Nearest Things To Do Cornwall
Cornwall’s best-known activity is the surfing on its Atlantic coast but in a county where everything is reachable, Cornwall provides endless choices. The diversity of its two coastlines, 100’s of beaches and coves, it’s moors and mining heritage provides opportunities for walkers, nature lovers or if you just want to take a break from a day on the beach. Popular seaside towns and places to go include St Ives, Padstow and Falmouth.
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- St Catherine’s Castle is one of a pair of small artillery forts, built by Thomas Treffry approximately 1540. The D-shaped, stone fortification, equipped with five gun-ports for cannon, overlooked the mouth of the River Fowey. It was protected by a curtain wall and the surrounding cliffs. The castle was closed at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, although brought back into service in 1855 during the Crimean War, but it soon became obsolete and was abandoned. During the Second World War the castle was refortified and used to house a battery of naval guns, protecting the coast against the threat of attack. At the end of the conflict the castle was restored to its previous condition and is now managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction.
- The Telegraph Museum tells the story of how submarine cables from Porthcurno beach connected all corners of the world. The Telegraph Museum along with a large collection also includes the only complete working telegraph station left in the world. Visitors can explore:Eastern House, home to the World’s biggest telegraph station from the turn of the 20th Century. Grade II listed Cable House where the global network of cables came ashore. Secret World War Two tunnels, built to protect this critical communications hub from attack. The museum is open daily from Easter until the end of October and at various other times throughout the winter.
- Kingsurf Surf School is a B.S.A and Surfing England approved surf school that operates out of Mawgan Porth beach. We offer all levels of surf tuition including group and family lessons, with all of our coaches are qualified beach lifeguards, community responders for the RNLI and attend a yearly casualty care course.
- Bishop Rock Lighthouse stands on a rock ledge 46m long by 16m wide, 4 miles west of the Scilly Isles. The rocks rise sheer from a depth of 45m and are exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean making this one of the most hazardous and difficult sites for the building of a lighthouse. The rocks around the Scilly Isles caused the wreck of many ships over the years including the loss of Sir Cloudesley Shovel’s squadron of the British Fleet in 1707 in which 2,000 men died. The Elder Brethren of Trinity House decided that the lighting of the Scilly Isles, which at that time consisted of only the old lighthouse at St. Agnes, was inadequate, and resolved to build a lighthouse on the most westerly danger, the Bishop Rock.
- Saint Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses. The castle was one of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary.
- The gardens are set on a four-acre hillside that looks out to St Mawes Bay. The garden has a large sub-tropical collection and is laid out in a Mediterranean style with streams, bridges and water features. The gardens are open twice a week from April to September, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 am till 5 pm.
- For nearly 100 years Pendeen Lighthouse has been guiding passing vessels and warning of the dangerous waters around Pendeen Watch. From Cape Cornwall the coast runs NE by E towards the Wra, or Three Stone Oar, off Pendeen. From here the inhospitable shore continues for a further eight miles or so to the Western entrance of St. Ives Bay, the principal feature here being the Gurnards Head, on which many ships have come to grief.
- Now in ruins Tintagel Castle is Cornwall’s most iconic site where the legend of King Arthur was born. A strong hold of the Earls of Cornwall, the castle was built in the 13th Century. Located on one of the most dramatic and windswept locations in Cornwall. You have a small exhibition and shop along with a cafe. You need to be energetic to visit the castle as you have to negotiate a hill down from the village and then up many steps, once at the top there is lots to explore. The path down from the village has a landrover service for a small charge.