Cornwall is one of the prettiest parts of the UK separated by the rest of England by the river Tamar. It’s mild climate and warm sunny beaches (during summer months) makes it an ideal base for a short break or holiday.
There are so many bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, inns and farmhouses in the area, you will be spoilt for choice. Cornwall has a rich industrial heritage with the mining of tin and copper some 4,000 years ago. You may see remains of old mine workings. Throughout the county a wealth of interesting attractions can be found, ranging from animal sanctuaries, heritage centres, art galleries and historic buildings. Here are just some of the area’s we have listed.
Visit Launceston known as the gateway to Cornwall. It is situated just of the A30 between the Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor and is an ideal holiday spot for visitors wishing to visit both Devon and Cornwall with easy access to many attractions. On your visit to Launceston why not follow the “Town Trail” it gives you an interesting insight to the history of this pretty town with its 13th century Norman Core.
Liskeard lies close to Bodmin Moor at the head of the Looe Valley making it an ideal base to explore Cornwall. Two popular attractions within the town are the Ancient Pipe Well and Liskeard and District Museum.
Looe is situated some twenty miles west of the historic city of Plymouth. East Looe has the fishing harbour and the main shopping centre and sandy beach whilst West Looe is a bit quieter and leads to Hannafore with views over Looe Island. West Looe also has shops and eating establishments. The pretty streets in Looe are narrow and well worth exploring as well as the Old Guildhall Museum.
Popular Bodmin Moor (a walker’s dream) is in the centre of Cornwall with wonderful views over the Tamar Valley in the east of Cornwall. It is steeped in history with stone rows, burial chambers, circles and standing stones as well as horses, ponies, beef Cows and Sheep.
Camelford, situated on the River Camel, is an attractive ancient town which lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It is about 6 miles inland from the North Cornwall coastline making it the perfect location for a quite break or relaxing holiday. It’s also a great base for walkers as just south of the town is a footpath which leads straight onto the Moor.
Mevagissey is a picturesque 14th Century fishing village on the South Cornwall Coast close to the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. St Austell is one of Cornwall’s largest towns situated just a few miles from the coast and giving easy access to many tourist attractions. Visit nearby Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum which gives an interesting insight to the china clay production which once was a thriving industry within the town. Another long running industry is the St Austell’s Brewery which is open to the public for tours. But probably Cornwall’s biggest tourist attraction (2 miles away) is the famous Eden Project which has a collection of giant, multi-domed greenhouses, containing plants from various regions of the globe.
Truro famous for its Cathedral is situated in the middle of Cornwall within easy reach of beaches, particularly the Cornish Riviera and the lovely Roseland Peninsula. Its position makes it an excellent base for touring the rest of Cornwall.
The Roseland Peninsula has quiet beaches and picturesque fishing and coastal villages. It is within easy reach of Truro, St Austell and Falmouth. There are many lovely walks in the area and one of the best beaches in Roseland is said to be the Porthbeor Beach which has some interesting rock formations.
Falmouth famous for its beaches, Castle and National Maritime Museum also has the world’s third largest natural harbour. The beaches of Castle, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth have some of the best sandy beaches in this region making it ideal for a family holiday. When visiting Falmouth be sure look at Pendennis Castle which has wonderful views over the town and surrounding area.
Another beauty is The Lizard Peninsula an area of outstanding natural beauty and a popular holiday spot with writers and painters. It’s stunning scenery, pretty coves and fishing villages makes it an ideal location any time of the year and the climate here is said to be one of the warmest in Britain.
Take your journey to Penzance, Cornwall’s largest and most westerly borough. Only 10 miles for Land’s End, the area is surrounded by rocky coves, rugged cliffs and award-winning sandy beaches. For water sport enthusiasts, there are excellent opportunities for surfing and windsurfing, while sailing is popular in Mounts Bay with regular Championships being held for a wide variety of classes of boats.
St Ives is a small town in the far west of Cornwall. Originally a fishing village, it has for the last 150 years become very popular with artists and is now home to a branch of the Tate Gallery. This pretty fishing town has a good selection of eating establishments, modest night life and great beaches making it an ideal holiday destination.
Visit Newquay for its bustling night life and Surfing Championships which are held at Fistral Beach. Another popular tourist spot is Newquay Zoo and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway. All in all, Newquay has some of the best beaches and spectacular coastal scenery making it ideal for a holiday.
Wadebridge home to The Royal Cornwall Show, The Cornwall Folk Festival and one of county’s leading farmer’s markets (now held at The Royal Cornwall Showground). Wadebridge is a good base for visiting Cornwall’s numerous attractions.
Padstow home to the famous Rick Stein’s eating establishments and is also a popular choice for a weekend break or holiday. Situated on the West side of the Camel estuary in North Cornwall it is close to many attractions and gives easy access to The Eden Project, The Saints Way (an ancient route from Padstow to Fowey), The Camel Trail (popular with cyclists and walkers) and Padstow’s Lobster Hatchery.
Port Isaac is an ancient pretty fishing village lined with traditional granite old Cornish houses and whitewashed cottages. Visitors are advised to use the large car park at the top of the hill and walk down to the village, as the narrow streets can be difficult to negotiate. Fishing trips are available during the Summer months and don’t forget to visit nearby Port Gaverne a pretty unspoilt cove just around the corner from Port Isaac; it’s sheltered sandy beach has rock pools and is a favourite with families with young children.
Tintagel is situated on the North coast of Cornwall and renowned for its association with the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Make sure you visit King Arthur’s Castle, which is reached by steps leading from the mainland. It is a hard climb but well worth it when you reach the top.
Bude has some of the best surfing beaches. Some surfers prefer the less crowded beach of Cracklington Haven. Or visit Widemouth Bay a long golden sandy beach looking out towards Lundy Island. The coastal scenery here in Bude is majestic and the area being within reach of many of attractions.
Crackington and the surrounding Parish of St Gennys is an ideal holiday destination any time of the year. During the summer months the beach is bustling with holiday makers and in the cooler months you may visage oystercatchers.
All in all, I think you will agree that Cornwall has a host of places to visit and makes an ideal spot for a holiday or weekend break any time of the year.