Cornwall Things to Do

  • Exploring one of the bays
    Exploring one of the bays
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    Lunch!
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  • Towan Island
    Towan Island
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Cornwall Things to Do

  • Blue Reef Aquarium in NewQuay

    We visited Blue Reef Aquarium situated in the lovely Towan Beach, one of Cornwall's most popular surfing beachs. It gave us a chance to see what creatures live in the surrounding seas. Although not the cheapest attraction in North Cornwall, it is still good value. The aquarium recreates various underwater habitats from the Cornish coast to the...

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  • Exploring Newquay.

    We had a free day in which we explored Newquay. We simply walked it although there is a land train that is a good option for the less fit. The town has a lot of history to it which is the kind of place we enjoy.Newquay used to be a fishing village. There has been a small harbour here since 1439 but it wasn't until 1770 that its importance as a...

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  • The Eden Project

    The Eden Project was our number one reason for visiting Cornwall. Dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World', with its distinctive white domes, the Eden Project is Cornwall's best-known tourist attraction. But it's much more than just a big green theme park and visitors can expect to come away with a better understanding of the environment we live in....

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  • Landsend

    Land’s End was one of the places we visited on a coach tour of Cornwall. Both Land’s End in the south-west of England and John o’ Groats in the north-east of Scotland are famous landmarks. Between them is the longest distance you can get in Britain. Some cycle from one to the other for charity and others walk it. The distance by road is 874 miles....

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  • Places to see

    Heres all the place we visited in just 4 days:-Padstow - nice little village made famous by Rick Stein the chef, so its his name plastered over everything. It has a cute harbour and some lovely small nik nak shops. Quaint but not the best.-Newquay - i'd imagine in summer its ok but in winter it looks like a hole. Its all a bit typical of a british...

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  • Lost Gardens of Heligan

    We went to Cornwall for 3 reasons. To see the Eden project, The May Day festial in Padstow, and to see the Lost Gardens of Heligan. These gardens have been restored to what they were before the First Great War. We joked that no wonder the gardens wee lost, because they are very difficult to find! We seemed to drive in circles for ages following...

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  • St Ives

    Further south along the coast from Newquay is the beautiful town of St Ives. A picture postcard place with long narrow lanes full of shops and cafes , a lovely harbour area and stunning beach.

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  • NEWQUAY CENTRE

    The town of Newquay is buzzing during the day with surfers , beach goers and tourists alike. We found some lovely little cafes and Cornish pastie shops along the narrow streets.

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  • FISTRAL BEACH

    The most famous surfing beach in England . We found a beautiful hidden cove to base ourselves for the day.

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  • LAND'S END

    Land's end , at the very south western tip of England has Beautiful, rugged unspoiled scenery - some of the best in England.... We got there nice and early to get our photos next to the famous signpost and the first and last house in England!

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  • Another day out in Cornwall

    Today I opted for a run from Redruth down to Gunwaloe on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall. A run of about 45 minutes on generally rural roadsGunwalloe, sometimes called Winninton which is probably as a mix of old names, and, in Cornish, is known as Sen Gwynnwalo. The name evolved from the sixth century Breton Saint Winwaloe, whose mother is said,...

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  • Painting course

    I recently spent two days at an amazing art school in Newlyn, Cornwall doing an experimental painting course. The school has really well known artists teaching short courses to the public. Brilliant fun in a really friendly encouraging environment. www.newlynartschool.co.uk

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  • The Awesome Tintagel Castle

    We went to Tintagel Castle, an English Heritage site, in time for the 10:00 opening. It was a good time as there were only one other couple and us. There are remains of a private castle and chapel. There are magnificent views of the cliffs and the Celtic Sea below, and when we were there it was very windy.This involved a lot of climbing up and down...

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  • St. Michael's Mount: a nice stop on the...

    The National Trust property of St. Michael's Mount is a tidal island off the coast from Marazion with a chapel and a castle on it. At one point is was owned by the Benedictines, the same religious order of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. Apparently, both places are quite similar. We arrived at high tide, so had to take a boat over. (At low tide you...

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  • Eden Project: a good 3 or 4 hours with...

    Eden Project is a theme-park of large domed greenhouses and plants. This was a long weekend, so it was quite crowded, and there were one or two line-ups, but it wasn't too bad.For some reason, I had thought that this was an experiment with a small number of humans living inside the domes, totally separated and even air-sealed off from the world. I...

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  • Land's End: a point on a map and tourist...

    Land's End is the furthest west point of mainland England, in Cornwall. I cannot describe it better than Paul Bloomfield, one of the authors of the 5th edition of Lonely Planet, Britain:"Standing at the tip of this island, gazing out over the vast expanse of the Atlantic, is quite a magical experience. At least, it probably was 20 or so years ago,...

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  • STANDING STONES

    There are many standing stones in Cornwall but one of the most famous to visit is Lanyon Quoit and it is right next to the road between Morvah and Madron. These quoits were originally burial chambers and were covered by earth making a mound. The top stone ways over 13 tons, which fell down a few years ago during a storm, breaking one of its...

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  • Padstow

    Padstow had been recommended to me before we went to Cornwall, so I was really looking forward to finally getting there. However, it was a bit of a disappointment. It's a nice little town, but extremely touristy and lacking the charm of similar places like St Ives. There are simply too many souvenir shops and restaurants. The harbour is a nice...

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  • Hiking from Tintagel to Boscastle

    This 7km hike is in parts really exhausting, but takes you along some of the most spectacular cliff scenery. Starting at the tourist trap Tintagel Castle, you'll soon forget everything about the legendary King Arthur and admire the beautiful landscape instead. Hiking up and down the hills and cliffs, you'll eventually come to the Rocky Valley, a...

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  • Zennor Head

    Among the countless breathtaking panoramic views of Cornwall Zennor Head must be among the most breathtaking. It is tucked away behind the hamlet of Zennor where D.H. Lawrence once spent some time to write and to found a writer's community which he would have called Rananim. Quarrels with his friends and the villagers, however, made him leave...

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  • Walk from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove

    A very nice walk of approximately 1 hour takes you from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove, the whole time along the cliffs. There are only a few slightly more difficult parts, so this walk should be suitable for almost everybody. Start next to the shabby cafes of Lizard Point and follow the Coast Path to the west. You'll soon have left any sign of...

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  • Lizard Point

    Britain's southernmost point is only an hour's drive away from its westernmost point. However, the differences between them couldn't be stronger. While the facilities at Land's End are a textbook example of the negative influences of mass tourism and greed for profit, there are only a few rather shabby souvenir huts and cafes at Lizard Point. While...

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  • Coverack

    Coverack is a sleepy fishing village on the Lizard Peninsula. There are the obligatory lime-washed cottages, many of which featuring a well-kept garden, a tiny port and a few hundred meters of beach which disappears almost completely at high tide. As Coverack is a little bit bigger than other fishing villages, you will also find the occasional shop...

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  • Portloe

    The minuscule village of Portloe, small enough to not even appear on Google Maps, is one of Cornwall's most beautiful fishing villages. Despite the fame it has earned by being chosen as a location for a BBC series, it has retained its charming sleepy atmosphere. On steep hills a few houses surround the small harbour, the odd visitor or local...

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  • Sennen Cove

    A long beach, a small harbour and one of Cornwall's best souvenir shops: that is Sennen Cove. The village itself is nothing too special, but it's fine sandy beach attracts a lot of visitors as does its proximity to Land's End, Cornwall's most famous tourist attraction. In fact, many people enjoy the walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End (a little...

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  • Beach Life in Looe

    Looe was the first town we came to on our Cornwall tour. It actually doesn't feel very Cornish, but rather like a south English seaside resort. We stopped there for a few hours to get some food and see the sea, and were amazed at how crowded Looe was. It seems to be quite popular with beach tourists and crab-angling families. Literally every child...

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  • Relics of Tin Mines near Pendeen...

    Along the shores of western Cornwall you can find many remains of tin mines. Mostly only a derelict chimney and a wall crumbling walls, these buildings are proof of Cornwall's glory times when the tin industry was alive and kicking before it eventually broke down in the 1850s. Particularly on the Atlantic coast on the Penwith Peninsula, the mines...

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  • St Mawes

    Located on the Roseland Peninsula in eastern Cornwall, St Mawes is most famous for its castle - which, alas, we didn't visit. Instead, we walked through the picturesque centre of St Mawes, up and down some of its steep alleys and of course to the waterfront where we sat on a bench and watched the boats in the port and the open waters of the bay. If...

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  • Mullion Cove

    Mullion Cove is another tiny fishing village, but it certainly has a lot of charm. Located at the end of cul-de-sac on the Lizard Peninsula, it makes for a very nice stop on the way to England's southernmost point. The rocks are covered with grass here, so that the atmosphere is quite different. Apart from the picturesque harbour with a few rocking...

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  • Truro

    Truro is the County Town of Cornwall and Truro derives its name from the Cornish Tri-veru, meaning three rivers, and developed as a tin port between the Truro River and the rivers Kenwyn and Allen. Its cobbled streets and tiny alleyways, known as "opes" lead to the magnificent Victorian Cathedral that dominates the city. Truro is an historic Market...

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  • Polperro

    Polperro was the first harbour village we saw in Cornwall. Despite its over-expensive parking lot, the village is charming and beautiful and makes for a nice 2-hour stop. Walking down its narrow lanes lined with lime-washed cottages, you'll reach the tiny harbour with a few rocking boats and screeching sea-gulls en masse. It is also worth climbing...

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  • Cape Cornwall

    Cape Cornwall was long thought to be England's most westerly point, until new calculations in the mid 20th century found that it's Land's End which deserves this honour. Ever since then, Cape Cornwall has fallen into a deep sleep and is only visited by few tourists. There is not much to see except a spectacular cliff landscape and a former maritime...

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  • Museum of Witchcraft

    In general, I'm not very much interested in museums as more often than not their displays are lacking creativity and remain rather sterile and boring. But every now and then, I come across a museum that is chock-a-block with interesting and curious objects which are also displayed in an unusual way. One of these is the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford,...

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  • St Michael's Mount

    Roughly 300km away from Brittany, St. Michael's Mount is the English answer to Mont Saint Michel in France - and almost as impressive. I've never seen the French one, but the English one is a spectacular sight: a fortress dating back to the 12th century located high up on an island half a kilometre away from the coast. During high tide you take a...

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  • Theatre Performances in a Dramatic...

    When my wife and I heard of Minack Theatre before our stay in Cornwall, we immediately thought that this would be a great place to celebrate her birthday. How often do you have the possibility to see an open-air theatre performance on the cliffs high above the sea?Despite its remote location at the end of numerous B roads, the theatre is popular...

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  • Trelissick Gardens

    Everybody knows the English are fond of gardening. From giant landscape gardens to tiny cottage gardens you can find everything. Cornwall has a number of famous gardens as well, but we only managed to visit one: Trelissick. Located on the hills next to River Fal, the history of Trelissick Gardens begins with John Lawrence, a Cornish captain who...

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  • Port Isaac

    Port Isaac is a wonderful ‘old style’ village with quaint 18th and 19th century cottages lining the narrow lanes down the side of a steep lane to the harbour. There is a thriving village community with inns, shops and restaurants and further facilities catering for everyday needs. Port Isaac, was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid...

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  • St Michael's Mount

    I really looking forward to visit this place because of the causeway! hahaha...The castle looked so majestic, on its own island, high on the hill.We didn't go inside though. I am sure it is pretty and all.Toilet on the castle ground are very clean and posh. There are quite a number of cafes. We did try a proper cornish tea with scone and cornish...

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  • Kynance Cove, The Lizard

    We have voted Kynance Cove as our most favourite place of all sites that we visited while in Cornwall. Very quiet coastlines, amazing cliffs, stunning vistas..not so man people around so we had this feeling that we owned the majestic areas!! The sea, the field, the cove even down to the 'booby traps' left by cows, sheep etc are so natural,...

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  • Penzance

    This town was not originally on our itinerary. Having fighting with very bad morning, we decided to give it a rest, have coffee and lunch while hoping that the weather will improve. The town is small and compact but have abundant of shops, thriving atmosphere. We had coffee break at Costa. The weather improved a bit, so we moved towards the port...

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  • Minack Theatre

    An open air theatre by the sea. Free parking. Entrance to the theatre compound is £4, and other fee for performance if you want to watch any. Open daily but will be restricted on performance day.We didn't go inside, instead we follow a path at the side of the entrance towards the sea. Enjoyed sea view, took stunning photos. We even hiked down the...

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  • Land's End

    This is a must place to go when in Cornwall, the most westerly point in the UK.As we arrived during quite heavy shower, we decided that it is not worth to pay for the parking charge (£5 as at Sep 2011) as we won't be able to enjoy the view. Furthermore, we will need to fork out another ££ to take picture with the famous signboard..I am sure the...

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  • Visit Cape Cornwall

    Originally and mistakenly thought as the most westerly point in Cornwall and UK. It is situated close to St Just. It was raining quiet heavily when we were there but we still can see the cape's beauty amidst the mist. Surprisingly we were not charge for parking, perhaps because off season or bad weather..I have no idea, but good for us!! I use this...

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  • Truro: A massive cathedral and some nice...

    Truro is Cornwall's capital and despite its population of only 16,000 people the region's main shopping city. Apart from some nice shops and a rather urban feeling, Truro's main sight is the rather oversized cathedral. Apparently there is a rule that a county's capital must simultaneously be a bishop's see - and a bishop's see must have a...

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  • St. Ives

    Despite being touristy and full of groups, St. Ives has preserved its character. It is a charming small town encompassing a beautiful harbour, it has got several fabulous sandy beaches and a vivid art scene with even a branch of the Tate Gallery. A stroll through its partly steep lanes offers panoramic views over the ships bobbing on the water or...

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