Cornwall is a county of outstanding natural beauty and is officially recognised as such. This stunning part of Britain has also been recognised for its unique culture and heritage, as well as its charming population of locals.
Famous not just for its delicious pasties but also its great surf, this area will have you coming back again and again. To experience a true taste of the area on your Cornwall holidays, explore its picturesque towns and villages, and discover the ancient Celtic heritage that lies within. Beautiful, lush landscapes and everything from castles to beaches to explore, Cornwall is the stunning southwest gem of England.
Cornwall has one city, Truro, an attractive and thriving place in the centre of the western part of the county. The city provides excellent accommodation options and plenty of attractions, including the Royal Cornwall Museum and the soaring Truro Cathedral and its three striking spires.
You won't find many pirates in Penzance these days, but you will discover a charming town that's a delight to stay in. From peaceful farms to cosy cottages, Penzance provides those that seek it with warm and inviting places to stay, amid lush greenery.
St Ives is another good choice for holidays in Cornwall. Lying along the Celtic Sea, it has some gorgeous beaches and is one of the most popular tourism areas in the entire county. Take a load off and linger in the clean, quality seaview accommodation here and spend your days looking out onto the crashing seas.
There’s something for everyone in Cornwall, from glorious beaches to amazing scenery and great sailing – and not forgetting the famous Land's End. This most westerly tip of mainland England is full 836 miles to John O' Groats in Scotland, which is the most north-easterly part of Great Britain.
Cornwall is a rambler’s paradise, with specially designed hiking trails all over the county. Choose one, or a few, and go at your leisure, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. It’s a great way to see this stunning part of the country, and great for your health too.
On your holidays to Cornwall, you can also go surfing. Suiting the active holidaymaker, there are over a dozen excellent surf spots where the swells attract locals as well as avid surfers from around the world. Even if you don't know how to surf, you can try this exhilarating activity – there are many surf schools where you can quickly and easily learn.
There's no shortage of brilliant bars and pubs where you can relax and enjoy some of the local brews after your invigorating sightseeing and excursions. Cornwall has also become well known in recent times for the high quality of its restaurants, serving all manner of excellent cuisines and some particularly good seafood restaurants.
Things to do in Cornwall
Whatever you decide to do on your Cornwall holidays, you must visit the fascinating Eden Project. Located just outside the town of St Blazey, it's a series of biodomes containing plants from all over the world, and is a major tourist attraction. Enjoy the beautiful gardens while learning about the climate and the environment. You can especially enjoy this attraction as it supports a unique charity that runs social projects and conducts research into conservation.
Bodmin Moor and its lovely open spaces are definitely worth a visit. Located in the northeast of the country, the dramatic landscape of rich valleys and shallow moorlands covers 80 square miles. Cast your mind back to prehistoric times when people roamed this wild land in search of food. You can even see some evidence of life, with stone circles and hut circles still standing today.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are also a delight, so make sure you don't miss them while you're in Cornwall. They're near the fishing village of Mevagissey on the south coast. These gorgeous gardens are among the most popular in Britain, and they are found around the stately Heligan House.
If you’re interested in a holiday to Cornwall, have you also considered the Isle of Wight?