For sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and postcard-perfect coastal towns
Cornwall is one of the UK’s most iconic destinations, which sits on England’s rugged southwestern tip. The area is well-known for its enviable coastline and golden beaches, established surfing culture, fascinating Celtic heritage, and beautiful coastal cliffs.
Cornwall’s magical coastline draws visitors in year after year. With over 400 beaches of varied character, it’s arguably the best beach destination in the UK. The North Coast is favoured for its lovely, long, and sandy beaches with beautiful cliffs serving as a picture-perfect backdrop. In comparison, the South Coast is wild and rocky, with wonderful, sheltered coves and charming fishing harbours.
Thanks to its fantastic location, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is the surfing capital of Britain. The Fistral Boardmasters is held here. One of the biggest pro-surf competitions in Europe, it attracts some of the most famous surfers in the world. A real Cornish experience isn’t complete without riding the wild Atlantic waves. Thankfully, there are numerous well-established surf schools dotted around the coast to help you catch them!
After you’ve finished riding the swell, you’ll have worked up an appetite to try some delicious Cornish delicacies. Meat-stuffed pastries, clotted cream, and pilchards are just a handful of the region’s many iconic foods. Cornwall is a real foodie destination, with its very own food festival and multiple award-winning seafood restaurants.
The sheer variety of things to see and do in Cornwall makes it a fantastic holiday destination. A natural adventure playground, the region has a diverse landscape with great walking routes, along with a great variety of outdoor activities – golf, horse riding, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and coasteering amongst others.
If history and heritage are more your thing, the area has loads of historic houses, museums, and castle to explore, as well as the fascinating Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Cornwall is also home to the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, the Lost Gardens of Heligan. And don’t miss out on a chance to visit the Eden Project. The dramatic global gardens in a tropical biomes have been dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world by some.
Get your surfing gear ready – it’s time to catch some waves and explore the wonderful Cornish coastline.