Situated at the far south-westerly tip of the British Isles, Cornwall is known as a wonderful destination for those wanting to holiday in England. Whether you want to enjoy the Cornish Riviera in the South, the surfing and an active holiday on the North Coast or the many historical and visitor attractions inland, there is something for everyone.
Are there Peak and Off-Peak Seasons?
Cornwall is known to get very busy in the summer holiday months as families with school-aged children choose to travel down for a seaside holiday, but as many will tell you, Cornwall has become a year-round destination.
If you have the option of holidaying say in September, you will get the benefit of the sea being at its warmest, some great surf and swells from ex-hurricanes as they travel across the Atlantic as well as lower prices, less crowds and quieter roads. And of course, if you have your four-legged friend in tow – they are allowed on to the beaches in the off-peak season.
What Brings People to the Area?
Cornwall has so much to offer visitors and residents alike, whether you are interested in an active holiday, understanding some of its industrial heritage or simply enjoying the landscape, Cornwall has it all.
Landscape and Nature
Bedruthan Steps – For those with a head for heights, the famous cliff staircase takes you down to a beautiful little beach where you can view the giant rock stacks across. But beware the tide can come in fast and take you by surprise- see the National Trust’s website for visiting advice!
Land’s End – Eight miles south-west of Penzance, Land’s End is one of the most westerly points of headland in Cornwall. Breath in the bracing sea air, look at across the Atlantic and enjoy the beautiful landscape. It is from here that so many people start their end-to-end challenge which finishes at John O’Groats, nearly 900 miles away at the top of Scotland.
Lizard Point –The southerly tip of the Lizard Peninsula and of mainland Britain is Lizard Point. Enjoy walking, observing wildlife and taking in the fresh air. The lighthouse can also be visited and reveals the history of shipwrecks and the historical struggle to erect and maintain the lighthouse.
Castles, Historic Homes & Industrial Past
Lanhydrock House – Discover the two sides to Victorian life with scenes from the elegant and luxurious family areas ‘upstairs’ to the servants quarters ‘downstairs’. The estate is perfect for families and even has various cycle trails, a fantastic adventure playground as well as circular walks for all abilities around the parkland.
Pendennis Castle – Situated at the estuary of Falmouth, Pendennis castle is known as one of Henry VIII’s most finest coastal fortresses. Experience the blast of guns, jousting and how the fortress was used in the first world war.
Poldark Mine and The Cornish Heritage Collection – The only complete tin mine in Cornwall that is open to the general public, Poldark Mine has underground guided tours giving the visitor a tangible feel for the working conditions of Conrishmen of years ago.
Tintagel Castle – Set on the North cost of Cornwall, Tintagel castle is linked to the legend of King Arthur and has inspired many writers and artists.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Specially for rescued seal pups, discover how the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rehabilitates grey seals from around the Cornish coastline.
Eden Project – From China Clay Pit to Eco Park. The Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes house plants from different climates across the globe. Enjoy the rainforest canopy walk, experience the hot Western Australian garden as well as the different outdoor gardens including a Wild Cornwall area
The lost garden of Heligan – Located near Mevagissey, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is 200 acres of garden set within the mysterious and romantic estate that was once home to the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. It was a chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this great estate.
This guide can’t do justice to the number of beautiful beaches in Cornwall, but here are just a few:
Fistral Beach, Newquay – Famous as the epicentre of Cornwall’s surfing scene, Fistral Beach is a long sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The waves get as high as 8 feet and are enjoyed by experienced surfers, whilst those wanting to learn to surf can take lessons.
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth – With plenty of room this beach has space for everyone and is safe for swimmers of all ages. The car park is situated nice and close making this a great family-friendly beach.
Summerleaze Beach, Bude – Situated at the top righthand corner of Cornwall, Summerleaze beach is a large expanse of sandy beach perfect both for those who want to soak up the sun as well as having great waves for those who want to surf. There is also a 1930s sea pool which fills up with seawater when submerged at high tide.
Whitsand Bay, Sennen Cove – A short hop over the cliffs from Land’s End is Whitsand Bay, a fishing cove with a lovely sandy beach. It’s great for swimmers and has constant surf.
There are a good number of annual festivals in Cornwall, and unsurprisingly they centre around food and seafood caught off the coast. Check out the: Newquay Fish Festival, Falmouth Oyster Festival, Dartmouth Food Festival.
What Cities and Towns in the Area?
Falmouth was once the most populated town in the region. Given the duty of delivering the mail to the ever-expanding British empire back in the 17th century, the town grew around the harbour. Today according to the Sunday Times, it is one of the best places to live in the South West known for its community, festivals and it is here that the Tall Ships Regatta is hosted.
One of the most popular holiday destinations in the north of the county, Newquay’s 20,000 population swells during the summer months as visitors come to soak up the sun and sea as well as enjoy viewing and participating in the surfing competitions.
St Austell was an important mining town particularly for the extraction of white clay which was used for the production of porcelain as well as other industries. Located just 2 miles from the Eden Project, which is itself built in an old china clay pit, St Austell is a good hub from which to visit other attractions. The town’s port is the harbour of Charlestown which is famous as the film location for the television serious Poldark.
Why should I invest in Cornwall?
Owning a holiday home in Cornwall allows you to have the perfect home-from-home base to enjoy this wonderful holiday destination all year round. If your property is an investment and you are planning to rent it out to holiday-makers, there is strong demand from UK and international visitors alike, drawn by the variety of attractions and beaches.
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