Cornwall is amongst the most popular counties for UK holidays. On arrival, you’ll see exactly why. It’s a place of beauty, with magnificent coasts and pretty little fishing villages. It has world-class attractions including the Eden Project with its large domes, and some of the UK’s most beautiful landscaped and subtropical gardens which are helped along by the temperate climate making Cornwall the country’s sunniest county.
Truro is Cornwall’s only city, and is nothing like those that you’d find throughout the rest of England. Instead, it’s a city where historic buildings and narrow streets are still a common occurrence and where you’ll see no high-rise buildings dominating the landscape. Meanwhile, on the coast at Newquay, you’ll find a surfer’s paradise with big waves, surfing equipment shops and surf schools for all abilities.
If you’re looking for art and culture, then you certainly won’t be disappointed. The Tate St Ives is perhaps the biggest and best gallery in Cornwall, though there are hundreds of other galleries and museums to explore. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are diverse gardens complete with woodland and jungle landscapes, and the Minack Theatre is another incredible Cornwall attraction situated right on the coast, where you can watch shows and plays performed in a remarkable cliff-top location. Cornwall is also home to Land’s End, the tip of the island, where you’ll find a variety of shops and attractions.
The rugged Cornish landscape makes it a place of mystery, where myth and magic take precedence. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set some of his Sherlock Holmes stories in the Cornish countryside, and Cornwall inspired many of the works of Daphne du Maurier including her thriller story The Birds. Perhaps the most notable of all Cornish myths is the Legend of King Arthur. It’s said that he was born in Tintagel Castle and that his sword Excalibur was thrown into the atmospheric waters of Dozmary Pool by Mordred, his nephew. In Slaughterbridge, reputed to be King Arthur’s final resting place and the site of the last battle between Arthur and Mordred, you’ll find King Arthur’s Grave and the intriguing Arthurian Centre. If you’re looking for stories a little more modern, then step out into the silence of Bodmin Moor where it’s said that the Beast of Bodmin resides.
Finally, on your holiday in Cornwall, why not enjoy the many animal attractions? Newquay Zoo is by far the most popular, though others include the Blue Reef Aquarium, the National Seal Sanctuary and the Monkey Sanctuary. Wild creatures including dolphins, marshland birds and seals can be seen in their natural habitats as you walk many of Cornwall’s well-maintained trails and tracks.