You know about the sandy beaches, the rugged coast paths and the stunning sunsets over the Atlantic, but you might not know about these other seven features that help make Cornwall the UK’s top holiday destination.
There’s more to Cornwall than beaches…
7. The food
Cornwall is fast becoming the foodie capital of the country, with celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver and Nathan Outlaw all opening restaurants in the county.
Cornwall is also well known for its delicious cream teas served with fresh Cornish clotted cream, its Cornish pasties, and you can’t leave the county without tasting some of its artisan pasties, fresh fish, relishes and cheeses.
6. The excitement
When you go away for your precious annual holiday, you might be looking for peace and serenity, or you may instead be looking for memorable experiences that last longer than your tan.
If this sounds like you, you’ll love exploring the many adrenalin-fuelled activities on offer. Discover the rugged north coast from the cliffs with a coasteering adventure, feel the wind on your face as you take a zip-wire ride over the Eden Project, or find your inner dude with a surf lesson.
5. The history
Did you know the Cornish were the leading mining experts in the 19th Century? At its peak, the mining industry employed up to 30% of the county’s male workforce, producing millions of tons of copper and tin.
And with Aidan Turner’s Poldark attracting millions of viewers, interest in the heritage of the county has never been higher. You can still visit the historic mines in West Cornwall and learn about the industry that helped put Cornwall on the map.
4. The shows
Tom Jones, Pulp, Amy Winehouse, Moby, Snow Patrol, The Verve, Oasis, Paul Weller, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Elton John and Lionel Richie…. just some of the A-list acts to have performed at Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project for the Eden sessions.
The county is a hotbed of creative talent, with venues throughout the region hosting performances all year round.
3. The shops
Cornwall is home to Truro, one of the smallest cities in the UK – it has its own cathedral, built in the late 19th Century, as well as plenty of high street shops and independent retailers and eateries.
You can also discover quirky and unique products at one of the county’s many fishing villages, where tea shops, gift shops and ice-cream parlours dominate.
2. The drink
There are over 50 breweries in Cornwall, offering every type of tipple from real ale to cider and lager.
You can also sample some of the region’s finest award-winning wines, produced in sun-drenched vineyards using traditional techniques. Cornwall also produces its own tea, coffee and juices, using the finest locally grown raw ingredients.
1. The moors
Featured in countless novels, films and TV shows, including Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, ITV’s Doc Martin and Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, Cornwall’s rugged rural landscape is out of this world.
From the desolate landscape and granite tors to the deep river valleys and open moorland, you’ll be blown away by its beauty.
So when you’re planning your next visit to the UK’s top tourist destination, think beyond the golden beaches. You might be surprised what else is available in Cornwall for you and your family.
But we still concede…. the beaches aren’t bad….