In Cornwall you are never more than 20 miles from the county’s dramatic yet contrasting coastline. The rugged north is a land of mystery and legend and Atlantic lashed cliffs, while the South more passive, green and intimate, with deep bays and peaceful coves between bold promontories. Inland, you’ll find the old tin mining district, the lonely, granite heights of Bodmin Moor, the larger towns of rural Cornwall, and a maze of lanes and tranquil villages to explore.
Cornwall has more sandy beaches and coastline than almost any other part of Britain. There are 268 miles (431 km) of dramatic coastal path to discover – across cliff-tops, past magnificent, golden beaches and through picturesque fishing villages.
It’s a paradise for groups following shared interested or FITs exploring the many gardens. With more than 50 miles (80 km) of heritage coastline, Bronze Age stone circles, cliff castles and rich industrial heritage, Cornwall has a fascination history. Geology and mining come to life at Geevor and Poldark mines with underground tours, while strolling the coastal path near Land’s End and St Agnes reveal old engine houses peering out to sea from high cliff-tops. For an insight into Cornwall’s rich maritime heritage visit the superb National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Beyond Cornwall’s spectacular Eden Project with its the huge domes and the restored Lost Gardens of Heligan, you’ll find more than 70 gardens scattered across the county, celebrating the mild climate and ideal for garden tours for horticultural enthusiasts.
For art lovers the local scene is as diverse as the scenery, artists have been drawn here for the special light for many years. Don’t miss the Tate St Ives and Penlee House Gallery in Penzance, and take in the magical open air play at the Minack Theatre, a spectacular natural amphitheatre carved in the towering cliffs above Porthcurno.
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