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Travel Hotspots In Cornwall And Devon

Cornwall is visited my millions of people each year. People flock here for holidays on the coast. But despite its popularity, Cornwall has a mystical quality thanks to its rugged, windswept landscape and rich heritage.

Tantalising Tintagel

It was a gentleman named Geoffrey of Monmouth who in 1150 started the legendary belief that the little town of Tintagel was the birthplace of the great King Arthur. This belief has been attached to Tintagel ever since, and indeed visitors still flock here still to catch a glimpse of the place where King Arthur may have been born.

The ruins of Tintagel Castle are quite spectacular set upon the steep cliffs overlooking the Atlantic ocean. It's believed that King Arthur was born here while Merlin stood famously in a cave beneath the castle. This is Merlins Cave and visitors can view it when the tide is not high.

Aside from these ancient remains Tintagel has a 14th Century Post Office that represents an interesting side-visit for travellers.

After you're done visiting the castle and post office, the town has a sleuth of tea rooms, pubs and souvenir shops to cater for the many visitors who come (mostly in summer).



Idyllic St Ives

This magical little corner of Cornwall offers wonderful, sandy beaches, narrow cobbled streets and a delightful harbour area an absolute joy for those wanting to discover the traditional, quaint Cornwall.

St Ives also has very strong historical ties to the arts community and testament to this can be found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. Just a few of the famous 20th century artists from St Ives include Barbara Hepworth, John Wells and Ben Nicholson. Those interested in art will also want to check out the Tate St Ives museum.

Art aside there's plenty for the general tourist too fine, sandy beaches and a myriad of wonderful shops and restaurants makes this a first class destination for those wanting to see the very best that Cornwall has to offer.

As you would expect, the good stretches of beach here makes it another popular location for surfers, Porthmeor being the pick of the bunch. Other good beaches in St Ives include Porthgwidden, Porth Kidney Sands, Windasea and Porthminster.

St Ives is a good base for a Cornwall holiday there are lots of accommodation options to suit the budgets of all holidaymakers.

Pretty Penzance

In South West Cornwall is the town of Penzance. Like St Ives, Penzance also has a reputation for having been an artists haven (in the 19th century) and still boasts many fine art galleries.

The climate in Penzance is wonderfully mild you'll see palm trees and other sub-tropical plant life in the beautiful Morrab Gardens (well worth a visit). It's also possible to catch views of St Michaels Mount from this busy harbour town.

There are some nice shops and restaurants near the harbour and some other points of interest in Penzance include the Penlee House Gallery & Museum and the Trinity House National Lighthouse Centre. Also worth a look is the interesting 19th century building that is Egyptian House.

There is no shortage of affordable lodging if you're looking to stay for a night or two in Penzance there are many bed & breakfasts offering a fair stay for reasonable fees or you could stay in one or two of the higher end places such as the Abbey hotel.

Some two miles from Penzance is the pretty village of Mousehole - Many believe it to be one of the most attractive fishing villages to be found anywhere in Cornwall. One of the famous (if eccentric) dishes that mousehole is famous for is "Stargazy Pie" a fish pie made with whole fish (and the heads sticking out of the pastry).

Also very close to Penzance is Newlyn a little town that (aside from being a pleasant fishing port) is known best for art. Newlyn started to be a hub for artists towards the late 18th century and it was a little later that the Newlyn School Of Art was opened.

Best Things To Do In Cornwall

Blessed with over 300 miles of stunning coastline with beaches, dunes and cliffs, Cornwall is famous as a seaside holiday destination. This gorgeous county has magnificent historic harbours, stunning rock formations and beautiful creeks surrounded by forest. A trip here inspires the senses.

A good way to enjoy this location is on foot. Cornwall really is a hiker's paradise. The South West Coast Path allows walking access to the cliff tops to some of the most remote corners of Cornwall.

For the culture vultures, the county has a great artistic heritage to discover plus a wealth of architecture to explore. There is also some fantastic nightlife 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. There are so many visitor attractions and amazing activities to enjoy. From end-to-end, Cornwall has more tourism attractions than almost any other place on the United Kingdom.

Named by some as the 'eighth wonder of the world', 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 biodiversity and mankind's ultimate reliance on nature.

The Eden Project is not just a tourist attraction though. It is also a centre for educational learning and the study of environmental conservation. There are programmes and workshops here for children and adults, who come here to learn all about a sustainable future.

In the biomes, visitors can discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products and experience the sights and smells of the rainforest of the Amazon. This giant, indoor garden is a great place to walk around - but prepare to get weary, it is very hot here especially at the top of the path. Its a good job there are ice creams to be purchased at the bottom.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is another major garden attraction in the South West. This elaborate garden remained hidden for centuries, until keen gardeners discovered it and regenerated the pants for future generations to enjoy.

There are some wonderful walks to discover at helicon, including forest trails, rhododendron alleys, wildlife ponds, rose gardens and greenhouses brimming with edible plant life.

No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to Land's End. This place is the most south westerly part of mainland Britain, famous for its sheer cliffs, raging seas and abundance of birdlife. Its one of the most beautiful landmarks in the country where hundreds of thousands people flock every year to enjoy the scenery and serenity.

When at Lands End it is obligatory to pose for a picture at the famous Land's End signpost. This is where people celebrate after making the long walk or cycle from John OGroats at the other end of the British Isles in Scotland. There is a popular Land's End restaurant that is a scenic location to refuel and recharge the batteries. From here its a shot hop to Sennen or Penzance where you can hop on a boat for sea trip along the coast.