Cornwall Attractions

Cornwall includes a number of local attractions visitors can explore with a range of interesting and charming places to discover. Cornwall has been established as one of England’s favourite holiday destinations for many years, with its relatively mild climate and relaxed pace of life. The county includes a number of historic houses and buildings, world heritage site, scenic beaches and coastline, gardens and parks, galleries, theatre, concerts and events. Cornwall’s location in south west England means the tranquil English countryside and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Cornwall, these include:

The Eden Project is located a few miles from St Austell in Cornwall. Established back in 2001, over a relatively short space of time, the attraction has established itself as one of the most popular and best known in Cornwall. There are artificial biomes inside which are a huge number of plant collections from around the world. It is one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests with acclaimed architecture and garden displays throughout the year. Visitors can explore the rainforest and Mediterranean biomes along with the gardens and the Core educational centre. A visit to the Eden Project has for a fascinating and educational day out for the whole family.

There are schools of thought that are less convinced about the link with King Arthur but the ruins of 12th century Tintagel Castle are certainly noteworthy. The castle is situated on rocky headland above the pounding surf, it is deemed a very romantic spot and one look with tell you why. Tintagel is famed as a romantic place of legends. Indeed legend has it that one of these was King Mark's nephew Tristan fell in love with Yseult, but their ultimately doomed romance is part of Tintagel's story.

The remains of the 13th-century castle are awe-inspiring. There are many questions and legends that are to this day still unanswered regarding Tintagel. It all adds to the mystic and romance of the place. The 'Searching for King Arthur' magical mystery audio visual tour takes visitors to the castle, it's history and legends, this great site makes for a fascinating trip.

Visitors can see the spectacular medieval remains of St Michaels Mount, a fanciful castle perched atop an island in across from Marazion. The medieval remains St. Michael's Mount make for a wonderful sight, perched on top of an island in Mount's Bay, the Mount, is administered by the National Trust, it is an island at high tide, but is accessible by a stone causeway at other times. St. Michael's Mount is a strange mix of house, religious retreat, and castle. It was a pilgrimage centre back in the middle ages that then became a fortress and later a house to the St. Aubin family.

Inside the castle there are family rooms, with paintings by Gainsborough among others. The house contains a weapons collection and 18th century clothes worn by the St. Aubin family. The island is assessable by boat, or at low tide via a long causeway from the mainland, followed by a steep climb up to the house.

Cornwall has the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape world heritage site. The site is located primarily across Cornwall & West Devon and contains mining landscapes that are historically significant. The technological advances brought the area to the fore in both the 18th and 19th centuries, there are a number of interesting sites visitors can explore further.

Among the sites is the Gwennap Pit located in Redruth, Cornwall, it is an open air amphitheatre that boasts a pit measures of some 85 metres in diameter, with tiered grassy seating. Geevor Tin Mine is located on the west coast of the county and is the largest preserved mine in the UK, visitors can get an understanding in to Cornwall's mining history and heritage and discover more about the local area.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine is located in Pendeen and is owned and looked after by the National Trust. Visitors can see the oldest working steam beam engine in the county. Visitors can also see a restored steam engine and go on underground tours to learn more about the mine and those that worked here in the past.

Land’s End is the most westerly point of mainland England and attracts plenty of tourists each year with most wanting a picture by the signposts to various locations around the UK and the word. Among the most famous is the sign to John O'Groats in Scotland the most northerly part of the mainland that is some 874 miles away. The Land's End hotel has sound and light shows, a suspension bridge, exhibition halls, play areas and a Lost Labyrinth attraction. The cliffs at Land's End are around 200 feet above the crashing waves. It makes for a great sight, Land's End has its own legends too.

Trewithen House and Gardens is set amidst enjoyable woodland gardens and parkland between the city of Truro and St Austell. The house at Trewithen was begun in 1730 by Philip Hawkins, whilst the south front was done in 1763. The interior has a number of family rooms with furniture and paintings that has been collected by the Hawkins family over the generations.

The major attraction here are the splendid gardens, the gardens were landscaped in the 19th century but have since been altered again. Many more shrubs were added and overall it is thought the gardens with its woodland are one of England's finest examples of landscape gardening. There are formal gardens near the house and a Walled Garden housing tender plants. Trewithen has even created its own namesake plant, the Trewithen Blue, or Ceanothus arboreus.

For those that like to relax aboard a cruise, Fal River Ferries offer a number of cruises on their passenger boats. There are cruises that take you to the famous 500 year-old thatched Smugglers Cottage. Cruises are benefiting from a new fleet and offer a range of trips to a range of destinations around the coast. Given the large coastline Cornwall has it is not surprising cruises around the coastline are popular among visitors, with many interesting trips available whilst you relax and enjoy the ride.

The South West Coast Path travels right through Cornwall coming from Devon and going right round the Cornwall coast. This presents walkers with a wealth of opportunities in many locations to enjoy the Cornish coastline, come up close to the wildlife and really appreciate the wonderful surroundings on offer here. There are many short walks of a few miles to try, visitors can be more adventurous and try longer walks too, if the mood takes them.

Theatre fans can visit the Keay Theatre in St Austell, Cornwall. The theatre hosts a wide variety of community and professional events in great surroundings. The Keay brings together performers, designers, musicians, directors and others with the aim to take the arts all over Cornwall. There is a bar where you can enjoy a drink at intervals in the shows, the shows include theatre performances, comedy, music and presentations, the theatre is an enjoyable place to see live performances in relaxed surroundings.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Cornwall; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Cornwall is a county that offers visitors with a choice of towns, historic market villages, ports and a choice of seaside resorts including a number of picturesque locations in the rural Cornwall countryside. The city of Truro and towns of St Austell and Newquay offer an ideal place from which to explore the county, local attractions and charming market towns and villages ensuring visitors can enjoy both urban and rural aspects of Cornwall.

The county includes a number of well known attractions including the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, the Eden Project and Land’s End. Cornwall’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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