Popular Areas in Cornwall
Cornwall is many places to many people; a traditional holiday destination, a surfer’s paradise, a historical treasure trove and an area of outstanding natural beauty ripe for exploration and enjoyment. With so many great places to visit it can be difficult to know where to start but here’s a brief guide to some of Cornwall’s popular areas.
St. Ives, a fishing town and hugely popular holiday resort epitomises everything about traditional Cornwall. Picture-postcard perfect, St. Ives features a bustling and pretty harbour into which the fisherman still bring the freshest daily catch to be served up in the many fine local restaurants, and pristinely-clean golden beaches lapped by sparkling blue waters in which friendly local seals may occasionally appear. Surfing sailing and swimming are all possibilities, but St. Ives’ sunny and temperate climate might leave you more inclined to lie back and bask on the sand. The town itself is charming and rewards exploration and there are plenty of great bars, cafes and restaurants at which to unwind after a hard day’s shopping and sightseeing.
The Eden Project
Just three miles from St. Austell the Eden Project is an innovative conservation project situated in a disused Cornish clay-pit. Here, within a number of vast greenhouses (or Biomes), the world’s various natural plant ecosystems have been accurately reproduced to enable the growth, botanical study and conservation of plant species gathered from all over the earth. The Tropical Biome, for instance, covers almost 1.6 acres and is maintained at a tropical temperature and humidity to allow the growth of banana trees, coffee and rubber plants and giant bamboo. One of Cornwall’s most popular attractions, the Eden Project welcomes between one and two million visitors each year to experience a fascinating round-the-world tour through gardens, rainforests, and Mediterranean plant habitats, as well as hands-on interactive exhibits, demonstrations and world-class sculpture and art.
Nine miles west of Penzance, this iconic area is the westernmost point of mainland Britain and the end of countless charity walks that begin at John O’Groats in Scotland. Whilst Land’s End is worth the visit for its spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean alone, many additional attractions and activities are situated here making Land’s End ideal for an entertaining family day out. And, of course, you’ll want to take a picture of yourself beside the famous Land’s End signpost.
Newquay is Cornwall’s liveliest and most popular holiday destination and has won many awards and accreditations including Coast magazine’s ‘Best Family Holiday Destination’ award. Situated on North Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, Newquay makes an excellent base from which to begin exploring the rest of Cornwall, although there is enough diversity and entertainment in Newquay to keep most visitors occupied for weeks. These include a number of stunning beaches, spectacular clifftop walks, perfect surfing conditions and a wealth of attractions including theme parks, museums, gardens, a zoo, a steam railway and plenty more!
Thanks to the strategic importance of its famous harbour – the third deepest natural harbour in the world – Falmouth is inextricably linked with Cornish, and British, maritime history. In fact Falmouth is steeped in history: two magnificent 16th century castles, Pendennis and St Mawes were built to protect harbour estuary, for example, and the town provided inspiration for many famous artists including Turner. Today though, this bustling port on Cornwall’s south coast is popular not just because of its rich heritage but also because of its excellent beaches, nature reserves and its setting within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Falmouth boasts a number of enchanting public gardens, fascinating museums and galleries and opportunities to get out on the water, and perhaps even catch a few of the oysters for which Falmouth is world-famous.