Top 10 things to see in North Cornwall

Section of Tintagel Castle remains, photo by hollidaypics/flickr

Cornwall is a country in the United Kingdom. It is divided into 6 local government districts. One of these, the biggest one is North Cornwall. North Cornwall is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is of important geological and scientific interest. It has a stretch of coastline that borders the Celtic Sea to the north. The larger harbors are at Padstow and Bude. There are also great beaches at Polzeath, Trebarwith Strand and Bude. There’s so much to do and see in North Cornwall, that you would need a couple of month to spend here. With gorgeous attractions, such as castles, museums, zoos and theme parks, gorgeous natural beauty, it is one of the most attractive districts of Cornwall. Below, there will be presented the top 10 of the numerous things to see in North Cornwall.


Tintagel Castle


Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions of Cornwall. Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, the castle offers breathtaking views. The fascinating ruins of the Tintagel Castle are steeped in legend and mystery. The castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Tintagel also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. Visitors can also visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave.


Section of Tintagel Castle remains, photo by hollidaypics/flickr


Tintagel Old Post Office


The post office is located in the heart of the village of Tintagel. It is considered one of the most characterful buildings in Cornwall. This small 14th century house is full of antiques, charm and interest. The tumble roofed house stands peacefully among the modern buildings of the village. Visitors can admire the amazing Victorian postal memorabilia and 19th century samplers, also the handmade rag rugs, and if they want to, they can have a go themselves. It is open every day, from 8:00 to 17:30, 16:00 during winter months. (July 2012)


Tintagel Old Post Office, photo by andreweland/flickr


Museum of Witchcraft


Located in the lovely village of Boscastle, the Museum of Witchcraft was established in 1960. It is home to the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artifacts and regalia. This fantastic and interesting museum is one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall. It can be visited from Easter to the 31st of October, from Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 18:00, on Sunday from 11:30 to 18:00. (July 2012)


King Arthur’s Great Halls


King Arthur’s Great Halls are also located in the village of Tintagel. Built in the 1930’s, the granite and slate building is inspired by the world and legend of King Arthur. It is visited by tourists all over the world, being one of the most visited sites in Cornwall. The highlight of the hall is an authentic round table and granite thrones surrounded by 72 stained glass windows. The Halls are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Winter opening times: 11:00 to 15:00. (July 2012)


Trerice House and Gardens


The house is a lovely, small Elizabethan manor which was built in 1571. It contains beautiful fireplaces, ceilings, antique furniture and clocks. The summer garden includes unusual plants and an orchard. The manor houses a shop and there is a tea-room in the barn. The house is set in a peaceful valley, approached by a narrow, winding lane. It is open between the 28th of February and the 1st of November every day, except Fridays. The house is open from 11:00 to 17:00, the garden and the tea room are open from 10:30 to 17:00. (July 2012)


Launceston Castle


The castle at Launceston dominates the surrounding landscape, standing on top of a natural mound. It was originally known as Dunheved and was an impressive and strategically important building that controlled the river crossing Cornwall. The tower itself was constructed of a darker stone than the rest of the castle.


North Cornwall Museum


Located in Camelford, it opened its doors to the public in 1974. This is a privately run museum which is set in a building that was originally used for making coaches and wagons.  The museum houses many objects relating to farming, cider making and wagons. Its special feature is the reconstruction of a moorland village from the end of the 20th century. It can be visited every day, except Sunday, between the 1st of April and the 30th of September, from 10:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)


Springfield Fun Park and Pony Centre


The park is situated near Newquay. It is the perfect day out for the whole family, being home to a great variety of ponies. Children will surely enjoy petting, feeding and also riding the ponies. The park is also home to other species of animals, such as lambs, calves, goats, chickens and rabbits. This fun park offers several attractions to keep all the family entertained, like a large boating lake, go-karts, trampolines and an outdoor activity play area. It is open every day, from the 31st of March till the 30th of September, from 10:00 to 18:00. (July 2012)


Buccaneer Bay


It is Newquay’s greatest attraction and one of the kids’ favorite places. It is the combination of a water park and pirate themed features. Buccaneer Bay includes a flowing river channel, three water slides and a children’s interactive play structure. The pirate themed elements are the following: a marooned ship, a dramatic skull rock, shade canopies that resemble sails, cannon walls, and crow’s nests. It is opens every day at 10:30 with last show starting at 16:00. The season begins on the 1st of April and ends on the 2nd of November. (July 2012)


Newquay Zoo


Newquay’s zoo is set amongst sub-tropical gardens and is home to over 130 species of animals. The award wining zoo offers plenty to entertain the family with keeper talks, animal encounters and feeding times throughout the day. The zoo includes a Tropical House and an Oriental Garden, too. It is a very popular attraction of North Cornwall. It can be visited every day, except on Christmas Day, from 10:00 until 17:00. (July 2012)


Penguins at Newquay Zoo, photo by Cubwolf (Dave Smith)/flickr

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