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Top Choice Ruins in St Just-in-Penwith

Botallack

Clinging to the cliffs near Levant, this dramatic complex of mine-workings is one of the most atmospheric sights from Cornwall's industrial past. The main mine stack, properly known as the Crowns, teeters picturesqu…
Top Choice Theatre in Porthcurno

Minack Theatre

In terms of theatrical settings, the Minack takes top billing. Carved into the crags overlooking Porthcurno and the azure-blue Atlantic, this amazing clifftop amphitheatre was the lifelong passion of theatre-lover R…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Penwith Peninsula

Chysauster

Penwith's moors would have been littered with Iron Age settlements 2000 years ago. Most have vanished, but a few remain – and Chysauster is the best-preserved of them all. Consisting of around eight stone-walled hou…
Top Choice Pub in Zennor

Tinner's Arms

The Tinner's may well be Cornwall's most venerable boozer; it's believed to have been built around 1271 by the masons who constructed the village church. It's a real beauty: whitewashed and slate-roofed, with a beam…
Top Choice British in Zennor

Gurnard's Head

On the wonderful coast road between Zennor and St Just, you can't possibly miss the Gurnard's – its name is emblazoned on the roof. It's earned a reputation as one of west Cornwall's top dining pubs, known for its c…
Top Choice Mine in St Just-in-Penwith

Geevor Tin Mine

Just north of St Just near Pendeen, this historic mine closed in 1990 and now provides a powerful insight into the dark, dingy and dangerous conditions in which Cornwall's miners worked. Above ground, you can view t…
Natural Feature in Porthcurno

Logan Rock

Perched on the end of the headland above Porthcurno, this massive boulder once famously rocked back and forth on its own natural pivot with only the slightest pressure; its name supposedly derives from the Cornish v…
Archaeological Site in Penwith Peninsula

Boscawen-un Stone Circle

Pronounced boscawen-oon, this is a large and well-defined stone circle (actually an ellipse), consisting of 19 upright stones, plus one leaning stone near the centre. It was erected sometime during the Bronze Age: t…
Archaelogical Site in Penwith Peninsula

Carn Euny

This Iron Age village is one of only a few in Penwith to have survived the centuries relatively intact. The remains of several circular huts can still be seen, along with a fougou – an underground passage lined with…
Historic Site in St Just-in-Penwith

Levant Mine & Beam Engine

At this clifftop site, one of the world's only working beam engines is still in thunderous action. Built in 1840, these great engines were the powerhouses behind the Cornish mining boom, powering mineral trains, run…