Discover Cornwall

Cornwall has long been one of the most popular UK holiday destinations. As a result there is a flourishing tourism industry providing a host of accommodation options. Cornwall has some of the best camping and caravan sites in the UK. Padstow Touring Park is one of only a few caravan and camping sites to be awarded Five Stars and Five Pennants, as such we are leading the way forward in raising the standards for all caravan and camping sites around the UK. North Cornwall is well suited to camping, caravans and motorhomes with easy access from the A30, great walking, beaches, restaurants, picture perfect harbour towns and great family days out.

Cornwall Summer – A Time Lapse Journey from Mattia Bicchi Photography on Vimeo.

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So what brings people back to holiday in Cornwall time and again.

Well, the climate is definitely the mildest within the United Kingdom however our summers aren’t the hottest! Therefore it must be a renaissance in arts and food in Cornwall alongside the natural beauty of the beaches, cliffs, coves, gardens, dunes, moors and heathlands and the man-made attractions providing great family days out regardless of the weather.

Cornwall’s Beaches

Cornwall’s beaches are unrivalled elsewhere in Britain for their beauty and variety.  In my opinion the most picturesque are the sheltered tiny coves that dot the coastline like Trevone, Treyarnon and Porthcothan. Padstow has more than its fair share of fantastic beaches the area is known as seven bays for seven days as you can visit a different beach every day for seven days within only a few miles of Padstow.

Day 1. Trevone Bay

Day 2. Harlyn Bay

Day 3. Booby’s Bay

Day 4. Constantine Bay

Day 5. Mother Iveys Bay

Day 6. Treyarnon Bay

Day 7. Porthcothan Bay

Cornish Mining Heritage

In 2006 selected mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placing Cornish mining heritage on a par with international treasures like Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Ten separate Areas make up the World Heritage Site each has its own character and opportunities for adventure. The largest World Heritage Site in the UK, with over 20,000 hectares spread across Cornwall and west Devon, it offers myriad experiences to explore our world-changing mining culture.

The mining story is set against one of the most spectacular backdrops imaginable – a strikingly beautiful coastline, rugged moors, idyllic countryside, lush river valleys, and bustling towns and harbours.

To explore the stories of Cornish mining in the area, visit the mining attractions or simply plan a day trip within one of the World Heritage Site areas, please use the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site widget within this website.

Towns and Villages

Cornwall has the most enchanting fishing villages and harbours; Padstow, Looe, Portloe, Boscastle, Mevagissey, Cadgwith, Zennor and Mousehole are but a few.

Padstow Outer Harbour Sunset

It’s not simply the villages that have something to offer the holidaymaker, the towns and the city of Truro are a wealth of history and attractions of their own. Take Padstow with its picturesque harbour, Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein dishing up some of the best food the UK has to offer and the many perfect sandy beaches.  Falmouth is a working port and charming looking town. Truro, the sole city in Cornwall where the cathedral still dominates the skyline. For its industrial heritage Redruth is the place to visit. Once at the centre of the industrial revolution and also the mining industry, Redruth and Camborne have spent a few years in decline, however they are finally bouncing back. Penzance is one of the largest towns in Cornwall and has plenty to offer. Starting with the sub-tropical Morrab Gardens to the active fishing port of Newlyn you ought to find something of interest. It’s additionally here that you are able to take on a daily basis, trips to the Isles of Scilly, it is also within walking distance of Marazion and St Michael’s Mount.

Gardens in Cornwall

If you are bored of the towns or fancy a change from the beach why not try the stately homes and gardens of Cornwall. The National Trust is very active in Cornwall and along with a host of independently owned tourist attractions you should find plenty to see and do.

Gardens deserving a mention include; The Eden Project (St Austell), The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Pentewan), Trebah (Falmouth) and Trelissick (Truro). Stately homes including; Prideaux Place (Padstow),  Lanhydrock House (Bodmin) and Pencarrow (Bodmin).
Another distinctive draw of Cornwall is its ancient past. The rural moorland of West Cornwall and Bodmin Moor are peppered with megalithic monuments such as stone circles, barrows and standing stones. More recent ruins that are plentiful in Cornwall are the leftovers of the mining industry.