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TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

Cornwall is the wild county at the ends of Britain, surrounded by sea and arguably the most popular place to holiday in the UK. After scanning this, you’ll see why. 
 
Here are the top 10 beautiful places to visit – 
 

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

In the early 1990s an inquisitive explorer found something wonderful…an entrance to a real-life hidden kingdom, as if in a dream. 
For decades the Heligan Estate was lost from the world – that is until a doorway was discovered into one of its walled gardens. The Lost Gardens were praised by the times as the “...garden restoration of the century”. 

Today Heligan has over 200 acres for you to explore, including victorian productive gardens, pleasure grounds…and a jungle. 
 

2. Fistral Beach 

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

Thanks to Fistral Beach being so big, sandy and exposed – Newquay is the undisputed home of British surfing. Storms forming out in the Atlantic create consistent swells and big waves, that surfers travel from around the UK to experience. 

You don’t need to be a surfer to appreciate Fistral though. As a beach it’s undeniably lovely, and the perfect place to take a stroll in autumn or sunbathe in summer. 
 

3. Bedruthan Steps & Canewas Bay

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

One of the most Cornish places in Cornwall – named after a giant. That’s what the granite rocks are dotted on the beach; giant’s stepping stones. 

The Bedruthan Steps, and Carnewas Bay embody Cornwall’s spirit like few other places – evoking images of smugglers, shipwrecks and salty sea dogs. 

Plus, standing on the towering cliffs at Bedruthan and looking out over storms breakers as they swirl and rage in the bay is the definition of awe-inspiring. 
 

4. Tintagel Castle

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall
Was King Arthur born at Tintagel Castle? It’s hard to say for sure. Legends are tricky to embroider with facts.

It doesn’t matter anyway; Arthurian tales only add to the atmosphere of these ruins – standing starkly above the waves on the North Cornwall coast. 

With or without the myths and legends, Tintagel Castle is a beautiful place, which has inspired writers and artists for generations – and will continue to inspire them for generations to come. 
 

5. Cape Cornwall

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

A cape is an area of headland where two bodies of water meet. Cape Cornwall is where the humble English Channel meets the vast Atlantic, a blue desert of secrets and tempests. 

It’s also a contender for the best place to catch a fiery sunset in Cornwall. There’s nothing so soul stirring as standing on an exposed strip of headland, breeze in your hair, watching the sun drop below what seems like the ends of the earth. 
 

6. Minack Theatre 

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

You’ll not have seen an open-air theatre like this…carved into a cliff side. The Minack at Porthcurno is world famous and takes live theatre to another level (literally). 

Seeing a theatrical performance in a traditional, roofed theatre doesn’t hold a candle to visiting the Minack of an evening – which offers a uniquely beautiful experience…

Imagine an evening seeing a Shakespearian production, under a sky turning darker blues, until it is black and brushed with stars. Imagine the soft rush of waves, after the laughter and applause have faded….

And, as an extra, the Minack has sub-tropical gardens which are carefully looked after year-round – where those with a liking for the exotic can see some striking plants. 

7. Kynance Cove

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

Kynance cove is what cameras were made for. Which is why it’s the most photographed cove in Cornwall. 

This little cove on the Lizard Peninsula has it all; rugged cliffs and rock formations, rare wildlife, pristine waters (that look almost Mediterranean) and silky white sand. 

And, at high tide you can stroll over to the cutely named “Asparagus Island” – but be careful not to get cut off by the incoming tide. 

8. St Michael’s Mount

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

St Michael’s Mount is an island near Marazion, connected to the mainland by a granite causeway that appears at low tide, which when semi submerged makes for a brilliant photo opportunity – a magical underwater path to an enigmatic isle, crowned by a grand medieval castle. 

There is still a community living on St Michael’s Mount, and it’s a wonderful mix of modern living and many layers of compacted, rich history – making it a popular place for visitors from around the world. 
 

9. The Camel Estuary 

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

This is one of only two inlands Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall, running from Padstow to Wadebridge. 

The Camel Estuary is a deep valley, flooded by prehistoric glacial melt water – known as a “ria”. 

Perhaps the best way to explore this area is by bike, on the Camel Trail – which runs the estuary’s length. Also, at the mouth of the River Camel is the infamous “Doom Bar” – a dangerous sand bank that has been wrecking of many a ship, and now lends itself to Cornwall’s most famous ale. 
 

10. Botallack Mine

TOP 10 Beautiful Places to Visit Whilst Holidaying in Cornwall

This abandoned mine perched precipitously on the cliffs of Cornwall’s “Tin Coast”, is an iconic place – used as filming location for the BBC’s Poldark. 

Botallack was once one of the most productive mines in West Cornwall, producing thousand of tonnes of tin, copper ore and arsenic. Known as a “submarine mine” its shafts plunged to depths of over 500 metres and almost half a mile out to sea. 

One of the sights to look out for here is the silhouette of the Isles of Scilly on the horizon at sundown – simply awesome. 
 

The Perfect Base to Explore Cornwall

For surf events and the wider exploration of Cornwall the perfect place to stay is in Newquay, at the Pentire Hotel.  

The Pentire Hotel has epic views of Fistral Beach and welcomes a diverse range of guests – from young families to surfers and artists. You’ll find yourself in great company, and a prime position from which to enjoy Cornwall – a county like no other. 

 

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Written by Tom Hall