Top 10 things to do in Cornwall, UK

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‘Kernow a’gas dynnergh’ or ‘Welcome to Cornwall’! Did you know that Cornwall, the most South Westerly county in the UK, is recognized as a national minority, giving it a similar status to Wales, Scotland and Ireland?

Easily accessible by train, just 5 hours from London, we’ve put together our favorite things to do in Cornwall.

1. Minack Theatre
Experience the world-famous open air theater, carved into the cliff side in Portcurno Bay. From drama, musicals and opera, you’ll be sure to enjoy this unique and dramatic setting  – remember to bring a cushion to sit on and warm clothing!

2. Cycle the Camel Trail
One of the best ways to see Cornwall is by cycling the 18 mile Camel Trail. Hire your bike at Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin and enjoy the stunning landscape and wildlife through woodland, across estuaries and over moorland.

3. Visit Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm
You can’t visit Cornwall without sampling the Duchy's finest – a pint of cider. Visit Healey’s 150 year old farm, where they produce hand-pressed cider in orchards whilst enjoying award winning Pear Rattler, Cornish Scrumpy and Healey’s Classic Oak Matured ciders.

4. Eden Project
Dubbed the ‘Eighth wonder of the world’ is a global garden, located in tropical greenhouses which resemble huge golf balls. Take a sensory journey through the rainforest, Mediterranean and roofless biomes with new sights and smells amongst the waterfalls, jungles and olive trees.

5.  Eat a Cornish Pasty
A visit to Cornwall is not complete without eating a Cornish pasty. The traditional filling of the baked pastry is beef, potato, turnip and onion, and locals will tell you that any other filling is not a true pasty. Originating as a practical meal for tin miners, the crimped side of a Cornish pasty was used as a handle which they then threw away because their fingers were dirty.

6. The town of Rock
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of bigger UK cities, Rock is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Chill out on the mile long sandy beach and be mesmerised by the clear, calm waters, before taking the foot ferry across to the nearby town of Padstow. Rock boasts one of the only two Michelin starred restaurants in Cornwall, Outlaws, which attracts members of the Royal Family and celebrities.

7. St Michael's Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island off the coast of Marazion on the Southern coast of Cornwall accessed either by boat, or by walking the cobbled causeway when the tide is out. Explore the sub-tropical gardens, climb the mount to the castle and church which dates back to 1135 and take in the stunning views of Cornwall from the sea.

8. Tate St Ives
The Tate, St. Ives is a modern art gallery on Portmear beach, with spectacular sea views. The exhibitions change 3 times per year and have included a Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and international photography.

9. Cornish Cream Tea
An ongoing dispute between Cornwall and Devon, the Cornish claim that they invented the Cream Tea: a pot of tea, drank with a scone with clotted cream and jam. The key is the order you layer the cream and jam. The Cornish claim the ‘correct’ way is jam then cream and Devonians claim that cream then jam is the way it should be done. Let us know your preference!

10. English National Surfing Championships
Surfing in the UK? Yes! Fistral beach in Newquay, on the North Cornwall coast attract surfing pros every May, who battle it out for the prestigious National Surfing Champion title. Watch them ride the waves, or grab a wetsuit and give it a try for yourself.

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