A to Z of Cornwall
The county of Cornwall is a beautiful place to explore and spend time in, so why not try something new this year? Maybe you've always wanted to visit, or maybe you're looking for an excuse to escape the city for a bit. Whatever your reason for visiting this fascinating corner of England, our A to Z of Cornwall will take your trip from good to great.
A is for Altarnun
Renowned for its annual Altarnun Carnival, this village in the heart of Cornwall is well worth a visit. Situated just five miles from Launceston and with a population of fewer than 500 people, Altarnun presents Cornish country life at its best. Have fun browsing stalls for locally grown produce and traditional arts and crafts at the Saturday morning farmer’s market. While here, be sure to sample some delicious homemade pasties served up fresh on site!
B is for Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor is one of Cornwall's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is Cornwall’s largest moor and also one of England's highest points outside the Lake District. An undulating landscape of lush moorland scattered with prehistoric relics makes it a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. A looped cycle route travels through wildlife-rich areas such as the Ramsar-designated wetlands, near Bodmin Jail, which form part of a complex ecosystem providing habitats for varied species including otters, dragonflies, water voles and meadow pipits. When its time to rest you can drink in jaw-dropping views over Bodmin and toward St Austell Bay.
C is for Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
A wonderful world of underwater discovery awaits at the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre. Established by local divers in 1964, this is one of the world's earliest underwater museums. Today it boasts over 8,000 finds, such as gold bullion and ingots, from 150 shipwrecks. Journey though the gripping stories of the ships that have wrecked over time around Charlestown Bay and the Cornish coastline. Then delve into Charlestown’s trading heritage in a series of eery underground tunnels.
D is for Daymer Bay
Daymer Bay is a dramatic cove that overlooks the Camel Estuary on the North Cornwall coastline. It’s famed for a quiet, golden-sand beach framed by rolling dune and grassy hills. The bay faces south and is sheltered from the prevailing northwesterly by Daymer Point, which stretches two miles (three kilometers) out to sea. Stop at the bay on a walk along the South West Coast Path between Polzeath and Rock.
E is for Eden Project
Opened in 2000 as a plant research institute and visitor attraction, The Eden Project is one of Britain’s best-known attractions. The 300-acre former clay pit is home to the largest indoor rainforest and is one of the world’s largest greenhouses. There’s so much to see and do here: spot hundreds of tropical plants inside giant biomes; follow trails around thematic outdoor gardens; try zip-lining; and attend summertime concerts. Situated in Bodelva, on the outskirts of St Austell, Eden is only five miles from The Cornwall Hotel.
F is for Falmouth
Falmouth is a quintessential harbour town, with a vibrant cobbled town centre, beautiful beaches and many great places to eat. You can visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which houses an impressive collection of maritime objects from Cornwall's rich history, including paintings by renowned Cornish artist Sir Kyffin Williams.
G is for Gweek Seal Sanctuary
The National Seal Sanctuary is based in the small Cornish village of Gweek. This is the only place in Cornwall where you can get up close and personal with seals, sea lions and penguins. Come and learn about the resident animals, their rehabilitation and eventual release back into their natural habitats. All proceeds go toward the conservation of the animals, so you’ll be doing a good deed when visiting.
H is for Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is an award-winning garden full of curious wildlife and plenty of wonderful surprises. See the Victorian productive garden, relax amid the romance of the pleasure garden, wander aimlessly through the large estate or enjoy coffee and cakes at the sumptuous tearoom. The garden occupies a stunning location close to the fishing village of Mevagissey.
I is for the Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a clusters of islands off the westernmost point of Cornwall. The Isles have some fantastic beaches for you to enjoy and each island offers great family holidays with plenty for kids to do. St Mary’s is the gateway to the islands, St. Martin’s is a beach paradise and Tresco has a luxuriant sub-tropical charm. Get here by plane, helicopter or sea, from Penzance harbour.
J is for John Betjeman
John Betjeman is an English writer and poet laureate who had a lifelong love of Cornwall, in particular North Cornwall. Often described as the poet laureate of Britain’s railway stations, he wrote many poems that capture these places with a romantic eye for detail. Retrace his footsteps on the 4-mile-long Sir John Betjeman Walk.
K is for Knightor Winery
Knightor Winery, on the outskirts of St Austell, is Cornwall’s leading producer of English wine. Established in the 19th century, over 200 years later Knightor is still producing some fantastic wines for everyone to enjoy from their estate. Drop by for a tour and tasting session or for the Friday pop-up street food vans.
L is for Laura Ashley Tea Room
Here at The Cornwall Hotel we are proud to be the venue of the Laura Ashley Tea Room. Make a booking and prepare to indulge in a quintessential English afternoon tea in a contemporary high-ceilinged setting, styled with the finest fabrics and designs associated with the Laura Ashley brand.
M is for Mevagissey
Mevagissey is a postcard-perfect harbourside fishing village with pubs, pasty shops and fish and chips bars scattered around a warren of cobbled lanes. There’s never a dull moment here. Poke around the waterfront gift shops or embark on a mackerel fishing trip. Find family fun at the Mevagissey Model Railway and Mevagissey Aquarium. The choice is yours.
N is for Newquay
Newquay is the surfing capital of England so hang loose at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. The town centre nestles on the North Cornwall Coastal Path and overlooks one of the county’s most beautiful bays and has plenty to offer visitors. Besides surfing there’s exotic animals at Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo. A stroll along Fore Street and East Street offers a smorgasbord of restaurants and bars, galleries and surf shops.
O is for Old Town
Tiny Old Town is thought to be the oldest settlement on St Mary’s, hence its age appropriate name. The sand and pebble beach at Old Town Bay is one of the best kept secrets on the Isles of Scilly. Old Town has a cafe, a pub, a medieval keep called Ennor Castle and the pretty St Mary’s Church, where Sir Harold Wilson is laid to rest.
P is for Pentewan Beach
Pentewan Beach is the closest beach to The Cornwall Hotel. With a large stretch of near-white sand and calm, clear water, it’s an ideal spot for families to play. For a little bit of adventure, set off along the South West Coast Path to Mevagissey. You can easily walk to the beach from the Hotel, making it a big hit with guests. Simply cross the road outside the grounds to join the Pentewan Trail, a level path, approximately 3-mile long, constructed on a former railway line.
Q is for (Lanyon) Quoit
Prehistoric relics pepper the rural pastures of West Cornwall. Lanyon Quoit is a Neolithic dolmen (burial chamber) that dates back to 3,500-2,500 BC. Visit it on a tour of other ancient landmarks in the region such as the Bronze Age monument Mên-an-Tol and the Holy Well of St Madron.
R is for Rock Pools
Exploring rock pools that appear at low tide on Cornwall’s beaches is a great activity to enjoy for all ages. All you need is a pair grippy footwear, a net and a keen eye; and don’t forget to put back whatever you find. There’s lots of places to go rock pooling in Cornwall. We recommend Readymoney Cove, just 10 miles from our hotel. Behind the beach is a house that author Daphne Du Maurier once lived in.
S is for St Austell
An A to Z of Cornwall isn’t complete without our beloved town. St Austell was once one of Cornwall's most important towns and it still retains much of its charm today. It’s the perfect base for visiting the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Charlestown Shipwreck Centre and other top attractions. Beer lovers can sip on Cornwall’s finest ales at the St Austell Brewery, too.
T is for Truro
Truro is the capital city of Cornwall and is a fantastic city for great food and shopping whilst staying in the county. Nicknamed The Cathedral City, Truro celebrates regional history and wildlife at the Royal Cornwall Museum and is near to Trelissick Garden.
U is for Upton Cross
You might not think of Cornwall as a cheese producing region, but the Stansfield family have been making Cornish Blue Cheese at the Cornish Cheese Company since 2001. This handmade blue cheese is produced from milk supplied by their family farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Upton Cross.
V is for Veryan
Veryan is a small and very pretty village nestled within patchwork fields on the Roseland Peninsular. John Betjeman described Veryan as ‘a mild tropic garden’ and it is still regarded as one of Cornwall’s loveliest inland villages. A collection of five 19th-century thatched round houses are icons of Veryan. There’s two pairs at each end of the village and one in the middle.
W is for Wheal Martyn Clay Works
At Wheal Martyn Clay Works you can learn about Victorian-era china clay mining while browsing displays of mining tools and machinery. There’s even a dog-friendly heritage trail teeming with birds, butterflies and exciting activities for kids. This is a not-to-be-missed fun day out when in the St Austell area.
X is for kisses
Cornwall is known for its breath-taking coastal views, secluded beaches and stunning headlands. It provides the perfect backdrop for marriage proposals, anniversary celebrations and precious family holidays. The coast path is peppered with kissing gates for romantics, or head to the coast and watch the sun set over the ocean for a truly memorable experience.
Y is for Yeolmbridge
Not far from the town of Launceston is Yeolmbridge, a quiet village that has the honor of once being in Devon but switching to Cornwall. In the village centre, the Yeolm Bridge crosses the River Ottery. It dates back to 1350 and is among the oldest extant medieval bridges in the county.
Z is for Zennor
Zennor is a beautiful breezy village on the North Cornish coast. Zennor has been described as 'one of Cornwall's most picturesque villages and was once home to one of the oldest working water mills in Europe'. Make sure to look for a medieval carving of a mermaid inside St. Senara’s Church.
All this and much more can be discovered when staying at The Cornwall Hotel. Contact us today to book your room and plan a holiday with memories to last a lifetime.