and a sailing shop selling clothes, kit and ice-creams.
St Ives – Home to the Tate Gallery and various other galleries, potteries and museums. During the September Festival theatre and visual arts abound.
St Keverne – The beautiful 15th Century church is the largest in West Cornwall with monuments to people drowned in ships wrecked off The Manacles (the most dreaded of all reefs in Cornwall). There's a 32 pound corronade recovered from the wreck of HMS Primrose in 1809 there too.
St Michaels Mount – This historic island castle, run by the National Trust, can be accessed on foot over the causeway at low tide or by ferry at high tide.
Trelowarren – A historic house with pretty gardens and woodland walks. The New Yard restaurant is worth a visit as is the Walled Garden Spa (with swimming pool).
Truro – The Arts Festival is in full swing in June, but at any time of year it's the ideal place for a shopping spree due to its eclectic assortment of shops. The fine Georgian architecture and the imposing three-spired cathedral also warrants closer examination. An interesting insight into the history of Cornwall can be gained by visiting the County Museum.
Walking enthusiasts will find a wonderful variety of pathways on the Lizard. Helford gives access to a number of breathtaking walks of varying distance and incorporate beautiful woodland paths and countryside as well as spectacular coastal scenery. Helford itself is on the Coastal Path.