Day Trips in England - Cornwall
The county of Cornwall is the south-western point of England. At the tip of Cornwall is Land's End, the most westerly point in England.
Towns & Villages
Land's End is the south-west tip of mainland England. Skip the tourist things and stand on the 200 foot high granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. You are looking towards the Isles of Scilly 28 miles away and beyond that, Newfoundlan... > Read more
Boscawen-ûn is a circle of 19 standing stones, with an extra stone in the middle. All the stones are granite, except for one of quartz. You can see the Merry Maidens Stone Circle from Boscawen-ûn. > Read more
The Boskednan Stone Circle (also called the Nine Maidens) has some fallen stones but nine or ten are still standing. The original circle may have contained up to 22 stones. It can be reached on foot from the Men-an-Tol standing stones. > Read more
Carn Euny Ancient Village is an Iron Age settlement from the 5th century BC. This was a farming community and was in use for nearly 900 years. There is a well preserved Iron Age Fogou (underground chamber). When the Romans came into this area they... > Read more
Chysauster Ancient Village is an Iron Age settlement, occupied almost 2,000 years ago, and is one of the best examples of such in the country. The village was made up of eight houses in two rows of four each, forming a village street. These were c... > Read more
Lanyon Quoit is a dolmen near the Men-an-Tol standing stones. It has three upright stones supporting a large capstone. It collapsed in 1815 and was re-erected in 1824. When we visited a herd of cows was using the stones for shelter. > Read more
Mên-an-Tol is a group of standing stones. The name in the Cornish Language means "the hole stone". There are two upright stones on either side of a round stone with a hole in the middle. It is thought to have been set up in the Bronze Age, making... > Read more
The Merry Maidens Stone Circle has 19 standing stones and is thought to be complete (no stones have been removed). It is also called Dawn's Men from the Cornish "Dans Maen", meaning Stone Dance. The name comes from a tale that the stones are 19 ma... > Read more
The Hurlers Stone Circles, three stone circles on Bodmin Moor near the village of Minions. The first circle has only a few stones, but the other two circles have several stones. West of the circles are two standing stones called "The Pipers". Ther... > Read more
Where to Stay
Cornwall is a popular travel destination for Brits and other travelers seeking the beaches in the summer and the walking trails and historic sites year round. The South Coast Trail, a national long distance path, follows the Cornwall coastline and provides very good walking opportunities. The coastline is dramatic, with high cliffs, many small coastal villages and beautiful beaches.
Because Cornwall is so popular, there are many vacation rental agencies with apartments and cottages. Places book up early for the summer (July and August).
For dramatic coastline and hidden beaches, go to western Cornwall with Penwith Heritage Coast to the north (with Penzance, Mousehole, St Ives and Land's End) and the Lizard Heritage Coast to the south. St Ives is very busy with tourists in high season, but is a great place to stay. Nearby Carbis Bay is more suburban and quiet, but also a good central location (you can walk to St Ives or take the train). Buses connect St Ives with most parts of the Penwith Peninsula. Mousehole, near the larger city of Penzance, is another beautiful village with several restaurants and cafes. The Lizard has many beautiful small villages along the coast and inland.
Villages along the Helford River are popular as is the Roseland Heritage Coast, with the village of St Mawes. Further east, the River Fowey area is a popular destination.
Newquay on the north coast is a popular town with good beaches and surfing. Further east on the north coast, Padstow and the area near Tintagel are popular destinations.
Really, you can't go wrong staying anywhere in Cornwall.
Read more on Visit Cornwall, the tourist office website.
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