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West Cornwall

  St. Michael's Mount (Penzance) – St. Michael's Mount, a castle perched atop a rocky island, was once a Benedictine priory, but became a private residence in the 17th century. You can walk with kids to the island at low tide, but you'll need to take the ferry at high tide. From the Mount, there are stunning views of the Cornish coast.

Mousehole The Mousehole Cat, a delightful picture book by Antonia Barber tells the story of a fisherman and his cat. The real village of Mousehole on the coast has the same charm. There's good swimming for kids at St. Clement's Isle, just outside the harbor.

Lanyon Quoit
  Neolithic standing stones – Cornwall has a number of large Neolithic dolmen (upright stones with a capstone) called "quoit." Stop to see the Zennor Quoit near St. Ives, Chûn Quoit and Lanyon Quoit near Penzance.

Poldark Mine and Heritage Complex (Helston) – Take a tour of Poldark Mine, a tin mine in operation since the 1720's. After you've put on a hard hat and crept through the long winding tunnels, point out that children, eight and nine years old, worked the mines along with their mothers and fathers.


Beaches – It the weather is good, there are some fine beaches in Cornwall – sparkling water, sandy beaches for swimming and rocky pools for kids to explore. Perran Sands, Trevaunance Cove, Praa Sands in Helston, Maenporth, Swanpool, Gyllyngvase in Falmouth are family beaches.

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