A Guide for people visiting the County of Cornwall
Cornwall is an area of 3,559 square kilometres, situated in the far South West of the UK mainland. It boasts the longest (697 km) and one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole British Isles. Nowhere in Cornwall are you more than 16 miles from the sea. It is a land of beauty, myth and legend with a history spanning over 6,000 years from Neolithic man to the world famous Eden Project.
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St Piran's Day 5th March
St Piran is the patron saint of Tinners (tin-miners)
Legend has it that St Piran was tied to a mill-stone and thrown into rough sea off the coast of Ireland. The sea suddenly became calm and St Piran sat on the mill-stone as, against all the laws of physics, it floated on the water until he was carried across the Irish Sea and landed at Peranzabuloe.
St Piran rediscovered the ancient art of tin smelting when he built a fire and the black stone forming the hearth to his fire, which contained tin-bearing ore, started to bubble up with a silver liquid. The liquid ran across the stone in a cross shape. This is said to have been the inspiration for the flag of St Piran - a white (or silver) cross on a black background. St Piran's flag is the national flag of Cornwall.
|This website has been created for the benefit of the millions of people who visit the county each year. (In 2008 there were around 4.4 million staying visitors and another 9.9 million day visitors - spending over £1.7 billion in the county. Over 53,000 people work in the Cornish tourism industry - 22% of the population*.) This website is not intended to be complete and, although it continues to grow (now well over 2000 pages), we intend to continue adding new information and removing what has become redundant for many years to come.
During the last ten years this website has averaged over 6,250 visitors per month (see our web statistics).
Up to the end of December 2012, we have had over 735 thousand visitors, from more than 100 different countries across all 5 inhabited continents.
( * Information from South West Tourism's 'Value of Tourism Report 2008 - Cornwall.')
|Some entries in these directories contain links to external websites. These links open as new pages to leave the Visiting Cornwall pages available for continued perusal. As Visiting Cornwall has no control over these external websites, we cannot accept any responsibility for the content of them.|
Free Index UK Directory
Accommodation Listings (6 Sub Directories - Updated regularly)
Includes hotels, self catering, touring caravan parks, Static Caravan and Chalet Parks, guest houses, bed and breakfast and holiday parks
Art Galleries (25 Different Locations)
Charities in Cornwall (RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance and more)
Coastal Features (Beach Guides - north & south coasts: Beach Safety: Surf Schools: Surfboard & Wetsuit Repairs: Cornish Lighthouses: Cornish Lifeboat Stations: Lifeboat Books: Surf & Weather Forecasts)
Cornish Directories & Indexes
Cornish Locations used for Films (Chronological listing from 1899 to now)
Cornish Locations used for Television programs (Chronological listing of television films and programs from 1956 to now)
Food & Drink (Cafes, Cornish Pasties, Hotels serving food or drink to non-residents, Public Houses, Restaurants, Takeaways and on-line food & drink)
Famous People of Cornwall (Around 100 people both historical and current)
Geographical Links (26 Sub Directories)
Local Media (Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, Television and Broadband)
Night-clubs (12 Different Locations)
Nurseries & Garden Centres
Places of Worship
Shopping for Gifts (Includes On-line Cornish shops plus Cornish books, Cornish music CDs, Cornish Toys DVDs and other gifts at Amazon)
Sport & Leisure (24 different sports for watching or partaking)
Tourist Attractions (Castles, Craft & Pottery, Gardens & Country Houses, Industrial Heritage, Maritime, Markets, Museums, Prehistoric & Medieval sites, Theme Parks & Adventure Attractions, Wildlife and Other Attractions)
Transport (Air, Bus & Coach, Ferries, Trains, Car Hire & Taxis, Best Fuel Prices)
Tourist Information Centres
General Information (Maps, Surf, Tide & Weather, Cornish Dialling Codes and Local Authorities)
Giveaways (Freebies & discounted offers)
What's On In Cornwall
Calendar of Events - 2015
(We welcome details of your events for 2015 & 2016 - see calendar)
Read about Visiting Cornwall & see our contact details
2003 - 2014 Web Stats
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|Tourism Awards for Cornwall|
2008 British Travel Awards: Cornwall received the Bronze award in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category.
2009 British Travel Awards: Cornwall received the Gold award in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category.
Cornwall took first place in the Favourite UK Country Escape in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Reader Awards 2010. 2011
At the British Travel Awards 2011 Cornwall was voted the Best UK Holiday County or Region for the third year running.
The section of the South West Coast Path between Tintagel and Crackington Haven was voted Number 1 in a poll of Britain’s top 50 walks.
The 2014 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award was won by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
The 2014 Cornwall Today Awards named the National Maritime Museum Cornwall as Cornwall’s Best Museum.
The Eden Project came second in a poll of favourite places in England funded by the National Lottery.
Cornwall is the Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year. The Eden Project retainined its gold title as the Best UK Leisure Attraction category for the fourth year running. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall won silver for Best UK Heritage Attraction for a second year. Bude took bronze for Best UK Coastal Resort.
Google UK searches for holidays in 2014 showed Cornwall in 6th place and the only UK destination in the top 10.
Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Top 25 UK Beaches 2014: 3rd - Porthminster Beach, St Ives; 5th - Perranporth Beach; 8th - Fistral Beach, Newquay; 18th - Godrevy Head, Hayle.
Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Top 25 UK Small Hotels 2014: 5th - Boskerris Hotel, St Ives
Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Top 25 Hotels with exceptional service 2014: 17th - Boskerris Hotel, St Ives
Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Top 25 UK B&Bs and Inns 2014: 13th - Trevose Harbour House, St Ives; 15th - No 1, St Ives.
Many more accolades have been bestowed on Cornwall and Cornish places. Details can be found on our dedicated Tourism Awards page.
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