Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Camping Caradon is located between the harbour towns of Looe and Polperro and up from
Talland Bay, all just 5 min. drive away.

We are within 20 minutes reach of Fowey, Bodmin and Liskard. 40 minutes reach of Plymouth – St Austell and the Eden Project –
Under 1 hours drive to Cornwalls West Coast, and 1 hour 20 minutes to Lands end.

SEYMAC Seymac is one of Camping Caradon’s main leaflet suppliers for Cornish attractions. If you would like to get ideas for your holiday before your arrival, have a look at their website; For One and All Cornwall Guide You can download a free App on your phone and get many vouchers for different attractions on Seymac’s web-site. The vouchers we get delivered in our leaflet display are often few; to make sure you can get the vouchers, its a good idea to print them from home before your stay with us Seymac attractions Vouchers.

COASTPATH Camping Caradon Touring Park has a business membership with the South West Coast Path The South West Coast Path National Trail – 630 miles of superb coastal walking. From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset it is the best way to enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery, wildlife and heritage Coastpaths in Cornwall.

DOG INFORMATION Information on dog friendley beaches “Looe area”Dog friendly Beaches Consider carefully when bringing your dog with you on holiday, especially if you have children. On many of the Cornish Beaches, Attractions, shops and Pubs/Eating places you are not allowed to bring your dog, which can course a lot of restrictions to your holiday. If you are visiting Cornwall in peak times, most of the towns and villages are very busy, which can be a stressful experience for both dog and owner.

DOG KENNELS Just 1.5 miles from Camping Caradon is Pelynt kennels, Highly recommended by our campers, who have needed a dog free day out. Phone no 01503 220915.

CAR HIRE If you need to hire a car Bodmin Car hire will deliver a car to the train station or to our Campsite.

BUS (Bus no 73) Camping Caradon is on a daily, hourly bus route to Looe – Polperro – Pelynt – Liskeard.
The 9.09am bus pick-up in the entrance will continue onto Plymouth for a Day out.

With the Looe valley train Line, the possibilities of having a car free day out is endless.
Ask for timetables in our reception

The Eden Project is a gateway into the world of plants and people. A meeting place for all to discover how we depend on plants and how we can help to manage and conserve them for our mutual survival.

A symbol of hope for the future

20 years ago this place was a barren, exhausted china clay pit. Now its massive Biomes (one of which is the biggest greenhouse in the world) and millions of plants bear witness to what can be achieved by a can-do attitude and the tenacity of the human spirit. Eden is as potent a symbol of hope for the future as you could find anywhere on earth.

To avoid queing buy ” Fast Track” tickets for this attraction from Camping Caradon, 15% cheaper than walk-up prices at the eden project.

 

Support a local charity and visit Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964.

Nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton, Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight to a working sanctuary and a chance to meet some of its amazing monkey residents and wildlife inhabitants.

There’s a lot to do for the whole family who can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating animals from the team of expert carers. It’s not just monkeys though! Kids will love the wild play area where they can learn about the environment around them and let off some steam in the playground. Take a gentle stroll around the beautiful Wildlife Gardens and check out the sea view or enjoy a delicious lunch at the Treetop Café.


Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants’ quarters, gardens and wooded estate.

After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the best in country-house design and planning, and the latest mod cons.

The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, while the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.

Experience the heyday of the Agar-Robartes family, who made Lanhydrock their home, and discover how their fortunes changed during the First World War.

Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary
Porfell Wildlife Park is a wild family attraction only a few miles from Looe in South East Cornwall. It offers sanctuary to more than 250 animals from around the world. They might be neglected, injured, imported illegally or simply no longer wanted. For whatever reason they come to us, they’re always welcome.

Animals call it home
Since 1989, we’ve created homes designed to suit each species’ individual needs. The result is a living attraction quite unlike a zoo. Here children (and adults!) can get up close to wildlife, feed the animals, touch them and learn all about the natural world.

 

Antony House Superb early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens. Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. Still the home of the Carew Pole family, it contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds border the Lynher estuary and include a formal garden with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. Antony was used as the film set for Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton.

Carnglaze Caverns There are three caverns of cathedral proportions, hand created by local slate miners. During your tour you will go about 150m into the hillside and 60m below ground, via a flight of 60 steps. In the lower chambers you will find the subterranean lake with its crystal clear blue/green water. For much of the year you will be equipped to go on a self-guided tour of the three caverns but in high season guided tours may be in operation.
 
Also explore the Enchanted Dell at Carnglaze with its ancient woodland, streams and waterfalls.
 
See website for dates on; Crystals & Crafts shows, underground concerts and much more.
 
Carenglaze Caverns have been awarded World Heritage Site Status.

Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

Mount Edgcumbe is open to the public all year, whatever the weather.
Explore the coastline, discover our trails, segway around the grounds and take some time out browsing in our shopping village or refresh in one of the café or restaurant.

“The Country Park is open to the public free of charge every day of the year from 8am-8pm in the summer and 8am-6pm in winter.”

Great days out on Bodmin Moor

Today, Siblyback Lake is one of Cornwall’s most popular beauty and tourist spots for around 100,000 annual visits. It is also a valuable habitat for many bird species making it a birders’ mini-paradise, complete with bird-hide. It is a beautiful place for a walk or calm contemplation, with its moorland backdrop. Throughout the year the lake offers many different moods – from bright summer days and cool breezes to atmospheric mists and flat calms, to blustery winter blasts that turn the water into a frenzy as they whip across the lake.

A consistently good windsurfing and sailing wind is promised at Siblyback Lake, thanks to its moorland location. We have a fantastic team of qualified instructors to make sure our watersports activities are available for people of all ages and abilities – from the first-timer to the Olympic hopeful.

BODMIN & WENFORD RAILWAY

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is a Standard Gauge Railway that operates mainly steam locomotives in the Duchy of Cornwall.

Come and enjoy a 13 mile round trip on this steeply graded line through the beautiful countryside.

LAUNCESTON STEAM RAILWAY

The L.S.R. runs from the historic Cornish town of Launceston through several miles of countryside to the hamlet of Newmills.

THE NATIONAL MARINE AQUARIUM

The Plymouth Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including 3 massive tanks. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. In addition our technological zone, Explorocean focuses on ocean exploration and sustainability through innovative, interactive exhibits.

The Aquarium is made up of 6 main zones: Explorocean, The Shallows, Atlantic Reef, Meditteranean Sea, Weird Creatures and Coral Seas. Each zone is packed full of amazing Marine Creatures and fantastic facts for you to find.

 

NATIONAL SEAL SANCTUARY

Welcome to the National Seal Sanctuary, set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall.

We have over 50 years experience in Seal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release

BLUE REEF AQUARIUM IN NEWQUAY

Welcome to Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit.

Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.

 

FUN ATTRACTIONS

FLAMBARDS Having entertained 11 Million visitors, Flambards is one of Britain’s Top 10 attractions. Huge undercover areas, rides, family shows, live entertainment and lots more. Fun for all the family.”

Camel Creek Camel Creek Adventure Park is a vibrant and welcoming visitor destination year-round, uniquely interpreting the legends of the area and famous for delivering great adventures and days out for the whole family. The Park is an all-weathers’ attraction and open all year round, with annual activities reflecting the seasons.

Please note that we only allow assistance dogs, but we can provide undercover parking with direct access to the park.
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FISHING

FISHING TRIPS FROM LOOE There are loads of opportunites to fish in the area 2 miles – 5 minutes from Camping Caradon.

 BAKE FISHING LAKES Bake’s 7 fishing lakes are only 9 miles – 20 minutes from Camping Caradon

SIBLYBACK LAKE Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor- 30minutes from Camping Caradon.

Sea Anglerii

Sea Angler II is moored at Queen Annes Battery, Plymouth.
For over 30 years Malcolm Jones, the skipper of Sea Angler II, has fished off the waters of the South West, and in particular around the port of Plymouth. This coast boasts the best wreck and reef areas in the country and it is no wonder that he has developed an enviable local knowledge. This, combined with a fully equipped charter boat, is why the Sea Angler II is fast being recognised as the No1 choice for professional and competition sea anglers, as well as schools and corporate fisherman. Boasting a staggering 99% catch rate, with many catches landing in at between 10 to 80 lbs for both beginner and professionals alike, it will come as no surprise that people who choose the Sea Angler return for a repeat experience time after time.

NATIONAL TRUST
 

THE NATIONAL TRUST IN CORNWALL

St Michael’s Mount is a magical rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, and home to a living community.
One of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions
Enchanting medieval castle and church perched upon a craggy island
Visit by causeway at low tide or take a boat trip. Lovely subtropical hanging gardens
Film location for Orsino’s castle in Twelfth Night (1996)

Tintagel Castle With its spectacular location on Cornwall’s dramatic and windswept Atlantic coastline, Tintagel is a place of magic and myth where the legend of King Arthur was born. This historic spot is rich in flora and fauna and provides a breeding ground for sea birds, lizards and butterflies. Tintagel Castle is Cornwall’s most iconic site. A strong hold of the Earls of Cornwall, the castle was built in the 13th century. Now in ruins, it still has the power to inspire.

FOR AN ACTION PACKED HOLIDAY

Westcountry Surf School is a fun, personal and professional surf school based in Newquay, Cornwall. We are a family operated surf school and we want you to feel part of our surfing family after your first surf lesson. As well as having as much fun as possible, we give out expert coaching with a very personal tuition of 1 coach to a maximum of 6 students per lesson ratio. This means we can give you the time to help your surfing progress. Your day surfing will also be captured with GoPro cameras in the water. This is a great way to progress quicker but also it captures your fun and smile. We offer a FREE local pickup and drop off service. So if your staying in and around Newquay, its completely hassle free. We are all active RNLI lifeguards and have been working on the beaches since we were 17. We want to pass on the key beach safety knowledge that we have learnt over the years to you guys, so you can be self-sufficient in the water.

ADRENALIN QUARRY

If you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall, try the UK’s biggest Zip Wire, largest Swing and fresh water Coasteering including the UK’s only Blob. Located just 10 miles from Camping Caradon Near Liskeard

 

GREAT GARDENS IN CORNWALL

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN “The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan extend to some eighty acres of superb pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a huge productive vegetable garden. Heligan is now the site of the largest garden restoration in Europe.
 
Other great gardens in Cornwall