Cornwall is Britain’s south westerly treasure. From the rugged coastline of the north coast to the soft beauty of the south, from the crashing surf of Fistral Beach to the historic harbour of Fowey, from the remoteness of the west to the high class restaurants of Padstow, there is something for everybody. Here are what we think are Cornwall’s top ten things to do!
- Visit the Eden Project, the attraction that has drawn more to Cornwall than anything else over the last 5 years. Still developing, the Eden Project is not just an indoor collection of plants; it is a spectacular attraction in a stunning setting with a fascinating collection of species from all round the planet. The Eden Project also lay on a series of summer concerts called the Eden Sessions. In the run up to Christmas they house Cornwall’s biggest ice rink!
- Tour the spectacular Famouth Estuary by boat with Fal River Links. Falmouth Bay and estuary are one of the world’s largest natural harbours and one of Britain’s most beautiful settings. You can tour the area either by taking the St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth. From there you can take one of the pleasure boats across to the Helford. It is a stunning part of the world (even if we are a little biased!)
- St Michael’s Mount rises gracefully out of Mounts Bay to the church and castle. It is an iconic image of Cornwall. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short, evocative boat trip.
- A day’s walk around the Lizard Peninsula. The pretty coves and dramatic coastline of Britain’s most southerly point make this one of the best parts of the coastal path. Kynance Cove & Cadgwith Cove are particularly interesting. Don’t miss the Devil’s Cauldron near Cadgwith which is one of Cornwalls more unusual coastal features.
- Lanhydrock House & Gardens is the best of the Cornish stately homes with one of the finest gardens in the county. The house is huge with access to most of their rooms. The gardens are also fascinating whatever the season.
- The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth captures the true maritime history of Cornwall in an amazing building next to the docks. Climb to the top of the tower for a great view over the harbour. Or have a look under the water at basement level with huge windows under sea level. There is also a great deal of local history detailing the Falmouth Packet ships.
- The Minack Theatre is a unique and magical outdoor theatre carved out of the cliffs close to Lands End. It is great to visit during the day to see the amazing way the theatre has been created in the cliffs. The position and views are unbelievable and have to be seen to be believed. This is a proper working theatre with performances running most evenings during the summer season. To watch actors bringing Shakespeare to life with the backdrop of the sea is a truly memorable experience!
- The harbour town of Fowey, pronounced Foy (to rhyme with Joy) is situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey. Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Situated on the opposite bank, also at the mouth of the river, is the village of Polruan. A regular passenger ferry connects the two. Further up river a car ferry runs from Fowey to Bodinnick on the other side of the river. It is the quintessential Cornish harbour town and it is just great to stroll along the narrow streets catching glimpses of the busy harbour.
- Visit one of Cornwall’s historic pubs. A fine example is The Crown Inn in the small village of Lanlivery near Lostwithiel. Reputedly there has been a pub on the site since the 12th Century, but much of the building is 16th Century. Fully restored during the winter of 2008, the pub is full of history, from the ancient well in the entrance to the huge fireplace in the main bar and granite lined clome oven. They have got a fantastic little garden which is the perfect place to get away from it all while enjoying some of their local beer. Try one of their delicious home cooked meals which feature some of the best Cornish produce.
- The spectacular north coast is definitely worth exploring as there is so much to see. One of the most spectacular parts is the area know as the Bedruthan Steps. This is a truly spectacular landscape on the north Cornish coastline, a few miles east of Newquay. The cliffs at Bedruthan have been systematically eroded over the years, leaving a series of impressive volcanic rock stacks. These pillars of detached cliffs rise majestically from Bedruthan Beach, forming a series of columns. These stretch across the bay from Pendarves Island to Diggory’s Island. The area around Bedruthan Steps is ideal for walking, particularly between Bedruthan and Carnewas. There are great views from the cliff tops past the stacks to the distant promontory of Park Head. Within two miles of Bedruthan Steps, there are two Iron Age hill forts and six Bronze Age burial Barrows.
Other Cornwall Links and Attractions
Padstow is one of Cornwall’s prettiest harbour towns and has become increasingly popular due to Chef Rick Stein and his Seafood restaurants.
St Eval Kart Circuit
Cornwall’s Premier Kart Circuit! Based just outside Newquay. The only Venue to feature the Award Winning Biz Le Mans Twin Engine Pro Karts. Catering for all age groups, from only 3 years old and up, and have four circuits, spectator areas, large car parks, Corporate Race events and ‘Arrive & Drive’ sessions. A spectacular friends & family day out.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay brings the magic of the undersea world alive. Over 40 living displays recreate amazing undersea habitats from local waters to exotic seas. Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the day.