Cornwall, in the south west corner of the UK, is one of the top tourist destinations in England due to its great beaches, extensive moorlands, beautiful scenery and plentiful tourist attractions. West Cornwall, which is the most western part of the England, contains some great things to do and places to visit. Here is a selection of attractions that you might want to go to if you are staying in the area.
Land’s End is the most southerly part of the UK – its tip pointing out into the junction between the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its spectacular scenery, there is also a selection of attractions to visit, including galleries, restaurants and the Land’s End Signpost. Land’s End is located 9 miles to the west of Penzance.
Geevor Tin Mine
Located just down the road from Land’s End is the Geevor Tin Mine. This mine was a working mine until 1990 and has now been maintained for visitors as the largest preserved mining site and museum in the United Kingdom. There are underground guided tours and the museum tells the story of the mining industry in Cornwall through the ages.
St Michael’s Mount
Perhaps the most famous of Cornwall’s landmarks, the steep sided island of St Michael’s Mount is open to the public at weekends and throughout the summer. At low tide the island is accessible by the causeway, at high tide you’ll need to take the ferry crossing. The mount itself is picturesque and a climb to the top yields great views of Penzance, land’s End and the Lizard (the most western point of England).
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Ever wondered how information gets from one side of the world to the other? This museum is dedicated to the underground cables that run from this isolated beach on the south coast of Cornwall. From the days of Morse code to modern communications, this museum tells the story. There are a range of interactive exhibitions to demonstrate how the British Empire was run using these communications.
Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary is the home for over 400 species of birds and other species from all around the world, including rare and endangered varieties. A great family destination, you can watch feeding sessions for the penguins, the flying bird show, ride on the miniature railway, play on the indoor Junglebarn slides and ball pit, and see the collection of rare parrot species.
The Minack Theatre is an open air venue located on the coast at Porthcurno Bay. It was built in a similar style to a Roman amphitheatre with construction starting in 1929. You can visit the theatre at any time of the year, to see the views and subtropical gardens and productions are staged in the summer between June and September.
Thomas Craven is a freelance writer in the travel sector. He is currently writing for hotels in St Ives, Cornwall on a range of Cornish subjects.