What are the most beautiful places in Cornwall? It’s so difficult to come up with a list – where do you start, where do you stop? Cornwall has so much to offer; from the small fishing village to surfing towns and small, cozy villages inland, everything is there. Truro is the closest to a city with its cathederal and historic centre, but a relaxed and laid back feel.
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St Ives is unique and unlike anywhere else in Britain, this comes from its fishing traditions, artistic inheritance and tourism industry. Its fishing port is typically Cornish; it also has wonderful sandy beaches and numerous art galleries including Tate St Ives.
Tintagel on the coast of North Cornwall is famous for the ruins of Tintagel Castle on the awesome headland known as ‘The Island’, the castle dates from the 12th C and is steeped in history, romantic tales and the legends of King Arthur. The dramatic and spectacular scenery all adds to the mystical atmosphere.
The picturesque harbour of Boscastle is situated between high cliffs, the rivers Valency and Jordan twist their way dramatically into the tiny harbour. It is the only natural harbour along this 80.5km stretch of coastline. In Victorian times it was a thriving port but today this sheltered inlet and natural unspoilt village is managed by the National Trust.
Truro is Cornwall’s cathedral city but still has the atmosphere of a small town. In the 18th C Truro was the centre of Georgian Cornwall and during this time Boscawen Street and Lemon Street were built. Boscawen Street is a broad cobbled street where the granite faced City Hall Stands.
The East and West Looe Rivers merge at Looe and divide the town into two parts. The town is connected by a bridge which was built in 1853. East Looe is the larger side of the town, and it is here that you will find the harbour. You can see the fishing boats unload their daily catches, a good viewpoint to watch the boats returning is the Banjo Pier.
Marazion is a town whose name derives from the Cornish word for market, it was the main trading port in Mount’s Bay until Penzance started growing in the 16th C. It has beach which is safe for swimming and from here you can cross over to St Michael’s Mount.
The Isles of Scilly which are situated about 45km off the south coast of Cornwall are an archipelago of 140 uninhabited islands and 5 inhabited islands, St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes. The islands are situated in the warm Gulf Stream, and have one of the mildest climates in Great Britain.
Port Isaac is a picturesque fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall; it has narrow streets lined with cottages which wind their way down to the harbour. Here the daily catch of fish, crab and lobster is landed by the local fishermen. The village has become well known as the location for television series Doc Martin.
Falmouth is located on the River Fal, one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Falmouth developed as a port after Henry VIII built Pendennis and St Mawes castles to guard the Fal estuary. Today ships of all types and sizes sail in and out of Falmouth harbour and it is the main port in Cornwall.
Charlestown is lovely old port of St Austell; it is an unspoilt Georgian working port and has been used as a setting for many films and television productions including Poldark.
The Lizard Peninsula is a large area of downland fringed by sea cliffs, the peninsula ends at Lizard Point, the most southerly point in Britain. Rare plants grow on its spacious heathland and coastal paths. To the north of Lizard Point is the Helford River with a softer landscape of wooded creeks and quiet villages which leads on to the great natural harbour of Falmouth