Most people have a bucket list of places to visit in their lifetime, and for many, Cornwall is on that list. If you've not yet visited this special county, we've compiled a list of ten reasons why you simply must visit Cornwall at least once in your lifetime!
1. Breathtaking beaches
Cornwall boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, possibly even the world! With many award-winning beaches across the county, you can expect crystal clear, clean waters and golden sands.
From small pebbly coves and harbour beaches, to 3-mile long golden stretches of sand, there’s over 300 beaches to visit in Cornwall.
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2. Pretty villages
Nestled into the coastline and set deep within the countryside, you’ll find classic Cornish villages steeped in history. Along the coast, expect traditional fishing villages, many of which have grown increasingly popular over the years and some have been used for filming locations, not to mention the famous TV series, Poldark! When visiting these Cornish villages, you can wander the cobbled streets, shop at the small independent shops and enjoy fresh and local produce from the cafes and restaurants.
3. Coastal paths
Cornwall has nearly 300 miles of coastline to explore; there’s nothing quite like rambling along the South West Coast Path. With extensive and inspiring views, fresh sea air and a plethora of pathways, enjoy a short stroll or a long ramble along the coast. Just make sure you pack a raincoat and wear sensible footwear!
Take a look at these properties just moments from the coast path: St Breca in Prussia Cove, Lamorna House in Praa Sands, Trylewyth in Sennen, Pencarrow in Mevagissey, Gunvor Cottage in Coverack, Songbirds in Bude and Gull Rock Retreat in Newquay.
Cornwall’s well known for its love of good food, from famous Cornish pasties to fresh seafood and handmade traditional ice-cream. If you come to Cornwall, there are several foods which you simply have to try. Of course, top of the list is a Cornish pasty, followed closely by a cream tea (and don’t forget, it’s jam first!); these two famous foods can be found pretty much anywhere in Cornwall. We also boast some fantastic fine dining restaurants across Cornwall, including Rick Stein’s seafood restaurants, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Ben Tunnicliffe’s restaurant and pub.
Along with our love of food, Cornwall is particularly good at producing a fine tipple! From local breweries to small vineyards and independent distilleries, there’s something for everyone, including those who prefer a non-alcoholic beverage; Cornwall is home to the only tea plantation in Cornwall at Tregothnan Estate, you can read about our visit to the tea estate here.
6. Tropical gardens
The south coast of Cornwall has its own micro climate, meaning that tropical gardens flourish, especially in the summer months. The unique micro climate, produced by the warm air form the River Fal, combined with the depth of the valleys, provides the perfect conditions and environment for these sub-tropical gardens to bloom. We recommend visiting the following gardens: Trebah Gardens, Glendugan Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
7. Beautiful scenery no matter what time of year
Whether you visit in the summer, or the winter, you may not be guaranteed the weather, but you can certainly count on the stunning scenery regardless of the time of year. With unforgettable sea views, beautiful beaches, rolling countryside and woodland walks, there’s always somewhere beautiful to visit no matter which season you visit in.
8. Attractions and landmarks
Cornwall is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the UK. Top of the list would have to be St Michael’s Mount, the ancient tidal island in Marazion, followed closely by the famous Minack Theatre and the much newer Eden Project – Cornwall’s own indoor tropical rain forest. Whether its sunny or raining, there's plenty of attractions to visit, from the historic Tintagel Castle, to the renowned Land's End, and a selection of adventure parks across Cornwall.
Take a look at the famous mount via our live webcam here>.
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9. The surf
Cornwall is renowned for its surf, whether you’re a beginner or an expert there’s plenty of locations to hit the waves. With many surf schools up and down the coast, you can give surfing a try no matter where you choose to stay. Take a look at these local surf schools: St Ives School of Surf, Fistral Beach Surf School, Breakers Surf School in St Agnes, Big Blue Surf School in Bude and Falmouth Surf School.
10. It's incredibly dog-friendly
For those who have a four-legged member of their family, Cornwall has to be one of the best places in the UK to take your dog. Throughout the winter, the majority of our beaches are dog-friendly, and even in the summer over 50 beaches still welcome dogs. You'll find many pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops across Cornwall happily welcome dogs too.
View all our dog-friendly properties here >
If we've tempted you to a trip to Cornwall, take a look at all our self-catering cottages in Cornwall >