CORNWALL REGION GUIDE
Stretching out into the Atlantic, Cornwall makes up the scenic southwest region of England. The attractive region offers hundreds of miles of golden beaches dotted with harbour towns, surfing spots and, further inland, wild moorland landscapes.
Quaint seaside resorts and charming villages feel a world away from city life. Whether you choose to enjoy a Cornish pasty on the beach, visit the country's most westerly point at Land's End or enjoy a performance at an open-air theatre perched on a cliff edge above the Atlantic, see this incredibly diverse region by booking a P&O ferry to Great Britain now.
Coastal Cornwall: Fun By the Sea
Cornwall's coast is one of the most dramatic in the UK, and its position means it offers some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. Beginners can head to the lifeguard patrolled Gwithian Beach on the north coast, while experienced surfers can check out the punchy waves at one the UK's best surfing beaches, Newquay's Fistral.
As well as surfing, Cornwall is the perfect place to experience a wide range of water sports from stand up paddle boarding to wind surfing. One of the best places to get out onto a boat is in one of the region's largest towns, Falmouth. Cruise along the picturesque River Fal towards Truro, or travel via ferry to St Mawes and explore the castle where you are treated to stunning views.
The Rich Heritage of Cornwall
Cornwall’s history goes back thousands of years, and the region boasts a vast array of landmarks to discover. No visit to the county would be complete without a visit to St Michael's Mount. The Cornish counterpart to the famous Mont St-Michel in Normandy, this castle topped island is accessible from the mainland at low tide by a cobbled causeway and by boat at high tide.
Cornwall is proud of its mining heritage, and the remains of this once thriving industry can be found across the county. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006, the various mining landscapes dotted around the region span an area over 20,000 hectares. There are 10 separate areas to discover and should you wish to learn more, a trip down Geevor tin mine is a must.
Fascinating Cornish Culture
With its striking landscape and unique architecture, Cornwall has been used as the backdrop to movies such as James Bond's Die Another Day and novels like the gothic masterpiece Jamaica Inn. Inspired by the real life Bodmin inn, this iconic tale of wreckers, written by Daphne de Maurier, has since immortalised the smugglers inn, making it a popular attractions for literature lovers.
With some of the most rugged landscaped in England, you can't miss out on the opportunity to get back to nature in Cornwall. Famed for its portrayal in Jamaica Inn, the Bodmin Moor is steeped in folklore and dramatic open moorland. Other must see landscapes is the outstanding Tamar Valley, the isolated peninsula of the Lizard and the magnificent Land's End.
Nature lovers should head to the great biodomes of the Eden Project. Housing hundreds of plants from across the world, this iconic eco-tourist spot located just outside St Austell and is well worth a visit.
Further culture can be found at the clifftop Minack Theatre, the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan Mevagissey and modern British artwork at the Tate St Ives.
See all this beautiful region has to offer by catching a P&O ferry to Great Britain today.