Be re-invigorated by the sea breeze with a trip to Cornwall by train. It’s the perfect place to find locally-made produce - like tasty Cornish pasties and clotted cream - and gifts. For music lovers a highlight is the annual Boardmasters Festival at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay.
Culture and heritage
Cornwall has a strong industrial history. Its mining landscape – which you can learn more about at Geevor Tin Mine Museum – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find ancient stone circles and remains of Iron Age villages between Land’s End and Penzance, and Celtic crosses dotted across the countryside. St Ives, St Agnes and Penzance are home to a number of galleries, including the Tate St Ives.
If it’s pasties and cream teas you want, Cornwall won’t disappoint. But the region’s food and drink scene has much more to offer. British celebrity chefs like Rick Stein have taken advantage of the fantastic local produce – Rick has 4 restaurants in Padstow, and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant is in Watergate Bay. Wherever you are in the county, you'll find country pubs serving hearty local food and Cornish ale and cider.
Sport and outdoors
Cornwall’s dramatic landscape is ideal for adventure activities. It’s one of the best places in the country for surfing and you’ll find a surfing school on most of the big beaches. The steep cliff sides and expanses of open space are ideal for coasteering – a combination of rock climbing, swimming and cliff jumping – but if you fancy something a bit more relaxing, try walking along some of the South West Coast Path or a bit of fishing.
Music and nightlife
Cornwall is famous for peace and tranquillity, but it knows how to party too. Newquay is the place to be if you want a big night out, and the student town of Falmouth also has plenty to offer. But you’ll find lively pubs – including some with live music and evening entertainment – across the region.
Shop for crafts and local produce at the many independent shops and markets across the region. St Ives is a must for art lovers, antique hunters should try Lostwithiel, and Falmouth has an unbeatable selection of arty boutiques. Truro is your best bet for bigger retailers, or head to Trago Liskeard if you love a bargain.