There’s more to Cornwall than beautiful beaches. Culturally rich, have you thought about visiting Cornwall’s literary, artistic and historic hotspots while here?
If you love to immerse yourself in history, art or literature, Cornwall will feel even more special. It comes as no surprise that the Cornish landscape has inspired great literature set in wooded creeks, atmospheric moors and along the magnificent coastline. Fine wordsmiths have been inspired by the Duchy, as have other creatives such as artists seeking the wonderful light around St Ives out past Newlyn towards Lamorna.
During the 18th century, Cornwall was the mining centre of the world, famous for its base metal and tin production. During your time in Cornwall, don’t miss the traditional granite engine houses in the west, associated with the harsh tin and copper mines of old, which helped to shape the future of Cornwall. Cornish technology embodied in engines, engine houses and mining equipment was exported around the world, so Cornwall is at the centre from which mining technology rapidly spread.
Fishing also plays a large part in Cornwall’s economy with plenty of harbours and ports found along the Cornish coastline. According to Great Cornish Food, fish are landed at more than 30 ports in Cornwall. Newlyn has the highest number of registered boats and the highest number of registered fishermen at over 800.
Cornwall Heritage Trust owns or manages 11 heritage sites in Cornwall, while the National Trust has over 30 places of interest to visit, from period properties to luscious gardens, to exploring the mining history. One way to explore is to create your own cultural tour by visiting some of the perfect places beloved through time by writers and artists, letting art and literature transform you. It’s safe to say that there’s plenty to see and do.
Art & Literature: where to visit in Cornwall
If you love to immerse yourself in art and literature, spending time in Cornwall will feel even more special. It comes as no surprise that the Cornish landscape has inspired great literature set in wo...
Cornwall’s Best Historical Attractions
There’s more to Cornwall than beautiful beaches. Culturally rich, have you thought about visiting Cornwall’s historic hotspots while here? Here’s all the inspiration you could need to make y...
St Ives Museum and Heritage Guide
After World War II, the fishing town of St Ives became the centre of British Modernism, so here you can revel in the inspirational and tranquil by visiting St Ives museums. An area known for its artis...
5 National Trust spots you should visit in Cornwall
Here in beautiful Cornwall we’re lucky enough to have over 50 National Trust sites to visit across the county. Did you know that over half of the Cornish coast is owned by the National Trust? In fac...
Top 10 fashion and jewellery stores in St Ives
Shopping for pretty things in St Ives? You’re in for a treat. With no such thing as a St Ives shopping centre, and very little chain stores, these cobbled streets are dotted about with independent s...
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Falmouth is a sailing enthusiast’s dream and Falmouth’s museum is as nautical as it gets. The National Maritime Museum is a Cornish gem, and its plentiful accolades attest this. With 15 gallerie...
Bude Castle Heritage Centre Museum
Whether you’re looking for a rainy-day activity or seeking out local heritage, a trip to Bude Castle Heritage Centre Museum is a must. While it’s impressive to look at Bude Castle is not a rea...
Tintagel Castle – owned and cared for by English Heritage – is one of Cornwall’s most spectacular locations. A place where history meets legend, it’s a beautiful place oozing magic and...
The Minack Theatre
It’s hard to beat the Minack Theatre’s incredible setting and fascinating architecture. Granite, with concrete seats, perched on the edge of the cliffs above beautiful Porthcurno Beach, this open-...
Tate St Ives
Of all the places in the all the world … just how did the epitome of artistic cool, the Tate Gallery, find its way to sunny St Ives? The Tate was built in 1993, to celebrate the work of contemporary...
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Even if sculpture is not really your ‘thing’, a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum is one of the ‘must-see’ places on your visit to St Ives. Hepworth was a talented sculptor, originally from...
Newlyn Art Gallery
Dawn Robinson-Walsh discovers Newlyn Art Gallery near Penzance Newlyn Art Gallery in Newlyn is a delightful discovery. Along with The Exchange, in nearby Penzance, the galleries focus on contemporary ...
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