Welcome to Cornwall


While the staple industries of old – mining, fishing and farming – have all but disappeared, Cornwall has since reinvented itself as one of the nation's creative corners. Whether it's exploring the space-age domes of the Eden Project, sampling the culinary creations of a celebrity chef or basking on a deserted beach, you're guaranteed to feel the itch of inspiration. Time to let a little Kernow into your soul.

Since 2006, Cornwall's historic mining areas have been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (www.cornish-mining.org.uk).


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$662.11 Cultural & Theme Tours

5-Day Devon and Cornwall Small Group Tour from London

ItineraryDay 1: London – Winchester – Stonehenge – Exeter Stop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandWitness the iconic Neolithic stone structure of the standing stones and gaze in awe at the capabilities of our ancestors.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Exeter.Day 2: Exeter - Dartmoor – Tavistock Stop At: Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, EnglandStroll through this ancient Roman city, from the magnificence of its gothic cathedral to the city’s medieval underground passages. Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Exeter.Day 3: Boscastle – Tintagel – FalmouthStop At: Boscastle Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall, EnglandOne of the last remaining unspoilt harbour villages in the British Isles, the medieval harbour and its charming fishing boats are a joy to see. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Tintagel Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall, EnglandThis ruined castle full of Arthurian legend is perched on cliffs above an immense cave full of magic.*Please note that Tintagel Castle is now closed until spring 2019 for the construction of a new footbridge. Throughout the build there will be no access to the castle, beach, cafe and visitor centre.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in FalmouthDay 4: Minack – Lands End – St Ives – FalmouthStop At: Minack Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall, EnglandThe Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay.Duration: 1 hourStop At: St. Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, EnglandExplore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. Stroll across the granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and follow the footsteps of pilgrims. An island where modern life meets layers of history.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: St Ives Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, EnglandAn artists’ haven for over 100 years, with galleries on narrow streets and a beach that’s a surfers’ paradise.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Falmouth.Day 5: Launceston – Glastonbury- London Stop At: Glastonbury AbbeyA significant religious and spiritual site infused with stories of early Christianity, Arthurian legend, and pagan culture.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$18.58 Tours & Sightseeing

Doc Martin Tour in Port Isaac, Cornwall

If you’re a fan of the TV show 'Doc Martin', this fully guided walking tour will take you around the fictional Cornish seaside village of Portwenn. In reality, it is filmed on location in Port Isaac, a small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall.Now in its seventh series and popular with fans around the world, this Doc Martin tour is the best way to see the main locations from the show which first aired in 2004.The walking tour is led by a local who has been involved in the filming of Doc Martin itself as an extra and shares many anecdotes about the filming of this show. Locations from the show that you will see include the Doc’s house and surgery, Louisa’s school, Mrs Tishell’s pharmacy and much more.However, the village itself has a long and fascinating history dating back to King Henry VIII and your guide will show you hidden village paths, historical buildings, beautiful views and give you an insight into local life. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

$371.52 Day Trips & Excursions

West Cornwall Highlights Full-Day Private Luxury Tour

This is a private tour for up to 6 people. You will be collected from your hotel or accommodation for the trip to West Cornwall in a luxury Land Rover Discovery. The tour is suitable for all, but an ability to walk a few hundred meters from the car will enhance your experience.You will be collected from your hotel at an agreed time for the drive to St Michael's Mount, your guide pointing out places of interest and telling some of the history and stories of Cornwall on the route. Admission is included in your tour price. This former monastery dates back to the 8th century, and has been owned by the same family since 1650! The castle is spectacular, and the sea views are some of the best in the UK.A delicious Cornish pastie may be your lunch of choice (not included), before you drive through Penzance to Land's End, where there are great photo opportunities including the chance for your photo next to the famous signpost showing the distance to your home town. There are good views out to the Longships Lighthouse.You will then stop at Botallack en route. This is where there is an iconic Cornish landscape of the former mining engine houses which are perched just above the crashing waves. This was one of the locations for the recent BBC TV series Poldark. After a short drive to St Ives you'll be free to wander around this pretty town, regularly voted the best UK seaside resort, and maybe visit the Tate gallery or the Hepworth museum. The shops and galleries make this a dream location for your souveniers. You will then be taken back to your hotel.

$139.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Glastonbury to Tintagel, Boscastle and Dartmoor 2-Day Tour

Day One These are two days fit for any goddess or knight in search for the Holy Grail or Excalibur. We drive through the lands of these legends and present the truth hidden in a landscape where dragons fly and crystals emerge from the ground, where you meet real earth energy workers, witches and saints.We begin the day by driving down the Michael ley line into the wilds of Dartmoor, where we cross bridges over 4000 years old and wander in the magical Wistman’s Faerie Wood. We then dine, as nobles do, at the Hunting Lodge in the middle of the moors. Afterwards we climb up the holy Templar hill, Brentor, where a church greets us, perched on its peak as if held up only by magic and the energies of the Michael ley line.We arrive in Tintagel where we settle into our B&B, and go for an extremely delicious dinner at the Wellington Hotel.Day TwoWe start the day in the amazing town of Tintagel as the tide reveals one of the most magical places, where it is said Merlin himself worked and initiated druids, we will bravely clamber into ‘Merlin's Cave’ where we will do a visualization. As we emerge from the darkness of the cave, we will look up towards Tintagel Castle, which is perched on the cliffs above the cave.Then we walk back into the little village and have a taste of the most famous ‘Cornish Pasty’ for lunch - if you haven’t had a pasty in Cornwall you haven’t had a pasty. In the afternoon we will explore the delightful landscape of Fairies and Gnomes through the woodland of Rocky Valley, where we will discover the Bronze Age Labyrinths next to the river. These are over 3500 years old and are found amongst the ruins of an old mill, said to be built on the grounds of a wise women’s college.Then we will walk into the mystically beautiful St Nectan's Glen and waterfall. Here a space is held for the Fairies and the spirit of the 5th century Celtic Christian Saint Nectan. This is said to be the place where the Knights of the Round Table came to be blessed before their quest for the Holy Grail. In the afternoon we travel back to Glastonbury.

$822.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cornwall & the Cotswolds: Small-Group Tour from London (5-days)

Day One: Your journey begins by departing London and heading towards your first stop, Stonehenge; the most famous stone circle in the world. This monument is thought to be 4,500 years old, yet it’s meaning is still not truly understood. Next, you'll visit the medieval city of Salisbury; explore the magnificent Cathedral and see the Magna Carta, wander through the charming city centre and have lunch. This afternoon you’ll travel to Durdle Door; a spectacular limestone arch which is one of the most iconic features of the Jurassic Coast.Day Two: This morning you'll negotiate country lanes and absorb beautiful scenery in Dartmoor National Park; known for its Sherlock Holmes connection, native wild ponies and infamous prison. You'll stop in at the charming town of Tavistock; birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, where you can try a traditional Devonshire Cream Tea. By this afternoon you're in Cornwall, and you'll visit the quaint community of Polperro; a fishing village where smuggling once prospered. Then it’s a short trip to the historic port of Charlestown; a main location in TV series Poldark.Day Three: Today will take you to some of the most isolated parts of Cornwall's coastline. You'll start by visiting the iconic St Michaels Mount; an island that’s been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century. Next up is the Minack Theatre; a venue with a spectacular location that would rival any theatre in the world. From here, head to the mainland Britain's most western point; Lands End, and gaze out over the Atlantic. Then travel back to Falmouth, with time to explore Pendennis Castle and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.Day Four: This morning your first stop is the popular seaside town, St Ives; an important fishing settlement and now a haven for artists, where you can stroll down cobbled lanes or along the harbour front. Next, meander to the charming village of Port Isaac; where hit TV series Doc Martin is filmed. Commonly known as 'Portwenn', you'll have time to see all the Doc Martin connected locations. Then, continue along the coast to Tintagel to explore an island that was once home to an ancient castle legend suggests is the birthplace of King Arthur.Day Five: The final day begins by travelling to the beautiful city of Bath where you can visit the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen centre and see the famous Georgian architecture. After lunch you’ll head into the quintessentially English countryside of The Cotswolds; an area of outstanding natural beauty. The next stop is Castle Combe, possibly the most picture-perfect village in the region. Then, continue through rural scenery to Bibury; described by some as the prettiest village in England. Now its time to return to London, where your adventure concludes.Overnight locations: Exeter (1&4) and Falmouth (2-3)

$210.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping

WHAT ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES TO EXPECTA quick run down of how the weekend unfolds.Your weekend consists of two surf lessons, a coasteering session and an overnight camp at our private wild campsite.SATURDAY…We kick the weekends off early with a warm welcome and an & overview of how the weekend will run.Saturday is the big day with two water activities & wild camping. Each of the activities is two hours long and includes all the kit, you’ll need a few personal items for the weekend, so make sure you see our packing list before you arrive. Once everyone is ready, its time to grab a wetsuit and surfboard for the first of the weekend’s surf lessons. Whether you are experienced or it’s your first time, our surf coaches are on hand to offer advice and guide you throughout your surfing lesson. Lunch – You’ll have plenty of time to grab some lunch and take a stroll around Newquay’s many surf shops between the activities. Newquay has a great vibe during the summer with plenty to look at, just ask us for some recommendations on where to go and what to see. After lunch its time for the afternoon’s activity, coasteering. Once your group is kitted out you’ll take a short walk over to our coasteering location, commonly known as the ‘Gazzle’. Don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the sea or have never tried coasteering before, your group will have two knowledgeable guides who will explain and demonstrate all the skills you need to have a fantastic time. SATURDAY NIGHT…Once the day’s water activities are finished you’ll have time to grab your belongings for the evening and visit the supermarket across the road from our base before we leave in convoy to our wild campsite.We recommend some bbq food and one or two of your favourite drinks, we’ll provide the rest.   For those without transport, we’ll help you arrange a lift share with other members of the group. The wild camp is a lovingly crafted space in our own private woodlands set on a working dairy farm in the heart of Cornwall. After a quick introduction to the camp, you’ll want to settle into your shared Bell tent (air bed & pillow provided) before the evening activities begin. With axe throwing, balance games and firefighting skills there’s plenty going on throughout the evening to keep you entertained.Finish the night off with stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows or one or two of your favorite drinks before sleeping soundly under the stars. SUNDAY…Sunday morning starts with cereals, fruit with tea and coffee (on us) before we wave goodbye to the wild camp and head back to Newquay, jump into a wetsuit and hit the Cornish waves one last time. By 1pm we are typically all surfed out and ready to say fond farewells and home time.