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
When it comes to white sand, wild surf and wide-open skies, nowhere in Britain can compare to Devon and Cornwall.
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.
England - Devon & Cornwall (Chapter)
With Wessex you get the cream of ancient England. This laid-back corner of the country is packed with some of Britain's best historic sites, from iconic stone circles to some of the world's most famous ships.
Cornish Coastal Path North: Padstow to St Ives
Follow the rugged Cornish Coastal Path from Padstow to St. Ives
Cornish Coastal Path South: Marazion to Mevagissey
Walk along the southern section of the Cornwall Coastal Path
Devon & Cornwall - Understand Devon, Cornwall & Survival Guide (Chapter)
All the info you need on everything from history, arts and the environment to flights, public transport, climate, money, the internet... you name it. Get hints on the gay and lesbian scene and tips for women travellers, travelling with kids and...