Cornwall is one of the most beautiful counties in Britain - defined by its magnificent coastline with 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and oak-forested creeks. Its unspoilt coastline has inspired thousands of painters and sculptors - as well as surfers and hikers who come to see the rugged beauty of the boulder-strewn moorland, and deep blue sea.
Cornwall captured in beautiful watercolour
Padstow’s harbour is the town’s strongest attraction, with visitors from all over the world drawn to its mixture of fishing and pleasure craft, side-by-side with quayside inns and cafes - including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.
The Tate in St Ives is an art gallery exhibiting work by modern British artists with links to the St Ives area. Located by the beach, it includes a cafe and a gift shop for its visitors, and often provides workshops guests can attend.
St Michael’s Mount
When the tide is low, it is possible to walk across the sand to the island of St Michael’s Mount. It features a castle and luscious gardens full of trails and a vast variety of plants - or visitors can explore the small village and harbour below the castle.
The village of Zennor lies on the rocky cliffs and hills between St Ives and St Just. For more than 4000 years its people have been fishing, farming, quarrying and mining, and the area’s rich history includes the tomb at Zennor Quoit.
The castle at St Mawes has a 270 degree view across the St Mawes bay. The town itself is full of eateries, shops and galleries, and is a popular spot for fishing as well as kayaking, walking, sailing and various watersports.
Heligan has been the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, and is one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. Its secret garden was lost for decades, and was only discovered when a small door revealed the magnificant garden.
Newquay is one of Cornwall’s most popular towns with watersports and surfing just part of the attraction. In the summer heat visitors could believe they were in spain with its famous rich blue water and clear, sandy beaches.
Tintagel is a small village in Cornwall that is famous for its link to King Arthur, with its famous medieval castle and King Arthur’s hall in the village itself. The castle is managed by British Heritage, and is owned by Charles, Prince of Wales.
The cream tea is a speciality in Cornwall including a homemade scone with jam and cream along with a fresh pot of english tea. Famous throughout the world, the cream tea is enjoyed throughout the county and usually feature Cornwall’s famous clotted cream.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a unique site full of diverse plants which are collected in its visually striking ‘biomes’. Created by Tim Smit who also restored the Heligan Gardens, ‘The Eden Trust’ runs the project as a charitable research and educational tool.
Another of Cornwall’s specialities - the Cornish Pasty should include diced mince, potato, swede, onion and general seasoning. Shaped in a ‘D’ with a golden colour, its edges must be crimped on one side or it can’t be classed as ‘Cornish’.
Truro is the only city in Cornwall, and its main feature is its Cathedral which has a green spire and Victorian stained glass windows. Originally a market town the city has a port which dates back to over 800 years and was a busy harbour during tin mining times.
This world famous open-air theatre overlooks the Porthcurno Bay in Cornwall, and although it looks much older, was actually created between the world wars. Its striking location uses the sea as its backdrop and is a perfect location for all types of drama and opera.
Lands End is the most southwesterly point in mainland Britain, and home to cliffs as high as 200 feet which hold spectacular views of the coastline. Full of myths and legends, the site is popular with visitors as they walk around the point and explore the area.