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Cornwall is Britain’s south westerly treasure. From the rugged coastline of the north coast to the soft beauty of the south, from the crashing surf of Fistral Beach to the historic harbour of Fowey, from the remoteness of the west to the high class restaurants of Padstow, there is something for everybody. Here are what we think are Cornwall’s top ten things to do!
1. Visit the Eden Project, the attraction that has drawn more visitors to Cornwall than anything else over the last 5 years. Still developing, the Eden Project is not just an indoor collection of plants; it is a spectacular attraction in a stunning setting with a fascinating collection of species from all round the planet. The Eden Project also lays on a series of summer concerts – the Eden Sessions – and in the run up to Christmas it hosts Cornwall's biggest ice rink!
2. Tour the spectacular Falmouth Estuary by boat Falmouth www.falriverlinks.co.uk and estuary are one of the world’s largest natural harbours and one of ’s most beautiful settings. Touring the area either by taking the St Mawes Ferry to or one of the river boats to the Helford, it is a stunning part of the world (even if we are a little biased!)
3. St Michael’s Mount www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk to the church and castle. It is an iconic image of Cornwall. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short, evocative boat trip.
4. A day’s walk around the Lizard Peninsula. The pretty coves and dramatic coastline of Britain’s most southerly point make this one of the best parts of the south west coastal path. Kynance Cove & Cadgwith Cove are particularly interesting and don’t miss the Devil’s Cauldron near Cadgwith which is one of Cornwalls more unusual coastal features.
5. Lanhydrock House & Gardens is the best of the Cornish stately homes with one of the finest gardens in the county. The house is huge and you can visit most of the building, and the gardens are fascinating whatever the season.
6. The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth captures the true maritime history of Cornwall in an amazing building next to the docks. Climb to the top of the tower for a great view over the harbour or have a look under the water at basement level with huge windows under sea level.
7. The Minack Theatre is a unique and magical outdoor theatre carved out of the cliffs close to Lands End. It is great to visit during the day to see the amazing way that the theatre has been created and its unbelievable position and views. But this is a proper working theatre with performances running most evenings during the summer season. To watch actors bringing Shakespeare to life with the backdrop of sea mist rolling in over the ancient cliffs is a truly memorable experience!
8. The harbour town of Fowey, pronounced Foy to rhyme with Joy is situated on the south coast of Cornwallbetween Looe and Mevagissey. Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Over the centuries Fowey has grown and now stretches for about a mile along the west bank of the River Fowey to the mouth of the river. Situated on the opposite bank, also at the mouth of the river, is the village of Polruan. A regular passenger ferry connects the two and further up river a car ferry runs from Fowey to Bodinnick on the other side of the river. It is the quintessential Cornish harbour town and it is just great to stroll along the narrow streets catching glimpses of the busy harbour. If you are lucky enough to be staying in Cornwall when the Fowey Royal Regatta is on, don’t miss the unbelievable display by the Red Arrows.
9. Visit one of Cornwall’s historic pubs. A fine example is the Crown Inn wwwwagtailinns.com in the small village of Lanlivery near Lostwithiel. Reputedly there has been a pub on the site since the 12th Century, but much of the building is 16th Century. Fully restored during the winter of 2008, the pub is full of history, from the ancient well in the entrance to the huge fireplace. They have a fantastic little garden which is the perfect place to get away from it all while enjoying some of the main bar and granite lined clome oven. Try one of their delicious home cooked meals which feature some of the best Cornish produce.
10. The spectacular north coast is worth exploring, but there is so much to see. Of course the most famous section is the area around Newquay but it gets terribly busy during the season. One of the most spectacular parts is the area know as the Bedruthan Steps www.nationaltrust.co.uk This is a truly spectacular landscape on the north Cornish coastline, a few miles east of Newquay. The cliffs at Bedruthan have been systematically eroded over the years, leaving a series of impressive volcanic rock stacks. Theses pillars of detached cliffs rise majestically from Bedruthan Beach, forming a series of columns that stretch across the bay from Pendarves Island to Diggory's Island. The area around Bedruthan Steps is ideal for walking, particularly between Bedruthan and Carnewas. There are great views from the cliff tops past the stacks to the distant promontory of Park Head. Within two miles of Bedruthan Steps, there are two Iron Age hill forts and six Bronze Age burial Barrows.