Cornwall is an unrivalled UK holiday destination. Its 300-mile zig-zag coastline is dramatic and beautiful, with gorgeous beaches, dunes and cliffs. This historic county also has quaint fishing harbours, heritage buildings, ancient woodlands and watery creeks backed by forest.
Many people visit Cornwall just to walk along the beach or take a dip in the sea. But Cornwall is also an important cultural hub with a long artistic history, plus interesting architecture to explore. Not to mention the vibrant nightlife which kicks off after the sun goes down in many Cornish towns. As a result of all this its no wonder that Cornwall’s holiday tourism industry is booming.
Things to See And Do In Cornwall
The Eden Project has been called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by some people. This outstanding garden attractions boasts outdoor exhibits, plus mediterranean and tropical biomes filled with plants and trees from around the world. This awesome destination is home to a diversity of plant life, showcasing the earths complex biodiversity and mankind’s relationship with nature. Eden is quickly becoming famous as an educational tool for children and adults alike, demonstrating a the benefits of a environmental approach to living and conservation.
Here you can see the tropical plants that are used to create everyday products, and take in the sights and smells of the rainforest in the Amazon styled biome. The Eden Project is built on the site of an old clay quarry, so its a large amphitheatre of plant life, education and entertainment.
Further down the peninsula is the port of Penzance, famous for its pirates in days gone by. One of the gems here is town’s 1930s Jubilee Pool – an art deco loco and the largest remaining salt-water swimming pool in the UK. On a hot summers day, the pool has a distinctively Mediterranean feel. The pool is open in the summer for visitors and locals to swim and enjoy. Located in the the main swimming area is a safe, shallow ‘baby pool’ where toddlers can enjoy the action under the watchful eye of parents. You can also enjoy great views from the Jubilee Pool along the coast to St Michaels Mount and beyond.
Then theres the Tate St Ives art gallery, right on the beach in the fashionable resort of St Ives. It is the Tates Cornish outpost and sister gallery to Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain. This lovely three-storey building showcases the works of old Cornish as well as famous modern artists. Overlooking the Porthmeor Beach, gallery has some lovely paintings and exhibits. It also runs art courses for adults and children. There is a Tate Kids area where children can play games while they learn about the art. One of the artists t look out for at Tate St Ives is Ben Nicholson – the famous, radical, twentieth century artist.
Animal lovers will love Newquay Zoo. As well as being a educational and conservation facility for endangered animals, it is also one of Newquays key trim attractions. The zoo offers animal encounters and the opportunity to meet some of the most fascinating species on the planet. You can learn about their unique features from dedicated staff members. Some of the animal highlights include lions, zebras, monkeys and parrots. There are also public feeding sessions with the meerkats and penguins. Guests can also pet and feed farm animals, see rare tropical creatures and spy colourful exotic birds. Newquay Zoo really is a great day out for holidaymakers to Cornwall.
Meanwhile the Minack Theatre is one of Cornwalls must-see attractions. This open air theatre sits on the cliffs overlooking Porthcurno beach. Its a stunning location which makes the performances here even more impressive. Plays and shows here include vintage works and modern writing rich in humour and high visual content. During the day, visitors can look around the site and learn about the unique history of this seaside stage. By night, the Minack comes alive with the sights and sounds of dramatic stage performances which will provide lovely memories for holidaymakers for years to come.
Not far from the Minack is Land’s End. This rugged headland is the most south-westerly point in mainland Britain. There is now an amusement park and cafe at lands End, but the real draw is the natural, dramatic scenery and the wild Atlantic coastline. Here visitors can have their picture taken at the famous Land’s End signpost, and walk the cliff tops to see the dramatic rock formations and spot rare bird life. here you can gaze out to see and watch the freight ships pass by en-route to port. The lovely Land’s End restaurant is a great place to warm up with a hot drink if its cold outside, or slurp an ice cream if its hot day.
With these and other top tourist attractions waiting to be discovered in Cornwall, you will never have a dull moment in this delightful destination.