5 places to visit while on holiday in Cornwall

cornwall Land’s End, Cornwall (photo credit)

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful counties in England, located on the dramatic south west coast. It is considered part of the Celtic nation and home to the Cornish people. Cornwall is a hugely popular tourist destination and hosts a number of historic tourist attractions, all of which reflect the county’s unique cultural identity.

Here are 5 great places to visit while on holiday in Cornwall.

King Arthur’s Great Hall

King Arthur’s reign during the late 5th/early 6th century is so legendary he is considered one of the most famous historical figures of all time. His lifelong exploits and adventures have been the subject of many films, books, and television shows. Now, you can see and visit his famous Round Table in Tintagel, North Cornwall. King Arthur’s Great Hall is a tourist attraction that was built sometime during the 1930s and was funded by Frederick Thomas Glasscock, a wealthy philanthropist. It has been used in a number of films and television shows, and actor Robert Powell tells the story of King Arthur to the two million tourists who visit the place every year.  Admission is very reasonable at £3 for adults, £2 for children or £8 for a family ticket.

Pendennis Castle

Another interesting landmark is Pendennis Castle in West Cornwall, a great destination for families. Spend time walking around this ancient fortress, which was built during the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century. The castle is about half a mile from the town center of Falmouth, making it an ideal place for a stroll after lunch, and features coastal defenses and a museum. This fortress played an important role during the 1646 siege, when Parliamentarian armies cut off all supplies and means of communication. The complete details of this siege, as well as other notable events that occurred within the fortress, are discussed in the museum or Discovery Center. Tourists may also watch several historic re-enactments performed within Pendennis Castle.

Land’s End

Cornwall is also a great place to appreciate the beautiful English countryside. There are a number of gardens, parks, and animal sanctuaries throughout the county, one of which is Land’s End. This coastal attraction on the west of the county offers visitors a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a walk on the cliff top trail adventure (free of charge) and enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery the county has to offer. You can also find a visitor’s center, various little shops and galleries, and restaurants where you can sample local foods such as Stargazy pies, Cornish fairings, yarg, and Cornish pasties. If you have a pet dog, you can take it on the walk with you provided it’s kept on a leash.

Mount Edgcumbe

The Mount Edgcumbe House is a tourist attraction that combines the history and natural beauty of Cornwall. The Mount Edgcumbe House is the family home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, and is situated along the riverbanks of the Tamar River. The house has undergone several reconstructions over the centuries, and the gardens have even become a country park. The Mount Edgcumbe House boasts of a post-War design and still retains its old world charm. You can attend any of the regular fetes hosted near the house.

Bucaneer Bay

Finally, Buccaneer Bay is an interactive tourist attraction that will delight adults and children alike. It is located in Newquay in the north of Cornwall, and offers guided tours of the entire area. You can listen to tales of the high seas and even have pictures taken with fierce swashbucklers! This tourist attraction runs from April 1 to November 2 and is open all week.

Cornwall is certainly a historic hub where you can spend time learning more about the history of England and have fun while doing it. These are just some of the things and places you can visit while on holiday in Cornwall. You can also go rock climbing, visit heritage museums, and watch various performances inside an open air theatre. To find out more about what to do and where to stay in Cornwall, visit www.cottagesincornwall.org.

This article was written by Cottages in Cornwall – click here to visit their website.

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