|Seaside resorts, towns and
||The resorts of north Cornwall are famous for
their long sandy beaches, and their surf. there are four main resorts,
Bude, Newquay, Perranporth, and St Ives
||This coast is mostly marked by a rocky shoreline,
with numerous inlets and small harbours. As regards seaside resorts,
with good beaches, there are only three – Penzance, Praa
Porthleven. Apart from these there are plenty of small beaches and
coves, such as Kynance Cove or Gorran.
||The Cornish capital - the best shopping in
Cornwall, but the small city itself is not one of Cornwall's tourist
attractions. The cathedral dates from the 19th century.
||The "end of the line", the most south-westerly
town in England. A popular small resort well located for discovering
the nearby points of interest, Land's End, the Lizard, Saint
Michael's Mount, and others
||Famous for its beaches and its colony of artists,
St. Ives is home to an outpost of the Tate Gallery.
|Historic monuments in Cornwall
smaller than the more famous Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, Saint
Michael's Mount is similar - a rocky island just off the seashore,
accessible by a causeway at low tide. Less built up than its
Norman counterpart, Saint Michael's Mount is an island
crowned by a priory and castle. Legend has it that the Archangel St.
Michael appeared here to fishermen in the year 495 AD.
best preserved of the many defensive castles built by King Henry VIII
along the south coast of England in the 16th century. St Mawes, and its
sister Pendennis Castle, guard the mouth of the river Fal, outside
|Outdoors and countryside
|North coast of
||From Exmoor to
Land's End, the north coast of the Devon-Cornwall peninsula is
spectacularly beautiful. From Hartland Point on, the coast is exposed
to the Atlantic, and is popular with surfers. In summer, the many fine
sandy beaches, such as Bude or Perranporth, attract plenty of tourists
- though there is room for all, and there are plenty of smaller and
often empty beaches. Highlights include the picture-postcard village of
Clovelly, Tintagel Castle, perched on the edge of the cliffs,
and the small port of St. Ives, which now hosts an outpost of London's
Tate Gallery. The whole coast can be discovered on foot, along the
northern leg of the Southwest Coast footpath.
|South coast of
coast of Cornwall - though not far from the north coast - is gentler.
It is characterised by a number of estuaries and inlets, with small
fishing ports. Among the highlights of this coast are the small towns
of Falmouth, Looe and Penzance, as well as the Eden Project, the
Gardens of Heligan, (see below) and Saint Michael's Mount (see
above). The whole coast can be discovered on foot, along the
Southwest Coast footpath .
|Land's End and
||At the extreme
southwest are two of Britain's most famous points, the
Lizard - the southernmost tip of Great Britain - and Land's End, the
westernmost tip of England. Neart Land's End is the dramatically sited
Minack open-air theatre, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
|Attractions - places to
Cornwall, near Helston,
complete underground Cornish tin mine open to the pubic. The mine was
at its peak in the 18th century, at the start of the industrial
revolution; shut down in 1780 and rediscovered in the 1970's,
the mine at Poldark has much of its original character.
|The Gardens of
Gardens of Heligan" are fabulous sub-tropical gardens, located in a
very sheltered spot near the south Cornish coast. Exotic plants from
much warmer regions all over the world grow here. Part of the National
Rhodedendron collection, including bushes planted in the mid 19th
conservatory, most remarkable for its two huge sets of geodisic domes.
One of these recreates a Mediterranean biosphere, the other a tropical
biosphere. The tropical dome is large enough to include full size
tropical trees. The site is located in a very sheltered south-facing
former kaolin pit. The Eden Project is designed as an attraction and as
an environmental education facility