You can’t get much further west than the ancient kingdom of Cornwall (or Kernow, as it’s often referred to around these parts). With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, this is a land whose history is intricately bound up with the sea, and all around the county’s shores you’ll discover remnants of its maritime heritage. There are tiny fishing ports, old smuggler’s inns and sturdy granite breakwaters, not to mention countless beaches and sweeping bays once filled with pilchard boats, gill netters and seagoing schooners. Although fishing is still an important industry, these days tourism is by far the biggest trade, and it’s not hard to see what keeps the visitors coming back year after year. From the secluded coves and tree-clad creeks along the county’s southern coast to the wild grandeur of the north coast cliffs, Cornwall is one of Britain’s most breathtakingly beautiful counties. It’s also an intriguing mix of old and new, where futuristic greenhouses and world-class galleries meet crumbling mines and ancient market towns. Although many of the old industries may be gone, there’s a real buzz in the Cornish air these days – after years of economic hardship, this is definitely a county on the up.
Best places to stay in Cornwall
Devon & Cornwall travel guide
When it comes to white sand, wild surf and wide-open skies, nowhere in Britain can compare to Devon and Cornwall.
Six great Cornish experiences
It's not all about the pasties! In an excerpt from Lonely Planet Magazine, we share six unmissable things to do in picturesque Cornwall. 1. The Eden Project Cornwall's ecological cause célèbre has its tenth birthday in 2011, and things have come a long way since it opened in 2001...
Need to know
Devon & Cornwall - Plan your trip (Chapter)
Your journey to Devon & Cornwall starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on travelling with children.
Is this the UK's best food destination?
Working on the second edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Devon, Cornwall and Southwest England, my co-author Belinda Dixon and I were lucky enough to sample some of the finest foodie experiences that the southwest has to offer. We sampled traditional scrumpy from cider farms in Somerset...
Devon & Cornwall - South Cornwall (Chapter)
It might lack the sea-blown grandeur of the north coast, but Cornwall’s southern side has ample charms of its own: green meadows, quaint harbours and world-renowned gardens such as Trelissick and Heligan, as well as the futuristic biomes of the...
5-Day Devon and Cornwall Small-Group Tour from London
Leave bustling London behind for five wonderful days in the countryside of southwest England! On this small-group tour from London to the counties of Devon and Cornwall, your guide will tell you interesting historical facts and stories about the area and show you beautiful towns, famous sights and breathtaking landscapes you’ll never forget.
Cornish Coastal Path North: Padstow to St Ives
Follow the rugged Cornish Coastal Path from Padstow to St. Ives
Cornwall: it's wonderful way out west
If you were creating a perfect holiday haven from scratch, you’d probably come up with Cornwall. This rugged wedge of rock offers impossibly pretty beaches, improbably quaint villages and impressively craggy cliffs...
Devon & Cornwall - Newquay & the North Coast (Chapter)
If it’s the classic Cornish combination of lofty cliffs, sweeping bays and white-horse surf you’re after, then Cornwall’s north coast fits the bill. The heart of the action is Newquay, north Cornwall’s longstanding party town and the capital of...