The National Marine Aquarium in PlymouthWith 2 young children of our own, a few places stand out for both educational and entertainment value.

History and learning

Morwellham Quay (approx 30 minute drive) was once the largest copper mine in Queen Victoria’s empire.

Set in the beautiful Tamar Valley, the area has recently been awarded World Heritage Site status, to recognise the contribution made to the world by the mining industry. ‘At the bottom of every mine in the world, there’s a Cornish man’. Schedule a full family day out to really enjoy this unique riverside village which has been rediscovered and restored as a living outdoor museum. Dress up in Victorian clothes, see demonstrations of rope making, visit the cooper’s and blacksmiths workshop, play Victorian games in the school yard, and travel into the depths of the copper mine to appreciate the working conditions.

Birds and reptiles

Porfell Animal Land (approx 15 minute drive) is especially great for toddlers and young children, with a wide range of exotic species from lemurs to zebras, from snakes to meerkats, and lots of hands on experience feeding the very tame deer and birdlife.

National marine aquarium

Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium (approx 35 minute drive) is ‘Britain’s Biggest and Europe’s deepest’ with a walk through tunnel where you can get a close up view of the sharks – impressive at feeding time!

Steam trains

If you prefer your steam trains full size, then the Bodmin-Wenford Steam Railway (approx 25 minutes) should satisfy the steam train enthusiasts.