Things to do - Cornwall

Mystical and majestic, Cornwall is packed with superb landscapes, beautiful beaches and brooding moorlands. Conjuring up memories of a holiday in Cornwall is something that many families have in common. The sheer size of the rugged cliffs and thunderous waves are sights that stick in the mind of anyone who has visited this remarkable area of the UK. Cornwall has long been visited by holidaymakers but not just for its magnificent landscapes. The history of the county is all around with small villages where the fishermen still risk their lives out at the sea which is an extremely unforgiving environment when the weather becomes harsh.

Watching the fishermen mending their nets, leaving the safety of the harbour and then bringing home their catch which supplies many of the local restaurants is a good way to immerse yourself in the tapestry of Cornish life. However, Cornwall is also renowned for its temperate climate and it offers long sunlit days when the beaches are the most attractive place to be. With a coastline that covers some 300 miles taking in both the English Channel and the Irish Sea, Cornwall is unsurpassed for its scenery and culture.

The coast of Cornwall is famous for shipwrecks and in the old days these wrecks were plundered for their expensive cargo. The small coves in Cornwall were the site of many smuggling operations during a bygone age when rum was the currency in much of the county. Shipwrecks were common when the weather suddenly turned bad and you can still hear and read stories about the heroic actions of the locals who saved many lives during fierce storms.

Cornwall is not all about beaches and water sports. The unexpected grandeur of Bodmin Moor never fails to take away the breath of new visitors. Walking trails and tales told of legendary characters are part of the fabric of Cornish life and locals are always keen to talk about their beloved part of the world. Farmland is in abundance in Cornwall with some areas still retaining a medieval aura where you can find Celtic stone circles and burial barrows. Evidence of early settlers is shown in the prehistoric remains in the moor's museums and these jostle for attention with the wonderful walking trails where visitors can go for hours without seeing another soul.

Lush river valleys complement the harsh looking granite rocks that are prevalant on the moors. There are old tin mines to visit and so many small ancient villages with names that conjure up the past. Charlestown is just one of the wonderful small ports that retains its unspoiled Georgian heritage. It was named after its benefactor Charles Rashleigh, an entrepreneur and local landowner.

Famous for its artist's enclave, St Ives is a must to visit for anyone who loves painting, poetry and other arts and crafts. The galleries at Penzance and Truro are also well worth seeing and paintings by Cornish artists can be found for sale in Fowey. Add to these pleasures the wonderful new food scene and it is clear that Cornwall has so much on offer that it outshines many other holiday destinations in the UK.


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Bude
Bude

Big Blue Surf School

Every Day 9am - 6.30pm

So youre thinking of learning to surf? Great! Whether you are looking for a great family day out in the South West or for surfing lessons for your ...

Bodmin
Bodmin

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

All Year

Passenger trains operate on selected dates throughout the year. There is a buffet at both Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway stations, and most serv...

Falmouth
Falmouth

Bowman Yacht Charters Cornwall

All Year Weather Permitting

Bowman Yacht Charters Cornwall offer skippered and bareboat yacht charter, day sails, weekend breaks, and adventure sails around the Cornish coast ...

Porthmeor
Porthmeor

Cornwall AONB

All Year

The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 958 square kilometres (370 sq mi) in Cornwall, England, UK; that is, about 27% of the total ...

Nr Redruth
Nr Redruth

Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Tin Mill

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Cornwall Gold withmore than 18 acres to explore in the heart of Cornwall's beautiful mining landscape, you can find the perfect place to explor...

St Blazey
St Blazey

Eden Project

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The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Inside the artificial biodomes are plants that are collected from al...

Par
Par

Finesse Chauffeurs

All Year

Finesse Chauffeurs offer private, bespoke tours to suit each and every client. Our experience in the Cotswolds and through the South West gives us ...

Rosenithon
Rosenithon

Godrevy Cove

All Year

Godrevy Cove, a hidden gem on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. With the water being crystal clear and with no cliffs to climb down, there is no pa...

Hayle
Hayle

Gwithian Beach

All Year

Gwithian Beach located by Hayle in beautiful Cornwall is a great beach for the family with lots of sand and rock pools for the children. A lifeguar...

Treesmill
Treesmill

Hidden Valley Gardens

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Hidden Valley Gardens, Treesmill is an intimate award-winning three acre garden and specialist plant nursery, nestled in a secluded hidden valley. ...

Troon
Troon

King Edward Mine Museum

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King Edward Mine Museum is Cornwalls best preserved mine site, the buildings have been beautifully restored and are considered by English Heritage ...

Tintagel
Tintagel

Merlin's Cave

At Low Tide

Merlin's Cave is the name given to a cave located beneath Tintagel Castle, 5 kilometres south west of Boscastle, Cornwall. It is 100 metres lon...

Porthcurno
Porthcurno

Minack Theatre

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The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre located in Porthcurno, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The t...

Saint Austell
Saint Austell

Par Market and Food Hall

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Par Market and Food Hall has over 100 different retail and food stalls - Everything you could want and more! Bargains are guaranteed and so is fres...

Praa Sands
Praa Sands

Praa Sands Beach

All Year

Praa Sands is a white sandy beach and coastal village in Cornwall, England. The beach, which has shallow waters and seasonal lifeguards, attracts s...

Marazion
Marazion

St Michael's Mount

All Year

St Michael's Mount is a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The island is a civil parish and is linked to...

Harewood
Harewood

Tamar Valley AONB

All Year

Together, the Tamar, Tavy and Lynher form the Tamar Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding N...

Penzance
Penzance

The Acorn Theatre

9am-5pm

The Acorn is Penzances favourite affordable theatre for live music and performing arts with a reputation for innovative programming. For over 40 ye...