Cornwall is a unique, inspiring and beautiful place.
Naturally picturesque and culturally rich, it attracts increasing numbers of visitors every year as well as inspiring artists, musicians, chefs and businessmen to establish themselves in the county, contributing to its thriving ambience. It’s the perfect family holiday retreat and one of the most romantic escapes in the UK. Cornwall has the best of both worlds. Whether you’re seeking a bit of tranquillity on one its many beaches, or you’d like to soak up the bustling energy of its towns, villages and capital, Truro – Cornwall has limitless opportunities and fun for adults and children alike.
When people think of Cornwall, their first and sometimes sole association is with its coastline. Let yourself be blown away by the wildness of Bodmin Moor – a walkers’ paradise. Discover Cornwall’s natural inland splendour with a walk through Idless Woods, Kenal Vale or Respryn. Visit some amazing National Trust and English Heritage properties and gardens or the The Eden Project, The Bissoe Valley and the Liskeard to Looe steam train. The landscape of the old industrial heartlands (recently awarded World Heritage Status), and old mines, engine houses and quarries are particular places of interest, being historically significant and aesthetically overwhelming. Lose yourself in this unique and magical county with a visit you’ll treasure forever.
Here are our Top 10 reasons to come to Cornwall:
Cornwall’s rich and vibrant culture and heritage is pivotal to its popularity. Seasonal folk, beer, oyster, fish, and music festivals are consistent seasonal events that bring a simply wonderful atmosphere. Its industries include farming, fishing, gastronomy, tourism, tin streaming,
Since the 19th century, Cornwall has continued to inspire and attract artists from all over the world – the region possesses the second largest number of working artists in the country after London. Many of the county’s coastal towns and villages are home to workshops owned by some prestigious artists including Barbara Hepworth whose work is displayed in the Tate St Ives. Its identity is celebrated worldwide with products being distributed globally and attracting visitors from every corner of the globe.
2. What’s On
All year round, Cornwall offers an eclectic diversity of events including festivals, carnivals, live music of many genres, cultural events, theatre and more. Being tucked away in the south-west corner of the UK has only leveraged the county’s dynamism, offering more and more unique and interesting events every season. The Hall for Cornwall in Truro plays host to many prestigious entertainers, comedians, musicians, theatre and dance troupes and writers – Donmar, RSC, Jimmy Carr, Simon Amstell, Seth Lakemen, Elbow, Birmingham Royal Ballet and more. Thee famous Minack Theatre is also a must when in Cornwall – an open-air raked theatre surrounded by tropical gardens and what could arguably be Cornwall’s best view over Porthcurno Beach. Head down to Porthleven Food and Drink Festival, Fal Oyster Festival, Looe Music Festival, Leopalooza, St Piran’s Day celebrations and the World Pasty Champions to name only a few.
No matter what the weather, there’s always something exciting to do, see or experience in Cornwall. Family days out could include a visit to one of the many areas of outstanding natural beauty, a National Trust or English Heritage site, or even a trip to an adventure or theme park – Cornwall has it all. Explore the coast the proper way with a beautiful boat trip offered throughout the county in many coastal towns and villages, board a steam train to explore the region’s rural beauty from Liskeard to Looe, take a tour in a prestigious brewery such the award winnings Doom Bar in North Cornwall, learn to surf or fish – there is never a dull moment in Cornwall.
4. Food and drink
The famous Clotted Cream and Cornish pasty merely scratch the surface of Cornwall’s gastronomy – though still mighty delicious. The exceptional high quality and choice of restaurants, pubs, cafes, tea shops and delis make Cornwall stand out as well as being a significant and prolific source of produce that is distributed and enjoyed globally – it’s unsurprising that it’s a £1.5 billion industry. Not only has Cornwall inspired top chefs in their choice of ingredients and dishes, names such as Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver boast restaurants and cafes of outstanding quality sited in some of the county’s top locations. Many longstanding producers and businesses continue to thrive and grow because of the consistent originality, care and pride applied, Trenance chocolate, Cornish Seasalt, Ann’s Pasties, Tregothan Tea, Camel Valley Vineyard and Henley’s Cider being only a handful of a whole host.
Possibly Cornwall’s most enchanting and sensational attraction – the simple beauty of the beaches that rest upon its 400 mile parameter. The visual diversity of the coastline is what makes Cornish beaches so special. There are over 150 coves and beaches with dunes, rugged and untamed cliffs, unusual rock formations, clean and sizable surf, golden sands and each with its own unique beauty. The North and South coasts present different qualities, the latter being a fantastic setting for extreme sports such as kite surfing on the long sandy stretches, mountain boarding in the dunes and of course, surfing. Enjoy the charm and character of the south coasts’ fishing villages, harbours, coastline and vegetation, all flourishing all year round. Some of our favourite beaches here at The 50 Best Hotels include Bedruthan Steps near the coastal town of Padstow, Kynance Cove, a secluded haven on the Lizard Point, Vault Beach – tucked away in the North area of the Roseland Peninsula and Porthcurno sitting on the very ends of the land!
Cornwall is the perfect place to bring out your inner adventurer, offering people of all ages indoor and outdoor activities to get stuck in to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Watersports. A surfer’s paradise, the North coast and spots on the South coast house many surf schools and the perfect waves to learn. Sailing, kayaking, canoeing and waterskiing are other fantastic Watersports that can be enjoyed, not only in the sea but on reservoirs, lakes and rivers such as Stithians lake, the rivers Fal and Camel and Crowdy reservoir. Organised excursions by boat or on foot are also an option in many parts of the county as well as cycle tours and trail such as The Camel Trail, Bissoe Valley and the Cornish cycle track routes. For the rainy days why not head down to Oasis fun pool, Porthpean activity centre (archery, indoor climbing wall and a sailing) or Caen Brea leisure centre.
With 258 miles of coast path, an inland path network of 2400 miles and numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s no wonder Cornwall attracts so many walkers each year. Cornwall’s beauty extends from its coastline, deep inland, varying from panoramic moorlands, clay trails and fragments of the rich heritage, to the seasonal colour changes of the woodland, forests and rolling hills. The Cornish Way offers 200 inter-linking trails, connecting Bude to Land’s End- guides and maps for walking circuits are available at many tourist information centres throughout Cornwall and online.
Cornwall’s rich Celtic heritage has played a huge part in shaping the characterful region it is today. Having its own language has created a strong sense of community and a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout. It’s industrial heritage is recognised worldwide, helped shaped by famous figures such as Richard Trevithick and Humphrey Davey. The aesthetic charm and beauty, both rustic and grand, present in much of Cornwall’s architecture, is well preserved and central to the authenticity of its fishing, harbor and mining towns. Remains of the old tin mines still strikingly along the coast path and you can visit and tour the old mines of Botallack, Geevor and Poldark. With 158 miles designated as heritage coast, there’s plenty to learn, see and discover.
9. The Sea