With a famously wavy slate roof and over 600 years of history it beckons the curious to explore. Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the jail a fun and educational, and just a little bit scary, adventure. Winding wooded paths follow a half-mile incline to sea views across Mount’s Bay and the descent via the drive is bordered by a stream garden and open meadows. TheNational Trustlooks after more than 500 places across the UK which includes some of the best beaches, parks, forests and wildlife areas in the country. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
A major heat pump supplier has attacked SNP-Green plans to use them to replace gas boilers in Scotland, warning parts of the country are too cold for them to work. According to the OnePoll study, 43 per cent of those who plan to take a holiday will be having their main one on home soil, with the predicted average spend totalling £1,200. As a result, half are more likely to book a staycation instead – with those who plan to go away looking to take an average of three trips in total. Cornwall has been knocked into second place in the list of most desirable UK tourist destinations for 2023.
At the moment, advance bookings are essential; see their website for more information. Land’s End is an iconic Cornish attraction, marking Cornwall’s westernmost point and offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Come and see the world’s largest collection of witchcraft at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic near Boscastle on the North Cornish coast.
Today, you can experience the sights and sounds of battle, meet costumed characters from Pendennis’ past, look out for enemies, and witness the daily firing of a historic gun. Walking back up from Durgan you can find a boat-seat, a gigantic tulip-tree and ponds teeming with wildlife. You can also learn about the Fox family who created this “”small peace of heaven on earth””. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek.
Further back, where the harbour is just a narrow channel, is a National Trust cafe and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, with what might be the largest hoard of ritual magic artefacts in the world. There’s the combined allure of old fishing cottages and inns, together with the rocky green hills that bank sharply from the water. In the countryside, Wheal Pinvor is a ruined mine slowly being reclaimed by nature, while Gwennap Pit is a strange phenomenon, a terraced amphitheatre fashioned by mining subsidence up to the 1700s. This mine operated from the 1700s to 1945, and the amount of antique machinery, including two beam engines and an intact engine house, is an eye-opener.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and also a Heritage Coast area, there are lots of lovely walks to be had, either along the beach with its numerous rock pools, or further inland. But most popular of all is the village itself, which has lots of charming cafes and restaurants and one of Britain’s narrowest thoroughfares – the aptly named ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’. Located on Cornwall’s Atlantic northern coast is the beautiful 14th-century fishing village of Port Isaac. It is everything that you would imagine a traditional Cornish village to be, with slate-fronted white-washed cottages and narrow winding streets, all leading down to the picturesque harbor. You can’t take a trip to Cornwall and not experience both the brooding Bodmin Moor and the Jamaica Inn a romantic smugglers’ pub made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her book of the same name. A stopping point for weary travellers and smuggling gangs in the 18th century, this coaching inn high up on the moor is full of legend, mystery and so it’s said, the odd friendly ghost.
Steeped in legends and with a long history, the island was once a destination for religious pilgrims. Inside the spectacular castle you’ll find many historic artifacts, including rare and unusual items. Located slightly inland from the coast of southeast Cornwall and close to the villages of Pentewan and Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the best Cornwall attractions. And if you’re in the far east of Cornwall, a visit to Mt Edgcumbe Country Park should be on your list, and allow a day to do the place justice.
The unique quality of light has long dragged generations of artists to St Ives, and visitors to the gallery can admire it pouring through the glass front of this stunning building. Inside this impressive space, you’ll find plenty of stories of Cornwall’s seafaring past and full-size replicas and real boats from days gone by. Sadly, the ticket prices are a little steep, in my opinion, as London’s outpost is free, but they do allow entrance for one full year.
It’s the most westerly point on the English mainland and where you’ll experience nature in full force with waves crashing against granite rocks and towering cliffs before being whipped away by the wind. The village and its surrounds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Heritage Coast area with some good walks and a small beach to explore. The 14th century village, which you might recognise from the TV show Doc Martin, makes for a pleasant wander or you can book a scenic boat tour during the summer season. Bridge at Tintagel, CornwallSet high on a rocky headland on the North Cornwall coast, the ruins of Tintagel Castle stand surveying the choppy Atlantic Ocean below. Said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur this is one of the places to visit in Cornwall that’s steeped in myth and history. Tintagel Castle is managed by English Heritage and you’ll need to book before your visit.