Cornwall regularly tops the polls as the UK’s best tourist destination, and rightly so! It attracts around four million visitors every year, including many who own a holiday home in the much sought-after area.
It’s not hard to see the appeal of this region in the south-west corner of England. With its balmy climate, 400 beaches and a diverse range of unique attractions, it really is the Englishman’s paradise! Here are 10 of the best things to see and do when you come to Cornwall.
1. Visit the beaches
Cornwall is fit to bursting with jaw-dropping beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in the Med. Top spots include Whitsand Bay, Marazion Beach, Porthcurno Beach, Mawgan Porth Beach and Harlyn Bay, to name just a few.
2. Sample the cuisine
The legendary Cornish pasty is a must-eat when in the area, along with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream. In fact, Cornwall has become something of a foodie destination in its own right in recent times, thanks to the likes of Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw.
3. Go surfing
Cornwall is a mecca for surfers. Popular surfing spots include Fistral Beach in Newquay, Polzeath, Godrevy, Praa Sands or Porthleven.
4. Take a walk
With 300 miles of South West Coast Path and 2,000 miles of footpaths, it’s no wonder that walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall. With its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and diverse landscapes, finding a walk that appeals will prove easy.
5. Visit the Eden Project
The Eden Project is a unique, tropical garden consisting of biomes the size of 30 football pitches. Located near to St Austell, this award-winning, world-renowned eco destination provides a fascinating insight into plant life in the rainforest.
6. Admire the Minack Theatre
This open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno Beach offers a unique way to experience a musical, drama or comedy in the summer.
7. Walk to St Michael’s Mount
National Trust owned St Michael’s Mount is a small island at Marazion. Steeped in legend and folklore, you can reach the island at low tide by a linked causeway. You can enjoy great views across to Land’s End.
8. Visit Land’s End
As Britain’s most south-westerly point, Land’s End is a famous landmark that features on most tourists’ itineraries. The views from the 200ft cliffs are spectacular and offer a great many opportunities to marvel the various birds and wildlife.
9. Follow in Poldark’s footsteps
Fans of the hit TV series Poldark can visit key locations in Cornwall where filming regularly takes place – including Church Cove, Gunwalloe, Porthgwarra, Botallack Mine, Bodmin Moor, St Agnes Head and Charlestown.
10. Admire the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Situated near Mevagissey, these 19th-century style gardens are considered one of the most frequently visited in the UK, offering the visitor more than 200 acres of beautiful gardens to explore.
If you plan to visit the many attractions of Cornwall this year, why not hire a motorhome from Driveline? With quality vehicles that offer comfort and style, a Driveline motorhome is the perfect way to travel the idyllic Cornish countryside.