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Free places to visit near Redruth | Holidays in Cornwall

Redruth is a Cornish town that’s located near the North coast of Cornwall. It is just off the A30, making it the perfect “base” to stay whilst you visit all the popular tourist spots across the county! It’s close to a number of great beaches both on the North and South coast. Redruth also has some great places to visit right on its’ doorstep for FREE!

Nearby Beaches

  • Porthtowan (4.4 miles)
  • Portreath (4.6 miles)
  • St Agnes (7.8 miles)
  • Perranporth (9.4 miles)
  • Gwithian (9.5 miles)
  • Hayle (10 miles)
  • Gyllyngvase (Falmouth) (11 miles)
  • Porthminster (St Ives) (16 miles)
  • Fistral (Newquay) (16 miles)
  • Praa Sands (22 miles)

Beaches near Redruth | Credit Hannah Pascoe


There are some great free places to visit in and around Redruth if you’re looking to learn about Cornish culture and local history whilst on your holiday. The suggestions listed are all free and there is something for everybody to enjoy, young or old!

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Heartlands offers visitors a fantastic FREE day out, with plenty to do! It was built on 19 acres of a derelict mining landscape and its’ site, Robinson’s Shaft, is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Heartlands is full of history, fun and beauty.

Adventure Playground

Home to the largest free adventure playground in Cornwall, visiting Heartlands is a must for families with children! Suitable for children from 1-13 years, explore the subterranean tunnels, a shipwrecked climbable boat and zoom down the tunnel slides! It also has a see-saw carousel swing, a sand pit featuring a “building site” and play huts.

The Adventure Playground opening times:

October: 10.00 – 18.30
November – January: 10.00 – 16.00
February: 10.00 – 17.00
March – September: 10.00 – 19.00

Diaspora Botanical Gardens

Explore the Diaspora Gardens and follow the story of how the sub-tropical plants that we have in Cornwall reached our colourful county. Immerse yourselves in the story of the Cornish people in the 19thCentury and the beautiful gardens that their travels influenced. Each garden within Heartlands follows a theme of the continents where the exotic plants originated. The gardens are free to enter. Heartlands sometimes hosts guided tours around the gardens, so you can hear the wonderful stories of Cornwall’s sub-tropical gardens.

Visitor Centre Exhibition

This section is currently closed; however, visitors are able to pre-arrange appointments to access the centre. This is to ensure that all exhibits are safe and working properly whilst necessary maintenance is being carried out.


Heartlands is FREE to enter and is open every day of the year, expect for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Dogs are also welcome at Heartlands, except for in the Adventure Playground.


To gain access to Heartlands, there is a car park, which is located next to the Adventure Playground. The prices are:

Up to 2 hours: £2
All Day: £3

Heartlands | Free places to visit Redruth


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Carn Brea

Carn Brea is a great FREE place to explore when on holiday near Redruth. It is full of history and dates back to approximately 6,000 years ago. The rock formations on the hill and the surrounding areas are said to be Early Neolithic.

It is 738 feet above sea level, making it visible from far and wide! The hilltop offers spectacular views of Redruth and the surrounding areas below. On a clear day, you can even see both sides of the coast!

The Bassett family built the Bassett Monument in 1836. The Bassett family owned Carn Brea as part of the Tehidy Estate. The castle was also owned by the Bassett family and it was once used as an Elizabethan hunting lodge. It is now a beautiful restaurant that is open to the public.


Carn Brea is now managed by Cornwall Council and is free to access for the public. There is small car park near the Castle. There are also numerous footpaths to access the hill from four directions.

Carn Brea | Credit Tracey Pascoe


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Kresen Kernow

Kresen Kernow, Cornish for Cornwall Centre, is a recently opened centre that’s dedicated to the history of Cornwall. It is a fun, interactive and informative centre in Redruth that is free for the public to access. The documents within the centre hold over 850 years of Cornish history! They have a large collection of books, maps and photographs to get your teeth into and discover about the history of Cornwall. The centre holds events from time to time that you can attend. Head over to their website and take a look at their ‘What’s on’ page to find out more.


Address: Kresen Kernow, Little Vauxhall, Redruth TR15 1AS
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday  9:30 – 4:30

Kresen Kernow | Redruth

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