Cornwall is a county in South West England, United Kingdom on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar.The administrative centre and only city is Truro. The scenery in Cornwall is spectacular - tantalising views of deep wooded valleys and wide vistas of sparkling blue sea combine with a varied and luxuriantly coloured landscape, historic market towns, attractive fishing villages and picturesque riverside hamlets. Ancient antiquities, such as stone circles and remains of iron age villages can be found between Land’s End and Penzance, and Celtic crosses dot the countryside.
Falmouth is well known for its beaches and St Ives is a must for arts and crafts, with 30 galleries including the Tate. Fowey has many small galleries and specialist shops, as well as St Agnes on the north coast and Penzance in the west. The cathedral city of Truro has many of the major high street stores, as well as specialist retailers dotted off the main thoroughfares.
Things to see and do
* Eden Project, St Austell
* Trebah Garden, Falmouth
* Land’s End
* Tate St Ives, St Ives
* Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (GDP)
Language – English
Land Area – 3,563 sq km
Population – 520,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time –GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location – The Port of Falmouth is the third largest natural harbour in the world. It is a short walk from the cruise berths and tender landing point to the Falmouth township. Cruise ships also dock in Fowley where it is only minutes from the ship to the town centre.
Transport Links – Regular trains run on the main line from London, Bristol, Birmingham etc. to Plymouth, Truro and Penzance. There are also a few branch lines, the most useful linking St Ives to the main line at St Erth and from Newquay to Par. Cornwall can be accessed by road via the A30 which starts at the end of the M5 at Exeter. Cornwall can also be accessed from the A38, crossing the Tamar River at Plymouth via the Tamar Bridge. Newquay airport is the main airport for Cornwall which has a number of domestic airlines offering flights to and from major English cities. Cornwall is served well by National Express coach services from London and other parts of the UK. Several bus companies operate in Cornwall including Western Greyhound, Truronian and First Bus.
Several bus companies operate in Cornwall including Western Greyhound, Truronian and First Bus.
To get around Cornwall there are regular train services operated by Wessex Trains. These run between the main centres and outlying towns via branch lines.