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Cornwall, Visitor & Tourism Guide

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Region: South West England
Neighbouring counties: Devon, Dorset, Somerset
AONBs: Cornwall, Tamar Valley. Nearby AONBs: North Devon, South Devon
Select Cities & Towns: St. Ives, St. Just, Newquay, Truro, St. Mawes, Padstow, Falmouth, Fowey, Bude, Launceston
Select Villages: Sennen, Mousehole, Boscastle, Crackington Haven, Widemouth Bay, Perranporth, Coverack, Helford, Lizard, Porthleven, Marazion, Mevagissey, Porthcurno, Tintagel, Rock, Cawsand, Gunnislake, Calstock
World Heritage Sites: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site

Coastline and waterways
In parts, Cornwall's like many other counties within the UK. Flat, green farmland punctuated by small towns and villages. Nothing special, perhaps.

Bodmin Moor sets some pulses racing and the Cornish Alps fire others' imaginations but it's the coastline and waterways that astonish. Frankly, we've spent most of our time whilst researching and photographing Cornwall over the years mumbling 'wow' as we've moved around its coastline. It can be staggeringly beautiful. In high season, you'll be in with the crowds. We'd also urge you to visit out of season, too. Sunny days in winter, specifically, can be sublime.

Outstanding natural beauty and UNESCO World Heritage
The county has two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONBs. The Tamar Valley AONB is to the east of the county on the Devon border close to Dartmoor National Park. It's not one of the most well known areas in South West England, but we think it's one of the best. The Cornwall AONB, oddly, is split into twelve separate locations and covers both the coastal areas for which Cornwall is rightly famous and the high moorland around Bodmin. Read our summary guides to both areas to learn more.

Cornwall's UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, is also a disparate collection of mining sites which are utterly fascinating and, in parts, exceptionally beautiful. On The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula), try Botallack Mine The Crowns Engine Houses and the Levant Mine and Beam Engine which are a short walk from one another. In the Tamar Valley AONB, take a day trip to Morwellham Quay.

Stunning towns and villages
Truro is Cornwall's only city and is dominated by its cathedral. It's well located as a base from which to explore the rest of the county.

There are plenty of naturally stunning towns to visit along the coastline from St. Ives to Falmouth and Bude to Newquay. Over on the The Roseland Peninsula, stay in St. Mawes. Over on the the River Camel and Estuary, Padstow is a must. In East Cornwall, try Fowey and Looe.

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to small coastal and fishing villages. See our 'Top 10 Recommended Villages in Cornwall' for detailed information but, briefly, we'd point you in the direction of Tintagel and Boscastle, Rock and Port Isaac. To the south west, on the The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula), try Sennen and Mousehole.

Beaches and coastline
For most people, Cornwall means beaches and coastline. From family seaside holidays to romantic weekend breaks, serious coastal yomping to water sports, Cornwall has it all. The variety of coastline and beaches is extraordinary, the views they provide can be sublime.

If you're looking for huge expanses of sand, we'd suggest you head for Perran Beach or the beaches lining St Ives Bay. For something smaller, try Sennen Cove Beach and Porthcurno Beach, Kynance Cove and Polurrian Cove. The beaches around Trevose Head are magnificent. Again, browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Beaches in Cornwall' list for further ideas.

In our opinion, the best way to discover the Cornwall coast is to walk it. Use the South West Coast Path.

Moorland and rivers
Whilst Cornwall has extraordinary coastline, we'd also recommend heading inland. Moorland isn't to everyone's taste but we think Bodmin Moor is grand. Reminiscent of the much larger Dartmoor National Park, there are weird and impressive rock structures and super views. Head for Rough Tor (Bodmin) and Showery Tor.

We'd also suggest you spend time exploring the county's rivers and estuaries. As we mentioned above, the Tamar Valley AONB is very special. Try the Helford River and Estuary, too.

Fine art and culture
Clean light and vibrant colour pull in artists. Head for St. Ives and Tate St Ives or if you're a photographer try Lanhydrock House and Gardens in Spring. Minack Theatre is magnificent.

Cornwall is also home to one of the UK's major tourist attractions, The Eden Project. Sure, it gets crowded but it's well worth the queue. A little further down the road are Charlestown Harbour and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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Truro Cathedral

Located in Truro, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Built on the site of the thirteenth century parish church of St Mary. Built in the nineteenth century by the architect John Loughborough Pearson, a leading figure of the 19th Century Gothic Revival. Early English Gothic...

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Mannings Hotel, Truro
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Star Rating

Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 43; Rates: 62 - 125 Per Night

Close to Truro Cathedral and the Hall for Cornwall theatre, this smart and friendly Georgian town house is stylish, modern and laidback and has a popular bar and restaurant...

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Holywell Haven
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Star Rating

Approximately 2.3 miles away.

Rates: 312 - 696 Per Week

This comfortable detached cottage offers a peaceful village location yet is only 3 miles from the cathedral city of Truro. Both north and south coasts are easily accessible with Loe Beach watersports centre only 2 miles...

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Gallery Cottage, The Valley
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Star Rating

Approximately 3.4 miles away.

Rates: 615 - 1,330 Per Week

Spectacular views over 13 acres of conservation award-winning countryside and a superb range of year round facilities combine to make The Valley an outstanding holiday retreat. Boasting beautifully designed interiors the...

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