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One of the delights of Britain, with warm summers and mild winters it offers historic, natural and modern attractions of excellent quality

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The County of Cornwall in England is located at the tip of the south western peninsula of the British mainland. Kernow in the local Cornish language, it is boarded to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by the county of Devon and to the south by the English Channel.

The view of St Michaels Mount from the gardens
Photo Matt From London
It has a long and fascinating history. First inhabited by Neolithic settlers, the diverse tribal societies of the Celts then arrived in this remote corner of Britain in the Iron Age. Since that day, the Celts have had a huge influence on the region; contributing to its culture, unique language and history. This Celtic or Brythonic civilization was in constant conflict with the English empire of Wessex until in 936 AD King Athelstan set the boundary at the River Tamar. By the time of the 11th century Doomsday book though, records show that most of the landowners of Cornwall were English, and thus the amalgamation of England and Celtic Cornwall was complete. The county then grew economically based on an industry of mining and fishing.

Fishing Boats in Padstow Harbour
Photo heatheronhertravels
Today however, these industries have vastly declined and so Cornwall has become much more dependent on Tourism. The county has much to offer the tourist; its wild moorlands, 697km of stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, buzzing urban centres and many historic, cultural and educational attractions, not to mentions its mild climate.

Sennen Cove
Photo lofaesofa
Five million tourists visit Cornwall a year and one can access the county via airports at Newquay and Plymouth, frequent rail services or from Bristol via the M5. The county is filled with a variety of attractions. Highlights include the surfing Mecca of Newquay, the quaint isolation of St Ives and the mind boggling wonder that is the Eden Project. This huge centre of plant diversity houses the world's largest greenhouse and a number of different ecological biomes. Dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world' it is a truly unique attraction and a world leader. Others places of interest include the spectacular cliff top Minack Theatre, the historic tidal island of St Michaels Mount and Pendennis Castle. For kids there is the Crealy Great Adventure Park and Dairyland Farm World. For the animal lovers out there the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek and the Blue Reef Aquarium at Newquay offer hours of interest and fun. The towns of Truro, Penzance and St Ives offer a peaceful and relaxing place to stay or shop, whilst Falmouth and Newquay offer the buzz of excellent nightlife and fine cuisine.

Wandering inside the Biome's of the Eden Project
Photo Samuel Mann
The true treasure of Cornwall though is not its many attractions or places of interest, but rather the magic of its many empty beaches, quaint little villages and beautiful open moor land. The delight of this wonderful county is that it is easy to find a place of tranquil serenity and natural beauty. Never being more than 16 miles from the sea, with over 300 amazing beaches to choose from, the enchantment of the ocean is never far away. And if it's small cozy smugglers coves you're looking for they are impossible to miss!

Falmouth Harbour
Photo The Local People Photo Archive
Cornwall is one of the delights of Britain, with warm summers and mild winters it is suitable for year round visitation and offers historic, natural and modern attractions of excellent quality. A trip to this little corner of England will enable you to experience its unique culture, try your hand at a spot of body boarding and enjoy a fine Cornish cider or ice cream! You won't regret it.

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