Welcome to Cornwall
Cornwall is the ideal holiday choice, no matter what kind you prefer. It's a great place for a beach holiday, for families, walkers, garden lovers and cyclists. It's perfect for people who like to be on the go, or for those who just want to unwind and relax. Enjoy bed and breakfast in one of our farmhouses or go self-catering in a holiday cottage in one of our lovely locations.
So many amazing attractions
There are so many wonderful quality attractions to visit in Cornwall - Eden, great gardens such as Trebah, wonderful National Trust properties such as Lanhydrock, great adventures parks for families such as Cornish Crealy, the Minack Theatre, The Tate St Ives..........the list is endless. Many of the best attractions are members of CATA (Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions). Visit their website to find out further details.
Our thriving industrial past
There are ten areas that make up the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Many of them are in stunningly beautiful places for walking and discovery including the Tamar Valley on the border with Devon, and Luxulyan Valley in mid Cornwall. Some mines have been developed into museums. Geevor Mine in Pendeen and Cornish Mines and Engines in Poole, near Redruth, are just two.
China clay was once another of Cornwall's great exports, and at Charlestown near to St Austell you can see the best-preserved china-clay and copper-ore port in the world.
Beaches, cliff paths and the sea
Some of the most gorgeous beaches in the UK can be found in Cornwall. Wide stretches of fine, golden sand and clear water are ideal for family holidays and water sports. Our area pages list our favourite beaches, although there are many others. And of course there are the amazing cliff paths, covered in flowers and home to wild creatures, butterflies and birds.
A spot of beauty Cornish Peninsula
Cornwall is proud to have 12 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protected because they are so important to the nation. But you will also find many other natural and beautiful spots throughout Cornwall, for walking, cycling or relaxing with a picnic.
Because Cornwall has a mild climate, it's ideal for tender and exotic flowers and plants unsuitable for the harsher weather conditions found in most parts of the UK. See them in all their diversity in the many gardens open to the public. Our Gardens page will tell you more.
We've made it an art form
Cornwall's clear light has drawn artists here for a long time, notably the 19th-century Newlyn School, with their naturalistic 'plein air' paintings of everyday life, and the St Ives School, with Barbara Hepworth, in the 20th century. Many practising artists work in the county today and their work can be seen in open studios and galleries.
Country shows and festivals
In June the Royal Cornwall Show attracts thousands to see livestock and food competitions, flower shows and a variety of popular events. But throughout the summer there are also other smaller local shows celebrating country life. Join us, too, for our bright summer festivals, with processions, live music and street theatre, mingling with craft stalls and unusual events.
Tall granite standing stones can be seen in fields and moorland, especially in West Penwith and on Bodmin Moor. Some are particularly unusual: holed stones such as Men an Tol, table-shaped quoits such as Lanyon Quoit, circles of stones such as The Hurlers. Many have legends connected to them, but all give the landscape an appealing mystery. In West Penwith you can discover ancient settlements with their remains of hut circles at Chysauster and Carn Euny, which also has an underground tunnel.
Fresh local food
With such a fabulous coastline you can be sure of the best seafood ever. No wonder top chefs love it here. You can also find pubs and smaller restaurants serving good food to match all budgets, many proud to serve local produce. Good food for a great holiday.
A farm holiday in Cornwall is the best way to enjoy all this and more