10 special places to visit in beautiful Cornwall

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One of the UK’s most popular and spectacular holiday spots, Cornwall can be the perfect Staycation destination.

Renowned for its natural beauty, history, and mythical legends that have spread across the world, this English county is a natural paradise.

Offering plenty of sunshine, particularly during the summer months, lovely towns and villages to explore and a huge selection of picturesque beaches, Cornwall is one of the great inspirational holiday stops closer to home.

Taking a look at this stunning destination, making sure that we include some of the most popular beaches, and some hidden gems, we find out what Cornwall has to offer

If you are considering spending a full holiday on the Cornish coast or are planning your own tour of the scenic south of England, these 10 eye-catching Cornish points of interest are sure to provide trigger wanderlust amongst holidaymakers itching to escape away!

1. Bedruthan Steps

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Giant rocks that stretch along the coast of Northern Cornwall, the spectacular Bedruthan Steps can be found between Padstow and Newquay.

Steeped in mythical local legend, these huge rocks are believed to have once been huge stepping stones used by the great Giant Bedruthan.

Ever-evolving and changing shape thanks to the efforts of the Irish Sea, the Steps and surrounding coastline is a renowned walking spot.

A great stretch of coastline to take a stroll along, the walking routes here can be dangerous and slippy at points – so be caution is encouraged.

The surrounding area has a long mining history with nearby Carnewas a key industrial hub during the Victorian period.

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2. Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor

According to legend, Bodmin Moor is the final resting place of the fabled King Arthur’s sword Excalibur.

A story immortalised in print and on screen, the mythical Arthur and his Knights of the ’roundtable’ is one of the great legends of the British Isles.

Bodmin Moor alone is an incredibly fascinating Cornish destination.

The Moor is huge and contains a number of intriguing places of interest including the Stripple Stones, Carnglaze Caverns and Cornwall’s highest point – the impressive hill Brown Willy.

Similar to hundreds of other former ritual sites located across the UK, the Stripple Stones are a stone circle dating all the way to the Neolithic period.

Found on the Moor, Arthur’s Excalibur is believed to be hidden in or in the surrounding area at Dozmary Pool, a small lake that attracts visitors from all over the world interested in the legend of Arthur.

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3. Prince of Wales Engine House

Prince of Wales Engine House

Mining in Cornwall goes back centuries. Deep beneath this scenic landscape, there are countless mines running deep into the earth.

One of the few indications of mining in the region, there are some key man-made landmarks around Cornwall that provide a crucial link to the past, particularly the Victorian Prince of Wales Engine House close to Tintagel.

Once used to drain waters from mine shafts, the Prince of Wales Engine House has stood since the late 19th century.

The only one of its kind in North Cornwall, the Engine House is a hugely impressive structure surrounded by stunning Cornish countryside.

A must-visit when exploring the beauty of Cornwall.

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4. Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Cornwall’s natural beauty is famous across the world and the county’s outstanding Lizard Point is one of the most impressive natural spots on the planet.

Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is a spectacular place to enjoy whilst soaking up the generous Cornish climate.

Extremely popular, the cove is instantly recognisable thanks to huge rock stacks resting just off the main coastline.

At low tide, the cove reveals a number of caves and islands that you can carefully explore on foot.

Put simply, this is one of the best beaches in the world.

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5. Land’s End

Land's End Landmark

The UK’s most south-westerly point, the headland known as Land’s End is a significant spot that many holidaymakers to the county decide to tick off their list, especially if they have or are planning to visit the opposite end of the country at John O’ Groats.

Quite a special sight, you can follow cliff-top trails allowing you to take in the full beauty of the country’s southern tip.

Bit of Trivia – The next land mass after Land’s End is St Martin’s, part of the Isle of Scilly.

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6. Lusty Glaze Beach

Award-winning, Lusty Glaze Beach close to Newquay is hidden away by surrounding cliffs in a lovely cove.

Horse-shoe shaped, in order to reach Lusty Glaze visitors have to follow a walkway down to the beach.

Known for its lovely sand, there’s even a restaurant on the beach where you can grab a bite to eat before returning to relax on one of Cornwall’s best beaches.

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7. Pedn Vounder Beach

Pedn Vounder Beach

Situated close to Logan Rock on the Penwith Peninsula, Pedn Vounder Beach is an epic, tidal beach reached only by footpath or by boat.

Time your visit correctly and you can actually walk from Pedn Vounder to the beach at nearby Porthcurno.

Growing in popularity, the beach is not as famous as the iconic Cornish spots like Kynance Cove but is fast becoming one of the county’s greatest and most popular beaches.

On arrival, first-time visitors are welcomed by the sight of this beautiful beach that bears a striking resemblance to some of the greatest beaches the Portuguese Algarve has to offer.

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8. Porthcurno

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The beach at Porthcurno, a small Cornish village in the west, is highly regarded.

Welcoming visitors with soft white sand underfoot and lovely turquoise waters perfect for a dip, Porthcurno is a rather memorable beach.

At low tide, Porthcurno is connected to Pedn Vounder Beach via a natural walkway revealed for a limited window of time when the waters retreat.

Protected on one side thanks to a huge stretching mass of rock formations, the beach is also a popular surfing spot.

Set high above the beach, Porthcurno’s open-air Minack Theatre amphitheatre is a great venue that hosts a range of different shows throughout the calendar year.

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9. Tintagel Castle

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Said to be King Arthur’s birthplace, Tintagel Castle rests on Tintagel Island, adrift from the Cornish mainland.

Steeped in legend, visitors can explore the ruins of the castle (currently closed to allow construction of a new bridge).

Thanks to informative panels around the site, you can learn more about the legend of King Arthur and the long and colourful history of the castle and island, also home to a Dark Ages settlement and the ruins of a Great Hall.

Stepping onto Tintagel gives visitors the chance to delve into over 1500 years of island history.

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10. Merlin’s Cave

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Hidden away beneath the ruins of Tintagel Castle, Merlin’s Cave is believed to be the former home of the mythical wizard Merlin, a key figure in the legend of King Arthur.

There are actually two caves here that visitors can access during low tide, reached by following a footpath taking you down to the water’s edge.

On arrival, be sure to look out for a carving of Merlin recently cut into the rock by a local craftsman, close to the entrance of Merlin’s Cave.

The caves are surprisingly spacious inside with plenty of room to walk around.

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