WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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Birds & Wildlife



AK Wildlife Cruises, Falmouth Marina, North Parade, Falmouth TR11 2TD

Wildlife and sight seeing tours, whale and dolphin watching, film trips, corporate hire and special occasion trips. Indeed, an opportunity to see Falmouth Bay and the surrounding coastal waters by season. The boat  is a “Flybridge Aquabell Sports Cruiser”, - with full central heated indoor seating area and an open outdoor seating, too. Hot drinks and snacks available and comfortable loo facilities. 4-hour and 7-hour (all day) trips available. 

01326 316098   akwildlifecruises.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay TR7 1DU

Overlooking one of England’s most popular surfing beaches - houses the creatures which live beneath those crashing waves! Journey through the wonderful underwater worlds from the Cornish coastline to the undersea gardens of the Mediterranean. Café/gift shop. Open daily, 10-5. 

01637 878134   bluereefaquarium.co.uk     Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject

Cornish Birds Of Prey Centre, Nr St Columb Major TR9 6DH

Falcons, hawks and owls. Waterfowl lake. Flights twice daily at 12 & 2.30. Open daily Apr-Oct 10-5.  

01637 880544   cornishbirdsofprey.co.uk  Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


Monkey Sanctuary, Nr Looe PL13 1NZ

The first protected breeding colony of Amazon Woolly Monkeys in the world. It’s
also a rescue centre for ex-pet capuchin monkeys. Refreshments. Open Feb & Oct 1/2 terms, then Easter or (Apr)-September Su-Th 11-4.30. 

01503 262532   monkeysanctuary.org   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek TR12 6UG

The UK’s leading Grey seal rescue centre. Home to permanent resident seals and sea lions. Feeds and talks throughout the day, real working seal hospital. Cornish coast rock pool, otter creek trail, café & gift shop. Open daily from 10. 

01326 221361   sealsanctuary.co.uk   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject

National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL

The fascinating world of lobsters and their environment, and importantly, pioneering marine conservation, research and education. Sponsor a Lobster. Open daily from 10. Visitor Centre. 

01841 533877   nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject



Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens TR7 2NL

Experience the wildlife amongst the exotic lakeside gardens live 100s of animals from around the world. Highlights are feeding times and animal encounters. Café. Open daily East-Sept 9.30-6, Oct-East 10-5. 

01637 8733342   newquayzoo.org.uk   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


Orca Sea Safaris, Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY

Your chance to see dolphins, seals and seabirds galore, a spectacular coastal safari in an open speedy boat. Quite an adrenalin rush to be had. Not for the faint hearted. 

01326 214928   orcaseasafaris.co.uk   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


Paradise Park, Hayle TR27 4HB

Wildlife conservation sanctuary with 650 birds and animals in 100 aviaries in a 7-acre garden. Australian Aviary. Eagles of Paradise flying displays. Home of the World Parrot Trust. Café/Shop. Open daily, all year from 10. 

01736 751020  paradisepark.org.uk   Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Porfell Animal Land, Nr Liskeard PL14 4RE

Designed for all ages to enjoy domestic and exotic wild animals, play area and walks in lovely countryside. Open 1/2 terms, then daily mid-Mar to Oct 10-5. 

01503 220211   porfell.co.uk   Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Column TR9 6HP

Rescue and rehabilitation centre for sick and injured owls. Guided tours. Open daily 1/2 terms & Apr-Oct 10-6, winter 10-4.

01726 860182  screechowlsanctuary.co.uk  Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject


Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre, Nr Launceston PL15 8GW

Set in 20 acres of mature woodlands where you will see Asian and British otters in semi-natural enclosures, as well as deer, owls, wallabies and waterfowl. Tearoom with homemade food. Gift shop. Open daily late Mar-Oct 10.30-6. 

01566 785646   tamarotters.co.uk  Photographic Images:  Supplied By Subject