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Our West Cornwall section covers the last part of Cornwall from St Ives on the North Coast round to Praa Sands on the south. The following information will cover places within each reach of these holiday cottage destinations. From here it is easy to explore the moorland landscape of the dramatic north coast and the picturesque fishing villages on the south coast. West Cornwall has some fabulous historical sites to see as well. From disused coal mine shafts to stone circles and quoits.
St Just-in-Penwith is the most westerly town in Cornwall. The town originated as a centre for tin mining in the far West of Cornwall. The 138 year chimney stack at Cape Cornwall, a relic from mining years gone by is well worth the visit. A steep 229 feet climb to the top and you are awarded the most spectacular views across the Western Approaches.
Lands End, the last part of mainland UK, is now a very popular tourist attraction. There are rides, exhibitions, shops, cafes, restaurants and even a hotel. There is plenty to see and do for all the family. Buses run from Penzance throughout the year and from St Ives during the Summer.
St Ives, has become a centre for the arts. With the Tate Gallery, St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum it is easy to see why. Turner painted a landscape here in 1811, and ever since, increasing numbers of artists have visited the area. St Ives also has some amazing beaches, Carbis Bay, Porthminster Beach, Harbour Beach and Porthmeor.
Penzance, the last major port in Cornwall before the Isles of Scilly, offers both boat trips and helicopter rides to the islands all year round. Next door is Newlyn home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, with over 40 acres of harbour contributing millions of pounds to the Cornish economy. Nearby Mousehole has the most spectacular Christmas Lights display in West Cornwall.
Marazion on the other side of Mounts Bay and St Michaels Mount have fantastic views and walks along the front. St Michaels Mount accessible via causeway or boat is open to the public as well as being home to a number of residents. As well as a Medieval Castle there are some stunning gardens in and around the castle grounds.