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Cornwall, England’s Celtic Corner

A place of sparkling beaches and dramatic moorland, Cornwall is a study in contrasts. Tucked away in the southwest of England – whether your fancy is taken by its lush coastline or its wild interior, its tiny fishing villages or its bustling towns – Cornwall offers something for everyone. But whichever way you like it, nature is the county’s key attraction. From Celts and ancient Christians through to the works of novelist Daphne du Maurier and Barbara Hepworth, the landscape of Cornwall has long proven to be inspirational, stirring a siren call in those who venture to this far corner of England.

Celtic Culture

The Romans didn’t make much of an in-roads in Cornwall and as a consequence of this, the Celtic tribes native to this region were left to their own devices. Despite being insulated from Romano-British influence, Cornishmen were renowned across Europe for their tin producing skills. Perhaps thanks to this trade, even today, Cornwall maintains close ties with the Celtic cultures of Brittany, Ireland, and Wales. Those visiting the county will find that the past is always present; old stone quoits and barrows dot the countryside and many places bear Cornish names. Sacred wells abound here and Celtic knot work is a common architectural motif. While only actively spoken by a few thousand people today, the Cornish language now has protected status. But this, of course, is a land of myth and legend and those keen to touch the past can chase the tale of King Arthur at the ruins of Tintagel Castle on the county’s north coast.

The Cornish Coast

It may look like a single unbroken stretch of land on the map, the county’s two coasts are very different. The north coast of Cornwall, which stretches from Land’s End up to Bude, is exposed to the open ocean. The beaches here – including those at Perranporth, Fistral Bay, Polzeath and Bude – are wide and wind-swept, perfect for swimmers and surfers while the area around Rock is known for many a swanky hotel. In contrast, Cornwall’s south coast – often referred to as the “Cornish Riviera” – is sheltered and calm. But no matter which coast you choose, there’s plenty to see. On the south coast, the famous Eden Project – near bustling St. Austell – offers a glimpse into different biomes from around the world. Moving further along the coast, the Lizard Peninsula is a rocky outcrop featuring rare flora and fauna above azure waters. Heading toward the end of the peninsula, St. Michael’s Mount is an island connected by a granite causeway traversable at low tide.

Of Moors and Mines

Turning inland from the coast, Cornwall’s interior unfolds into gentle pasture before rising up into the famous Bodmin Moor. Dotted with low scrub, trickling streams and granite protuberances – some man-made, some natural – parts of the moor are today used as grazing land and are home to a unique range of plants and wildlife. Near the town of Bodmin itself, legend-hunters will find Dozmary Pool, a site closely associated with King Arthur. After a day out on the moors, cosy up in the 300-year-old Jamaica Inn, a place made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s eponymous novel. Those keen to explore Cornwall’s mining heritage will do well to stop by any of the mining heritage sites dotted between St. Austell and Truro. If you head for the latter town – technically designated a city thanks to its impressive Gothic-revival cathedral – it’s worth calling in at the Royal Cornwall Museum for a big dose of Cornish history and culture.

Cream Teas and B&Bs

From fresh seafood to pastries and baked goods, Cornish cuisine is in a class all of its own. Local specialties include meat and veg-filled pasties – sometimes called oggies – as well as the visually striking stargazy pie. While visitors can sample golden saffron buns and spicy-sweet fairings, a Cornish cream tea is not to be missed. Top your splits with strawberry jam and then clotted cream or for something different, try the “thunder and lightning” variation. This swaps jam for honey or treacle. When it comes to sleeping, Cornwall’s hotels and accommodation are concentrated heavily on either of its coasts. However, those hoping to sleep inland will still find a decent hotel selection in mid-Cornwall and around Bodmin Moor. In addition to conventional hotel accommodation, Cornwall also offers a good range of quirky period properties as well as ample camping and glamping opportunities.

Price range

from ‎€11to ‎€523

Top hotels

    Hotel Great Western Newquay

    Located on the far South-Western tip of England, The Great Western offers spectacular views of the Cornish beach from the comfort of your own room. Aside from being on the beach, guests are also close to watersports, nightlife and the airport. Each room contains comfortable bedding, flat screen TV, toiletries and a hot beverage maker. Some views offer stunning vistas the Atlantic Ocean. Popular amenities at the hotel include free Wi-Fi in the lobby, lounge and coffee shop, conference rooms, 24 hour room service and a business centre. Guests of the hotel can dine in at Steam Restaurant for sumptuous English seafood and ocean views or choose from snacks and lighter fare in the coffee shop or lounge. Rooming above the Great Western Beach, guests are just a five minute walk from the rail station and half a mile from family fun at Blue Reef Aquarium or Pirate’s Quest. more

    Hotel The California Newquay

    The California is a four star hotel in Newquay, situated between the banks of the River Gannel and the cliffs of Fistral Beach. Some of the rooms here have beautiful views over the river and coast. All of the 50 rooms here have an en-suite bathroom complete with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Other room facilities include a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a direct dial telephone. Ample entertainment is provided here, in the form of two swimming pools, a sauna, a squash court, snooker and pool tables, and a four lane bowling alley. Free Wi-Fi is also available for guests. Breakfast and dinner is served in the elegant hotel restaurant, and the lounge bar offers a wide selection of refreshments throughout the day. Newquay Golf Club is a 15 minute walk away from Hotel California, and Newquay Zoo is just two miles away. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Newquay (Quintrell Downs) hotel Newquay

    Conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from the Quintrell Downs Rail Station, the Premier Inn Newquay Quintrell Downs offers 24-hour front desk services and an on-site Table Table restaurant. Each of the hotel rooms feature air-conditioning, comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. Other conveniences include TVs with Freeview channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities at the Premier Inn Newquay Quintrell Downs include free and premium Wi-Fi options. Free parking is available on-site. The Treffry Tavern serves cooked and continental breakfast options. An all-day menu is available although guests can also visit nearby eateries such as the Two Clomes and Trnissick Stables. The hotel lies three miles from the Blue Reef Aquarium and within seven miles of Watergate Bay and Newquay. The Eden Project is 18 miles from the property. more

    Hotel Fistral Beach Hotel Newquay

    Fistral Beach is close to the famous surfing beach, and incorporates a stylish spa which is available to all guests. The 71 bright rooms and suites are well equipped flat screen LED TVs, free Wi-Fi and a hospitality tray. Guests can enjoy Hypnos beds with pure cotton linen, double and twin beds are available and the modern en-suite bathrooms are provided with luxury ESPA toiletries. In addition to a variety of luxurious accommodation Fistral Beach offers culinary workshops including chocolate making and cocktail making classes. The spa has a pool, sauna and nine treatment rooms. On the business front there are conference facilities for up to 140 delegates. The Beach View Restaurant offers wonderful views, but more importantly a seasonal menu making use of fresh local produce such as seafood and fish. The Bay Bar overlooks the beach. Quiksilver Surf School is nearby for tuition, also the Lappa Valley steam Railway. This accommodation is also known as Bay Hotel Newquay, Bay Newquay, Fistral Beach Hotel Newquay, and Fistral Beach Hotel. more

    Hotel Hotel The Esplanade Newquay

    Hotel The Esplanade is a seaside hotel facing onto Fistral Beach which guests can enjoy from inside as well as out. The rooms are sleek and modern with light wood finishes and carpeted floors. All are ensuite with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV’s and tea/coffee provisions. Most have floor-to-ceiling windows for maximal natural light and many have balconies with sea-views. An indoor swimming pool, on-site surfing school and kids’ activities are some of Hotel The Esplanade’s provisions for families and children of all ages. There are also lounges for adults to relax. Meals are served at the Ocean View restaurant and drinks at the Pebbles bar with an outside terrace. Meals are served at the Ocean View restaurant and drinks at the Pebbles bar with an outside terrace. more

    Hotel The Pentire Hotel Newquay

    Hotel The Pentire is a 3-star property situated in a scenic area of Newquay that features a restaurant, a bar and lounge and an indoor swimming pool. Non-smoking guest rooms feature a flat-screen television with digital channels, a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.  Room service is also available. Services and amenities offered at the hotel include complimentary Wi-Fi, a steam room, a billiards table, tour desk, a playground, yoga classes, table tennis, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast each morning and also features traditional cuisine using fresh, local products. Hotel The Pentire is located close to Crantock Beach, Fistral Beach, Newquay Golf Club, Towan Beach, Gannel Estuary and Newquay Railway Station. more