The Lizard Peninsula & Places to visit in West Cornwall
The inspiration to artists, writers, and explorers for centuries, the wild far West of Cornwall has charmed generations of visitors. Nor is it hard to see why: this feast for the senses includes everything from otherworldly, elemental places to some of Britain’s prettiest seaside towns, not to mention a liberal helping of history and legend. Here are just some of the places we love best, in both our back yard and a little farther afield. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the blog for further ideas, must visit locations and recommended activities in Cornwall.
West Cornwall Beaches
The visitor is spoiled for great Cornish beaches as we reach the far west of the county. Kynance Cove is utterly beautiful and perhaps Cornwall’s most photographed beach (it also has free parking to National Trust members, or £5 for others). Polurrian Cove, Poldhu Cove and Church Cove are all nearby too and you can explore many of these places by means of various local walks. Many of our local beaches are also dog friendly in this area. For further information on parking and facilities etc, try the Cornwall Beach Guide.
What this Atlantic coast town lacks in size, it makes up for in spirit and individuality. A great little place for an afternoon potter, complete with quayside stalls and little shops, old school pubs and eateries. Also a good place to launch a small craft or pack a surfboard for some Atlantic waves.
Home to the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s biggest and most colourful towns and well worth a day out. Head to the town centre for meandering lanes, independent shops and bars, as well as a lively calendar of events. Or alternately, there are several major places of interest and tourist attractions, from the Tudor Era Pendennis Castle to sea cruises. See www.visitfalmouth.com
St Michael’s Mount
As far as unique, world renowned locations go, this classic island has been much loved for centuries, from ancient pilgrims to modern film makers. You can take a boat trip and see it for yourself- or indeed take a brisk walk at low tide! Busy in the summer, but open from 1st April to the end of October.
The world-famous heritage site and final point to mainland Britain is definitely one for the bucket list. Stop by at the Land’s End Visitor Centre for a journey into fact and folklore, or take off on the South West Coast path to swap the daytime crowds for some of Cornwall’s craggiest scenery.
Mullion Crafts and Shops
Perfect for a leisurely browse and refreshments, Mullion itself has a cluster of cute art and craft shops. Pick up a keepseek, go gift shopping or treat yourself to the handmade delectables at Trenance Chocolates!