Top 5 destinations in Devon and Cornwall

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Devon and Cornwall are two separate, neighboring counties that fit so well together like the pieces of a puzzle, not only geographically (obviously), but also when it comes to natural features, culture and pride in their Celtic heritage. Both Devon and Cornwall have a rich history with deep Celtic roots so it makes sense to visit them in one go, especially since you have to pass through Devon to get to Cornwall anyway. The two counties form the westernmost tip of  England’s West Country, so there is plenty of coastal scenery in Devon and Cornwall, especially in the former, which has two separate coastlines: one on the English Channel and one on the Irish Sea. There is much to see in these two enchanting counties, so here are the top 5 destinations in Devon and Cornwall.

Lundy Island, Devon

Lundy Island, photo by Shaun Wallin

Lundy is a long and narrow island off the northern coast of Devon, which seems to have formed specifically with the aim to attract visitors. There’s not a corner in Lundy that is not beautiful in some way, and it’s no surprise that the island is owned by the National Trust. There are only a handful of people living on the island, but there are many things to see: a castle, lighthouses, a tavern, a farm, etc.

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon

Buckfast Abbey is a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 11th century, but even if old monasteries are not uncommon in the UK, Buckfast is still being used. The monastery is dedicated to St Mary and it was run by Cistercians for a century or so, but Benedictine monks returned to the abandoned monastery at the end of the 19th century.

Eden Project, Cornwall

Eden Project, photo by Lawrie Cate

The Eden Project is like a piece of sci-fi fiction in the middle of the Cornish countryside – huge, transparent glass domes housing one of the most varied collections of plants in Europe. This garden near St Austell is certainly worth a visit even if you are not overly fascinated by the plants, because the whole structure looks downright surreal, and most certainly one of the top 5 destinations in Devon and Cornwall.

Land’s End, Cornwall

Land’s End is quite literally the spot where the south-western part of Britain ends and plunges head on into the Atlantic. The Land’s End is the end of the longest road in Britain, the one leading from John O’Groats, a traditional Scottish village. This corner of Cornwall is very atmospheric and is quite dramatic as coastlines go.

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Mount St Michael, photo by Loz Pycock

This tidal island near Penzance has been inhabited since ancient times, and it is one of the most stunning sights in the West Country especially when the low tide reveals the stone causeway connecting the island to the mainland. The island is home to a castle, chapel, a tiny village, and a very intriguing underground railway.

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