The Magic Of Cornwall: Hidden Gems Off The Beaten Track


A weekend getaway is probably what everyone needs after completing a tiresome project or after keeping with an all-exhausting deadline. However, a weekend trip far away from the Mainland may not be feasible. Hence, the small county of Cornwall in the South Western part of England might be the best option.  If you are a resident of London or have come to London on business, traveling to the thinly populated Cornwall is a good option.

There are more than sixty trains that run every single day between London and Cornwall. All you have to do is purchase a train ticket that costs less than fifty pounds when booked in advance and book a weekend trip on

Why Visit Cornwall?

Why Visit Cornwall

Visiting the idyllic tourist destination Cornwall is the perfect short trip you can take with your loved ones. The dramatic coastlines, the stunning beaches, and the coves are pretty famous. But the Cornish culture and the folklore associated with the region are no less appealing. The Cornish flag flies high from the mast in all places of the county, demonstrating the unique culture.

The journey from London is brief, and it takes around five hours, but there is a lot to see, and you will probably need to come more than once to explore the treasures of the rustic Celtic nation.

The mining history (the hub of tin and copper mining), the lovely beaches and the moorlands deserve attention.

The Places That Should Make It To Your Must-Go List

1. Port Isaac

A tiny fishing village tucked on the Atlantic coast was constructed during the reign of King Henry VIII. The fishing village and the nearby hamlets are great places for tourists who are looking for a calm and serene location. However, this place also boasts of a Guinness World record, and the Temple Bar is the narrowest thoroughfare in the world.

Also, if somebody is religiously inclined, there are churches that they can visit. However, the major attractions on Port Isaac are the locations that have been used as shooting locations in films and television series. Series like The Nightmare Man, Poldark, and films like Saving Grace have all been shot at various locations on Port Isaac.

2. Michael’s Mount

A tidal island with a causeway of granite is worth visiting. But the tidal and picturesque location are not the only attractions; fortified castles take you back to the civil war in England. Rich in history the castle and the nearby port take us back in time when Britain traded with the Greeks.

Also, getting to the island is an interesting affair. You have to wait for the low tide, and only when the granite causeway is visible to fall in water levels can you gain access to the island via the pedestrian crossing. However, if you visit at the time of high tide, there are ferry services, but getting to the island on foot is worthwhile, so try visiting during the low tide.

3. Surfing In The Bays

Several bays in Cornwall are well suited for surfing. You can visit Watergate Bay for surfing. In fact, the climatic conditions in the county are such that they are the best surfing waters in all of Europe.

The waters in the Atlantic experience a deep low-pressure system, and this unleashes some powerful spells in the waters creating some of the best surfing areas in the world. Many beaches in Cornwall get to witness huge waves because of how open the beaches are.

The powerful waves attract surfers from all over the world. Moreover, some of the biggest champions of the world visit these islands to surf against the mighty waves that lash across the shore.

4. St. Ives

This is the most easily accessible place when you are starting out from London. Most trains stop at St Ives. If sculpture gardens and art museums are your thing, St Ives is the place to visit.

The grassy peninsula is a paradise for bird watchers, and many rare and unusual species like the Sabine’s Gull and many species of Skua can be spotted. If you love eating scones, St. Ives is possibly the best place to be in.

Also, when you are at St. Ives, get in touch with a travel guide who will take you through the lighthouses, and if you are fortunate, you might come across a dolphin or a porpoise.

Also, if you like visiting chapels, you will not be disappointed. There is the chapel of St. Nicholas that dates back to the fifteenth century, which was restored in the early twentieth century.

5. Penwith Peninsula

The rugged peninsula of Penwith is located in the westernmost part of the rustic county. There are quite a few cliffs, and you can take a walk around the peninsula. Walking through the cliffs is not very challenging as there are well-marked footpaths all through the cliff-tops.

However, the most beautiful part of the peninsula is the breathtaking view at sunset. If photography is your hobby, clicking a few shorts of the splendid sunset is worth it.

Also, if you are interested in historical sites, you can visit the moors and bronze-era sites that are present in the peninsula of Perwith. The peninsula of Perwith has something for nature lovers as well. So you have the bird watching sites like the Paradise Park bird sanctuary and the Flambards theme park.


Cornwall is a holistic tourist destination. If you are an adventure sports lover, a student of history, or one who simply loves to visit breathtaking locales, Cornwall will not disappoint.

The tidal islands, the rocky clicks, the beaches, and the rugged Atlantic shores make the tiny county of Cornwall a must-visit place for all those who have a free weekend in England. So the next time you feel the surfing in one the best surfing waters of the world, or you feel like visiting a serene fishing village, do consider the rustic county of Cornwall.

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