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Cornwall’s Top 5 Mythical Family-Friendly Activities

Pictured: St Nectans Glen

Every corner of Cornwall has a story to tell. As one of the ancient Celtic nations, its tapestry of rich history and culture is steeped in myths, legends, and fairy tales. From the mystical tales of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table to the enigmatic stories of mermaids, giants, and piskies, Cornwall offers a treasure trove of folklore waiting to be explored. Families visiting Cornwall can dive into these captivating stories through a variety of activities perfect for children and adults alike.

1. Learn about Cornwall’s Pirate Past at the National Maritime Museum

Dive into the swashbuckling world of pirates at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. This fascinating museum provides an interactive experience that brings Cornwall’s pirate history to life. Children can climb aboard a pirate ship, uncover hidden treasures, and even learn to navigate like a seafarer. Special exhibitions often feature pirate artefacts and stories from the Golden Age of Piracy, making it a perfect blend of education and adventure.

2. Look Out For the Mermaids of Zennor

The village of Zennor is famous for its mermaid legend, where the story of a beautiful mermaid who fell in love with a local chorister still enchants visitors. Families can visit the ancient church of St. Senara, where the Mermaid Chair, carved with the image of a mermaid, resides. After exploring the church, take a scenic walk down to Zennor Cove, where the sea sparkles with the mystery of mermaid tales, and keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of these mystical sea creatures.

3. Explore the Castle of King Arthur at Tintagel

No visit to Cornwall is complete without exploring the legendary Tintagel Castle, believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Perched dramatically on the rugged north coast, the castle ruins and surrounding landscape are steeped in Arthurian legend. Families can wander through the ruins, cross the breathtaking footbridge, and discover Merlin’s Cave hidden below. The visitor centre offers insights into the castle’s history and its legendary connections, making it a magical experience for all ages.

4. Discover the Giants of St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island rich with the legend of a giant named Cormoran, who was said to terrorise the local villagers until a brave boy named Jack took him down. Families can explore the medieval castle and its beautiful gardens, learning about the legends and history of the mount. As you walk across the causeway at low tide, imagine the footsteps of giants and the mythical tales that have been passed down through generations.

5. Look for Cornish Piskies Along the Moorland

Cornish piskies, or pixies, are mischievous little sprites said to inhabit the moorlands and ancient sites of Cornwall. One of the best places to search for these elusive creatures is Bodmin Moor, with its rugged landscape and mysterious stone circles. Families can embark on a piskie hunt, exploring the moor and listening to the folklore that tells of these tiny beings playing tricks on unwary travellers. The moorland’s natural beauty and the thrill of the hunt make it an exciting adventure for children and adults alike.

Plan Your Family Adventure in Cornwall

Cornwall’s mythical heritage offers endless opportunities for family-friendly activities that blend fun, education, and a touch of magic. Whether you’re delving into pirate history, searching for mermaids, or hunting for piskies, these adventures promise to create lasting memories for the whole family. Plan your stay at our family-friendly hotel and make the most of your magical journey through Cornwall’s rich folklore.

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