Discover 400 miles of blissful coastline studded with secluded coves, legends that stretch back eons and acres of dramatic countryside – all in a sub-tropical setting.

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Visit the north coast for towering cliffs, pounding surf and wide-open golden sands; this is the adrenaline junkies’ adventure playground. Here you’ll have your pick of activities to get the blood pumping from land buggying and wave skiing to coasteering and rock climbing.

For a calorie-burning afternoon with a Cornish twist, visit the surfing hotspot of Newquay. Pull on a wetsuit, get out on the water and master the art of riding the waves. If you’re new to surfing, there are plenty of experts who’ll guide you on a surfing lesson. Afterwards, let your hair down amongst the laidback locals at one of Newquay’s trendy beach bars.

If you prefer to take things at a slower pace, opt for the gentler south coast with its leafy estuaries, traditional villages and bustling waterfront communities. Walk in the footsteps of a legendary Cornish giant as you stroll across the ancient causeway to the 12th century St Michael’s Mount (just be sure to check tide times first) and enjoy a boat trip through hidden creeks on the Helford. Elsewhere, enjoy a unique experience at Minack Theatre, or delve into the warren of local shops and street cafes surrounding Fowey’s idyllic harbour or experience Cornwall like a local in the peaceful fishing villages of Newlyn and Mousehole.

Rural escapes

While Cornwall’s coast gets most of the limelight, there’s a whole other side of England’s southernmost county which deserves your attention too. Think rugged moorlands dotted with ancient monuments like those found in Bodmin, the wildflower-covered headlands of the Lizard Peninsula and ancient market towns like Launceston.

Glorious gardens

Nestled in valleys or laid out amongst rolling countryside are some of the world’s greatest horticultural delights. Cornwall’s magnificent gardens showcase everything from wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, the small and unusual, to the large and famous. The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan lead the pack but lesser known gardens are following in their wake. Trebah Garden near Falmouth flourishes with international species, St Austell’s Pine Lodge Garden is home to over 6000 labelled plants and a Japanese Garden, and Trevarno in the west is an oasis of colour, displaying its Victorian roots with spectacular style.

Food and drink

No visit would be complete without tasting some of the area’s local delicacies, from freshly caught seafood to fine meats. Be sure to sample a traditional Cornish pasty made to a secret recipe and indulge in clotted cream tea at one of many charming tearooms. And don’t go home without savouring some of the finest seafood around. Fish and chips ‘Rick Stein’ style is a tasty English treat you’ll never forget.  

GGwithian Beach, Cornwall. © Visit Cornwall

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