Cornwall Holidays in 2014

St. Ives Cornwall Lands End
Fishing Village in Polperro, Cornwall

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Cornwall at a glance

Lying on a Cornish beach, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Spain or France, not England. This county on the south-west tip of the country is fringed with white sand beaches that would not look out of place on the Costa del Sol. At the same time, Cornwall offers a real taste of the British coast and countryside at its best, with pretty little fishing villages along the coast and rugged moorland inland.

Top attractions in Cornwall

  • Newquay is the capital of the UK surfing scene, and the king of Cornish resorts. It has something for everyone. The famous Fistral beach is the main surfing beach, but it has several other quieter beaches too. The town centre is packed with shops, pubs and restaurants. There are plenty of attractions near the town too, including Newquay Zoo and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway.
  • St Ives one of the prettiest of the many pretty towns in Cornwall. The town has its own harbour, and there are several good beaches in or just outside it. It is also the centre of a thriving arts scene. The Tate Gallery has a branch in St Ives, and there are several other galleries too. St Ives is a fantastic place just to wander around and enjoy, with its whitewashed houses and atmospheric narrow streets.
  • The Eden Project is a unique environmental project, with several biodomes that re-create different habitats from around the world, including a rainforest. As well as enjoying the different habitats and finding out more about their flora and fauna, visitors can enjoy art, music events, storytelling and exhibitions of all kinds. It is a great place for people of all ages to spend a day, both fun and educational.

Family holidays in Cornwall

  • Cornwall offers some of the most attractive natural landscapes in the UK. You are never far from gorgeous coastline in Cornwall, as it has a coast both to its north and its south. You will find isolated sandy coves that you could have to yourself for the day, or you could hit the big beaches of resorts like Newquay and Bude. The Atlantic swell that hits some beaches makes them perfect for surfing, while others are more sheltered and offer some great, safe swimming for kids.
  • But Cornwall is not just about its beaches. There are plenty of other opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, including walks along the cliff-tops, following the South West Coast Path, and more strenuous hikes across moorland. There are lots of places to explore too, from mysterious ruined castles to elegant country houses and gardens.
  • Cornwall’s coast has both big resorts, and traditional working fishing towns. If you want to see a bit of Cornish culture, head to places like Fowey, a busy, friendly sea-port, or Polperro, a little fishing village with a maze of streets that cars cannot pass along, and a working fishing harbour.

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