“We have been holidaying in the area for over 40 years, and still find things we haven’t seen before” – Max, Lincoln
Beyond the Padstow peninsular there’s a wealth of attractions to explore. From Cornwall’s poetic cultural heritage and open air theatres, to sub tropical and tropical gardens, picturesque towns and villages and the beautiful cathedral city of Truro.
Below are a few ideas for inspiration for your trip to Cornwall.
Truro, Newquay and St Ives
It’s well worth exploring the towns beyond the Padstow peninsular. The awe inspiring outline of Truro’s cathedral dominates its skyline. Call in for a short tour or evensong. Cornwall’s county town is well worth a visit for its local shops, museum, restaurants, theatre, and boat trips. Or, spend some time in St. Ives with its galleries and famous Tate Gallery; drive to Hayle and catch the coastal train which winds between the dunes and sands of Carbis Bay into St Ives. Newquay is also interesting, for its vibrant surf culture and annual international surfing championships at Fistral Bay.
“The seagulls plane and circle out of sight, Below this thirsty, thrift-encrusted height” – John Betjeman, Poet Laureate
Cornwall has an outstanding cultural heritage. Its stunning scenery has given rise to a vibrant artistic community. The county has inspired many writers: from the villages of the nearby Camel Estuary that John Betjeman was so fond of, to the windswept moors and creeks which inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek.
“And gorse turns tawny orange, seen beside Pale drifts of primroses cascading wide” – John Betjeman
Cornwall has one of the mildest climates on the UK mainland due to the prevailing Gulf Stream. This gives rise not only to palm trees, but to other fantastic flora. Two great attractions to visit are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. The best time is definitely the spring, which comes earlier than the rest of the UK. Our top tip: pick your own strawberries and enjoy a traditional picnic in the grounds of Lanhydrock house, just outside Bodmin.