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- Seal Island is the largest island in The Carracks, a group of small rocky inshore islands 200m offshore and around 6km from St Ives. The island gets its name as it’s the home to a colony of Grey Atlantic seals. You have two options to see the seals; (1) is by a Seal Island boat trip from St Ives harbour or (2) with a set of binoculars from the coast path.
- The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre. The Minack Open Air Theatre was originally constructed in the 1930s by Rowena Cade, who lived on the site. The theatre today has a Rowena Cade Exhibition that tells the tale of how she built the theatre with her own hands and from May to September you can see drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of setting. This is not just a theatre but a location and experience that should not be missed.
- Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a beautiful sheltered valley near Penzance, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop to art, with internationally renowned artists creating permanent works, all harmonising with their garden setting. Facilities include a cafe, design shop, toilets, car parking and well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead throughout the gardens. Unfortunately, due to the steep nature of the valley, access to the gardens is severely limited for those with physical disabilities and is unsuitable for mobility scooters, wheelchair users and prams.
- St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned with medieval church and castle. One of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The island is managed by the National Trust and includes cafe/restaurant and shop. The gardens have limited opening times as they can’t cope with the large amount of summer visitors, see the National Trust website for more information.
- Trewidden Garden was originally planted by Thomas Bolitho in the 1850’s. The 15-acre garden incorporates a magnificent collection of over 300 Camellias and Magnolias alongside one of the largest tree fern dells in the Northern Hemisphere and many other attractions. The gardens include a tearoom, plant shop and regular events. Open to the public during the Spring, Summer and beginning of Autumn every year. Dogs are also very welcome to visit the Garden.
- Land’s End is the most south westerly point of mainland Britain on the Penwith peninsula, a unique location with beautiful scenery. Land’s End has a particular resonance because it is often used to suggest distance. Land’s End to John o’ Groats in Scotland is a distance of 838 miles (1,349 km) by road and defines the length of races, walks or charitable events. Explore the location; stand on the First and Last Point and take in the spectacular views; visit the historic buildings of the First and Last House and Penwith House; or wander around the West Country Shopping Village. In addition to this you have family entertainment of our five fantastic attractions which include a 4D Film Experience. Any visit to Lands End would not be complete without a photograph at the famous Signpost.
- Cape Cornwall (Cornish: “Pen Kernow”) is a small headland four miles north of Land’s End near the town of St Just. Cape Cornwall was once thought to be the most westerly point in mainland England, however following accurate surveying Land’s End was found to be the most westerly point instead. Cape Cornwall is the approximate point at which Atlantic currents split, either going south up the English Channel or north into the Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. The Brisons, two offshore rocks, are located approximately one mile southwest of Cape Cornwall and mark the start of the annual swim to Priest’s Cove. Most of the headland is owned by the National Trust and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. There is also a National Coastwatch look out on the seaward side.
- The Logan Rock is an example of a logan or rocking stone. The rock is an eighty ton granite boulder perched on the edge of the cliffs. Finely balanced due to the actions of weathering, and prior to its restoration in 1824 it could be rocked by applying only a little pressure. The name Logan Rock is also applied to the surrounding tip of the headland, as well as the logan stone itself. Cripp’s Cove lies to the east beneath the rock. The headland is also an Iron Age promontory fort called Treryn Dinas, defended by three ramparts. A number of islands are located around the edge of Logan Rock including Great Goular, Horrace, and Seghy.