Cornwall is probably the most popular UK tourist destination as each year millions of people head to the this remote, southwestern county in the United Kingdom. They travel in seek of the stunning golden beaches and rugged coastline, the traditional, small fishing villages, the historic mines and last but not least, the world class surfing waves.
How to Get There
Generally, visitors travel to Cornwall by car, bus or rail. Its an easy journey down the A30. Its even easier to take the train from paddington station in London for the train ride along the coast to Cornwall. However, for people who prefer to fly there is a small airport in Newquay that offers connecting flights to Manchester, Birmingham, London’s Gatwick and some European cities.
The county of Cornwall offers a wide range of accommodation types that include hotels, guest houses, self catering options, camping and caravan parks, and the ever popular bed and breakfasts. There are also many holiday homes and cottages scattered about the little coastal villages. These self catering home, lodges and retreats are perfect for people who like the freedom and convenience of having their own personal place to stay. There are loads of cottage agencies to help visitors find self-catering properties.
Cornwall has an extensive history that dates back to the Stone Age. The area is dotted with ancient archaeological sites and stone circles, not to mention the hundreds of old tin and copper mines and tunnels. Although Cornwall is a fishing community and has many little harbours, it is the mining industry that Cornwall historically received the majority of its income from. In days gone by, heavy metals were the main production with copper and tin being the main exports. Cornwall is now famed for its tourism industry, plus its surf and associated lifestyle. Tourism is now the a major contributor to its primary source of income, with many of the locals working in the tourism trade.
Cornwall does not compare to large cities as far as shopping is concerned as it is largely a rural community with very few large centres. However, Newquay, Penzance, Truro and Falmouth are small towns with lots of streets lined with unique craft and clothes shops. All the small villages have local stores with the odd surf shop as well.
Food and Drink in Cornwall
As Cornwall is a rural area, the traditional English pub is the most common place for eating out while on holiday. However, you can find all types of food on offer in the trendy careers and restaurants in and around the towns of Truro and Newquay. No holidaymaker should visit Cornwall without sampling the delicious Cornish pasties for which the area is renowned. These historical meat and vegetable pies make the perfect quick snack while out and about exploring Cornwall or visiting the beach.
Cornwall has wonderful coastal paths that attract many thousands of walkers each year. Tourist attractions are plentiful in Cornwall. Lands End is in impressive tourist destination, for its stunning beauty, as it is the most south westerly mainland point in Britain and looks out across the Atlantic Ocean. The Eden Project near to St Austell is another must see attraction in Cornwall. Other attractions in Cornwall include Flambards theme park, the Tate St Ives art gallery in St Ives and historic Lanhydrock House estate in stunning countryside near Bodmin in mid-Cornwall.