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Everyone knows the most important part of going on a UK holiday.

Packing your pooch? Nope. That comes a very close second though. Checking if the cottage close to a pub? I mean, come on, of course we have this covered. Praying for good weather? Well, yes there’s that.

Thorough research needs to take place in order to scope out the very best places to completely inundate your Instagram with – and make all your virtual friends extremely jealous. You are in luck. We have done just that for the beautiful county of Cornwall.

Have a read below of our top 9 most Instagrammable places to visit in Cornwall…

1. St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is the ultimate vision of a fairytale castle, except, unlike many you see in the movies, this one really does exist! The tiny tidal island consists of a small village that winds up to an ancient castle.

It is awash with myths and tales that date back to the 3rd century. Legend has it the mount was built by a giant and halfway up to the castle lies a heart-shaped stone, believed to belong to the giant. It’s often thought that if you stand on the stone, you can still hear the giant’s heartbeat. Go on, give it a go!

2. Eden Project

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The Eden Project, by Nicholas Grimshaw

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The Eden Project covers approximately 16,000m² and is 50m high… That’s tall enough to fit the Tower of London inside it, twice! Fancy another fun piece of trivia? Bear Grylls officially opened the rainforest biome by jumping off and abseiling down the side of it back in 2010.

The Eden Project really is an incredible place – in fact, it’s the world’s largest indoor rainforest. There is so much to do and see here. Discover the array of tropical and exotic plants, strut yourself down the rainforest canopy walkway or fly like a bird on England’s longest and fastest zip wire.

3. Minack Theatre

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All is peaceful and calm today.#porthcurno #cornwall

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I mean the view really doesn’t get any better than this does it? Minack Theatre is a living, breathing, theatrical setting with breathtaking views across Porthcurno Beach. The first (and quite frankly most appropriately relevant) performance was The Tempest in 1932.

The charitable trust, set up by founder Rowena Cade, aims to encourage young people to get involved in drama and really promote live theatre. Although a very Instagrammable location, make sure you check out their full events calendar as you do not want to miss out on a spectacular performance here.

4. Tintagel Castle

The doorway to heaven? Well not quite, but very close. This picture perfect spot lies just at the bottom of the cliff-edge castle on Tintagel Head.

Although Tintagel Castle was built in 1233, the area was long associated with legends from King Arthur. Visit this magical site and discover all of its history – whilst also getting some pretty epic images of the views and castle ruins.

5. Towanroath Engine House

A familiar sight you may be thinking? Well, if you’ve watched Poldark you will most certainly recognise this famous engine house. The Wheal Coates mine opened in 1902 and now serves as an iconic backdrop on the popular BBC drama. The rugged cliff tops, purple headland and ocean blue sea along the St Agnes Heritage Coast really does make this National Trust protected environment worth a visit, providing an endless amount of Instagram opportunity.

6. Fowey

Frequently hailed as one of Cornwall’s prettiest towns and it’s hard not to believe why after looking at the image above. Aside from its common miss-pronounced place name (Fowey actually rhymes with ‘boy’ and not ‘fo-wee’) the town is famous for its beautiful estuary and array of colourful sailing boats. The vibrant harbour town is also rich in maritime history and close to some good walking routes along the South West Coast Path.

7. Truro

With winding streets and impressive architecture, the only city in Cornwall is sure to add lots of picturesque content to your Instagram. Truro Cathedral stands tall above the city skyline and its gothic style demonstrates its iconic status, rivalling with the likes of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Notre Dame in Paris (we like to think so anyway!).

8. Porthcurno Beach

Now, here’s a beach that will really make all of your Instagram followers jealous. And yes, we promise it is in Cornwall and not on the sandy shores of the Algarve. Porthcurno Beach is considered by many as “paradise” and you can find it on the Penwith Heritage Coast which is located on the south west tip of the county. The beach (which is also pet-friendly) is surrounded by high cliffs and features the iconic Minack Theatre as mentioned above.

9. Mevagissey

Perhaps the most quintessentially British image of a harbour town ever? Mevagissey is a gorgeous little fishing town with a busy working harbour and colourful boats – perfect for capturing a winning Instagram snap. The charming town is also home to narrow streets overflowing with stores including art galleries, craft workshops and local eateries.

With such a tempting list of places to visit in Cornwall, start planning your next getaway today! Browse through our collection of cottages in Cornwall and prepare to make everyone jealous with your incredible pics in these fantastic locations.  For further help on places to visit in Cornwall, have a read through our Cornwall travel guide

Image credits: St Michael’s Mount image –, Eden Project image –, Minack Theatre image –, Tintagel Castle Image and Truro – Oliver JordanTowanroath Engine House – Paul Ashby Johnson, Fowey – Joe Tomlin, Porthcurno Beach image – Catherine McMaster, Mevagissey –

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