With an ever rising trend in the “stay-cation” there really is no reason to look any further than Cornwall!
It truly is one of the most beautiful and historic places to visit.
Our beaches easily rival those of the Caribbean, and although maybe not quite as warm, our seas offer some amazing surf!
Quaint villages are dotted along the stunning coastline, walk along cobbled streets with an ice cream or stop in a little cafe for a cream tea (just make sure the jam goes first!)
Our little county has a small population of 563,000 but we explode in the Summer, the bustle and atmosphere of busy little seaside towns like St Ives cannot be missed!
Below are a few of our picks for great days out in Cornwall…
Our Cathedral city of Truro is a vibrant hub of shopping, amazing restaurants and downright impressive architecture. Although not usually the first stop when visiting Cornwall, it’s definitely not to be missed.
The neo-gothic towers dominate the Truro skyline, the rabbit warren of cobbled streets at its feet are home to an eclectic mix of independent and mainstream shops. From the smallest boutiques & bookshops, yummy delicatessens and even an artisan donut shop, this great little city is a brilliant place for a day out shopping.
You can spend hours wandering down every tiny mews or side street, discovering new little treasures along the way. The cafe culture is alive and booming here, whether you’re after hip vegan offerings or quirky worldly beers you will find a spot to pop down your shopping bags and settle in for the afternoon.
Keep an eye on the calendar in Truro, from small festivals, weekly food markets and numerous cultural and historical events there is always something to see and do.
Originally a small market town, Redruth is steeped in history. A former centre of Cornwall’s tin mining industry, made Redruth a prominant part of the industrial revolution, home to inventors (such as William Murdoch, a pioneer in gas lighting) and pioneering in social change as mass emigration took many Cornish families all over the world in the 1800s. As the old saying goes, anywhere in the world, if there’s a hole, chances are there’s a Cornishman down it!
It is easy to see Redruth’s rich history as you wander along the streets, the architecture speaks of grand commercial buildings, Victorian theatre and taverns. Today these buildings are a hub of antique markets, vintage clothing shops and cafes.
Research your Cornish roots in the local library, which is home to an impressive collection of parish and census records as well as a vast array of Cornish history books.
Just down the road you will find Heartlands, a free visitor attraction and World Heritage Site. It boasts 19 acres to explore, from the huge play area and climb on sculptures to keep the little ones entertained to a diverse range of art exhibitions, quirky cafes and stunning gardens, Heartlands is a year round source of entertainment for the whole family.
Look up and chances are you will glimpse Carn Brea. Standing over 700ft above sea level and scattered with the remains of a 5000 year old Neolithic fort alongside a precariously balanced castle, an 18th century folly built atop a rock by the wealthy Bassett family. The only weather report you need in this part of Cornwall, if you can’t see Carn Brea its raining, and if you can see it, it’s probably going to rain!
Go from exploring the balancing castles in the clouds to getting your feet wet with fun and adventurous watersports at Stithians Lake just 5 miles from Redruth, with its reputation of being one of the windiest inland waters in England, it is the perfect location for sailing and windsurfing.
THE LIZARD PENINSULA
If you are coming to Cornwall with a list of things to see, no doubt Land’s End is on there. One of the county’s most famous landmarks, the impressive 200 foot granite cliffs give way to the turbulent Atlantic Ocean and beyond the horizon the Isles of Scilly is just 28 miles away.
Land’s End is a plethora of historical myths and legends, and home to a rather famous sign post, be sure to bring your camera as you won’t want to miss everything that Land’s End has to offer.
St. MICHAELS MOUNT
Catch the low tide and you can wander along the cobbled path, across the sea to explore St Micheals Mount. You can spend hours on this little island, home to a stunning and architecturally fascinating Medieval castle and fortress, grab a bite to eat in the cafe or restaurant and then stroll around the sub tropical gardens and peek into a world where history meets modern life.
Don’t worry if the tide catches up with you, there is a little boat to take you back to the mainland!
CORNWALL SEAL SANCTUARY
Cornwall’s only working seal hospital is an absolute must to visit whilst you stay in Cornwall.
The work that the brilliant people do here at the Seal Sanctuary is amazing, and when you visit you get to see and hear about all the work they do. From stories of dramatic rescues of these stunning creatures, to a peek into the life-saving care and rehabilitation of the seals it is a fascinating way to spend an afternoon.