Places & attractions to explore
Tintagel Castle is an awe-inspiring place to visit and soak up the atmosphere generated by the dramatic views and wonderful legends of King Arthur. The remains of Tintagel castle stand on wind swept cliffs high above the sea and many claim that Tintagel is one of the most romantic places in the UK. Below the castle on the beach you can find Merlins cave which runs under Tintagel Castle and is only accessible at low tide.
The village has embraced the King Arthur philosophy and you can browse a wealth of unusual gift shops. There are also attractions such as the Old Post Office, a 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse set in beautiful cottage gardens, owned by the National Trust. Tintagel is also where you will find the nearest visitor centre for tourist information.
Fishing Villages, Harbours and towns
picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its distinctive
natural harbour is steeped in romance and history. Bude is a great
family resort with a large sandy beach and the castle in the centre is
the ideal starting point to explore the town. Port Isacc is a lovely
fishing village known for it's association with "Doc Martin" and is
built around the historic harbour which also serves as the beach.
Padstow, has a lovely harbour with a variety of shops, galleries and
crafts which is also home to the national lobster hatchery and Rick
Steins famous seafood restaurant. Launceston is also nearby with town
walks, museum and a castle, and further afield is Bodmin.
Bodmin Moor covers 80 square miles with granite tors, Bronze Age
settlements and many prehistoric stone barrows and circle and there are
lots of walks and towns such as Davidstow and Bodmin to explore. You can
also discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a
journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Bodmin town is home to Bodmin jail, a historic former prison attraction.
Museums and National Trust Properties
The Witchcraft museum at Boscastle hosts a collection of witchcraft related artifacts. Cornwall at war museum can be found at Davidstow air field, together with weekly tours of the WWII airfield. Lawrence House at Launceston owned by the National Trust, is a fine Georgian building that houses a museum over 3 floors. Lanhydrock country house and estate with gardens is a National Trust property near Bodmin.
Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre
Near Launceston is the Tamar otter & wildlife centre where you can watch the otters being fed twice a day, and there is a variety of other wildlife and woodland walks. www.tamarotters.co.uk
St Nectans Glen
Situated in a beautiful valley in area of outstanding natural beauty. This sacred site is steeped in tales of knights of the round table.Accessible by foot through an ancient woodland is the magnificent 60 foot high waterfall & Hermitage. www.st-nectansglen.co.uk
Prince of Wales Quarry
The Prince of Wales quarry is in Trebarwith Valley, overlooking
Trewarmett. The blue slate quarry closed in the 1890s but the engine
house remains. A path leads past the quarry pit which is now a lake
with a small waterfall, and up to the engine house where you will find
good views of the valley and coastline.