38 Reasons You Need To Go To Cornwall

You wouldn’t let a little thing like a rail line being down stop you, would you?

So Cornwall’s had a bit of a problem recently, what with being continually battered by storms and getting cut off from the rest of the country by rail.

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Media headlines like “Cornwall destroyed by vengeful sea demons” and “Oh my god there is literally nothing of Cornwall left” may have suggested that Cornwall is best avoided.

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1. But the thing is, Cornwall looks awesome whether the weather’s bad…

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2. …or whether it’s good.

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Those pictures are both of the same place, btw - Sennen Cove.

3. Seriously. Dodgy weather. Looks great.

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4. Nice weather: also great.

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5. And if it’s just a bit windy… well, that’s an opportunity for kite flying.

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6. Bad weather just means more surfing.

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7. No, really, any excuse. Your town flooding, whatever.

8. (Good weather also means surfing, obvs.)

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9. Cornwall has the quaintest place names.


10. It’s a quiet, sleepy part of the world where not much happens.

11. Cornwall’s got St. Ives, one of the artiest towns in the country.

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12. So arty it’s got a Tate gallery. Does where you live have a Tate gallery?*

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*Do you live in London or Liverpool, is what we’re asking there.

13. (Newquay, of course, is more party than arty.)

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14. Cornwall’s got the country’s most scenic theatre.

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Do wrap up warm, though.

16. Actually it has a whole ton of castles if you are into castles.


17. Look at this goddamn harbour.

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That’s Charlestown.

18. Look at this goddamn harbour.

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19. Look at this GODDAMN harbour.

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Falmouth. Western Europe’s deepest natural harbour, innit.

21. This harbour: flawless.


22. So many beaches.

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23. So many cliffs.

24. Basically Cornwall is just a series of beaches, harbours, castles and cliffs and they’re all great.

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25. Oh, and abandoned tin mines :-(

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26. (Just going to leave this here, btw.)

27. Cornwall’s got the world’s most impressive greenhouses

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28. …with an actual bloody tropical rainforest inside them.

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29. Not that you need greenhouses. Cornwall’s climate means you get loads of gardens that are basically sub-tropical jungles that look like something out of Jurassic Park.

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30. Also sometimes the gardens have weird head things.

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31. It’s got great restaurants. Not that you need to get fancy to eat well.


32. You haven’t had a proper Cornish pasty - the food of the gods - unless you’ve had one actually in Cornwall.

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33. Same goes for the Cornish Cream Tea, one of the best things you can put in your mouth.

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34. Also there’s Stargazy Pie, which tbh is kind of a bit creepy because your food shouldn’t stare at you.

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35. The place has a relaxed attitude towards… well, everything.

36. And of course, Cornwall’s great for beer.

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Delicious, delicious beer.

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Wonderful, life-giving beer.

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37. And, naturally, lots of this. What more reason do you need?

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Go easy now.

38. And if all that wasn’t enough, never forget the greatest, most important thing about Cornwall: it’s not Devon.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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