St. Ives, one of Cornwall's popular seaside towns, is an old fishing village. This beach town has its share of tacky surf shops. However, it also has a leading art community and an outpost of one of London's best museums, the Tate Gallery.
St. Ives, United Kingdom
St. Michael's Mount
The village of Penzance is home to the 12th-century castle of St. Michael's Mount. St. Michael is said to have appeared over the cliffs to fishermen around the year 495 to ward them off the rocks. Since then, it has been a place of pilgrimage.
Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2PJ, United Kingdom
The Eden Project
One of Cornwall's newest attractions, the gardens and biomes are home to plants and trees from all over the planet. The project shows man's relationship and dependence upon plants. Outside, the sculptures and interactive exhibits are equally cool.
Bodelva, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, United Kingdom
Camel Valley Vineyards
Thousands of vines grow on the sun-filled slopes of Camel Valley, halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel. Guided tours and tastings are all a part of a wine experience you just never thought you would have in England.
Nanstallon, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LG, United Kingdom
This breathtaking outdoor theater has seats that seem to be carved from the cliff side. The stage is encircled by natural rock with a backdrop of the English Channel. Each season, international groups perform in more than 20 productions.
Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JU, United Kingdom
The Atlantic Hotel
Located in Carbis Bay just outside St. Ives, the hotel is in a large, cosmopolitan home. Its restaurant, Waves, has an innovative menu, a welcome respite from pub food. The beach is a 15-minute walk away. To get a great room, reserve well in advance.
St. Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB, United Kingdom
Watergate Bay Hotel
In the north of Cornwall, the hotel's Extreme Academy is a notorious wind and surf playground for extreme-sports activity. Inside, the hotel serves cream tea, a twist on the traditional English high or afternoon tea with lots of cream and jams.
On the Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR8 4AA, United Kingdom