Visit Cornwall – Tourism Guide
Cornwall is a wonderful county in the south west of England, I have been lucky enough to visit on numerous occasions with my family. If you are thinking of travelling to the UK then make sure you book some days to explore Cornwall and the surrounding countryside. The scenery is stunning, the people friendly and of course there are plenty of historical sites to visit including steam museums, old copper mines and stunning beaches.
Here are some of my favourite places to visit:
Geevor Tin Mine
Although Geevor is a modern mine the location is where for hundreds of years miners have toiled in order to get rare metals and minerals out of the rich ground.
It was dangerous work – the mine shafts for example were extremely important as they hauled men, materials and supplies up and down into the mine but were also hazardous and these could collapse at any minute.
Anyway, it’s well worth a visit and you can but a family ticket for under 40 pounds.
Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage
Located near St. Austell is a really good shipping museum. Cornwall is famous for its sea faring folklore and this place has over 100 items from ships that have sunk off the coast of Cornwall.
The dock was famously recently used in the BBC hit series “Poldark” – it’s an amazing place with Grade 2 listed buildings. The harbour itself was built in the early 1790s and was used as a base for ships to transport the ores and clay in the surrounding area.
Children under 10 can get in free when they enter with a paying adult. (£5.95).
Jamaica Inn & Smugglers Bar
Open all year round is the Jamaica Inn, located in central Cornwall and not near the coast. This famous inn was constructed in 1750 as place to stay for travellers as it was on the main coach route. It is rumoured that smugglers use to store contraband at the inn and this place is full of atmosphere that takes you back in time to when pirates and highwaymen were roaming the Cornish coast and roads.
The museum features some amazing historical artefacts and explains how smugglers use to escape the local government militia who were responsible in protecting the assets of the local rich land owners who made vast sums of money trading ore, tea, rum and brandy.
Admission to the museum is reasonably priced with concessions to hotel residents.