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With craggy inlets along the coast, beautifully untamed countryside, and locations awash with history, Cornwall is a magical location set on the south-western tip of the United Kingdom. Interestingly, the county can claim to have the most westerly and southerly points of mainland Britain with Land’s End and Lizard Point. View our map of Cornwall above to plan the perfect holiday in the region when you visit Cornwall.
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North Cornwall is a wonderful combination of coast and countryside. In North Cornwall you will find the UK’s surfing mecca, Newquay. Newquay has gained its reputation as the number one surf spot in the UK because of the spectacular beaches that can be found here such as Fistral beach and nearby Mawgan Porth. Staying on the coast, the charming fishing port of Padstow can be found in North Cornwall and has no less than seven bays within easy reach. The town has gained popularity for its locally sourced seafood and Chef Rick Stein has set up shop here making it perfect for foodies. The Camel Trail and South West Coast Path are also easily accessed from Padstow. In contrast, Bodmin Moor, formerly known as Fowey Moor, can be found on the north-eastern edge of the county, a granite moorland that is still largely unspoilt and ideal for countryside rambles. Other significant towns in North Cornwall include Bude, Port Isaac, and Tintagel where the ruins of Tintagel Castle are a wondrous sight and offer a glimpse into the history, myths, and legends that plague this area.
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Find a pretty mix of hamlet, quaint fishing ports, and smuggler’s coves in the beautiful South Cornwall. Fowey (pronounced “Foy” like joy) is a pretty harbour town nestling along the southern coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey. It has become popular because of its cobbled streets that lead to the wide harbour and is also a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as its recognition as a commercial seaport. Looe is made up of twin towns East Looe and West Looe and offers culture, history, and beaches. For something a bit more unique, head to Looe Island (also known as St George’s Island). St Austell is another great location in South Cornwall, with the world-renowned Eden Project a stone’s throw away and glorious beaches in close proximity too. The St Austell Brewery means that the town has gained a reputation for its locally brewed ales, and the majority of these can be found in the nearby pubs and inns as well as throughout the rest of the county.
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West Cornwall is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and with good reason. At the most westerly tip of Cornwall and ultimately mainland Britain is Land’s End, a much-visited tourist destination. On the northern coast of West Cornwall is where you will find the towns of Sennen, St Ives, and Hayle. Sennen is a quaint village set atop a gorgeous golden unspoilt beach, another great location for surfing in the county. When you visit Cornwall, you'll find that St Ives is the cultural hub of Cornwall with many boutique shops, museums, and of course the Tate art gallery. Just a little further along the coast from St Ives is the town of Hayle, which has some great local walks around Godrevy Head; look out for some seals as you walk round. The only city in Cornwall, Truro, is also based in West Cornwall and is well known for its cathedral as well as shopping. Another location to fall in love with in West Cornwall is the charming town of Mousehole, and its bustling port which has been used for centuries, and although not as busy as it once was, is still a hive of activity.
For more information about Cornwall, be sure to take a look at our guide to Cornwall food and drink, our guide to Cornwall beaches, and our extensive things to do in Cornwall guide!