All about Cornwall

Cornwall is almost an island, surrounded by the Channel to the south, the Atlantic to the north and the Tamar river to the east.  The north coast estuaries include the Camel, Gannel and Hayle rivers with ever-changing sand banks and channels at their mouths. On the south coast, the gentler cliffs are punctuated by the deep estuaries or drowned river valleys of the Fal, Helford, Fowey and Tamar rivers, many of which have been designated as candidate special areas of conservation for the estuarine wildlife they support.  www.visitcornwall.com

Cornwall is in the privileged position of having two coastlines: the Atlantic coast famous for its surfing beaches and huge expanses of golden sand, and the English Channel coast which is more gentle with hidden coves and tranquil creeks.

Famous for clotted cream teas, tasty pasties, georgeous beaches and perfect surf, Cornwall is also home to some of the most idyllic towns and villages to be found in the UK.  There is just so much to do and see in Cornwall it is impossible to mention everything, so we have listed just a few of the 'must sees & dos'.  Whatever you choose to do, one trip simply won't be enough !

 

Staying in Cornwall

Take a look at some of the beautiful self catering properties we have available to rent either  weekly or for short breaks.  Locations include Porthleven, Port Navas, Newquay, St Ives and Charlestown which is a 'World Heritage Site'.

The Coastal Paths

There are some beautiful coastal paths in Cornwall, whether you are seasoned walker or a leisurely stroller there is a route to suit everyone.  'Encouter Cornwall' offer walking breaks with a unique programme of self guided and supported walking from short weekend walking breaks through to 14 day walking holidays that cover the full diversity of Cornish scenery, from the wild inland moors to its dramatic coves and idyllic beaches.

Surfing & Boarding

Cornwall's location, jutting straight out into the Atlantic Ocean, makes it a magnet for swell. Combine this with its milder climate and a plethora of excellent beaches and you have the UK's premier surf destination. Until very recently Cornwall was pretty much unchallenged by anywhere in the British Isles for the quality of surfers it has produced over the years. This is gradually changing as spots in the North East, Northern Ireland, South Wales and Scotland gain in reputation, but it is hard to imagine any of these places have the unique combination that makes Cornwall the surf capitol of the UK.

Beaches

In Cornwall you are never more than 16 miles from the sea, which makes almost everyone in the county a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the water. And with over 300 beaches to choose from, who can blame them!  Head to the north coast if you fancy a day stretched out on a large expense of golden sand watching Atlantic waves breaking on the shore with surfers following in their wake. Or for secluded coves and sheltered bays make your way to the south coast. But rest assured - whatever beach you choose it will be blessed with the clear waters and picturesque views that put Cornwall's beaches among the best in the world.

Gardens

Relax in a garden paradise where rolling blankets of scent of colour meet the turquoise hues of the water’s edge. With water everywhere, it’s no surprise that many of Cornwall’s gardens have grown with a view to the ocean, estuaries and lakes that riddle the county.  Click on the link above to discover and explore over 60 gardens. The 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' has more than 200-acres to explore, you really can lose yourself for a day in this enchanting restoration garden. Heligan was recently dubbed 'The Nation's Favourite Garden' by BBC Gardeners' World viewers after the award-winning restoration of its productive gardens, but this is just one of many features that make this a fantastic year-round destination.

The Eden Project

Eden is a truly unique experience, in the heart of Cornwall's Clay Mining country - a place to explore the amazing relationship that exists between the human population and the fascinating world of plants - and the extent that we depend on plants for our very existence. The world's largest geodesic domes contain two distinct biosphere's for you to explore, the Humid Tropical Biome featuring a jungle environment and the Warm Temperate Biome, featuring plant species from the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Whilst outside there is a series of landscaped gardens where you can enjoy a diverse collection of plants from the Wild Cornwall section to the terraced tea slopes.

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

The beautiful island of St Michael's Mount was a marsh forest 2,000 years ago, until the area flooded and the granite mount became an island.  For 300 years it has been home to the St Audbyn family, who live there among a small community, although according to legend the pub was closed when a tipsy fisherman spat at the feet of a visiting King.  The National Trust now runs St Michael's Mount, its cafe, restaurant and two shops.  A cobbled causeway has linked the island to the mainland shore since the Middle Ages.  Built on sand and shale, it is only usable at low tide, but rising seal levels are jeopardising its future.   

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum Cornwall is known for celebrating the sea, boats and Cornwall but the South West’s Visitor Attraction of the Year is diving even deeper and exploring Under the Sea.  Dive into a world of shipwrecks, see the very first submarine, explore a human torpedo, see inside a hyperbaric chamber, experience the history of diving, delve into a diving bell and see what it takes to live, work and play in our oceans. There is also the new Falmouth Gallery highlighting the importance of Falmouth’s maritime history, incorporating an Old Curiosity Shop, displaying weird and wonderful things that sailors traditionally brought back from far flung places around the world. You can also explore Britain’s first and last port of call and relive the heyday of Falmouth’s port from 1689 to the present day.

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