Cornwall draws you in with its stunning coast, golden beaches, quaint harbours, and mild climate. But if you think it is all about the beaches then think again! There’s amazing art, captivating culture, heritage, festivals and events.
There is so much to enjoy on holiday in Cornwall for everyone. This ancient and mysterious peninsula has plenty more to offer. Cornwall has a diverse, charming and charismatic past, full of the weird and the wonderful – ready to be discovered by you on your holiday in Cornwall!
We have ancient stone monuments of Cornwall’s Celtic legacy and the iconic tin mines and engines house as a reminder of our industrial heritage. We have a wealth of unique festivals. Join in the madness and rugby-like chaos of St Columb’s Shrovetide hurling game. The town is transformed into a 31-anda-half square mile pitch so grown men and brave women, from town and country can chase after a silver ball. Dance, sing, shout and party in Padstow with the locals. Obby Oss Day features various hobby horses, parades, a may pole, songs, marching bands and an early start to witness it all for free!
There are so many legends and myths to explore! Check out Dozmary Pool, thought to be the lake where Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur to The Lady of the Lake. If you like that, don’t forget Tintagel – where legends tell us King Arthur built his castle. Back to the Moorland and you can witness the Cheesewring, a curious pile of huge granite slabs that can be likened to Stonehenge itself. There are plenty of other interesting rock formations throughout the county too. Many are English Heritage sites and are completely free. They range from underground chambers to monoliths. Rock on.
Cornwall can be as cheap or as luxurious as you want it to be! For luxury Cornwall head to a luxury spa or restaurant. Cornwall is fast becoming a foodie heaven, with many top-restaurants including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Rick Stein’s restaurants in Padstow, and Paul Ainworth’s Number 6 also in Padstow and there’s Nathan Outlaw’s two Michelin star restaurant at the St Enodoc Hotel Rock. Or for cheap Cornwall enjoy our beaches and free events and festivals such as Padstow’s Obby Oss and free music events at Lusty Glaze beach in Newquay.
Cram it all in on a weekend in Cornwall or take it easy with a week or two. Cornwall has so much to see on each coast. The north coast is home to Boscastle and Tintagel, both villages shrouded in mystery. At Tintagel see King Arthur’s castle and in Boscastle visit the unique Museum of Witchcraft. Head to Port Isaac, where Doc Martin is filmed, and Padstow and Watergate Bay for culinary delights or adventure sports and boat trips. Visit Newquay, Europe’s surf capital, and then surf some more in vibrant Perranporth. Get acquainted with our mining history along the St Agnes coastline. There is Hayle, home to Godrevy lighthouse with views across to St Ives, Cornwall’s art capital with tonnes of galleries and its very own Tate Gallery.
The south coast is the calmer coast, and is known for sailing more than surfing. On the south coast there’s The Minack Theatre, which has productions on throughout the summer season. This unique outdoor theatre, carved into our rocks, has stunning views across Porthcurno beach. There’s tiny fishing village Mousehole, arty Newlyn, Penzance, with views to St Michael’s Mount which can be accessed via Marizion, Cornwall’s most easterly point, The Lizard with Kynance Cove, another beach which is a jewel in Cornwall’s heavy crown. Up further see Falmouth, with one of the world’s deepest harbours and this student town has many one-of-a-kind shops and cafes. On the Fal there are plenty of opportunities to sail and kayak. Around this area there are also many gardens to explore including Glendurgan, Trebah and Trelissick. Take the King Harry Ferry in Feock to St Mawes, across the Fal, where you will see St Mawes castle, the twin to Pendennis castle, built by Henry the VIII in Falmouth. St Mawes is on the Roseland Peninsula, a completely unspoilt area of Cornwall with plenty of walks. Further up there is pretty fishing village Mevagissey, near by you’ll find the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Charlestown is next with a deep harbour and tall ships. Visit Fowey situated on the Fowey estuary; it is very popular with the yachting crowd, with numerous shops and classy bistros. Further along visit Polperro, down a valley and full of narrow streets and fisherman’s cottages. Up from Polperro is Looe, a working fishing port. Finally there is the Rame Peninsula, known as Cornwall’s forgotten south east corner with peaceful beaches, lush farmland and small villages.
The above only scratches the surface – Cornwall has so much to see and find waiting for you to discover it!
Where else can you enrich your mind, satisfy your curiosity and humble your heart in one day…then be back on a beautiful beach the next?
This is Cornwall! Come and see it for yourself.