Photographs by VisitBritain/DANIEL BOSWORTH
St. Michael’s Mount can be reached on foot at low tide, but otherwise only by ferry. It’s one of the big three tourist attractions on the remote peninsula of Cornwall.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Cornwall, at the stunningly beautiful southwestern tip of England, was too much for the Romans and the Saxons, who halted their invasions of Britain before they got that far, leaving rocky Cornwall to the Celtic tribes who controlled the area first inhabited in about 10,000 B.C.
Where to stay
The Old Coastguard
The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance
A small, seaside hotel located in Mousehole, a fishing village near Penzance. A very convenient spot for touring major sites of South and West Cornwall. Pets welcomed. Double beds from $175.
Where to eat
2 Fore Street
2 Fore St., Mousehole, Penzance
A tiny seafood restaurant on the Mousehole harborfront. Entrees start at $20.
Porthminster Beach Cafe
Porthminster Beach, St. Ives
An award-winning fish restaurant located on — not overlooking — a white, sandy beach. Soak up the spectacular views, from St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Entrees start at $22.
The Gurnard’s Head
Near Zennor, St. Ives
Isolated on a coastal road along the Moors, this charming, character-filled pub boasts comfy, rustic furnishings and a fresh, seasonal menu. Entrees start at $18.
20 Fore St., Fowey
A bright, colorful pub with upbeat art and music in fashionable Fowey. Entrees start at $20.
What to do
Enormous biodomes with tropical and Mediterranean environments. Open year-round. Admission costs $31, $16 for children. Save by buying a joint ticket with Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall
After centuries of disarray and overgrowth, the 80-acre gardens of the large estate, which range from a collection of ancient rhododendrons to fruit and vegetable fields, were rescued and restored starting in 1990. Open year-round. Admission costs $16, $10 for children. Can save by buying joint ticket with Eden Project.
St. Michael’s Mount
The English twin of Normandy’s Mont St. Michel, with ancient Benedictine Abbey and castle at the top of a rocky climb. Open March-October. Admission $12, children $6.
Bossiney Road, Tintagel, Cornwall
Ruins of 14th-century royal castle with ties to the legend of King Arthur, on a cliff hanging over the sea. Open year-round. Admission costs $11, $7 for children.
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Museum
Barnoon Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall
Hepworth was a principal member of the St. Ives artists’ colony in the early 20th century. The museum includes a beautiful sculpture garden. Admission $7, senior citizens $6.
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