From the picturesque and historic harbour of Charlestown, to the quiet and idyllic Roseland Peninsula, or the surfer’s paradise of Newquay, living by the coast is one of the most satisfying parts of living in Cornwall. Never more than a few miles from the sea, our beautiful Duchy has hundreds of beautiful beaches to enjoy. From the Blue Flag beaches of Polzeath, Porthtowan, Gyllyngvase and beyond, to the serene coastal path of the St Austell Bay area, Cornwall has it all.
As one of the most rural counties in England, Cornwall has countryside aplenty and you can travel from some of our biggest towns to a remote village within minutes. Bodmin Moor is one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a granite laden moorland in the east of the Duchy. With over 10,000 years of history dating back to the Neolithic period, the moor is the site of a number of monuments and prehistoric ruins, as well as the legendary Jamaica Inn – known as one of the most famous smugglers inn in the world.
Cornwall’s only city, Truro is one of the smallest in the UK, but is the hub of business and culture as well as the county’s top nightlife spot. ‘The City,’ as the locals call it is where you’ll find all the big brand stores as well as the Royal Cornwall Hospital, the historic Pannier Market and the stunning cathedral that towers over the city.
Penzance is the UK’s most south westerly town and is home to the art deco Jubilee Pool, one of the oldest in the country, and also a popular fishing port. St Austell, Newquay and Bodmin are just some of the county’s bustling towns with a population of over 10,000 that have plenty to see and do. Falmouth is a popular university town with an eclectic mix of independent and chain stores, as well as a modern quay area and a buzzing social scene.