Beyond the Padstow peninsula 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
“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.