If you are coming to Cornwall for the first time or the tenth time, you want to plan a few places to visit, so we have put together an ultimate bucket list of the top attractions you should check out, some far-flung from our hotel and some right on our doorstep. Of course, at these brilliant attractions, we highly recommend doing traditional Cornish activities, such as eating cream tea or a Cornish pasty and going surfing! Read on to see what attractions you are yet to tick off your bucket list!
St Michael's Mount
Stride along the causeway or take a boat to the picturesque St Michael's Mount. The small tidal island in Mount's Bay near Marazion has a castle, chapel and town, with some of the earliest buildings date back to the 12th century. The island is a great place to spend a day out, where you can learn about the history of the place and the legends that surround it.
The Eden Project is a hugely popular visitor attraction, but don't let the thousands of people who visit put you off from experiencing the biomes. Inside the rainforest and Mediterranean biomes, you will find a plethora of exotic plants and flowers. Even on a cold day, you can be transported to the other side of the world. The Project also has workshops, a zip wire and outdoor gardens to explore on a visit.
Land's End is the most westerly point of mainland England, and tourists have been visiting the spot for over two hundred years. You can marvel at the amazing coastline at Land's End and get a picture under the iconic signpost. Considered to be one of the country's most famous landmarks, it is a definite must-see on holiday to Cornwall.
A stunning open-air theatre built above the cliffs at Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre is an amazing place to visit, even if you don't manage to see a performance. The theatre has appeared in listings of the most spectacular theatres in the world, and it is wonderful to see the gorgeous blue sea stretching as far as the eye can see as a backdrop for theatrical performances.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path stretches from Dorset around to Somerset, and any stretch offers you spectacular views. From our hotel in Fowey, head to any part of the coastal path to enjoy a walk in some of the country's best scenery. There are dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, secluded coves and wonderful flora and fauna to see along the way. You can try circular walks, leading you inland to Cornish countryside, or you can tackle a longer stretch if you prefer a challenge.
Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
Mining in Cornwall began in the Bronze Age and has shaped the landscape and history of the county. Tin and copper were the most commonly mined metals, and today you can visit the places that were once thriving mining sites. These include Wheal Martyn, Geevor, Poldark, Carnglaze Caverns and St Agnes Museum.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Located near Mevagissey, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular and breathtaking botanical gardens in the country. The gardens were created in the mid-18th century but were sadly lost after the First World War. Extensive restoration began in the 1990s and transformed the gardens to its former glory. Spend a day wandering the jungle, walled garden and leafy walkways.
The most southerly point of mainland Britain, Lizard Point was a starting point for many ships and a notoriously hazardous spot. The lighthouse still stands on the point, and the views of the coastline and out to sea are incredible. Be sure to visit nearby beaches like Kynance Cove when you visit.
St Catherine's Castle
St Catherine's Castle overlooks the mouth of the River Fowey and is its location offers great views of the surrounding area. The castle was built between 1538 and 1540 during the reign of Henry VIII in response to fears of invasion from France and was in use up to the Napoleonic Wars in 1815.
National Maritime Museum
Head to Falmouth's harbour and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The museum explores the role of the sea and the maritime history of Cornwall, from fishing to smuggling. One of the popular permanent exhibitions is the boat building and its history, with several boats in the gallery to discover.
Cornwall has many fantastic beaches along its coast, from stunning Blue Flag beaches to hidden coves with rock pools and secret caves. But for people staying at our Fowey hotel, the best beach is Readymoney Cove, a sandy beach south of the town. Sheltered by cliffs and the harbour, the beach is great for sunbathing and swimming.
Lovers of country walks will find Bodmin Moor the ideal place to spend a day. The wild granite moorland has remnants of Neolithic inhabitants, which can be found in megalithic monuments, hut circles, cairns and stone circles. The highest point is Brown Willy, and Rough Tor is another walking destination for ramblers.
Cornwall boasts miles of dramatic and spectacular coastline, but maybe none more so at Bedruthan on the northern coast. The golden sandy beach is hard to get to, and only accessible at low tide, but the view from the cliffs is just as impressive as being down among the giant rock stacks. The stretch of coast is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers, and you can walk along the clifftop to marvel at the pointed stacks that stick out of the stormy Atlantic Ocean.
Have you been to any of these attractions in Cornwall? Do you think we missed any off our list? Let us know via our social media channels, and be sure to check out some of our other posts on our Cornwall blog!