Whitstone, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6TW (Cornwall)
With over 60 miles of dramatic Atlantic Heritage Coast, along with endless cliffs, coves, market towns, farmsteads, country houses and historic castles, all within an hour’s drive of Hilton Woods, you’ll never be short of things to see and do in this beautiful part of Cornwall. Below are some of the top attractions that you and your family will love.
Set in the beautiful woodlands overlooking the stunning Cornish coastline, The Monkey Sanctuary is much more than just Monkeys; it’s a great day out for the whole family. It cares for several species of monkeys which are all rescued from pet trading. You will get an intimate insight into how a working sanctuary works and keepers are on hand all day to give informative talks. Enjoy the wildlife gardens, bat cave, wildlife room, workshops and children’s activity rooms and there is a gift shop, café and picnic areas. Conservation is of utmost importance here so why not help by adopting a monkey – it makes an ideal gift.
(Distance from park 34.7 miles)
An extraordinary adventure park set within some beautiful countryside. Solve the butler’s challenge as you explore secret passageways, find concealed doors and discover the upside down room. Be Indiana Jones for the day and follow the trails through the trees. Explore other trails and take a ride on the miniature railway. Enjoy lunch or a snack in Fern’s Tea Room which offers local homemade food or buy a souvenir in the gift shop.
(Distance from park 13.7 miles)
A complex of artificial biodomes, this eco attraction houses the largest indoor rainforest in the world with jungles and waterfalls. Walk around the stunning gardens and admire the cutting-edge architecture and buildings. The project holds many social events throughout the year including evening gigs and concerts and even an ice rink in the winter. Enjoy lunch in the excellent restaurant.
(Distance from park 43.5 miles)
Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast you can enjoy fabulous sea views from the castle ruins. The glorious 13th Century castle ruins are a must see. Why not wander past Camelots amusements or the Merlin gift shop on your way to the castle ruins. Climb the steps out into the cliffside and over the bridge to enter the courtyard through a gate. You will see the remains of the Great Hall, a garden, chapel, tunnel and well.
(Distance from park 20.3 miles)
Get up close to 140 of the world’s rarest and most exciting animals. This is an award winning Zoo, home to some the of World’s endangered species such as the Red Panda. It’s a great day out for all the family. Enjoy keeper’s talks and animal feed times throughout the day or participate in one of the Animal Experiences which gives you the chance to meet and feed the Lemurs or Penguins. Explore the activity trails or Dragon maze and learn about the importance of conservation at the Zoo. Children will have fun in the play area or have their face painted. Have lunch in the Lemur Café or enjoy a bbq in the summer months.
(Distance from park 44.2 miles)
This is a wonderful historic gauge steam railway running from the Cornish town of Launceston right the way through the Kensey Valley to the small hamlet of Newmills. Ride in open air or closed carriages – all trains are hauled by Victorian steam locomotives. Explore the vintage transport and machinery in the museum at Launceston Station or visit the café for a cream tea. Grab a souvenir in the book or gift shop. Stop off en route to spend some time at Newmills Farm Park, which the children will love or combine your visit with a look around Launceston which is a town built around a Norman Castle.
(Distance from park 11.4 miles)
Dragon Archery is set in a picturesque setting overlooking Dartmoor. It’s the perfect place to learn the ancient skill of archery under expert tuition whilst taking in the outstanding views that surround you. It’s not just target shooting – you will encounter dinosaurs, ugly orcs, wolves and armoured knights before finally confronting the Red Dragon! Suitable for ages 8 and above. It is an all weather facility and advance booking is advised.
(Distance from park 15.2 miles)
Boscastle is a medieval harbour and village hidden in a steep sided valley. This natural harbour on the North Cornwall coastline was created by the confluence of three rivers. Boscastle is an excellent base for touring the area, all of Cornwall or North Devon, including moorlands, sheltered wooden valleys and coastal footpaths offering magnificent views. (Distance from park 15.5 miles)
Padstow on the Camel Estuary is a fine example of a Cornish-fishing port. The town is largely unspoilt, with a beautiful harbour. There are good shopping facilities, a cinema, cafes and restaurants, including the famous "Seafood Restaurant" run by Rick Stein and many old and friendly public houses, most of them serving pub food and 'real ale'.
Look around, and you could be in Provence judging by the abundance of gorgeous lavender on show here. A family run business, these magnificent gardens are set in scenic, rolling Hartland countryside and are home to both a lavender farm and a traditional working farm with its herd of Ruby cattle. There’s also an award-winning tea room and a gift shop selling soaps, lotions and culinary lavender products made on site with the resident aromatherapist. Free to enter, this is a fantastic place to spend a relaxed day for all ages. (Distance from park: 23.5 miles)
Sitting on the site of an ancient and historic port once notorious for wrecking and smuggling, this fascinating museum will delight anyone with interest in maritime history. The museum’s many colourful displays tell the story of four centuries of shipwrecks, as well as the heroic life-saving services and the men and ships that traded from Hartland Quay over the centuries. Close by to the museum there’s also superb cliff walks offering extensive coastal panoramas and a wealth of wild flowers. (Distance from park: 20.7 miles)