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10 Reasons we LOVE Cornwall

10 Reasons we LOVE Cornwall

Cornwall is a magnet for tourists both nationally and internationally. We have put together a list of our top 10 favourite things to do in Cornwall. From it’s independent restaurants, shops and attractions to the beautiful beaches sitting across its 300-mile coastline… Without doubt, we have the insider information for you to make the most out of your next cornish adventure.

10. Events

Firstly, from Falmouth Week’s sailing regatta to Newquay’s Boardmasters festival, there is always some unique event going on around the Cornish peninsula. Not to mention, next year the Tour of Britain starts in Penzance and will pass through Penryn and Falmouth. If you would like to stay in our Glasney Rooms for this event, please get in touch! Cornwall has a great programme of events shaping up for 2021 to suit all interests (this year due to the Covid-19, understandably events with large gatherings have been cancelled).

Cornwall Live Music Eden Sessions
Eden Sessions hosts world-class entertainment throughout the summer months.

9. History

Next, Cornwall is known for its rich history in mining, a popular legend says that wherever you may go in the world if you see a hole in the ground, you’ll find a Cornishman at the bottom of it. There are so many cultural sites across Cornwall and there is always something new to discover. Read more for our recommendations for museums and galleries across Cornwall.

8. Gardens

With Cornwall’s mild coastal climate, we are home to some of the nation’s most beautiful gardens. Great gardens of Cornwall dating back to the 19th century and built on the fruits of Victorian plant hunting expeditions. On Penryn’s 100 acre campus, we have our very own walled garden, herbaceous beds, and Italianate garden and terraces.

Cornwall Campus Hammock in Tremough Garden
Penryn Campus sustainability and biodiversity recycling reusable cups wildlife gardens gardeners

7. Art, Culture and Heritage

Cornwall is a hub of creativity. You will find quirky galleries, performance spaces, indoor and outdoor venues, independent art studios, live music, cinemas and more. There are Cornish literature, music and dance, world-class theatre companies and Tate St Ives, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Maritime Museum, Falmouth

6. Food and Drink

Fresh-seafood, Cornish Cream Teas, local produce, ice cream and the world-famous Cornish pasty. In Falmouth, you can find a great selection of restaurants around events square. Our very own Koofi Café serves Starbucks coffee, fresh pizzas and a great choice of snacks. We have compiled a list of our favourite cafés in Cornwall below. certainly, there is something for everyone near-by.

5. Attractions

A gorgeous garden one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active – surf schools, boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling or even a theme park…take your pick. Moreover, Cornwall has a great selection of attractions for all.

4. Plastic Free Falmouth

Penzance achieved Plastic-free status last December. In effect, the County is now uniting against straws, bottles, takeaway boxes and disposable forks. Because of this, 330 other towns aim to follow their example. Falmouth has made great progress with a commitment to banning single-use plastics on the Penryn Campus. Our campus-wide Sustainability #OurEffect campaign, which focuses on reducing single-use plastic use, recycling, green travel and biodiversity, is having a far-reaching social impact.

Penryn Campus sustainable reusable cups

3. Green Travel 

In addition to going plastic-free, we also focus on sustainable and green travel! By minimising the impact of transport and travel on the environment, Cornwall’s greatest asset, we ensure its continued resilience and quality. Specifically, we want the ability for people to access transport in a sustainable way. As a result, we offer our visitors subsidised green travel through the Saver Card/ Mussel Card offer.

2. Local and Independent Businesses

Cornwall is full of cobbled side streets, nooks and crannies hiding quaint shops, delightful drinking dens and cute cafés. Because of this, no matter how many times you visit you are always sure to discover something new.

Cornwall Book Store

1. World-Class Beaches

Last but not least, our top spot goes to our spectacular Cornish beaches. With over 400 beaches in Cornwall, by and large there are plenty to choose from. Just 10 minutes to Falmouth centre, Gyllyngvase beach has stunning views and the trendy Gylly Beach Cafe. Swanpool beach has a pretty nature reserve, bouncy castle and watersports hire for all. Look for the Blue Flag Beach status which indicates high environmental and quality standards.

Cornwall's Gyllyngvase beach
Gylly Beach is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike

Our award-winning University accommodation comprises large self-contained Glasney Flats and en-suite double and twin Glasney Rooms. Exclusively available during July and August in 2021 (sadly not available this year due to Covid-19), our residential village is nestled amongst tranquil historical gardens. We have an 18th-century manor house and host of onsite campus facilities. In addition to this, with strolling through our beautiful heritage gardens, there are plenty of activities in our state-of-the-art Sports Centre to ensure a healthy, memorable and productive time. So, if you have any questions, just give us a call!

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