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About Cornwall

You’re never far from something of interest during your Cornish holiday.

Welcome to Cornwall

For many, Cornwall evokes childhood memories of bucket and spade holidays. Golden beaches and clear turquoise waters surround the stunning coastline with quaint villages and unspoilt coves dotted in-between.

blue sea at Porthcurno

Surrounded by sea


Wild moors, stunning beaches

Venture inland and you’ll find wild moors, colourful gardens, historical houses and award winning tourist attractions. Whatever the season, there’s plenty to see and do.

There really is a beach for almost every day of the year in Cornwall! Rugged cliffs hug the northern Atlantic coast. Creeks and valleys add to the beauty of the more sheltered south and the remnants of once hard working engine houses perch precariously looking out to sea.

Wheal Coates and the sea

Wheal Coates


Here, seafaring legends come alive. Tales of smugglers and mermaids meld with a rich history. It is said giants once roamed this land and piskies may play a trick on you if you dare to cross their path!

Porth Isaac flowers

Pretty harbour villages

The Seafood Restaurant exterior

The Seafood Restaurant – Rick Stein


A paradise for food-lovers

Cornwall is also a great place for food-lovers. First class restaurants, trendy seafood joints, beachside cafés, tea rooms and cosy pubs and inns can be found a plenty. A host of famous chefs have made the county their base and that’s not just because of the humble pasty!

Rich in home grown delicacies, fresh seafood and a growing number of artisan breweries, seasonal, fresh temptations make their way onto many a mouth-watering Cornish menu.

flags outside the Eden Project

Eden Project


Plenty to see & do

Consistently voted the UK’s best tourist attraction, Cornwall boasts the iconic Eden Project with its mighty biomes housing the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Just down the road you’ll find The Lost Gardens of Heligan complete with its giant mud sculptures.

Spend time at one of the many historic houses or castles, delve down a mine, visit diverse museums, hop on a steam train or scare yourself on a tour of a reputedly haunted gaol.

The temperate nature of Cornwall’s climate has also given rise to a number of award winning sub-tropical gardens bursting with colourful and unusual fora and fauna. Wind through pathways and forests and discover their delights.

Giants Head

Giants Head, The Lost Gardens of Heligan


The clear light and stunning scenery of Cornwall is a magnet to artists, writers and film crews, keen to capture the beauty of the county and its bewitching backdrop. Take a trip to the Tate St Ives, discover Poldark country or pay a visit to Doc Martin’s pretty harbour village.

Aidan Turner as Poldark



Alive with myths & legends

Myth and legend are rife here. This is where King Arthur may have ruled, the Knights of the Round Table held court and where excalibur was allegedly returned to the Lady of the Lake.

Unusual and magnificent sites can be seen, such as St Michael’s Mount rising out from the sea and one of the most unique theatres in the land, The Minack Theatre, carved into the granite rock. Ancient neolithic tombs and Celtic crosses scatter the landscape. This is where you can visit the most westerly and the most southerly point of mainland Britain in an hour.

St Michaels Mount

St Michael’s Mount, west Cornwall


Legend, food and history are celebrated throughout the seasons in festivals full of creative entertainment, music and dancing.

Then there’s the great outdoors. Whether you love flying kites, surfing or kayaking, heading out on a sea safari, coasteering, cycling or walking, there are plenty of places to go and adventures to be had – come to Cornwall and experience them for yourself!

Bissoe Trail

Bissoe Trail