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CornwallEngland, United Kingdom

St Ives which includes general coastal views, a house and a coastal town

Located in the far southwest of Britain and almost entirely surrounded by sea, this county is famed for its dramatic coastline and flourishing cultural scene.

Cornwall is known for its lengthy stretches of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and pleasant temperate climate. Try scuba diving, surfing and rock climbing among the amazing natural landscapes or head inland to find verdant gardens and a unique man-made rain forest.

West Cornwall, in particular, has a reputation as an artistic and cultural hub, with many artists finding inspiration in the region’s picturesque landscapes. Visit the Tate gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St. Ives to learn about the main figures of the “St. Ives School.”

Shop in independent boutiques and specialist stores in Truro, the only city in the county. Head to the Royal Cornwall Museum to see an exquisite collection of art and artifacts, including an unwrapped Egyptian mummy.

Venture inland to the Eden Project, one of the world’s largest indoor rain forests. This garden’s biodomes house a collection of plants from around the world. One dome holds tropical species such as banana trees, while another specializes in Mediterranean plants, such as olive trees and grape vines.

Also worth seeking out is the popular Lost Gardens of Heligan, which covers about 200 acres (81 hectares) of land in east Cornwall. Study plants from around the world, including sub-tropical, Mediterranean and northern species.

This county is also known for its burgeoning food scene and is home to award-winning chefs and top-class local producers. Dine at beach cafés and oceanfront restaurants where seafood is served straight from the Atlantic Ocean.

Cornwall is about 170 miles (270 kilometers) from Bristol. Travel by train to St. Ives or Truro, or fly into Newquay Cornwall Airport, located about 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of Truro. Book luxury hotels, self-catered apartments and cottages in Truro or in any of Cornwall’s charming villages.

With its golden beaches, mild climate and enchanting harbor towns, it’s little wonder why Cornwall is such a beloved vacation destination.

Popular cities in Cornwall

Land\'s End featuring a sunset, general coastal views and rocky coastline
Penzance
Known for Port, Small Town and Cultural Activity
Browse shopping arcades and art galleries and enjoy the superb views of Mount’s Bay in this harbor town near the country’s most southwesterly point.

Reasons to visit

  • Minack Theatre
  • Land's End
  • Porthcurno Beach
Fistral Beach showing a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people
Newquay
Known for Beach View, Spa and Swimming
Admire historic sites, enjoy quaint coastal walks and seek out hidden coves that lie between rugged headlands in the surf capital of the country.

Reasons to visit

  • Fistral Beach
  • Watergate Bay Beach
  • Porth Beach
Plymouth showing a coastal town and heritage architecture
Plymouth
Known for University, Swimming and Tour
Appreciate the cultural transformation this waterfront city has undergone, with the World War II-damaged center now home to fashionable restaurants and maritime attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • National Marine Aquarium
  • Royal William Yard
  • Plymouth Gin Distillery
Helston
Helston
Known for Small Town, Relaxing and Secluded
Escape to quaint Helston! Enjoy its fishing, bars and adventures.

Reasons to visit

  • Kynance Cove
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary
  • The Lizard
Truro which includes heritage architecture
Truro
Known for Relaxing, Small Town and Secluded
Cornwall’s capital city offers excellent shopping and dining, along with lovely Georgian houses and interesting museums. 

Reasons to visit

  • Trelissick Gardens
  • Porthtowan Beach
Devon showing a small town or village
Bideford
Known for Small Town, Port and Secluded
Explore quaint Bideford: its countryside, surfing, theme park and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Clovelly Village