Cornwall, Things to do

Top 5 Places in Cornwall to Visit This Summer

If you are venturing down to Cornwall for your holiday you have probably researched the best places to visit. If you only have a short time in Cornwall this is my top five list of places you must visit.

Lands End

If you’re keen to get some famous landmarks into your trip to Cornwall, look no further than Land’s End!

This is the most south-westerly point on mainland Britain and has some of the most amazing coastal views. If you’re an avid bird watcher make sure to bring your binoculars just in case you spot a Cornish Chough.

One nice memento you can get from your visit is a picture with the famous Land’s End sign, or if you decide to visit after hours you can take a lovely picture with the fake sign (pictured below).

One great thing about the area is that it is on a bus route, so you can jump on the open-top bus and explore the area, hop back on and explore somewhere else along the coast.

The Fake Land’s End Sign

Eden Project

Ever thought to yourself ‘I would love to spend the day in a biome’? Well look no further than the Eden Project where they have not one, but two biomes.

Not only is this a visitor attraction that is fantastic if you have children and actually want to learn something, but it is a charity. By visiting you are helping to support the local community as well as multiple conservation projects.

The rainforest biome is the largest indoor rainforest in the world, and the website recommends you spend around an hour and a half to make sure you see everything.

Meanwhile, the Mediterranean biome will take you roughly an hour to see over 1,000 varieties of plant. This biome is a lot cooler in temperature so it’s a great way to cool down after exploring the rainforest biome.

St Michael’s Mount

One of my personal favourite attractions in Cornwall is St Michael’s Mount, the small tidal island nestled in Mount’s Bay.

The Mount is linked to the village of Marazion (one of the many quaint Cornish villages) and is managed by the National Trust.

Steeped in history, this is a wonderful place to visit. When the tide goes out you can walk across the causeway to the Mount and explore the grounds and castle. You can also catch a boat to and from the mainland when it is high tide (just don’t make the mistake of getting stuck there on a day when the boats aren’t running!).

The Mount at Night

St Ives

While St Ives is chaotic in the summer it is a wonderful place to visit so definitely stick it on your list.

If you love art then look no further than the Tate St Ives, or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

If you love beaches, St Ives is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the South West – although they can get extremely busy.

One thing to note is that the seagulls in St Ives are almost a different breed. They have no fear and will swoop down and steal whatever you’re eating if you eat out in the open. As a child we were taught to eat under a towel at the beach, or to never eat outside during the summer. They seem to have a keen eye and can spot a tourist eating a pasty a mile off!

St Ives

Isles of Scilly

The last place on this list is the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of five islands. You can stay for an extended period of time or simply go for a day trip.

If you are a bird waster this is a must-see as the islands attract rare birds from all over the world.

You can do a multitude of things on the island, hire a bike, walk along the coast, take a boat trip and even go horse riding.

The islands are the warmest place in the British Isles year-round, and in the summer it is one of the sunniest areas in the South West.

There are two ways you can travel to the islands, the Skybus (plane) or the Scillonian Ferry making it relatively easy to get to. Once you get to St. Mary’s it is easy to get to the surrounding islands.

Those are my top give places to visit when you come to Cornwall. If you have been to the South West, what’s your favourite place to visit?

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