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Our Favourite West Cornwall Attractions

We are fortunate to be located on the very south westerly tip of Great Britain because despite being a little further down the A30, this little area sure does pack a punch and there are plenty of west Cornwall attractions to keep you busy!

Perhaps the most iconic place is the mystical St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island on which is perched a historic castle and mediaeval church. At low tide you can wander across the cobbled causeway to uncover this National Trust landmark, stopping to rockpool along the way. Once across, head up the mount to tour the castle – make sure you keep eyes peeled for the Giant’s Heart! And ifthe tide is in, enjoy an adventure over on one of the ferry boats – a truly memorable experience.

For some maritime history visit Penzance, a historic harbour town with a rich history, the geo-thermal Jubilee lido and picturesque promenade. Park up and take a stroll along to the pretty fishing village of Newlyn, home to numerous art galleries, the famous Jelbert’s ice cream shop and several lovely cafes, perfect for refreshing in before making your way back.


If you keep following the coast road, you’ll soon arriving into Mousehole, a charming fishing village with several stories of its own. Spend a couple of hours on the sheltered golden beach, meander the narrow streets or revive with a home cooked meal in one of the many fantastic pubs. Visit at Christmas and you can take in the incredible Mousehole lights, one of Cornwall’s festive highlights.

Mousehole harbour

If you can tear yourself away from the seaside to head in land you won’t be disappointed. The beautiful coastal landscape soon unfolds into swathes of wild, rugged moorland home to a diverse range of wildlife. These moors are one of the largest expanses of semi-natural habitat in the South West and the entire site is a designated SSSI, acting as a haven for rare flora, fauna, birds and insects.

Explore the many ancient sites such as the Iron Age settlement of Chysauster Ancient Village,  this entire area – the Penwith Moors –  are practically littered with such ruins making for interesting walks for ramblers, hikers and families alike.

hummingbird hawkmoth

For souvenir shopping, you can’t beat pretty St Ives, home to the Tate, Barbara Hepworth gallery and plentiful galleries and workshops. From sub-tropical beaches to a buzzing creative scene, days here can be spent wandering the narrow, cobbled streets that tumble down to the sheltered harbour, lined with shops and eateries.

If it’s man-made entertainment you’re after then the west Cornwall attraction of Flambards is hard to beat. Positioned as ‘the best day of the week’, Cornwall’s first theme park offers numerous rides, indoor attractions and entertainment as well as the fascinating ‘Britain in the Blitz’ exhibition. There’s plenty to do for little ones to big kids making it a great family day out.

If you are keen to do something completely different then cast-off on the Scillonian to experience the Isles of Scilly on a day trip from Penzance. Arriving into St Mary’s, spend several hours on this far-flung archipelago which is like nowhere else in England. Lying 28 miles off the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly are truly stunning with Caribbean-esque beaches, azure waters, incredible bird life plus fabulous food. Sailing back to Cornwall allows the chance to view the rugged Cornish coast from a whole new perspective too, you may even spy a dolphin along the way!

Dolphin spotted on Cornwall boat trip

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