25 Feb

A Guide To Cornwall’s Best Tourist Attractions

Blessed with 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, Cornwall is infamous for it’s impressive coastline. This gorgeous county has magnificent medieval harbours, stunning rock pools, and beautiful creeks surrounded by forest.

Cornwall really is a hiker’s paradise; take a picnic to the beautiful flower-laden fields, or walk the dog along the unspoilt beaches. For the culture vultures among you, there is plenty of artistic heritage to delve into and stunning architecture to admire. There is also a fantastic night-life to enjoy when the sun goes down on a day of sightseeing. Cornwall’s tourism is booming and it is not difficult too see why.

What To See And Do In Cornwall?

Revered as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by some, the Eden Project is a stunning global garden contained within dome-like tropical biomes. This epic destination is home to a multitude of plant life, showcasing the complex plant/human relationship and mankind’s ultimate reliance on nature. The project is fast becoming utilised as an educational tool for children and adults alike, demonstrating a sustainable future.
Discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products, and experience the sights and smells of the rainforest in the Amazon inspired biome. The Eden Project even contains a roofless biome where you can appreciate the Cornish sunshine beaming down on the plant life; you may even get a tan while you’re there.

It is often said that the jewel in Cornwall’s crown is Penzance. Visit the town’s 1930s Jubilee pool; this council-run facility is one of few surviving original lidos, and is the largest remaining salt-water swimming pool in the UK. The pool’s beautiful art deco-inspired curved edges and seafront location give it a Mediterranean feel. The pool is open throughout the summer for all the family to enjoy. Nestled with
in the main swimming arena is a safe, shallow-watered ‘baby pool’ where the toddlers are close enough to feel part of the action. The picturesque, panoramic views from the jubilee pool go on for miles; enjoy a picnic or poolside snack as you take in the beauty of the Ocean.

The Tate, St Ives, is certainly a contributor to Cornwall’s Tourism success. Sister gallery to Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain, this impressive three-storey building showcases the works of the great modern-day artists. Opening in 1993 and overlooking the Porthmeor Beach, this was the second of the Tate family galleries made available to the public. St Ives’ Tate offers online art courses and Adult Learner classes; the gallery is also inundated by regular school visits and has a dedicated ‘Tate Kids’ area where they can play games while they learn. The Tate’s highlight is, undoubtedly, the ‘Ben Nicholson walking tour’ where you experience the gallery through the eyes of this renowned radical twentieth century artist.

Newquay Zoo is an animal lovers paradise. Up-close animal encounters are the perfect opportunity to meet some of the most fascinating species on a personal level, and learn about their unique features from their dedicated handlers. You can watch the carnivores feeding and also experience feeding meerkats and penguins yourself. The zoo has a village farm with familiar faces such as goats and pigs, whilst the Tropical House showcases less common animals such as skunks, poison dart frogs, and the most rare of beautiful exotic birds. Newquay Zoo’s most unique feature is that it is the only place in the county that has lions.

For the show-lovers out there, a visit to the Miracle Theatre is a must. This theatre company tours during the winter months visiting towns and rural villages, but in the summer they perform at open air venues acting out both vintage works and modern writing rich in humour and high visual content. The Miracle theatre does wonders for local tourism and is made accessible for all parts of the community to enjoy. The Miracle theatre is suitable for all ages and, weather permitting, you can enjoy their shows at amazing locations such as ancient sites and castle grounds. The touring company consists of 7 performers and crew; they travel with their own staging and lighting, coming together to create a well-crafted, colourful and comedic theatrical experience.

No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to Land’s End. The most south-westerley point of mainland Britain has earned a reputation for being one of the most beautiful landmarks in the country, and the relationship between land and sea is experienced by thousands every year. Pose for a picture at the famous Land’s End signpost, and walk the cliff tops to experience how Cornwall changes from season to season. When it’s time for a break, wonder at the vast Atlantic Ocean that begins at both the first and last point. The well-known Land’s End restaurant is the ideal place to re-charge the batteries before setting off on one of the landmark’s sea trips, or taking part in one of the regular celebrations such as ‘Cornish Day’ where Cornwall’s most loved traditions come alive.