Historic Cornwall Travel Guide
It was not that long ago that Cornish maintained its own version of Gaelic language, and certainly Cornish folklore and customs remain one of the unique and attractive features that set the county apart from the rest of England.
For the sake of simplification Cornwall can be divided into two coasts, the south, with its warm breezes and semitropical air, and the rugged north coast, where the wind whips off the Atlantic onto rocky headlands and draws surfer-seekers and walkers like a magnet.
More modern is the county town of Truro, notable for its quietly dignified Georgian buildings and its Victorian cathedral, whose triple spires dominate views of the town. From Truro it is a short river trip to Falmouth, where Henry VIII's Pendennis Castle stands on a headland above the town.
More modern but still of historical interest are the superb country estates of Cotehele House, Lanhydrock, and Antony House. The mild climate, especially in the south of Cornwall, has produced several superb gardens as well. Trewithen, near Truro, is remarkable for its variety of subtropical plants. At Trebah, rainforest plants cling to the steep sides of a deep ravine, while at Lanhydrock park, woodlands, and formal gardens surround the Victorian mansion.
Land's End remains a popular tourist attraction, though in truth there is little to see beyond the headland of tumbled rocks that mark the most westerly point of mainland England. More spectacular are the striking medieval remains of St. Michael's Mount, a fanciful castle perched atop an island in Mount's Bay across from Marazion. The Mount, now administered by the National Trust, is an island at high tide, but is accessible by a stone causeway at other times.