It’s been a long time coming but this is the last day trip review from our holiday in Cornwall during August! We had a lovely week staying at Trevornick and visited Holywell Bay Fun Park, Tintagel and spent a morning exploring Land’s End.
I’m going to start by being flat out honest with you, we had awful weather and L was tired and far from enjoying himself and this certainly tainted our day. That being said, even looking back a few months later, when the pain of travelling with a four year old has dissipated I still don’t think I was actually that impressed and whilst sunshine would have certainly helped and allowed to us explore some more of the walks, I don’t think it would have changed my mind overall about Land’s End.
Land’s End is the most westerly point in the UK and as we have visited the most easterly point in Lowestoft on several occasions, living in East Anglia and all, it seemed fitting that having travelled so far, we visited the most westerly point.
We knew there were several attractions to visit whilst we there, that there would be shopping and walking and a museum so it seemed like it would be a safe bet with L. What we weren’t expecting was just how busy it would be, how very touristy and much of our money they would require.
Now I know we were in Cornwall, over the August Bank Holiday, I know that during all of the good weather lots of attractions were turning tourists away, but to this point we had been blessed with great weather and fairly normal levels of crowds. So we thought that with the weather being more than a little iffy we would be safe. We were wrong.
After we arrived and paid for our car parking we dodged the puddles into the main complex, the wind was bitterly cold, so despite L being dressed in a shirt, jumper and coat he was frozen. Into the shops we headed, much as you would expect, fudge, trinkets, souvenirs of all descriptions and tops. We bought L a lovely, thick and toasty warm new hoody that when coupled with all the other layers sorted the clothing front out.
There is a nice playground and a small model village that we had a look round, then we checked out the Air Ambulance that was on display, wandered along the cliff path to another little gift shop and read some of the information boards that showed us where the ship wrecks are, explained a bit about the wildlife and the landscape. We enjoyed these and would liked to have seen a few more but found they repeated themselves.
We found the post box and the ordnance survey point and the famous signpost. This was all lovely and free, unless you wanted a picture of you next to the signpost, that was chargeable. Had the weather been better and the child more amenable we would have gone for more of a walk and enjoyed the natural beauty more, but the wind was strong and cold and thick sea mist had descended, so we couldn’t even see the lighthouse that had just been visible when we arrived.
We enjoyed the museum, which covered the classic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End and all the records broken and weird and wonderful travellers. This was all very well laid out and very interesting. What was missing, I felt, was a history of Land’s End itself and the buildings there. I would have just liked have known a little more.
As for the attractions, we only visited one. The Aardman ‘A Grand Experience’ a walk through experience letting you explore the various Aardman Worlds, exploring the farm with Shaun the Sheep and Timmy, going to Space with Wallace and Gromit, hanging on the sofa with Morph and getting to see some of the scenes from the films. It was good fun and L liked the games, but despite us taking our time it only took twenty minutes to go round, which was not reflected in the ticket price. I’m glad we didn’t pay to go to all of the attractions, whilst you benefit from a significant reduction by purchasing a bundle ticket, it would still have been a lot of money and I doubt have kept you going for a whole day.
We did consider heading down to Greeb Farm to see the animals and check out the craft shops, but as that would have been an additional cost and L was starving we opted for lunch instead and I ticked off enjoying a pasty from the to do list!
I guess I was hoping for more history, less touristy from my visit and whilst I’m glad we went, just so we could say we’ve been, I wouldn’t be rushing back. Though I am aware the weather spoilt our day a bit and the child didn’t help, I just don’t think it was for us.
Disclosure – we paid for our own tickets and food, I am just writing about our day as we like to share wear we have been on our travels.