Cornwall in the rugged south west forms a peninsula, encompassing wild moorland and hundreds of sandy beaches, culminating at the promontory Land’s End. The south coast, dubbed the Cornish Riviera, is home to picturesque harbour villages such as Fowey and Falmouth. The north coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts like Newquay, which is known for surfing.
With a wonderfully mild climate, delicious local cuisine and a wealth of historic attractions, Cornwall has attracted holidaymakers for decades.
Visit a gorgeous garden one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active: Boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling…take your pick.
Or if history and heritage is more your thing you will be amazed by the historic houses, castles, museums and World Heritage Sites. Iconic attractions include St Michael's Mount, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives, Land's End and Tintagel Castle are amongst attractions not-be-missed!
Nature lovers will have plenty to do. At the ever-popular Eden Project you can wander through the tropical and Mediterranean biomes, home to the largest rainforest in captivity. A walk along the coastal path is the best opportunity to see native whales, dolphins and seals as well as offering panoramic views along the coast. Watch the seasons change on The Lizard when native birds begin migrating south replaced with those seeking refuge from chilly arctic winters.
There is plenty of history to discover in Cornwall from the region’s rich mining heritage around Redruth, where you can take part in an underground mine tour, to myth and legend on Bodmin Moor. Track the famous Bodmin Beast or visit Dozmary Pool where legend has it, King Arthur’s Excalibur rose from the water, or learn about witchcraft at Jamaica Inn. The iconic St Michael’s Mount which lies in Mount’s Bay with its 12th century buildings is a great day out, as is the grand country house at Lanhydrock.
For something a little different, discover a real taste of life in Victorian Cornwall at the Courtroom Experience in the old County Courts in Bodmin. The experience recreates the trial of Matthew Weeks, a local man arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, whose body was found on Bodmin Moor. Take your place as a member of the jury and decide whether he is innocent or guilty once you’ve seen all the evidence and then set foot in the spooky holding cells.
For those who like to explore on foot, there are a multitude of walks with 300 plus miles on the South West Coast Path, as well as a range of superb inland trails including The Saints Way and Smugglers Way. Walk to a new location every day with your bags transferred ahead of you. Week long walks include the Wild Wreckers Atlantic Coast from the Cornish / Devon borders via stunning Tintagel Castle to Padstow. A circuit of the rocky Lizard Peninsular passing the UK’s most southerly point and The World Heritage Mining Walk around Land’s End, taking in St Ives, Penzance and 4 days of challenging walking through the old tin mines and coves at the far west of the county. Inland the Smugglers Way, Saints Way and St Michaels Way all offer coast to coast options crossing the interior of Cornwall, climbing the highest peaks at Brown Willy and Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor.
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