Cornwall and its Visitor Attractions
Cornwall is situated on the United Kingdom's South West Peninsula and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the neighboring county of Devon. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country, due largely to its magnificent coastline and temperate climate.
One of it's major landmarks, Lands End, is the westernmost point in the UK and is set near a mass of steep granite cliffs and sheltered coves. This region, which includes the popular resort of Penzance, is warmer than most parts of the UK and boasts a climate mild enough to encourage sub-tropical plant-life.
The Lizard, taken from the Cornish words lisp (palace) and yard (high) seems almost detached from the rest of Cornwall and has acquired AONB status. It consists of hidden coves, white-washed fisherman's cottages and sheltered harbours.
The distinctive coast is peppered with a number of picturesque fishing villages such as St. Ives, Gunwalloe and Coverack. Before the advent of railed travel, these towns and hamlets relied on fishing. Now tourism is the primary industry, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the charm and mystery of Cornwall.
Inland, the county consists of windswept uplands such as Bodmin Moor and the granite moorlands of Dartmoor - the highest region in Cornwall. Designated as a National Park, this area is a popular destination for hikers and ramblers.
Crealy Adventure Park is a popular visitor attraction, especially with children and features a range of roller-coster rides, a playtime farm and a Viking pirate ship. The park includes top-notch facilities and helpful staff devoted to helping visitors make the most out of their day out.
The Eden Project in Bodelva is also hugely popular and is one of the UK's most important conservationist sites. It includes the world's largest green house and a selection of biomes which houses exotic plants from around the world. Families are well catered for with a number of nature trails, workshops and play areas.
The World of Model Railways in Mevagissey also provides a good day out and has over 30 model trains that run through elaborately made landscapes. There's also a shop with a wide collection of trains and accessories from leading brand such as Hornby.
History and Culture
National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth exhibits over 100 boats and craft from the last 150 years including artifacts from the famous ocean-liner, Titanic. Tintagel Castle is also a major historical attraction and is steeped in Arthurian legend. It dates back to the 13th century and is precariously set on the majestic coastline
Pendennis Castle is also worth seeing and is located at the mouth of the River Fal. Built by Henry VIII to defend against the French, the castle was also used during WWII - underground tunnels built during the conflict can still be seen.
Literary enthusiasts and Daphne Du Maurier fans should enjoy the coastal town of Fowey on the Cornish South coast. The famous author resided there for many years and was influenced by its beauty and character. There's a literary centre which celebrates her life as well as an annual festival in her name.