Cornwall

Cornwall

The UK’s most southern county - with some of our best weather - Cornwall is renowned for its glorious countryside, striking coastline and unique attractions. The peninsula, encompassing wild, windswept moorland and hundreds of pristine sandy beaches, culminates at Land’s End.

The south coast, often called the Cornish Riviera, is home to picturesque harbour villages such as Fowey and Falmouth. The north coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts like Newquay, best known for the local surf culture. Go inland, and you’ll discover Cornwall’s world-class galleries, incredible food, and fascinating industrial history.

Wander the South West Coast Path to discover picturesque coves, golden beaches and wild-flower-strewn clifftops. Potter around lush gardens at Cornwall’s National Trust sites or the world’s largest greenhouse at the Eden Project. Venture across the shore to the tidal island of Saint Michael’s Mount at low tide. Explore quaint harbour towns, like Padstow and St Ives, where celebrity chefs have taken up residence, and tuck into an endless list of Cornish delicacies - crumbly Yarg cheese, the delicious traditional pasties and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream.

From catching a performance at the open-air clifftop Minack Theatre to surfing the waves at Newquay’s Fistral Beach or delving into the Arthurian legend at Tintagel, Cornwall has something for everyone.

More to see

Cornish Beaches: Consistently voted some of the best beaches in the world!

Newquay: Cornwall’s surfing centre, for excellent accommodation and nightlife.

St Ives: This picturesque fishing village with an array of renowned galleries - including the Tate - is a draw for local and international artists.

The Eden Project: Explore the tropical biomes of the famous eco-attraction. Their projects explore the interconnections between all living things.

Tintagel Castle: Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at the ruins of this castle set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast.

Minack Theatre: Open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffside at Porthcurno, with views of the surrounding coast.

Truro: The only city in Cornwall which hosts a great line-up of events - don’t miss the St. Pirans Day parade on the 5th of March, which celebrates Cornish culture.

Saint Michael’s Mount: An historic castle, garden and island community off the coast of Marazion in Cornwall - with a twin across the coast in France!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Mysterious gardens with an atmosphere that encourages contemplation and inspiration. 

Cornwall Wildlife Trust: More than 50 conserved Nature reserves across Cornwall.

South West Coast Path: the UK’s longest National Trail, this path winds around 630 miles of dramatic coastline.

English language centres in Cornwall