England - Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the prettiest areas in England. Flowing farming hills with narrow, winding roads give way to spectacular views of the ocean from high, craggy cliffs. A great place to go to and let nature speak to you.

Getting Around

Really the simplest way to get around is to drive a car. There are bus services running but are infrequent and do not often run to some of the bigger attractions. Train service runs to (or close to) most major sites.

There are many walking and bicycling trails throughout the area which offer a different perspective on the area and are a must to those wishing to truly experience Cornwall's wonderful atmosphere.


In addition to some of the attractions I list below there are a large number of other, smaller attractions including some places pro-porting to be Cornish Mines. Of the many such mines, The Poldark Mine located in Wendron (Near Helston) has the best reputation (though the author has not visited this site).

Earth Station Goonhilly

Earth Station Goonhilly is one of the few ground stations in the world that relay communication signals to and from satellites for telecommunication needs. As such, this is a commercial enterprise run by British Telecom. There are tours offered of the site though they are basically along the lines of “look at the big satellite dishes” – mind you, they have a point. Some of the dishes here are among the largest in the world. The visiter center has little, if any information, serving, for the most part, as a waiting area for your tour of the site. Portions of the tour tend towards the silly (along the lines of “ALERT! ALERT! Entering a secure area! Unauthorized people will cause a security alert!”, etc, etc. Perhaps a bit overdone.

Land's End

Land's End

Land's End is a bit on the commercial side with a large tourist complex right at the cliff-side you can still see what people have come great distances to see – the view out over the ocean. Literally the “Land's End” this is where England begins or ends depending on how you look at it. The weather here is very changeable so if it is raining when you visit most likely it will be doing something else before you leave.

TIP: To save paying for parking there is a small parking lot (marked “FREE”) that is on your right just before the Land's End area that is free (most times) and is only a short walk from the cliff. There are many paths that can be followed along the top of the cliffs winding through farmers fields which offer even better views away from Land's End itself.

Eden Project

Inside the Tropical Biome

The Eden Project is a relatively new attraction in Cornwall which seeks to educate without lecturing on the wonders of nature through the use of three massive “biomes” one of which is devoted to the tropics (including plants, insects and birds) while another is devoted to temperate climates (mostly just plants).

The Two Biomes of The Eden Project

The project is situated in an old quarry near St. Austell on the southern coast with the area planted with a range of plants interspersed with various works of arts. Truly a magnificent attraction with lots to see and do though not particularly suited for children (lots of walking).

The Lizard

The Lizard is the southernmost point in England (many people mistakenly believe that this honour goes to Land's End) and is much more remote than Land's End – so therefore much less tourists. There is a small town there that has a number of delightful restaurants. The Lizard itself is accessible by a path from the village or via a parking lot directly attached to the site which is run by the National Trust. The site itself looks out over the ocean and rocks and the remains of an abandoned lifeboat building. There are many walks around the area and if you are interested you can walk to the west from The Lizard itself along the ocean and take a small path back to the town.

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre (Pothcurno) is wonderful theatre built by a rather eccentric lady into the cliff face. This spectacular theatre was built to house local theatre companies and it is still in use today. The theatre season operates in the summer though the theatre is open to visitors all year around (there is a £6 admission to the site). Great view of the ocean. Sit on the sod seats and enjoy the view. If attending a performance be aware that sitting on the grass and rock for long periods of time may not be so comfortable…



“Mousehole” is a small town located right on the coast that is renown for just that – being small. It is NOT really possible to drive into the town and I would advise parking in the numerous spaces along the road just prior to the town. The village seems to be relatively unspoilt by all of the attention that has been given to it over the years and is still full of charming small stores and restaurants. A great place to wander around.

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Located on the north coast of Cornwall, a short distance from Tintagel, Port Isaac in recent years has become known as the location where television series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes was filmed but the town itself is well worth a visit. The center of the town is located down in a small bay on the coast accessible via a winding, narrow road (there is parking at the top of the hill which is a good idea to take advantage of as there is little if any parking in the village itself).

Town Roads

There are a number of small shops, restaurants and a small fish market so it is a good place to wander. There are also numerous walking trails around the town that take in the wonderful beauty of the area.

The Bay

St. Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

Famously seen in many photographs over the years St. Michael's Mount (operated by the National Trust) is a former monastery located on the top of a large piece of rock that is an island for half the day, at high tide where a boat must be used to get to the island (with a nominal charge paid to the captain). The island is located just off the southern coast of Cornwall near Penzance and has (paid) parking near the causeway.


At low tide there is a stone path that can be followed to get to the island. St. Michael's island charming almost magical place with a port area featuring a number of shops and restaurants with the monastery itself having a small but very well appointed garden and a winding path that leads up to the castle. The castle itself is fairly small but offers some wonderful views of surrounding countryside (an entrance fee is charged). Basic exhibits are on display though some of the more personal artefacts from the current owners are perhaps the most interesting.

Monestary Inside St. Michael's

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle (operated by English Heritage) is an excavated ruin that is the reputed home of King Arthur though it is doubtful that any such individual ever inhabited this area. Every summer further excavations occur and recent discoveries include a summer home for an English noble. Located in the town of Tintagel you must park your car and walk down a very narrow (and steep) road to get to the base of the castle area at the shore line (or take a ride in one of their land rovers for a modest fee).

Island Steps

After paying for admission you can proceed climbing on a series of steps to either the “island” portion of the site which contains the remains of a number of early settlements or the “mainland” portion which is much smaller and contains the shell of what seem to be a guardhouse. Great views from the top of the “island” though the lack of any guardrails is a bit unnerving for those wary of heights.

Merlin's Cave

There are other things to see beyond the English Heritage site including Merlin's Cave (only accessible at low tide) which is just that – a cave. If you don't like dark, confined, wet places…

View from North

While in Tintagel do try some wonderful Cornish Pasties at Pengenna Pasties (these are the REAL thing, as big as a dinner plate and containing BIG pieces of meat and vegetable - one is enough for a meal) and also visit the small and very quaint Old Post Office run by the National Trust.

Post Office

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