A popular holiday destination, there’s more to Cornwall than just clotted cream, smuggling and King Arthur.
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Cornwall’s only city Truro has a wonderful Gothic revival cathedral. Wth its three soaring spires and the grandest stained glass project in the world, it is a unique ‘church within a church’.
Celebrate Cornwall’s maritime heritage at Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum. For modern art, Tate St Ives is one of the four Tate Galleries in the UK. Also in St Ives, the Eden Project’s world’s largest greenhouse is where two gigantic conservatories contain a rainforest and fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California.
St. Michael’s Mount is a fairytale island with its ancient harbour, church and medieval castle that you can reach on foot along the causeway or go by ferry at high tide.
Visit 13th century Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur and seat of the kings of Cornwall. Earl Richard of Cornwall built the medieval castle but excavations reveal how a Cornish royal seat existed here 400-700AD. King Arthur’s Hall in Bodmin Moor is a monument of fifty-six stones arranged in a rectangle with a bank of earth around them. Beware the legendary Beast of Bodmin, a phantom-wild cat that haunts and stalks at night…
Truro is Cornwall’s shopping capital, with Lemon Quay having a reputation for some of the finest markets in Cornwall. Antique collectors should head for Truro’s famous flea markets. Arts and crafts are showcased at the ‘Made in Cornwall’ fairs, whilst the annual ‘Cornwall Food and Drink Festival’ is a three-day event celebrating quality produce and cuisine with cookery demonstrations