Get a glimpse into Cornwall’s mythical past at the fascinating Tintagel Castle where you can be king for the day. Or, if you prefer more recent history, you can step back in time to experience what it may have been like in Cornwall during the two world wars.
Highlights: popular arts and heritage sites in North Cornwall
Legend has it that Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur in the 12th century. However, its beginnings go back even further, to as early as the 5th century AD. The castle is set on an island that is connected to the mainland only by a narrow path of land. Soak up its dramatic surroundings by taking a stroll on the South West Coast Path or enjoying the castle’s secret gem, its beach.
Marvel at the beauty of this 81-room Elizabethan manor house set above the fishing port of Padstow. It’s not just the architecture that’s inspiring – the house is filled with art and antiques from a mixture of periods, and the collection includes England’s oldest cast iron cannon.
Cornwall at War Museum
Immerse yourself in the museum located on a former World War II RAF station on Davidstow Moor. It has thousands of artefacts to browse, including aircraft, vehicles and fashions. Don’t expect a neat and tidy commercial museum when you visit – this labour of love is run by volunteers, whose detailed knowledge of the wars makes the experience much more memorable.
This huge house and gardens were deserted following the Second World War. It has been restored to showcase its fine stone staircase, rococo ceiling and stained glass. You can take a walk around the gardens, wherein camellias and rhododendrons bloom in spring, and see the first Victorian rock garden in England.
There’s plenty more to see and do. Take a look at our guides below to plan your visit to Cornwall.