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5 Places to visit in Cornwall

Updated on April 12, 2015

What follows are five places in Cornwall which are recommend to visit. Some are major tourist spots, but others are less well known but there is one thing which links them all - they are all in Cornwall and I would recommend visiting them.

They are shown in no particular order other than they were the order which looked best on the page!

Some of the biomes at the Eden Project, along with a stage set up for Jack Johnson.
Some of the biomes at the Eden Project, along with a stage set up for Jack Johnson.

Eden Project

The Eden Project is probably the most famous of all the Cornish tourist attractions mentioned on this page. The brainchild of Tim Smit it is a series of biomes (massive dome shaped greenhouses) which are located in a former china clay quarry to provide an environmentally minded tourist attraction. There are two main biomes, one which is hot and dry to provide a Mediterranean type habitat and one which is hot and wet to mimic the rainforest. In each of these there are a wide variety of suitable plants from around the world, including many endangered species. There are paths around the inside of the dome, and in the case of the rainforest biome there are also suspended paths in the treetops! Outside there are many more gardens, which contain plants which can cope with the Cornish climate. There are several gift shops and restaurants which serve local produce (some has actually been grown in the Eden Project itself!).

Many visitors to the Eden Project are attracted by The Eden Sessions, which are summer music and comedy events held on a specially erected stage by the biomes and due to the unique setting some large acts can be encouraged to come to quite an intimate venue. Past artists to visit include Oasis, Pulp, Muse, Jack Johnson, Mumford and Sons and Amy Winehouse. However, as could be guessed, the tickets sell out very quickly especially for the bigger names so get in early. The Eden Project also has an ice skating rink in the winter which again attracts many visitors. A further advantage to both events is the on the day of the special event it is possible to look around the Eden Project for free!

The Eden Project comes highly recommended and is one of the top visitor attractions in the UK and more information can be found on the official Eden Project website.

A view of part of Tintagel Castle
A view of part of Tintagel Castle | Source

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is located on the north coast of Cornwall and is a castle on it's own peninsula (Tintagel Island). All that remains of the Castle are ruins from the 13th and 14th centuries, but due to their location sticking out into the Atlantic they are rather unique. However, it has been determined that settlement on the site occurred much earlier, maybe even pre-Roman. Certainly by Roman times it appears that the location was the site of a rather rich trading point.

Tintagel Castle is famously linked to the legend of King Arthur as far back as the 12th century. Depending on the source, some say Tintagel Castle was the conception point of King Arthur and others say it was the site of the Round Table, but obviously none of this can be proved. Tintagel Castle is now maintained by English Heritage and so information on Tintagel Castle opening times, admission prices and how to get there (including a map!) can be found on the Tintagel Castle page of the English Heritage website.

A picture of part of Bodmin Moor
A picture of part of Bodmin Moor | Source

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is an area of moorland in Cornwall. Moorland is a type of habitat, found in temperate areas of the world at upland areas. Typically the soils are acidic and the vegetation is relatively short. Bodmin Moor fits all of these characteristics. Bodmin Moor is located in the north of Cornwall and is approximately 80 square miles in size. The upland area is caused by a large outcrop of granite, which is a much harder stone than that which surrounds, and so whilst the surrounding stone has reduced in height due to erosion etc the granite has done so at a much slower rate. Many areas of Bodmin Moor are open to the public and it is popular with walkers, horse-riders and cyclists.

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is unlike anything else you have ever encountered. It is an outdoor, open air amphitheatre which is more unusual than typical theatres but what sets it apart from other such open-air theatres is it's unique location on a small bit of granite jutting out into the sea. Pretty much the entire theatre is made out of stone, yet remarkably and despite appearances it is under 100 years old. During summer months, there are a number of performances and so it is possible to see an activity in this most unusual of locations. Aside from these times, the location is open as a visitor attraction and so it is highly recommened.

A picture of the Minack Theatre with the coast of Cornwall in the background.
A picture of the Minack Theatre with the coast of Cornwall in the background. | Source

Geevor Tin Mine

A part of Cornwall was at one time known as being one of the richest areas in the entire world due the large degree of mineral wealth underfoot, including tin. At one stage there were many mines over Cornwall and for this reason there are probably thousands of abandoned shafts across the county. Such was the value of minerals, there are even cases where the mine workings stretch miles under the sea. There are no longer any working tin mines in Cornwall, however, the unique landscape caused by mining, as well as the important role the area played has resulted in the area being granted World Heritage Site status by the UN. There are a number of places to visit and learn about the mining heritage of Cornwall, but one of the best areas is probably Geevor tin mine where it is even still possible to actually go underground down a real mine, as well as learn about mining in the above ground visitor centre (good for those who are claustrophobic!).

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    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR

      BristolBoy 

      4 years ago from Bristol

      Richawriter, thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree castles are magical, and I suppose Tintagel with all the Arthurian connotations is more magical than most!

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      Richard J ONeill 

      4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey there, BristolBoy.

      Great article and about a place I have always wanted to visit. I especially like Tintagel Castle because of its location and castles always seem to quieten me and transport me back in time to when they were at their peak.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting piece.

      Rich

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR

      BristolBoy 

      5 years ago from Bristol

      RR, a visit to the Eden project is definitely worth it!

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      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      I'm dying to visit the Eden project, and Cornwall for that matter - one day I'll get there.

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR

      BristolBoy 

      5 years ago from Bristol

      Trish_M, thanks for taking the time to comment! - I agree Cornwall is a beautiful part of the world!

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      Tricia Mason 

      6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Very interesting.

      I like Cornwall ~ a beautiful part of the world!

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR

      BristolBoy 

      6 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting Venzkhvam and Web Cottages!

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      Web Cottages 

      6 years ago from Chester, UK

      what a great hub, I just linked to it from mine!

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      VENZKHVAM 

      6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      Bristolboy,

      Eden garden is one of my aims here in INDIA ,WITH 80% ON different f rose hub. it is really beautiful information .And no doubt the palaces are always a curious historic thing to watch.

      Even the MINACK theater seems very interesting.

      If lucky one day we will go there right partner?

      voted up and useful

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR

      BristolBoy 

      6 years ago from Bristol

      Tate St Ives was very close to actually make it onto this list, but I didn't have room. Half way through I realised there were many other things which could go on this list such as the Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, Lands End, Trelissick, certain beaches, Megavissey etc- I can imagine I could make a list of at least 10 if not 20! Waynet I am glad you enjoyed it, Cornwall really does have many amazing places to visit both as a kid and as an adult!

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      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cornwall is ace. Spent many of my summer holidays there as a kid and enjoyed it immensley!! and would love to go back there!

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      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks, that was very useful as I am going to Cornwall next week. I have been to the Eden project and Tintagel before which are both fascinating places. Next week I am going to visit the Tate and some other galleries around St Ives, but I might try one or two of your other suggestions.

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