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Unique and unusual attractions in Cornwall

When it comes to Cornwall attractions, there are some truly unique options out there. Booking cheap caravans in Cornwall opens up so many wonderful opportunities. This beautiful county is full of fascinating locations that you will not have experienced anywhere else, providing for a truly memorable time in Cornwall. To help introduce you to some of the more unique and unusual attractions that Cornwall has to offer, we have put together this guide, presenting just a handful of the fascinating options available.

Merlin’s Cave

Merlin's Cave at Tintagel

Tintagel Castle and the surrounding area are famously linked with the legend of King Arthur. While the castle is a joy to explore, did you know that below the cliffs is the cave once used by the famous wizard Merlin? Well, that’s how the legend goes anyway. You can still visit the cave today and even head inside if you and the family are feeling brave. It’s certainly a unique location and when paired with a visit to the famous castle above, it makes for a brilliant day out.

Kat, from the travel blog Wandering Bird, has explored Merlin’s Cave herself during a visit to Tintagel Castle. She spoke to us about what she thinks makes it such a great attraction: “Tintagel Castle and Merlin’s Cave are wonderful places to visit, especially with children who have heard the stories of King Arthur and Merlin. Be sure to point out the face of Merlin carved into the rock. The cave itself doesn’t take long to explore but is worth a visit as part of a trip to Tintagel Castle, which is breathtaking. Just be prepared to do a lot of climbing up steep steps!”

Kat also spoke to us about her experience visiting Tintagel in general: “The village of Tintagel is also worth making time to explore as part of your trip – there are many pretty streets, cute shops and places to enjoy delicious food. It’s the perfect place to indulge in a traditional Cornish cream tea after all that climbing to the cave and castle.”

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St Nectan’s Glen

St Nectan's Glen

A stunning area of woodland near Tintagel, St Nectan’s Glen is one of the best beauty spots around while also being rather unique. This lovely area is home to a series of waterfalls, including the spectacular St Nectan’s Kieve, which is sixty-foot-high and pours through a hole in the rocks, cascading into the valley below. It truly is a sight to see and visitors can also look forward to wading into the shallow pool below for a complete experience.

Elizabeth, from the Cornwall based blog, The Cornish Bird, enjoyed her time visiting St Nectan’s Glen, and spoke to us about the experience: “St Nectan’s Glen is a truly fascinating place with so much to offer those who like to get a little off the beaten track. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, an absolute dream location for photographers, but it also has this wonderful otherworldly atmosphere. There are so many legends and ghost stories attached to this waterfall and the surrounding landscape that you just can’t help letting your imagination run away with you.”

Elizabeth also shared a great tip for those interested in a visit: “If you are visiting St Nectan’s Glen, I would highly recommend a walk down through the nearby Rocky Valley to the coastal path. The valley follows the river until it tumbles into the sea. There is a beautiful ruined mill and some mysterious rock carvings along the way and then from there, you can take in breathtaking clifftop views on a walk to the Lady’s Window. This unusual rock formation is high above the crashing waves and perhaps not for the faint-hearted, but the coast from here to Trevalga is Cornwall at its wild and wonderful best!”

King Arthur’s Stone

King Arthur's Stone

The legend of King Arthur certainly permeates the Cornwall landscape and for those interested in this fascinating figure, there is yet more to uncover at King Arthur’s Stone and The Arthurian Centre. Located between Tintagel and Camelford (which is thought to be the location of the legendary Camelot), lies an ancient sixth-century stone tablet. This fascinating relic is said to mark the spot where King Arthur met his foe Mordred in hand-to-hand combat on the river’s bridge. While Arthur was successful in slaying Mordred, the king received a mortal wound himself, staggering to his death. By visiting The Arthurian Centre, you can walk the very fields of this ancient battle, see this mysterious stone yourself, and even enjoy an exhibition, gift shop, and tearoom.

The Eden Project

You won’t want to miss out on The Eden Project during your time in Cornwall. It happens to be the largest greenhouse in the world, being home to over one million types of plant. This famous attraction is unique in almost every way, including the unmistakeable aesthetic of the greenhouse itself. From a rainforest biome and outdoor garden to a winter ice rink and England’s longest zip wire, there is something here for everyone. Families can have a lovely day exploring its many areas, learning about the plants of the world, enjoying fun activities, and stopping for a delicious bite to eat at one of its cafes and bars. There is no question, you have never been to anything quite like the Cornish oasis that is The Eden Project.

Restormel Castle

You may have seen a castle before, but have you ever seen a perfectly circular 11th century Norman stronghold? The shape of Restormel Castle is certainly rare and it’s no surprise many come from all parts to marvel at this medieval fortress. Once a luxurious residence for the Earl of Cornwall, the castle has had a truly turbulent history, passing into the hands of the crown, then into disrepair, and even a battle location during the English Civil War. Today it’s owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and cared for by English Heritage. It’s a great location to explore for those interested in castles and English history and a spectacular spot for a lovely picnic. You won’t get many better backdrops than this.

Unique attractions to visit in Cornwall

  • Merlin’s Cave
  • St Nectan’s Glen
  • King Arthur’s Stone
  • The Eden Project
  • Restormel Castle

These are just some of many unique and unusual attractions available to visit in Cornwall. This ancient county has so much to offer and something to suit every taste. So, note down a few of the above locations and make sure to stop by during your next Cornish trip.

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Image Credit: Ant Barrett, Paul Gorbould

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