Exploring Cornwall’s Charms. What Makes Cornwall Famous?

In the UK, one of the greatest treasures is the Cornish Coast. Cornwall is quite a renowned destination among locals and tourists alike. It is known for many features from its historical significance to its cultural heritage. The history behind Cornwall dates back to before recorded time and the culture is rich in tradition.

Additionally, the natural beauty of Cornwall is beyond compare and perhaps one of its most hidden attributes. Delve in with us as we explore what has made Cornwall famous.

Landmarks and Attractions

Landmarks and Attractions of Cornwall

Cornwall is home to many beautiful landmarks and attractions. Tourists come from all over the world to visit the many attractions of the area. Here are just a few of the many you’ll find in the famous Cornwall region.

  • Tintagel Castle
    A medieval castle located on Tintagel Island, this beautiful fortress is not only rich in stunning beauty but also in history. Artifacts from this site date back to the 5th and 6th centuries. The castle itself was constructed in the 13th century by King Richard. But there is much evidence that it was used as a trading site to the Mediterranean world during the Roman Era. It has been associated with Arthurian Legends and was associated with King Arthur as early as the 12th century. This is an attraction you will not want to miss.
  • St. Michael’s Mount
    This beautiful island is a stunning feature of Cornwall. Seemingly jutting out of the Sea, it is a tidal island that houses an historic castle. Featuring a cobbled causeway and acres of subtropical gardens, this is a popular attraction for all sorts of people. The ancient castle has been used over centuries and was fortified in the late 12th century. Enjoy St. Michael’s Mount for its scenic beauty, its historical significance, and its rich culture.
  • The Eden Project
    This Cornwall attraction is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This area used to be a barren crater with no plants or vegetation, but it has been transformed into one of the most beautiful biologically engineered destinations. Featuring multiple biomes, it now houses indoor and outdoor gardens that are unlike any other place on earth. From the Outdoor Gardens to the Rainforest Biome to the Mediterranean Biome, these beautiful structures are a feast to the senses.
  • Minack Theatre
    Another incredible architectural feat combined with a natural phenomenon, the Minack Theatre is a spectacle to behold. The Minach Theatre is carved into the side of the cliffs of South-West Cornwall and houses some of the most wonderful theatrical performances on earth. Imagine being able to enjoy more than 200 performances a year while overlooking the ocean and taking in the beautiful oceanic views! It is a must-see!

Natural Beauty

The natural beauty is another feature of Cornwall that makes it famous. Here are some examples of all the natural beauty Cornwall has to offer.

  • Stunning Coastline
    The entire region of Cornwall, located in the South West United Kingdom is nearly completely surrounded by water. A sightseer’s dream, this area of the world is not to be missed for ocean gazing, golden sunsets, and more.
  • Picturesque Beaches
    Most every beach in Cornwall is dashed with golden, soft sand and turquoise, clear water. Beautiful sunsets along the beach and an avid surfing community make these beaches some that shouldn’t be missed!
  • Rugged Cliffs
    Now picture these beautiful beaches with golden sand and turquoise waters tucked under stunning cliffs. These beautiful feats of nature are beyond compare. There are so many opportunities for cliff hikes and more along these shores. If hiking isn’t your vibe, the views will not disappoint.
  • Scenic Landscapes
    Just beyond the cliffs are rolling hills, woodlands, and beautiful fields and gardens. There is so much that nature has given to the Cornwall area, there’s scarcely time to take it all in. Cottages perched on hillsides next to rolling hills and bubbling streams are set just next to hidden coves. It’s no wonder, this area has been so popular and inspirational for so many.
  • Haven for Nature Lovers
    With many wild birds native to this habitat, a bird-watcher’s dreams will come true to explore this beautiful part of the world. Coastally, the way that the beaches are formed gives way to many tide pools. So oceanic life is also thriving in this area. Children and adults alike will marvel at the beauty of these special sea creatures.

Cultural Heritage

  • Celtic Roots
    The Celtic Roots of Cornwall run deep and that is evidenced in the region’s culture and heritage. The existence of the Celtic people, an Indo-European community who migrated to this region, is also evident in the folklore, music, and art of the Cornwall region. Many of the Celtic traditions are kept alive through the craftsmanship of jewelry, pottery and textiles in Cornwall.
  • Local Festivals
    Cornwall is home to many local festivals including the Porthleven Food Festival, Eden Sessions, Rattler Fest, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, and Tunes in the Dunes.
  • Traditional Cuisine-Cornish Pastries and Cream Teas
    Cornwall is also very well-known for its traditional cuisine, including Cornish pastries and cream tea. If you are visiting, these are a delight you will not want to miss!
  • Influence of Mining and Fishing Industries
    Mining in the Cornwall region was thought to have begun as early as the Bronze age. The fishing industry of Cornwall has likely been around as long as time itself. This coastal area is rich in the tradition of both of these industries.

Renowned Products

When visiting Cornwall here are some products you will not want to go without. They are part of what has made Cornwall so famous!

  • Cornish Clotted Cream
    This is a true delicacy, with a much higher fat content than just heavy cream. It has a long history in Cornwall and was likely first produced over 2000 years ago. It is a perfect addition to a tea or pastry.
  • Cornish Cider
    Another treat you will not want to miss is Cornish cider. It is a treat that has been around for centuries and has helped to put Cornwall on the map.
  • Local Artisan Crafts
    Nearly every Cornish village contains a shop that sells local artisan crafts. There are many local artists and artisans in the area and they produce many fine works, also carrying down the Celtic tradition.
  • World Class Surfing and Fishing
    With so many coasts in this area, there is much surfing and fishing to be had in Cornwall. If this is something you enjoy, Cornwall is a wonderful place to visit.

Art and Literature

Much art and literature has been inspired by Cornwall. Many authors, poets, and artists from all over the world have used Cornwall as a haven from which to draw their creative juices. Authors like Virginia Woolf have been inspired by Cornwall. In fact, she wrote about the famous Gwithian Lighthouse in her novel “To the Lighthouse.” And Daphne du Maurier was a Cornwall resident who was so inspired by Cornwall that its popular landscapes were featured in many of her novels.

Popular Traditions
Cornwall has been the home of many popular traditions. Some of them are:

  • Golowan Festival
    Also known as the Festival of St John, this is a wonderful tradition that takes place in Penzance. It lasts ten days and it’s a festival of culture, arts, and music.
  • Furry Dance Festival
    Unlike the name implies, this festival is based on a flower dance and celebrates the transition from winter into spring. It takes place in Helston and celebrates the Archangel Michael.
  • Obby Oss Festival in Padstow
    The Obby Oss Festival in Padstow is a folk custom that involves two processionals that travel around the town. The name “Obby Oss” is a derivative of the word “hobby horse” and men and boys run through the town pretending to be horses, doing horse-like moves and dances trying to grab ladies and girls.

No matter what tradition you want to experience, Cornwall has something for everyone. There’s no time like the present to book your Cornwall travel. Between the traditional foods and customs, arts, landmarks, architecture and natural phenomena, Cornwall has everything a tourist could want to experience in travel.

Obby Oss Festival in Padstow

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