Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions – is one of England’s sunniest spots and its beaches could rival the Caribbean. The county has inspired writers and painters for generations, thanks in part to its dramatic landscapes.
All this natural beauty attracts tourists in search of an exotic getaway without having to leave their home country. Cornwall has lovely towns, incredible landmarks, and many hotels throughout the county; these establishments provide space for visitors to bed down and get a taste of local life.
With its meandering alleys and bustling harbor, Port Isaac is a fishing community that has been a sanctuary on the otherwise inhospitable North Cornwall coast since the 14th century. Its whitewashed and granite old cottages make it a joy just to walk around the small streets.
This is a great place to base yourself for a vacation in North Cornwall, as the shore near Port Isaac is incredibly breathtaking.
It’s the final point in the country before the Atlantic, with infinite ocean vistas. Bypass the 1980s theme park and walk along the coast, dodging spray. A 25-minute walk through wildflowers leads to Sennen Cove, a beach with bright-blue waves and flour-like sand. On clear days, the Isles of Scilly, 30 miles offshore, are visible. Pack a flask and blanket to view one of Cornwall’s most beautiful sunsets.
It was this town that first put Cornwall on the map as a destination for foodies. First, it was because of the vast seafood restaurant chain that Rick Stein owns and operates, but now there is a cluster of newer places to dine that is luring hungry travelers to this northern part of the county. Paul Ainsworth bought the neighborhood restaurant Rojano’s and gave it a facelift after taking over the business (he also oversees Michelin-starred No. 6 nearby). While everything was going on, Rick and Katie Toogood created a second location of their fishmongers-meets-seafood-spot Prawn on the Lawn, which they had previously established in London’s Islington neighborhood. A short distance from the restaurants, on the other side of the Camel Estuary, the beach in Polzeath is known for its excellent surfing.
Penzance, which was often regarded as the seedy neighbor of more refined areas such as St. Ives and Padstow, has grown into its own over the course of the past few years. The Jubilee Pool, an Art Deco lido on the seafront, reopened in 2016, and the town’s contemporary galleries have been gaining increasing attention from the art world; the Exchange on Princes Street is the little sister to the more well-known Newlyn Art Gallery down the road, while Cornwall Contemporary on Chapel Street showcases talent from the surrounding area.
In addition to it, there is a flourishing restaurant industry. Bruce Rennie, formerly of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart, is the executive chef at The Shore, and the Tolcarne Inn, located near Newlyn and just a quick 20-minute walk along the seafront, is a flagstone-floored tavern serving traditional dishes from the seaside. In addition, there are currently two wonderful places to stay, one of which is an outpost of the hip hotel mini-group Artist Residence, and the other is a Georgian bed and breakfast called Chapel House.
These are just some of the places our team feels are a must-visit in Cornwall England.
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