North, south, east & west

North – Surf beaches, old tin mines, coastal walks

Surf's up! 3 of Cornwall’s top surf beaches are within 20 miles of Truro, located on the north coast. They all have surf schools if you want to get on board – or simply head down to the beach and watch the action!

  • Fistral Beach, Newquay
  • Gwithian, nr Hayle/St Ives
  • Perranporth

Cornish mining history - Cornwall and Devon provided most of the United Kingdom's tin, copper, and arsenic until the 20th century. Although the last working tin mine closed in 1998, there are ruins still visible, and several museums dedicated to the history of mining.

Tolgus Tin, Redruth
King Edward Mine, Camborne
Geevor, Penzance

Walk the Coast path – The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles around Devon and Cornwall. You can do sections of it right around the coast, but if you are looking for drama, the north coast is particularly spectacular and rugged.

South – Falmouth sailing, cosy bays, beachside cafes

Get on the water - Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie grew up and learned to sail in Falmouth, It has a sheltered deep harbour and there are several RYA recognised sailing schools offering everything from RYA Level 1 to Advanced Seamanship courses. If you don’t want to be at the helm yourself, you can also book a sailing day aboard a tall ship or a Cornish Gaff Cutter.

Check out some of the options here

Cosy bays and beachside cafes - Cornwall’s south coast is more sheltered than the rugged north coast – some have cafes and facilities, others are secluded and quieter. Dogs are accepted on some beaches year-round, others are dog-free zones. Get some inspiration from Visit Cornwall’s beach guide


West – Rugged cliffs, Spectacular St Michael’s Mount

Island living - 25 miles to the west of Truro, you will find St Michael’s Mount, a historic castle, garden and island community found off the coast of Marazion . It is linked to the town by a causeway, accessible between mid-tide and low water.

St Michael's Mount

East – Bodmin moor, tucked away village pubs full of character

Bodmin Moor - one of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a remote, bleak heather covered upland granite moorland still grazed by moorland ponies and bisected by the main A30 road.

Behind bars - A new Bodmin Jail experience was opened in 2020. Built in 1779 for King George III, Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold redevelopment gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history.

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