Cornwall has so much to offer it's impossible to list all of the places to see, but here are some of our own personal favourites.
Former county town, notable for the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, a preserved Steam railway, Bodmin Jail & Cornwall's Regimental Museum at Victoria Barracks. Not far from Bodmin is the National Trust property , Lanhydrock House, a fabulous mansion dating back to 1620. Set in beautiful grounds, the house boasts one of the longest ' long galleries' in the country, 116 feet long.
Once known as 'Budehaven', the town came to prominence as a trading port first & then during the Victorian era as a seaside resort. Bude is famous for fabulous surfing beaches & boasts the only canal in Cornwall. Bude makes a great base to tour this most Northerly part of Cornwall.
A picturesque fishing village on The Lizard, the village pub, The Cadgwith Cove Inn, is well worth a visit.
Beautiful beach near St Ives, best reached by the St Ives Branch Line, arguably one of the most scenic train journeys in the World.
A trip back in time to this former china clay harbour & village. Owned by The Square Sail Trust, there are usually some saling ships to be seen in the harbour. The timeless atmosphere of Charlestown has seen its use as a film & TV location, The Eagle Has Landed, Poldark, Hornblower, Rebecca & Mansfield Park are just a few examples
A former china clay pit transformed into a tropical garden paradise using two huge plastic domes to create microclimates, a tropical & Mediterranean biome
Steeped in history, Falmouth has something for everyone, beautiful beaches, a fabulous castle & one the largest natural harbours in the World. An array of boat trips are on offer to Truro, St Mawes & The Helford River & for those who want to keep their feet on dry land, then the National Maritime Museum is well worth a visit.
Beautiful & historic port , narrow streets with Mediaeval & Georgian buildings, a harbour teeming with activity & colour. Lots of interesting independent shops & an excellent range of pubs & restaurants. A short boat trip over the river to Polruan is a must.
A historic fishing village with narrow streets and cottages clinging to the hill side. During the Summer months there is a ferry service to Fowey. The World of Model Railways in Meadow Street is well worth a visit.
A beautiful little fishing village steeped in character and history. In 1595 Mousehole was raided by the Spanish, legend has it that only the Squire, Jenkyn Keigwin was in the village and fought the invaders alone. Mousehole was burnt to the ground with the exception of his house, The Keigwin Arms, which was spared as a mark of respect to his bravery. At Christmas all of the boats in the harbour are decorated with lights, making a magical sight.
Justifiably famous for fabulous beaches, Newquay is widely regarded as the surfing capital of the UK, chief amongst the annual competitions is Boardmasters. Newquay has a zoo, Waterworld & the beautiful Trenance Leisure Gardens with boating lake. Some three miles fom the town, lies Cornwall Airport Newquay, an increasing number of flights making access to Cornwall far easier. Attractions close to Newquay include The Lappa Valley Railway, Trerice, a beautiful Tudor manor house
Picturesque town on the River Camel, notable for it's colourful harbour, individual shops & a wide choice of eateries, many of which are owned by Rick Stein. There is a wide choice of boat trips available & a trip across to Rock on the landing craft ferry is a must.
PerranporthA resort on the North coast notable for its fabulous 3 mile long beach, very popular with surfers. The town boasts an 18 hole course & boating lake.
A beautiful fishing village noted for its tightly packed fisherman's cottages which survive almost untouched, it's quaint harbour & untouched coastline.
A beautiful cove where time seems to have stood still, once the haunt of a notorious smuggler John Carter, 'The King of Prussia. The original 1970's Poldark used the cove as a filming location.
With its harbour, beautiful beaches & colourful houses, it is easy to see why St Ives is such a popular destination. The clarity of the light has been a magnet for artists for years & as well as a number of private galleries, there is also The Tate St Ives.