Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular counties, synonymous with beaches, legend and indulgent foods. Every year millions of us Brits pack up and head South in the hope of getting the best out of the always elusive summer sun.
Containing the most Western point in mainland England at Land’s End Cornwall is situated in the South-West of England and is surrounded on three sides by ocean. Cornwall is steeped in legend and history with both its own flag and language. Cornish folklore even contains reference to King Arthur with his supposed birthplace being TIntagel in the North-East of the county.
Home to over 300 beaches Cornwall has developed a strong reputation as a beach goers paradise. Surfers and sun worshipers flock from around the UK to the beaches which are undeniably some of the best in the UK. Beaches include picturesque St. Ives and surfers favourite: Fistrall where waves have been reported at over 30 feet.
But Cornwall has more to offer than its golden beaches. Listed below are three attractions that may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of Cornwall.
In 2006 select mining landscapes across Cornwall and Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which puts the Cornish mines on par with such world treasures as The Great Wall of China and The Taj Mahal. Mining is a big part of Cornish history and mines such as Geevor Tin Mine make an excellent place to visit for those interested in the history of both Cornwall and the UK.
For those culture vultures among you, be sure to visit the Minack Theatre. The most famous open-air theatre in Britain carved into granite cliffs. There are frequently a variety of shows on over the summer but due to the weather and its somewhat open position located on an open cliff face shows do not run through the winter months. But do not be deterred if you cannot secure tickets to a show, a visit to the site itself is enough to please those of all ages and tastes.
In more obscure attractions, Cornwall is home to the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. At The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle you can familiarise yourself with witches, potions and spells as well as even more local legends. The museum has been located in Boscastle for over fifty years and continues to tap into peoples fascination with the occult, remaining one of Cornwall’s most popular museums.
So by all means visit the beaches of Cornwall but if you desire a change of scenery a visit to any of the above attractions will make for a fantastic day out in the county.
Article by Michael Paul, Managing Director of Michael Paul Holidays [www.michaelpaulholidays.co.uk]