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Wherever you choose to spend your holiday in Cornwall, you'll find no shortage of fascinating places to visit. The brief descriptions given below are just a taste of the unique places which is Cornwall.

 

 

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PADSTOW

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Once ecclesiastical capital of Cornwall, built on hillside overlooking Camel Estuary. Many intact medieval buildings fringing busy harbour. 15thC Abbey House, 16thC Court House of Sir Walter Raleigh, Tudor mansion of Prideaux Place. Home of the centuries-old 'Obby 'Oss May Day dance. Fine beaches at St George's Well and Trevone Bay. Camel Trail follows former railway line. Nearby Animal Playland farm attraction.

 

PAR (St Blaise)

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Developed as a mineral port by Joseph Treffry between 1829 and 1841. The harbour has been owned by English China Clay since 1964, with around a million tons of clay now being exported through the port, though the port is now in decline.

 

PENDEEN (St Ives)

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The village of Pendeen outside of St. Just on the coast road to St. Ives.

 

PENRYN (Falmouth)

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Ancient Cornish town at head of Penryn river with a wealth of charm, character and history. Mentioned in Domesday Survey 1086, and sheltered port of significance in 15thC. Many interesting buildings and courtyards.

 

PENSILVA (Liskeard)

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A former 19th century tin and copper mining village with splendid panoramic views.

 

PENZANCE

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Bustling town and harbour. Cornwall's only promenade. Open-air art deco seawater Jubilee Swimming Pool. Ideal centre for touring Land's End. Rail network terminus. Maritime Museum, Cornwall Geological Museum, Egyptian House (Landmark Trust), Trinity House Lighthouse Centre, Penlee House Art Gallery & Museum and Acorn Theatre. Home of Mazey Day and Golowan Festival, with music, theatre and carnival processions. Morrab and Trengwainton (NT) gardens. Stepping-off point for Isles of Scilly, by ferry or helicopter, or Skybus (fixed-wing) from Land's End aerodrome at St Just (5 miles).

 

PERRANPORTH

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Family resort on 3-mile beach, popular for surfing and sand yachting. October Celtic music and dance festival Lowender Peran. Folk museum, golf course, boating lake. Celtic cross on cliffs. Chapel of St Piran buried beneath sands. First Poldark novel written here by Winston Graham. Local airfield popular for gliding. Tourist Information Centre.

 

PHILLACK (Hayle)

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This peaceful village with its ancient church, sits on a sunny hill overlooking the Hayle Estuary Bird Sanctuary, and backs on to the extensive sand dunes of Mexico Towans which leads to the three mile sandy beach which runs from the mouth of the Hayle Estuary to Godrevy Lighthouse.

 

PHILLEIGH (Truro)

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Pretty village on Roseland Peninsula near River Fal. Nearby Tolverne and Smuggler's Cottage with D-Day embarkation memorabilia, and summer passenger ferry to Falmouth.

 

POLPERRO (Looe)

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Showpiece harbour village. Picturesque and tightly packed cottages tumble down to fish quay on inner harbour, once packed with pilchard luggers. Many houses of interest, Couch's House (1595), House on Props, Old Watch House. South West Coast Path to bays and beaches.

 

POLRUAN (Fowey)

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A very old fishing village and where most of the fishing boat building took place (and today there is still an active boat yard, building and repairing boats of all types).

 

POLYPHANT (Launceston)

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This pretty and unspoilt rural village, with its village green, an unusual feature for a Cornish village, lies on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. Surrounded by farmland it offers a quiet and relaxing base from which to explore the surrounding area, an ideal place for the walker yet almost equidistant from both coasts which are approximately a 25 minute drive. The old capital of Cornwall, Launceston, with its Castle, shops, golf and a swimming pool, is about four miles.

 

POLZEATH (Wadebridge)

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Betjeman country, extolled in his verse. Poet buried at the church of St Enodoc on sand dunes. Daymer Bay and Trebetherick are fine bathing and surfing beaches. Good walking. (See also New Polzeath).

 

PONSANOOTH (Truro)

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In the 18th and 19th Century the banks of the Kennall River were throbbing with industry, ranging from corn milling to iron founding. In a 7-mile stretch of the river there were 48 water wheels. It may be doubted if, within the same short distance, another such stream can be found in England.

 

PORTH (Newquay)

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Situated at the end of a valley between Newquay and Watergate Bay, Porth offers a safe sandy beach and large car park as well as a pub and a small shop.

 

PORTHALLOW & PORTHOUSTOCK (St Kevern)

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Former pilchard fishing villages. Secluded shingle coves, notable for angling and diving, on east of Lizard. Close to Manacles reef.

 

PORTHCURNO (Penzance)

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Exquisite beach with tortuous approach road, south-east of Land's End. Famous cliff top Minack open-air Theatre, founded by Rowena Cade, performances May to mid-Sept, overlooking Logan Rock. Museum of Submarine Telegraphy.

 

PORTHGWARRA (Penzance)

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Quaint fishing village on southern tip of Land's End peninsula. Beach. Coast walks.

 

PORTHLEVEN (Helston)

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Holiday centre and working fishing harbour with storm booms, granite pier and small beach. Waterfront inns, restaurants, fish centre, galleries and craft shops. Nearby Loe Bar separates largest freshwater lake in Cornwall from the sea. Excellent coastal walks to east and west, inland to Helston via Loe Pool and Penrose Estate.

 

PORTHOLLAND

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The tiny hamlets of East and West Portholland are inhabited by a total of approximately forty permanent residents. Clinging to the coves in which they are situated during winter gales, and they bask in the glorious sunshine that comes in spring and often lasts through autumn.

 

PORTHPEAN (St Austell)

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Porthpean is a small coastal village, three miles from the centre of St Austell town. John Betjeman said of it ' but at Porthpean and Trenarren beyond it, unexpectedly the old Cornwall survives. Here are Cornish elms and fields sloping down to the sea and at Porthpean a charming beach under a yellow stone cliff from which the long outline of Gribben Head may be seen across the bay'. The beach itself, which is sandy, is extremely popular with local dinghy sailors. The Sailing Club is said to make visitors very welcome. Not a particularly well known one, the beach is not over commercialised. A nine hole golf club and driving range looks out over the bay.

 

PORTHTOWAN (Truro)

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Typical cove, set in cliffs on north coast, west of St Agnes. Good beach. Surfing.

 

PORT GAVERNE (Port Isaac)

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A narrow shingle beach is located at the end of a deep winding valley. This port was once used for loading slate from Delabole onto sailing ships. You can also still see the the old pilchard cellars here.

 

PORT ISAAC

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Narrow twisting streets, fish cellars, geranium-filled alleys ('drangs'), small beach. Fishing harbour since Middle Ages. Fine church and twice-yearly music festival at nearby St Endellion. Nearby Long Cross Victorian Gardens.

 

PORTLOE (Truro)

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Portloe, tucked far down in the Roseland Peninsula, is one of those small fishing hamlets that escaped the tourist boom of the 50's and 60's. Stoutly built cottages with slated grey roofs cluster around the shores of a small Cornish cove and along the lower slopes of the well sheltered and secluded valley. The National Trust own much of the surrounding land and there are walks to suit all tastes - that along the Heritage footpath to Nare Head is particularly recommended - a kaleidoscope of ever changing seascapes.

 

PORT QUIN (Port Isaac)

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Also know as "the village that died" after the entire male population disappeared in the 19th century. Now the village is owned by the National Trust and is home to a small fishing community.

 

PORTREATH (Redruth)

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Thriving holiday centre with family beach, north of Camborne. 18thC harbour with narrow entrance, built by Basset family for coal imports and copper exports, served by steep railtrack. Starting point for Mineral Tramway walks. Good cliff walks and Tehidy Country Park close by.

 

PORTSCATHO (Truro)

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On the south coast of the Roseland Peninsula but backed by the Percuil Estuary only a mile away, this little village sits on the cliffs above a sandy bay looking out across Gerrans Bay to Nare Head and Gull Rock. It is an uncomplicated place with good bathing, boating and fishing, a pub, a few shops and of course, inland the glories of Roseland. Porthcurnick beach with sand and rock pools is on the spot but there are 3 other sandy beaches within a couple of miles. The Percuil Estuary gives access to Falmouth Bay by boat as well as providing sheltered water for sailing and wind surfing. TV drama The Camomile Lawn filmed near here.

 

PORTWRINKLE (Torpoint)

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Tiny resort on Whitsand Bay, originally developed around medieval harbour. Beaches, golf course, South West Coast Path.

 

POUGHILL (Bude)

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Is a picturesque village just one mile northeast of Bude and winner of the Best Kept Village award on a number of occasions. The church of St. Olaf is one of the treasure houses of Cornwall, from its Norman font and wonderful collection of bench-ends (78 in all) telling the story of the Passion in remarkable detail, to the pair of immense 15th Century paintings of St. Christopher facing each other across the nave. The old Iychgates are kept in the tower and the huge Royal Coat of Arms is dated 1655, a reminder that the Headquarters of Sir Bevil Grenville, during the Civil War, was at nearby Stowe Barton.

 

POUNDSTOCK

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Three miles north-west of Week St. Mary, is the site of Penfound Manor, the oldest inhabited manor house in Britain. Part Saxon, part Norman with Elizabethan and Stuart additions, it was mentioned in the Domesday Book and even boasts a friendly ghost. Unfortunately this fascinating Manor is not open to the public. The 14th century Guildhouse, restored in 1919, is the only one still in use in Cornwall, the upper floor of the two storey cob and stone building has a lofty timbered roof and medieval doorway.

 

PRAA SANDS (Penzance)

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Mile-long family beach on Mount's Bay. Golf course. Walks to clifftop mine houses at Rinsey.

 

PROBUS

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Probus grew as a wool town, which funded the tallest church tower in Cornwall. 123 ft of carved moonstone, it was built in the 16th century and it dominates the small village. Large Georgian houses and old granite cottages line the broad main street leading to the church. Nationally recognised demonstration gardens. Trewithen House and Gardens nearby with nursery and cafe. (See also Grampound)

 

PRUSSIA COVE (Penzance)

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Tiny cleft in cliff-face, haunt of famous 18thC smuggler, John Carter, self-styled King of Prussia. Location of the International Musicians Seminars.


 

       

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