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Destination: Cornwall Tours

Description: South West region of Britain containing fabulous beaches and stunning villages
Region: South West England
Pronounced: corn-wul
Time to spend here: 1 day - 1 week
Arts loversBy the seaFamilies
Cornwall, South West England

The mighty cliffs and crashing wave, the glorious sandy beaches, the wild moorlands and peaceful woodlands make Cornwall one of the favourite UK destinations. Situated in the South West of England, this region has never formally been integrated into England, which is why some still believe that Cornwall is a separate country! It is known to have the strongest national identity in the UK, in fact Cornwall has had an identity distinct from the English for centuries as is evidenced by the existence of the Cornish language as a mother tongue up until the early 19th century.

Cornwall has two coastlines:  the Atlantic coast famous for its surfing beaches and huge expanses of golden sand, and the English Channel coast which is gentler with hidden coves and tranquil creeks. In fact, 80% of Cornwall is surrounded by water and the region hosts more than 300 beaches! It’s no surprise that you will plenty of tourist activities to suit everyone from walking or bird watching to the extremes of kite surfing and coasteering.

Towns and Places of interest
Newquay, Cornwall
NewquayNewquay is the surfing capital of Great Britain. Its golden beaches and more importantly its plentiful supply of quality waves draw surfers here each year.  The town offers party-goers a fine selection of pubs and clubs. There’s plenty for the family too, with lots of exciting activities from adventure parks, to aquariums and zoos to fun in the sea or plain old sandcastle making on the beach.
Truro, Cornwall
NewquayTruro is home to Cornwall’s only Cathedral. The fine Victorian Cathedral with its tall spire stands out amidst the smaller surrounding buildings, and while the city is a busy commercial and administrative centre for the county, it still pervades a small-town atmosphere. Lemon Street is one of the most complete Georgian streets you’ll see in Britain.
St Ives
St Ives, Cornwall
NewquaySt Ives is famed for its world class beaches, but there’s more to the town than just this. Narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes, amidst the tightly packed granite cottages and houses eventually bring you out into a harbour which was once one a major fishing centre in medieval times while the locally mined tin was also exported from here. The construction of the railways towards the end of the 19th century bought tourists to the region and also included a number of artists who wanted to paint the beautiful scenes they saw, so art has shaped much of the culture in St. Ives, which has a number of galleries, as well as craft shops. In nearby Penzance, there are a number of interesting buildings such as the exotic Egyptian House formed from two 1830’s cottages on Chapel Street.
Padstow, Cornwall
NewquayPadstow’s colourful working harbour is surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses. You can stop off at one of the high quality restaurants or enjoy mooching through the quality boutiques in the town. 
Mousehole, Cornwall
NewquayMousehole (pronounced 'mouzall') is a typical Cornish village, once famed for its pilchard fishing. Cottages are clustered together above the high-walled harbour.
Polperro, Cornwall
NewquayPolperro lies at the end of a steep narrow valley. Tiny houses and enchanting narrow lanes cling to the steep hillsides surrounding the picture perfect harbour.
St Michael's Mount
St Michaels Mount, Cornwall
NewquaySt Michael’s Mount is an iconic island which rises gracefully to the church and castle at its summit. The island is accessed on foot at low tide across a causeway or at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here.
Port Isaac
Port Isaac, Cornwall
NewquayPort Isaac is a small Cornish fishing town which is ideally located in a small bay. The town has been made famous as the filming location of Tv's 'Doc Martin' and has also played host to a number of hollywood movies. The town holds on to ancient tradition and it's picture postcard views are simply delightful.

What can I see in the area?

Cornwall’s stunning coastline with golden beaches hidden coves and peaceful creeks provides walkers with some great cliff top coastal paths where you can find a plethora of bird life and can often spot dolphins passing, and with an inland network of more than 2,400 miles of footpaths, it’s easy for walkers to find nature here.

Cornwall also offers cyclists a great variety from quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours, to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside.  

NewquaySurfing can be done at a number of Newquay beaches and there are plenty of companies running numerous courses for all ages and standards. North coast of Cornwall is the best place for surfing!
The Eden Project
The Eden Proect, Cornwall
NewquayThe Eden Project is a spectacular global garden made up of a series of gigantic domes called ‘biomes’ in which the environments of the world’s major climate zones are re-created, with exotic plants and trees.
The Minack Cliff Top Theatre
The Minnack Theatre, Cornwall
NewquayThe Minack is a world famous cliff top, outdoor amphitheatre which uses the dramatic landscape of the cliff top views as its backdrop. Classic performances of famous shows are played out here in this popular and unique Cornish experience.
Tintagel Castle
Tintagil Castle, Cornwall
NewquayTintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur, so legend has it. Today, the remains of Tintagel Castle stand on rugged cliffs and is an awe-inspiring place.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Cornwall
NewquayThe Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay is actually three separate miniature railways running through a wonderful oasis of conservation, where wildlife thrives in a protected environment. 
Hidden Valley Discovery Park
Hidden Valley Country Park, Cornwall
NewquayHidden Valley Discovery Park is a picturesque country park with miniature model railway, beautiful gardens, scenic walks, fishing lakes and the "Crystal Challenge" game
Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm
Healey's Cornish Cider Farm, Cornwall
NewquayHealey’s Cornish Cider Farm south of Newquay produces over 40 varieties of delicious fruit products, including ciders, wines and jams. You can take a guided tour of the farm and visit the museum all for free. 
Flambard's Theme Park
Flambards Theme Park, Cornwall
NewquayFlambard's is Cornwall's largest amusement and theme park for families in the South West. It has plenty of rides, roller-coasters, shows and attractions to keep all the family busy for all day. As if that wasn't enough, the park is also home to One2Eleven, a huge soft play area for babies through to Eleven year olds and a fascinating series of museums. The museum attractions provide a 'Britain in the Blitz' experience in which visitors can walk through a simulated Blitz environment on the streets of London and a Victorian Village which is great for all ages. The park also has an aviation and World War museum which houses classic planes and a commemorative museum to the soldiers who lost their lives for their country.
Royal Cornwall Museum
Royal Cornwall Museum, Cornwall
NewquayThe Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has some fine and decorative art collections by Cornish artists, designers and makers but also contain significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Transport options in this area: A train goes to Newquay and local buses serve the region but a vehicle is needed to really explore the area.
Did you know:
Cornwall was originally part of the kingdom of Dumnonia that may well predate the Roman occupation.
Artists that worked in the region:

James Whistler,
J.M.W. Turner
Torquay Torquay Exmoor
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