Lying in lush southwestern England, Cornwall boasts of serenely beautiful landscapes and rich history that leaves every wanderer a happy heart. More than sightseeing, Cornwall trips are best savoured getting acquainted with its intriguing history. Start with their interesting buildings.
This open-air theatre atop a gully is located in Porthcurno. One look at the rustically designed Minack Theatre reminds you of the good old Spartan days when dramatic portrayals were best-enjoyed al fresco. True enough, this theatre, an architecture that was originally created by domestic hands, runs a series of plays from May to September each year. See if they have your favourite Shakespeare play when you visit. There are many great places to stay nearby in Porthcurno and nearby Sennen Cove or Penzance.
When you go through the Chapel street of Penzance, it is hard to miss the colorful, intricately-decorated Egyptian House. Its design offers a stark contrast to the monotone color of the neighbouring buildings. Enlisted as a Grade I building under the Landmark Trust, the Egyptian House was a remnant of the country’s fascination for anything Egyptian after Napoleon’s time. If it’s of any interest to you, this eccentric building used to be a trading place for stationery, wool, and other goods. Now, it is a top tourist attraction. There’s a great choice of hotels in Penzance, as well as campsites, bed and breakfasts and self-catering houses.
Visiting jails is equally enriching. The Bodmin Jail, near the infamous Bodmin moor, has attracted not only tourists but also paranormal experts. The building witnessed over 50 hangings, tales of the dark past are not surprising anymore. If you’re keen for some historical tours after your refreshing moorland walks, explore the Bodmin Jail, believed to be a version of the popular London Dungeon. Today, it consists of installations and exhibitions that depict stories of the prisoners and past undertakings. Bodmin has several guest houses for holidaymakers or head to nearby beach towns for plenty of places to stay.
St Winwaloe Church
Not too many churches are constructed near the sea. But the 15-century old St Winwaloe parish church is. So take advantage of the scenic location and visit Gunwalloe where this crude beauty is located. Designed with 3 halls and a separate tower, tourists love not only the surrounding environment but also a quiet, spiritual refuge for a good hour after all the touristy walks.
Carn Brea Castle
The mesmerizing Gothic splendor that is all of Carn Brea Castle in Redmouth attracts a number of enthusiasts. Originally intended as a chapel in the 14th century, then converted into a hunting lodge in the 18th century, the castle now serves as a private restaurant, offering diners a unique, culturally-enriching Cornish experience. What makes this architectural piece so captivating is the natural uncut boulder bases that add to its rustic appeal.
Since not every country has castles, you might as well take advantage of the many fortresses Cornwall has to offer, including the Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. Upon the order of Henry VIII, Pendennis was built to act as a keep and gun platform, an artillery. Part of the greater strategic plan is to protect England from the advances of France and the Holy Roman Empire. This majestic artillery fort is now a tourist destination under the English Heritage. This is certainly a Cornish trip must-visit place. When visiting Falmouth, it’s best to stay in town in one of the hotels or rent a private home through Airbnb or a local letting agent.
There are many other interesting buildings to add: the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the legendary by-the-sea Tintagel Castle (King Arthur’s supposed birthplace), and even manors like the National Trust’s Cotehele (the exemplar of romance novels’ beautifully-manicured English estates). If you have time, visit each of these interesting buildings.