Living in Cornwall

Living in Cornwall


Cornwall offers a unique lifestyle with breathtaking scenery, world renowned beaches and a huge range of outdoor activities.

It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country with a great natural and historic environment to enjoy. The amazing natural landscape offers crashing waves and dramatic cliffs alongside peaceful woodland and riverside walks plus 440 miles of unspoilt coastline of which 220 miles are protected by the National Trust. There are 12 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The arts are integral to Cornwall's culture and economy with a wealth of contemporary artists, musicians, performers, designers, film-makers and writers all working within the county. Cornwall has a flourishing creative industries sector.

The county has a proud heritage, with towns and villages steeped in history.

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Falmouth is the country's first and last port. It has the world's third largest deep-water harbour and is surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers and Roseland Peninsula. It is famous as the one of UK's premier day sailing destinations.

Falmouth has a rich nautical background from the days of the Packet ships and Trafalgar Way, to more recent around the world challenges, while its creative heritage boasts names such as Picasso, Henry Tuke and Man Ray. Today, Falmouth is at the forefront of the region's artistic and marine excellence.

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Cornwall is an excellent place for families. Cornwall Council's aim is "to be recognised as one of the leading providers of high quality education in England and Wales".

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Things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall offers a complete range of outdoor activities, from walking, bird watching and golf to cycling, horse-riding and fishing right through to kite surfing, diving and coasteering. Or you could simply relax on one of the award-winning beaches!

There are modern art galleries, including the Tate in St Ives; theatres including the Hall for Cornwall and the unique Minack theatre, perched on a cliff edge at Porthcurnow; museums, including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Museum and a number of mining museums; rich historical sites such as Pendennis Castle; marine attractions including the National Seal Sanctuary and the Blue Reef Aquarium; the internationally renowned Eden Project; some amazing gardens, among the best on the British mainland due to Cornwall's unique mild climate; a wide range of shopping opportunities with unique boutiques and local crafts alongside high street names.

Cornwall provides an excellent culinary experience with superb local restaurants alongside the celebrity names such as Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver. There is a wealth of farmers' markets and locally produced food, as well as specialist delis.