Cornwall is a magical county with a rugged coastline, a rich cultural heritage and a popular place to visit for a holiday. Some of the best surfing beaches in the country are at Newquay and at Sennen Cove, whilst family orientated beaches are at Godrevy with its many rock pools and at St Ives where artists flocked to paint thanks to the beauty of the light in the area. Follow the South West Coastal Footpath around the coastline of Cornwall for the entire length or just a small stretch for some of the best scenery on offer.
At one time Cornwall was one of the wealthiest countries in the world thanks to its tin mining and when that dried up thousands left for the mines in South Australia and America.
Today the legacy lives on with deserted engine houses throughout the county, a Cornish Studies Library in Redruth for those tracing family members and the recent discovery of gold in one of the mines. Cornwall has a sub tropical climate and has many beautiful botanical gardens such as Trebah and Heligan, the legacy of seeds brought back from travels by sailors and plant hunters.
Visit the domes of the Eden Project where a biosphere is one of the major attractions in the county, and explore ruined castles at Launceston and Restormel. For a night out a visit to the Minack Theatre is a unique experience with seats carved out of the cliff and the only scenery the sea and the odd passing ship. Take time to visit the Isles of Scilly off the coast, the next stop being America. The small fishing villages have their own character and charm and are the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. Try Helford or Porthleven, Boscastle or the hidden beauty of Coverack. Walk round the old seaport of Falmouth and take a boat trip up the River Fal to Truro.
Cornwall once had its own language which is still seen in place names, and has an indomitable spirit that lives on. Whether you visit for a short break or to attend a festival like the Helston Flora Day, the Cornish way of life and the unique culture will stay with you for a long time.