Arts & Heritage

Cornwall’s rich history and spectacular landscape have inspired the work of droves of artists and writers, which fill its numerous galleries and museums. It may be famous for its beaches and cream teas, but arts and history are at the core of Cornwall’s many attractions.

Its abundant collection of castles, museums and manor houses reflect the varied and exciting past this county has lived through. From Arthurian times through to the industrial revolution, Cornwall boasts a past closely linked to major historical events and people. So, if you’re thirsty for culture, Cornwall has it in hordes.

The castles and ruins that are dotted around the coastline in dramatic fashion enable you to experience the famous beaches from a different perspective.
Meanwhile, located within Cornwall’s beautiful surroundings are an abundance of magnificent Tudor and Victorian manor houses, each with its own unique past.

There are plenty of sites to explore, where you can walk in the steps of sculptor Barbara Hepworth, writer Daphne Du Maurier, and painter William Turner. Take the time to drink in Cornwall’s arts and history, and let it awaken your creativity.

Learn more about the cultural escapes that fill the different corners of Cornwall in our detailed guides below.

Discover Cornwall's arts & heritage

Learn more about the history and culture to be found in each region of Cornwall

Learn more about Cornwall's arts & heritage

Browse our selection of Cornish highlights for ideas of things to see and do

Things to Do in Fowey

Attractions in South Cornwall

From the Fowey Aquarium to St Catherin’s Castle, we take a look at the best things to do in and around Fowey.

Poldark Filming Locations in Cornwall

Arts & Heritage

Love Poldark? Discover the stunning filming locations in Cornwall which featured in the series. From Porthgwarra to St Agnes Head, learn more about where your favourite Poldark were filmed and how you can experience them yourself!

Family-Friendly Museums in Cornwall


Stuck for something to do with the family on your trip down to Cornwall? Then take a look at some of the best family friendly museums in the area!

Rainy Day Activities in Cornwall


A fantastic selection of rainy day activities in Cornwall, perfect for brightening up those darker days.

National Trust Properties in Cornwall


The Sykes Cottages guide on some of Cornwall's best National Trust owned properties.

Spotlight: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Gardens in South Cornwall

Find out more about one of Cornwall's top visitor attractions as we take a spotlight look at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Best of Cornwall’s Castles


A selection of the best castles in Cornwall ideal for family days out and romantic picnics.

10 of the Best Galleries in Cornwall

Arts & Heritage

Take a look at some of the best galleries in Cornwall and let the beautiful scenery and world class art inspire you on your next getaway!