Now I know, England is more than just the home of the popular Harry Potter movie series and well-known landmarks. Yet, there’s this place called Cornwall, where you can do plenty of things. Here’s my list of Things to Do in Cornwall.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Cornwall
During our stay, we were able to tour around the city of London, Salisbury, Winchester, Portsmouth to name a few. I was able to see the destinations and landmarks which I’ve only been dreaming of to visit a few years back! Naming are the London Eye – which we were able to ride as well and witness the bird’s eye view of the city, the famous Big Ben, The Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Plus, I got to see the wax version of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton!
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Portsmouth
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Big Ben
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Buckingham Palace
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Stonehenge
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Windsor Castle
Fast forward on our final week, we were ready (at least I think my parents were) to get back home in the Philippines when suddenly my uncle and aunt decided to have a last minute three-day vacation at Cornwall. Located at the south-west tip of England and bordered in the east by River Tamar.
I thought I have already seen most of the beautiful places in England. But to my surprise, I never thought to see another tourist spot which in some way closely reminded me of my beloved country, Philippines. Mainly because of its nature aesthetics and serene beaches. It’s a 4-hour continuous drive from where my uncle lives which is in Basingstoke and 5 hours if you’re travelling from London by driving. The trip could be really exhausting but the scenes along the way were really pretty and we have not encountered a long, torturous traffic at all while travelling there so, for me, it’s okay to sit at the back of the car and be like an excited puppy patiently waiting to hear the navigator of my uncle say, “You have arrived at your destination”.
We stayed at The Blue Room in Newquay, a very cozy, summer vibe-themed (which was very ironic during the time we went since the weather was super cold!) bed and breakfast. The accommodation is within the budget, the rooms are nice and clean which is the most important. Plus, the owner is very friendly and approachable. She even helped us out in arranging our itinerary for our trips!
So, here are the top five awesome things that we have tried and the places that we have been in Cornwall which anyone may attempt to do on their itinerary whether you are travelling with your family, friends or special someone:
1. Drink beer or coffee and bask under the sun at Perranporth beach
There’s no other way to chill and relax but to spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach drinking a glass of beer or cup of coffee with your love ones. Watch in glee as kids throw themselves on fine sands or teens playing silly games. Just basically do whatever you want under the sun. Though this might not be the typical beach you imagine yourself wearing your favourite swimsuit since according to a source, whatever the season or month is, beach is ice cold all year round. But don’t fret, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the view of the wide gradient sky and peaceful ambiance nonetheless.
2. Add St. Michael’s Mount to the list of castles you’ve entered
Yes, it is similar to its namesake Mont St. Michael in France. It is sitting pretty on a rocky hill surrounded by clear blue water. When you enter the castle, you may join their intriguing game that will let you win a medal at the exit when you answered all questions correctly. It was a good way to get yourselves familiar with its rich history and priceless possessions. It’s a great bonding moment for adults and kids as well. When you go outside the castle, you just can’t get enough of taking snapshots because it’s just beautiful! Go pretend and pose like a princess waiting for your knight in shining armour spur-of-the-moment. Once you get back to the mainland via boat, buy yourself authentic fish and chips before heading to your next destination.
3. Free your mind from worries and stress at the Land’s End
This is the place to forget about anything, everything and just clear your mind. Land’s End, which is located at the most corner part of Cornwall, hence the name, is heavenly especially for nature lovers. Enjoy the wonderful panoramic view it offers. Take a rest for a while and appreciate God’s perfect creation.
4. Watch a play and be entertained at Minack Theatre
Buy your tickets ahead of time. Unfortunately, we were not aware of the cut off time to purchase tickets during our visit but we still bought entrance pass for us to see the amazing open-theatre for a limited time only. I guess I will have another reason to visit the county again, though. This man-made beauty is nothing short of stunning and magical. What a brilliant idea to build a theatre having the perfect sky with stars and serene ocean as the background, right? If you’re curious who and how it all started, there’s a short film and info graphics inside the museum to give you the details.
5. Take the longest zipwire in England at Eden Project
Now, this is the destination where in you should allot at least half of your day in your itinerary. Eden’s Project is a theme park collection of wide varieties of plants from all around the world. Identify the plants and trees that grow in your country and be amazed how they were able to grow and sustain it there. On the other hand, you’ll be astonished at the beautiful flowers and plants that you’ve probably only seen on pictures. There are also shows and different activities which kids may participate and enjoy. If you’re looking for thrill and adventure, take the Skywire – England’s longest zip wire, Giant Swing and The Drop (free fall jump) to give you an adrenaline rush!
So, that ends our little getaway which highlights my England vacation. If you enjoy natural beauty and would love to discover new places, I would highly recommend you include Cornwall in your must-see places when you visit this beautiful country.
About The Writer:
Maricon Ricafort works as a Sales person in the Philippines and a part-time traveler. She is a thrill-seeker and art lover person. She have been experienced hiking and surfing in the Philippines and plans to add more adventures on her next trips local and international. She loves to travel with family and friends but she is challenging herself to explore the beauty of the world on her own.
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