Curious about Cornwall? This picturesque southwestern corner of England has a dramatically rugged coastline, countrysides dotted with charming villages, and a rich history that is waiting to be explored. Join us as we embark on a journey through some of Cornwall’s most iconic locations, including the artistic haven of St. Ives, the enchanting Saint Michael’s Mount, the beautiful landscapes of Land’s End, and the legendary Tintagel Castle. Exploring these historic landmarks on foot, you’ll truly be able to slow down and connect with this region’s history and natural beauty. Prepare to be captivated as you weave through Cornwall’s stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in their heritage.
Stroll through St. Ives
St. Ives is renowned for its picture-perfect coastal scenery. The town is nestled amidst rugged cliffs, pristine sandy beaches, and the crystal-clear waters of the Celtic Sea. The picturesque landscapes have inspired countless artists, making St. Ives a hub for the arts in Cornwall and earning its nickname “the jewel of the Cornish coast.” The cottages, inns, and harbor have been beckoning fishermen and artists over time, and when you visit this quaint corner of the world, you’ll see why.
The Tate St. Ives is a renowned art gallery that showcases contemporary and modern art, paying homage to the town’s artistic heritage. One of those artists was Virginia Woolf, the iconic English writer and a key figure in the Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. She visited St. Ives on several occasions during the early 20th century, and it was during those visits that she found inspiration for her famous novel “To the Lighthouse,” which was published in 1927. In it, St. Ives serves as the backdrop for the fictional town of Ramsay, where much of the story unfolds. The landscape, atmosphere, and the lighthouse itself all find their origins in Woolf’s experiences and observations in St. Ives. On tour, you can admire the glorious views across the water to the Godrevy Lighthouse as you soak in the literary scenes around you. You’ll also explore the Barbara Hepworth Gallery, which was the home and garden of another artist who found inspiration here in St. Ives.
Explore the History of St. Micheals Chapel & Touro Monastery
When visiting Cornwall, St. Michael’s Mount, an iconic tidal island located just off the coast, is a must-see destination. This famed landmark has a chapel dating back to the 12th century, and as legend has it, Archangel St. Michael appeared to fishermen on the island, leading them to construct the chapel. While the island and chapel have undergone various transformations over the centuries, including use as a fortress during the English Civil War, today it is a National Trust property and a popular tourist destination. On our Cornwall walking tour, you’ll get the opportunity to arrive there on foot during low tide, with plenty of time to explore the chapel and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
Another historical site not to be missed is Touro Monastery, also known as St. Tudy’s Monastery. This ancient religious site is located in the village of St. Tudy in Cornwall and was founded in the 6th century by St. Tudy, a Breton saint who established a Celtic Christian community here. The monastery played a significant role in the early Christianization of Cornwall and was an important center of learning and spirituality. Exploring this ancient Celtic church will feel like you are traveling back in time, immersing yourself in Cornwall’s strong religious heritage.
Immerse Yourself in the Celtic Lore of Land’s End & Zennor
Travel to the westernmost part of Cornwall to Land’s End, an iconic destination steeped in Celtic history. From its dramatic cliffs and ocean vistas, watching the Atlantic waves crashing against the rugged rocks is a memorable experience. This region has a rich history of Celtic culture, folklore, and Cornish language. When visiting, pop into a local pub or stop by a festival that showcases Celtic music, art, and culture, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region’s rich heritage. Get your camera ready at the famous Land’s End signpost, where you can take a photo marking your visit and the distance to various international destinations.
Discover the beauty on various walking trails that offer breathtaking views and opportunities to connect with Cornwall’s natural beauty and Celtic heritage. On tour, you’ll stroll a magnificent stretch of coast from Botallack to Zennor. Zennor lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Did you know that almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation? You’ll soon see why this beautiful area is protected as a National Park, as this scenery is Celtic Cornwall at its finest, with granite sloping down the cliffs into the sea.
Take in the Authurian Lore of Tintagel Castle
A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Tintagel Castle, which is perched dramatically on the rugged northern coast. This famed landmark is steeped in Arthurian legend and is a must-visit destination for those intrigued by the tales of King Arthur, a figure deeply rooted in British folklore and mythology. According to Arthurian legends, Tintagel was believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur himself. On our Cornwall tour, you’ll explore on foot at eye level where conquering Normans reached the westernmost land of England, hearing that the ancient seat of Cornwall’s kings had stood atop this soaring promontory. Walk among the ruins that cling to the cliffs where Earl Richard of Cornwall, younger brother of Henry III, constructed this castle in the 1230s. Strolling around here is a captivating experience that combines history, stunning scenery, and the allure of Arthurian legends.
Among the medieval ruins and well-preserved walls, there is a courtyard and Great Hall. Stop by the castle’s visitor center, which provides historical context and insightful information about the site. Perhaps most appealing is the clifftop location with its breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Get your camera ready for epic panoramic shots to go along with your memorable adventures here in Cornwall.