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3 Best things to see & do in Isles of Scilly

  • Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 20 June, 2023
  • St Martin's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

If you’ve ever wanted to swim with a seal, this is a great place to tick it off your bucket list. The crystal-clear waters around the Isles of Scilly are rich in sealife – an ideal habitat for grey seals, who are curious and playful around humans.

Snorkelers can encounter these intelligent creatures up close, watching as they glide effortlessly through the water and interact with each other. A peaceful yet exhilarating experience.

Adult price: £65

Min age 7

Good for age: 7+

Tresco Abbey Garden

  • Tresco, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

view along a pathwat in the garden


A world-renowned botanical garden sprawling over 17 acres. It’s home to a diverse range of exotic plants and trees from all over the world, including a famous collection of sub-tropical plants that thrive in the mild climate of the Scilly Isles.

Adult price: £18

Good for age: 18+

Boating tours of the Isles of Scilly

  • St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

Fishing boats in a harbour in the isles of scilly


The St Mary’s Boatmen Association run a selection of themed boating tours – usually 1.5-2 hours long – from St Mary’s Quay, including a ‘seabird special’ and a heritage boat tour. Different tours run on different days, so plan ahead. April to October.

Adult price: £20

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 1.5-2 hours