11 Magical Places To Visit In Cornwall

Lowri Thomas
Lowri Thomas 8 Min Read

Trying to find the most magical places to visit in Cornwall for your next trip?

This guide is for you!

I have visited Cornwall multiple times and I can promise you that you will not run out of incredible places to see. 

But if you are short on time, you are going to have to narrow it down.

To help you out, these are the 11 most spectacular locations across Cornwall that you should consider adding to your itinerary. 

1. Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is like stepping into a real-life fairy tale set against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall’s rugged coastline.

 It’s got this undeniable aura of magic swirling around it, partly because of its legendary ties to King Arthur.

With the waves crashing against the rocks below, and seagulls soaring overhead it is my favourite place in the whole of Cornwall! 

2. The Minack Theatre

This place is like no other because it’s carved into the rocks overlooking the sea.

This outdoor Roman theater is one of the most unique attractions in the UK and it’s even dog-friendly!

You can pay £10.00 to tour the theatre and get some epic photos. But the best experience is to book to see a show here.

You will be able to watch a performance, and in the background, you’ve got the most incredible sea views. For the best experience, book during the summer months.

3. The Lizard

This place has a mystical vibe that’s hard to put into words, especially on a stormy day.

With the ancient cliffs rising from the turquoise sea and the Lizard Lighthouse standing tall and proud, guiding ships safely through the treacherous waters, it’s got an undeniable magic.

4. St Ives

Giving you the chance to stroll through winding cobblestone streets lined with quirky shops and art galleries- nowhere is quiet as charming at St Ives!

It is also surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters that make you want to dive right in. 

Whether you’re paddling along Porthminster Beach or catching waves at Porthmeor, the clarity of the water is something else!

To make your visit here unforgettable, stay for the sunset over the harbour. 

5. Port Isaac

Port Isaac—a tiny fishing village that packs a serious punch in the charm department! 

This place is like something straight out of a postcard, with its rows of traditional fisherman cottages lining the narrow streets surrounding the harbour.

The real highlight here is the food.

From cosy pubs serving up hearty fish and chips to upscale restaurants dishing out gourmet seafood delights, you won’t be disappointed

 Many of these spots also boast killer sea views, so you can enjoy your meal with breathtaking scenery.

6. St Michaels Mont

The magic of St. Michael’s Mount isn’t just in its stunning castle or picturesque gardens, though—they definitely add to the charm!

 No, what really makes this place special is the fact that it sits right on the water. 

When the tide is low, you can stroll across the causeway, feeling like you’re walking on water as you approach the island. 

And when the tide is high, you can hop on a boat and glide over to the island, taking in the breathtaking views along the way.

7. Bodmin Moor

This rugged expanse of wilderness is like nowhere else in Cornwall. 

You will find windswept moors dotted with ancient stone circles, misty valleys hiding forgotten ruins, and wild ponies roaming free.

Bodmin Moor is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so you will get some incredible photos here.

It also helps that it is completely free to visit here!

8. St Nectan’s Glen

If you are dying to visit the most magical places in Cornwall, St Nectan’s Glen is a must!

From the car park, you wander through a lush wooded area, the sound of a waterfall growing louder with each step you take.

And then, there it is—the waterfall cascading down into a tranquil pool below, surrounded by moss-covered rocks and ancient trees.

Before you go it’s worth knowing that you have to pay a small fee (£9.00) to enter, and the last admission is at 4:30 PM.

9. Land’s End

Land’s End is the popular Cornish spot that makes you feel like you are on the edge of the world!

It’s mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point where you will see the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretching out before you.

It’s the views that make this spot so special, they are different every single time you visit. 

One day, you might be treated to clear blue skies and calm seas, while the next, you could be battling gale-force winds and crashing waves.

 Land’s End is also one of the best places to spot all sorts of critters, from seabirds soaring overhead to seals lounging on the rocks below. So don’t forget to bring a camera!

10. St Agnes Heritage Coast

This stretch of coastline is straight-up magical, with its rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and sweeping views that’ll have you reaching for your camera constantly!

This stunning area is also an old mining area so there is plenty to do and see.

From the remnants of old mining operations to the ancient stone circles that dot the landscape, the connection to the past adds an extra layer of enchantment to the whole experience.

Whether you’re exploring the coastal paths, searching for secluded beaches, or just taking in the breathtaking scenery, add this spot to your Cornwall itinerary. 

11. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Winding pathways lined with towering ferns, hidden alcoves bursting with vibrant blooms, and ancient trees. 

This is some of the magic that waits for you at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 

These gardens were lost to time for decades until they were rediscovered and lovingly restored to their former glory.

It costs £24.95 to visit and can easily change your day pass to a week pass for no extra cost!

Magical Places To Visit In Cornwall Final Thoughts

From rugged coastlines to hidden waterfalls, you will be surprised how many magical places are dotted around Cornwall.

Unfortunately, you probably won’t manage to visit every single one of them unless you have a lot of time.

To help you out, these are the 11 that you simply cannot miss!

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Lowri has been exploring Europe for over 10 years and has been to 38+ countries so far. Originally from Wales, you will now find Lowri exploring Europe with her border collie Scout, sharing in-depth knowledge and tips for those wanting to hit the road!
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