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Cornwall Attractions

Just some of the fantastic locations you can visit while staying with Toms Holidays self catering accommodation!


Local Attractions


Opened nearly 30 years ago as the Cornwall Aircraft Park the Flambards Experience is one of the most popular days out in Cornwall. Situated on the Lizard peninsular, the Theme Park hosts the best thrill rides in Cornwall, and includes the Flambards Victorian Village and "Britain in the Blitz" indoor attractions.


Opened in 1973 Paradise Park was the culmination of many years of planning and hard work. The idea was to create a place which could be home to a growing private collection of birds. The park is in a sheltered area with large aviaries set in beautiful gardens. The collection in the first few years included owls, eagles, touracos, cranes, peacocks and especially parrots. At this time conservation was not the main concern for bird keepers, but as time went on it became apparent that many species needed help, both in the wild and in captivity. Paradise Park found a new purpose and has become the sanctuary you see here.


The Cornish Goldsmiths is the home of one of Cornwall’s most stunningly beautiful jewellery collections. Based in the main hall of Treasure Park the collection is available to buy or maybe commission your own piece. Visit Cornwall's amazing family holiday attraction, Treasure Park. Located near Redruth in Cornwall the park hosts an array of great activities and fun things to do for adults and children of all ages and in all weathers. Free admission.



While visiting the Eden Project you'll discover the fascinating relationships between plants and people. You'll also find a full calendar of family events throughout the year and music festivals in the summer. As an educational charity we run transformational social and environmental projects locally and internationally. Save 10% by reserving your tickets through the banner link above.



Newquay Zoo is the only one of its kind in Cornwall and has many fun things to do for children and adults alike including the childrens play areas, dragon maze and free ranging animals. The zoo also features a restaurant and shop. There are various feeding times and talks through out the day and a summer barbecue. Newquay itself is also a great day out. With its famous surfing heritage Fistral Beach is a must!




Heartlands is Cornwall’s first free cultural playground on a grand scale. Covering 19 acres, there is so much to absorb, from the poetically landscaped botanical gardens to the interactive exhibitions that truly take you someplace else. This is a lightning bolt of fun in a forgotten part of Cornwall that was once the richest patch of land on earth.


The Minack Theatre, a full history and what's on guide, and more information for those new to us. "Minack" is Cornish for a rocky place and the crag below the theatre has always attracted local fishermen - until the 1930's they had the gorse filled gully to themselves, and the cliffs echoed to the cries of gulls not actors - for the full amazing story please visit the site.


The National Seal Sanctuary is set near the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre, and also has many resident Seals of all breeds, sizes and ages!



Land's End is a place of stunning scenery and fantastic views of the magnificent cliffs and Atlantic Ocean. From here you can see wild flowers, seabirds and even seals and dolphins some days. You can also find 5 superb 'pay as you go' attractions bringing you ancient tales of heroism, skullduggery and adventure.



Not far from Newquay the Cornish Cyder Farm nestles in the heart of the Cornish countryside amongst several acres of apple orchards. Open all year round and with free Entry (excluding guided tours). For more information on our opening times, guided tours and services please visit our website. You can also dine in the Mowhay Restaurant - Receive a traditional Cornish welcome and sample our home made Cornish delights in our beautifully converted barn restaurant.


The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit. See the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the ocean display including the underwater tunnel. See our stunning Fresh Water Turtle displays, Turtle Creek. Discover alligator snapping turtles, mud turtles, fly-river turtles and mata mata turtles.



People visiting Tate St Ives can make the choice between a self directed visit, booking a tour guide or booking a practical artist-led workshop. There is also the option of visiting Tate St Ives (with exhibition changes three times a year) or the permanent collection displayed at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden.



Dairy Land has slides, drop slides, ball pools, soft play areas, climbing nets, firemans pole, tumble tower, and much more for the whole family to enjoy! Including pony and hayrides, bottle feeding, pat a pet, hands on milking and visit the viewing gallery to watch the cows being milked.



Gardens & Historical Attractions



Trevarno gardens, a perfect day out for all the family. Do not miss a visit to the historic Trevarno Estate where you can explore the magnificnt gardens, grounds and Woodland walks which date back to the thirteenth century.



Thanks to the Gulf Stream, these Great gardens of Cornwall are home to a broad spectrum of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.




The website of the Famous underground Slate Caves in South East Cornwall.....Carnglaze Caverns and The Rum Store



The Lappa Valley Steam Railway runs on one of the earliest railway trackbeds in Cornwall. Opened in the late 18th century as a mineral line from Newquay to East Wheal Rose, it later became part of the Great Western Railway's Newquay to Chacewater branch line. The line was closed to the public in 1963, and in 1974 Eric Booth, the founder of Lappa Valley, reopened part of the line as a narrow-gauge railway.



Geevor Tin Mine became a Museum and Heritage Centre in late 1993. The land belongs to Cornwall County Council. From October 2001 the Centre has been managed by a local community based charity, Pendeen Community Heritage (PCH) who work in partnership with many local bodies and in particular with Penwith District Council. In association with Cornwall County Council and Penwith DC, the charity is helping to preserve the mining heritage of Cornwall.


The countryside of West Cornwall

Toms Holidays is situated at Riviere Towans, on the edge of the town of Hayle. Hayle is a very popular centre for self-catering and boasts three magnificent miles of golden sands which stretch around St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. The towering undulating sand dunes form an impressive backdrop to your Hayle chalet. This expanse of splendid beach is excellent for swimming, surfing and sun bathing and there are a number of natural ever-changing beach and rock pools to explore. The deeper water provides many excellent opportunities for boating and diving.

Toms Holidays on the Towans provides a perfect location for family holidays and is recognised for having some of the best self catering beach accommodation in the area. For chalets and holiday cottages in Hayle, Cornwall, we always have plenty to offer, with high class accommodation to be found in the most picturesque settings imaginable.

Hayle town (Heyl is Cornish for "Estuary") is still a working port and harbour as well as a busy and developing tourism centre. It has an impressive industrial history being synonymous with mining related industries such as tin and copper smelting. Harvey’s Foundry once employed over a thousand men, and exported beam engines all over the world.

A Hayle holiday is an excellent way to explore and discover the delights of West Cornwall. Within a 20 mile radius of this prime location, you can choose to visit:

·Rugged Penwith

Lands End is the most westerly part of the English mainland and can be reached easily from Hayle, either by the direct route of continuing down the A30 or by taking the more interesting B3306, which takes in views of the Atlantic Ocean over the granite cliffs, and passes through the villages of Zennor, Pendeen and St Just. Stop off at Zennor for the museum or visit the church and discover the story of the Mermaid of Zennor. It's a short walk down the footpath to the headland. At Pendeen take a short detour to the lighthouse and try to imagine living by the side of the foghorn! A little further on will bring you to the Geevor Mine Heritage site and the cliff top engine houses of Botallack, now looked after by the National Trust. The next town is St Just, which still retains the feel of its mining heritage. Cape Cornwall is worth a visit, or perhaps a game of Golf! The St Just airfield offers scenic flights or trips to The Isles of Scilly.

We now rejoin the A30 to continue to Lands End from where we can see the Isles of Scilly. Just about a mile out to sea is The Longships Lighthouse, whilst about 8 miles to the Southwest is Wolf Rock lighthouse.

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·South Penwith

The South coast offers a more mellow environment and Mediterranean climate with sub tropical plants, and several gardens that are worth a visit. Marazion is the stopping off point for St Michael's Mount, administered by the National Trust. There are several ferries that operate to the Mount or at low tide you can walk across the causeway, for spectacular views of Mounts Bay and across to Penzance. Penzance itself is a lively town where you could easily spend a day visiting the many shops, walking the promenade or visiting the various museums and art galleries. A little further along the coast takes us to Newlyn, a busy fishing harbour, and once the home of the Newlyn School of artists. There are many old and interesting pubs and a museum of fishing.

A few miles further on brings us to Mousehole (Mowzel) a classic Cornish fishing village. Find out about Tom Bawcock and "Mouser" or try and find some Starry Gazey pie. If you're nearby at Christmas time, the lights are well worth a visit.

For the more athletic there is a coastal path, for walking holidays or cycling breaks, between Marazion and Mousehole, which is level from Marazion to Newlyn, with a slight climb out of Newlyn towards Mousehole.

Further along the coast we will find the Minack Theatre cut into the cliff above Porthcurno Cove and the Porthcurno Museum of Telegraphy.

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·St Ives

St Ives Cornwall is the most visited town in the South West and sits across the bay from Toms Holidays. Consequently parking can be a problem in the height of the summer. However the town is well served by a park and ride system, operating from Lelant Saltings station and taking one of the most picturesque railway journeys in the country right into the centre of town. From the station you can wander the old streets, visit the many restaurants and coffee shops or just laze on one of the beaches. The Tate Gallery St Ives houses many works by prominent St Ives School artists as well as pottery by Leach and Hamada. Entry to Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden is included with entry to the Tate - so if you fancy a painting holiday in Cornwall, this is the place to start!

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·South to Helston and the Lizard

Travel southeast from Hayle and you come to Helston and the Lizard Peninsula. Helston is that "quaint old Cornish Town", famous for Flora day. It was also the birthplace of Bob Fitzsimmons, world champion boxer and Henry Trengrouse, inventor of the Bosuns Chair. Helston is an ancient Stannary town and worth a visit. As you head out towards the Lizard you will pass the Flambards Experience, the largest theme park in Cornwall, and the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose. There are many places to explore on the Lizard from fishing villages like Coverack, Mullion and Porthallow, coves like Gunwalloe and Kynance, and of course the most southerly point of mainland UK, Lizard point. In Lizard village there are examples of the stone workers art using the local green serpentine. This is also a good place to sample a pasty! Helford river is a sailing mecca, and at the top of the creek you will find the village of Gweek and the National Seal Sanctuary.

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·Truro

The only city in Cornwall, Truro is the ideal shopping centre with household names as well as many small specialist boutiques. Elegant and charming, Truro's picture postcard image is further enhanced by its magnificent Cathedral spires reaching up from the heart of the city. These spires have given their name to the annual Three Spires International Arts Festival that takes place in the city around late May. The cobbled streets and alleyways are a stage for colourful and entertaining street performers and the city's parks host a season of free daytime entertainment such as the ever popular 'Jazz in the Park' festival. The city has many cafés, restaurants and bistros to appeal to every taste and visitors can soak up the local history at the Royal Cornwall Museum. For a relaxing afternoon, why not take a stroll along riverside walk and watch the boats cruising the river. Or why not even jump on board and take a picturesque trip down to Falmouth and the coast.

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·Cornish Surfing Holidays

Toms Holidays offers excellent opportunities for your Cornish surfing holiday. The beaches adjacent to our site, offer good north coast surfing conditions but there are many other excellent surfing beaches to explore. Whether a beginner or experienced surfer, you will find suitable beaches close at hand.

To the north, Porthtowan, Perranporth and Newquay (Fistral) beaches are well known popular surfing locations that make the most of the north coast conditions. A very short distance away, is Porthmeor beach, one of the three St Ives beaches, which is popular with surfers, operating lifeguard patrols and with its own surf school. There are several other surf schools here in Hayle, offering tuition, equipment hire and pick up from our site, when conditions are more favourable elsewhere .

Occasionally, conditions will be better on the south coast than on the north. From Hayle, it is a short drive to Praa Sands, which is one of the better beaches for south coast surfing. Toms Holidays is situated within easy travelling distance from a full range of good surfing beaches.

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