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Cornwall Attractions

In and around Cornwall you'll find plenty of attractions on offer - depending on your taste from The Eden Project the large-scale environmental complex near St Austell, Cornwall, to St. Michaels Mount with its Cornish language name — literally, "the grey rock in the wood". Cornwall has a lot to offer.

 
The Eden Project

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is a large-scale environmental complex near St Austell, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The project was conceived by Tim Smit and designed by the architect Nicholas Grimshaw and engineering firm Anthony Hunt and Associates, with Davis Langdon carrying out the project management and MERO to design and build the domes. It has quickly become one of the most popular visitor attractions in the United Kingdom. The complex includes two giant, transparent domes made of ETFE cushions, each emulating a natural biome, that house plant species from around the world. The first emulates a tropical environment, the other a warm temperate, mediterranean environment. The project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public in March 2001. The Core is the latest addition to the site and opened in September 2005.

It provides the Eden Project with an education facility, incorporating classrooms and exhibition spaces designed to help communicate Eden's central message about the relationship between people and plants. Accordingly the building has taken its inspiration from plants, most noticeably in the form of the soaring timber roof, which gives the building its distinctive shape. Grimshaw developed the geometry of the copper-clad roof in collaboration with a sculptor, Peter Randall-Page, and Mike Purvis of structural engineers SKM Anthony Hunts. It is derived from Phyllotaxis, which is the mathematical basis for nearly all plant growth; the "opposing spirals" found in many plants such as the seeds in a sunflower's head, pine cones and pineapples.

The copper was obtained from traceable sources, and the Eden Project is working with Rio Tinto to explore the possibility of encouraging further traceable supply routes for metals, which would enable users to avoid metals mined unethically. The services and acoustic design was carried out by Buro Happold. In 2005 the Eden Project launched "A Time Of Gifts" for during the winter months, November to February. This features an ice rink covering the lake, with a small café/bar attached, as well as a Christmas market. Adding to atmosphere Cornish choirs regularly perform in the biomes.

Hotels near The Eden Project
YHA Eden Project from £29.00
Emms Cottage4 starfrom £75.00
Boscundle Manor from £79.00
Anchorage House5 starfrom £80.00
Verde Limone -The Studio and Bay View Cottage from £60.00
 
Geevor Tin Mine Cornwall

Geevor Tin Mine Cornwall

Geevor Tin Mine is a Museum and Heritage Centre situated on the outskirts of Pendeen, in the parish of Pendeen with Morvah, in the far west of Cornwall. The site can be accessed from the village of Pendeen, on the coast road from Land's End to St. Ives, and lies on the route of the South West Coast Path. The Penwith Heritage Coast - a National Heritage Coast - stretches some 33 miles around the Land's End peninsula from just south of Penzance to St. Ives.

Mining on the Geevor site had survived the discovery of tin in Australia in 1873 and the discovery of tin in South America and Malaysia. But the international tin price crash of 1985 turned Geevor from a working mine with ambitious plans for the future into an economic liability for which no one could see a viable future.

After six years of bitter and hard-fought struggle, the pumps were turned off in 1991 and Geevor became part of the history of Cornish mining, ending nearly 300 years of tin mining on the site and resulting in the loss of a major source of employment and community cohesion. Through the commitment of the local community and local bodies, notably Cornwall County Council and Pendeen Community Heritage, the site has remained accessible to the public and is the largest preserved tin mining site in Europe.

Hotels near Geevor Tin Mine Cornwall
Wintara BandB from £90.00
Boswedden House from £47.50
Wellington Hotel from £44.00
The Commercial4 starfrom £45.00
Cape Cornwall Golf and Leisure from £55.00

 
St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount

St Michael's Mount (Cornish name: Carrack Looz en Cooz) is a lofty pyramidal tidal island, exhibiting a curious combination of slate and granite, rising 400 yards (366 m) from the shore of Mount's Bay, situated in Penwith in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, in the extreme south western peninsula of the island of Britain. It is united with Marazion by a natural causeway cast up by the sea and passable only at low tide. Its Cornish language name — literally, "the grey rock in the wood" — may represent a folk memory of a time before Mount's Bay was flooded. Certainly, the Cornish name would be an accurate description of the Mount set in woodland. Remains of trees have been seen at low tides following storms on the beach at Perranuthnoe. The Cornish legend of Lyonesse, an ancient kingdom said to have extended from Penwith toward the Isles of Scilly, also talks of land being inundated by the sea. Historically, St Michael's Mount was a Cornish counterpart of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France. St Michael's Mount is known colloquially by locals as simply the Mount.

Hotels near St Michaels Mount
Marazion Hotel4 starfrom £83.00
Blue Horizon4 starfrom £80.00
Mount Haven Hotel3 starfrom £130.00
Wheal Rodney Holiday Lodges from £55.00
Krissie's Apartments from £85.00
 

Other Attraction in Cornwall

  • Land's End - Spectacular coastal location for Cornwall's most famous landmark. Visitor centre, craft workshops, galleries etc.
  • Newquay Zoo - Newquay Zoo - the only zoo in Cornwall, is set in over ten acres of beautiful tropical lakeside gardens and has a wealth of exciting wildlife for all the family to enjoy. One of the best family days out in the Southwest.
  • Bodmin Goal - When it was built in 1778 a model of its kind using the then latest ideas of prison reform. Up to that time prisoners were housed in barbaric conditions in the Cornwall county gaol within the walls of Launceston Castle. The gaol acted as a civilian prison until 1916, taking its last military prisoner in 1922. soon after the prison was sold and partly demolished, but much of its imposing granite walls remain.