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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 ‎NZ$18to ‎NZ$867

Top hotels

    Hotel Beachfield Penzance

    The Beachfield is a three star sea facing hotel boasting beautiful views over Mount bay and the beaches. There are eighteen rooms over two floors offering a boutique style stay with en-suite, flat screen TV, freeview, robes and slippers, mini fridge and tea and coffee. The hotel has a spacious restaurant and lounge area where guests can relax, as well as offering free parking and a fully stocked bar. The restaurant caters for those wishing to dine at breakfast time which is included with the stay, as well as dinner. They have an extensive menu which uses locally sourced produce and changes with the seasons. Penzance is a stunning resort. There are many things to do such as visiting Tanglewood wild Gardens, the Lizard lighthouse or guests can book a boat trip and go dolphin watching. The beaches are very popular throughout the year the most popular being Longrock beach. more

    Hotel Hotel Queens Penzance

    A 3-star hotel on the promenade in Penzance, Hotel Queens is an historic building that first opened its doors to travellers in 1862. Some of the comfortable ensuite rooms here have a sea view. Each of the rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and a digital TV. This hotel features its own hair and beauty salon, and also has conference and functions rooms for any type of event. Free car parking and Wi-Fi are provided on the premises, and dogs are also welcome here. A buffet breakfast is served each morning here, and The Promenade Restaurant is open throughout the day serving dishes made with locally farmed produce and fresh seafood. A variety of refreshments are available at the licensed bar lounge. A five minute walk from Hotel Queens is the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, and Land’s End can be reached in 20 minutes’ drive. more

    Hotel Union Hotel Penzance

    Situated in the centre of Penzance and within walking distance of the railway station, Union Hotel hotel features en-suite rooms, a bar, restaurant and free self-parking. All 28 rooms have TV’s, radios, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy listening to some live music which is organised at the weekends at the  Nelson’s bar. The spectacular Trafalgar Room and the elegant Theatre Bar can be hired for private parties or meetings. Fresh fish and a variety of other local dishes made using local produce are on offer at the hotel’s restaurant. Light snacks and daily specials as well as an extensive wine list are available at Nelson’s Bar. Union Hotel hotel is a five-minute walk away from the beach and also a short distance from many local shops, bars and cafes. The cinema and theatre are a two-minute walk away. more

    Hotel Guest Lodge Penzance Penzance

    Guest Lodge Penzance offers budget self catering accommodation, plus optional use of facilities at the adjacent Beachfield Hotel.  It is just a short walk from the town centre and the beach. Basic rooms come with a few frills; flat screen colour television, useful mini refrigerator and tea and coffee facilities.  They are en-suite, plus, there is a 2 bedroom family suite. Additional facilities are next door, at the hotel and these include free Wi-Fi and breakfast and dinner (surcharge) if required. The Guest lodge Penzance is, as the title suggests, self catering.  In addition, though, to the adjacent hotel facilities, Thai food enthusiasts will note another immediately adjacent attraction; the Thai Moon restaurant. This West Cornwall base offers opportunities to visit Lands End and the Eden Project. It is also well placed as an overnight stop for those sailing to the Scilly Isles. more

    Hotel YHA Penzance Penzance

    A hostel located in a renovated Georgian mansion, the YHA Penzance offers affordable room rates. Besides featuring beautiful gardens, this facility has outdoor space for pitching tents. Although there are some private rooms at the YHA Penzance, many are shared and have bunk beds. Ample natural light creates a cheerful atmosphere. Guests who stay outside in bell tents get futon-style beds, bean bag chairs and eco-friendly solar lighting among the amenities. The hostel offers a mini kitchen, plus an area that's suitable for using disposable barbecue grills. Guests can also hire barbecue grills, but have to bring their own charcoal. There is car park across from the property. The hostel offers a buffet breakfast, packed lunches, and night time meals in the café bar. Approximately a 15-minute drive from the St. Erth Railway Station this hostel is a 20-minute drive from the open-air Minack Theatre. more

    Hotel The Lugger Inn Penzance

    The family run, 3 star, The Lugger Inn is a long standing feature of the seafront at Penzance in Cornwall. Rooms at the The Lugger Inn are en-suite and attractively decorated.  They include free Wi-Fi and colour television.  Depending upon requirements, some also have bay window, see views and a capacity for up to 4 beds. Limited onsite parking is available.  Guests can enjoy bay views from the lounge and there are menus and entertainment facilities for children. In the fact, there are 2 restaurants here, plus a terrace for dining. Menu themes are classic English and Mediterranean cuisine.  Breakfast choices are offered to resident guests. With views to St. Michael’s Mount; Land’s End and the Eden Project feature in the list of nearby attractions. The ferry and helicopter services to the Scilly Isles are easily accessed from the hotel. more