Summer time is high season in Cornwall and it is bursting with activity. Our trip there started with a very early drive from London. As I am unfamiliar with the roads, I do not like to rush, especially with my family in tow.
We booked a gorgeously located cottage beside Acton Castle way in advance, basically, as soon as we decided where we are going. Orchard Cottage offers amazing access to the coast, view of St Michael’s Mount and of course enough space for us to relax and enjoy. The owners of this cottage are very nice and helpful and the cottage is clean and well maintained. Our favourite spot is the tower with it’s views of the coast.
Once the accommodation is sorted, what’s there to see in Cornwall? These are the places we saw on our 8-day holiday in Cornwall…
1. St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a medieval castle on an island off the coast of Marazion. It is managed by the National Trust and is still a home of the St Aubyn family. It is an awe-inspiring place, steeped in legend and history, stunning buildings and amazing views. Definitely worth a visit.
2. Mousehole village
Mousehole is a small fishing village 2.5miles south of Penzance. We stopped by here on our way to Land’s End. It is charming and characterful, great for a wander. There are galleries, charming cottages, small shops and restaurants. Beware if you drive a big car (an estate or SUV), the streets are small and narrow and there’s a regular bus service that needs your patience and cooperation. 🙂
3. Land’s End
Land’s End is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England and it’s been a magnet for visitors for hundreds of years. It boasts of the UK’s most beautiful coastal landscapes, amazing wildlife, family friendly paths, shops, restaurants and entertainment.
4. Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle is inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle (ruins) and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king. The descent and climb to the top of the hill is a very interesting experience and well, fun for the children. In spring next year, they’ll open a brand new hanging bridge that should make this very interesting place easily accessible. Please note, the parking area in the village is big but it is far from the castle parking. The signage is misleading.
5. Falmouth Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle
We initially planned a day trip to St Ives, we left early so we can find parking etc… However, it was so congested we decided to go somewhere else and that’s Falmouth. We used the Park and ride service which involved taking a short boat trip which was awesome. The museum is full of interesting regular exhibits plus the Tattoos and Capt Bligh. Also, there’s a gorgeous view of the harbour from the back.
Afterwards, we walked up the hill to Pendennis Castle. They had a re-enactment that day so it was very busy. Pendennis Castle is built for Henry VIII and managed by the English Heritage.
6. Eden Project
The Eden Project is a very big, very diverse garden and a lot of fun to explore. Under these domes are plantlife from other parts of the world, they also have stories of how people for those far off places live and use what’s around them to thrive. My favourite part? Is the big one with the bananas local to my country, the Philippines. They had ripe ones so I cheekily asked if I could buy them. Unfortunately, it’s not possible as their chef want to experiment with them. I told one of the caretakers the many things we make with those “Saba” bananas… Barbeque on a stick without skin and a brush of margarine, coat with sugar and fry, boil them when they are ripe, make cakes when they are not ripe, or boil them when not ripe and eat with anchovy…
7. Telegraph Museum,
The tiny Cornish village of Porthcurno was once the heart of international telecommunications, boasting the largest telegraph station in the world. Today, the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno is a vibrant and captivating heritage attraction. There are great exhibits and interactive activities.
Please note, this is very close to the Minack Theatre. Just continue on to The Valley (name of the road) and you’ll find the theatre parking. It is a very small and steep road. The Telegraph Museum parking lot is also used by the beach goers so, go there early.
8. Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is one of the most famous outdoor theatres in the world. It is a stunning setting for performers as imagined by owner of the Minack House Rowena Rode. It is a true labour of love that local and tourists still enjoy today.
9. Cudden Point- Piskies Cove Coastal Walk
This is a beautiful and easy coastal walk directly accessible from the cottage. I am not really a “walker”, I prefer to drive to places. However, as this is just below where we are staying, it is worth a try and we were not disappointed.
10. Kynance Cove- Lizard Point Coastal Walk
The Kynance Cove and Lizard Point coastal walk is roughly a 9km walk and should take roughly 3 hours. However, the allocated day to visit is not very nice, it rained and it was cold. So, we decided to drive there. The parking areas are not far from the picturesque spots so it was a relief when it started to rain hard. Despite the dull weather, it was a great outing which ended with some nice hot meals from the restaurant at Lizard Point.