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Consider Cornwall

It’s not easy to get to, but the southwestern tip of England rewards travelers with authenticity

By NANCY NATHAN The Washington Post

This article was published April 9, 2017 at 1:47 a.m.

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St. Michael’s Mount can be reached on foot at low tide, but otherwise only by ferry. It’s one of the big three tourist attractions on the remote peninsula of Cornwall.

Atop Tintagel, the ancient ruins linked to legendary King Arthur, stands a bronze sculpture titled Gallos, the Cornish word for power.

A little girl enjoys an ice cream cone as she plays on the sandy beaches in Cornwall.

Port Isaac in remote North Cornwall makes a picturesque setting for the popular British TV series Doc Martin. Many of the show’s fans take filming loc...

Where to stay

The Old Coastguard

The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance

oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk

A small, seaside hotel located in Mousehole, a fishing village near Penzance. A very convenient spot for touring major sites of South and West Cornwall. Pets welcomed. Double beds from $175.

Where to eat

2 Fore Street

2 Fore St., Mousehole, Penzance

2forestreet.co.uk

A tiny seafood restaurant on the Mousehole harborfront. Entrees start at $20.

Porthminster Beach Cafe

Porthminster Beach, St. Ives

porthminstercafe.co.uk

An award-winning fish restaurant located on — not overlooking — a white, sandy beach. Soak up the spectacular views, from St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Entrees start at $22.

The Gurnard’s Head

Near Zennor, St. Ives

gurnardshead.co.uk

Isolated on a coastal road along the Moors, this charming, character-filled pub boasts comfy, rustic furnishings and a fresh, seasonal menu. Entrees start at $18.

Sam’s

20 Fore St., Fowey

samscornwall.co.uk

A bright, colorful pub with upbeat art and music in fashionable Fowey. Entrees start at $20.

What to do

Eden Project

Bodelva, Cornwall

edenproject.com

Enormous biodomes with tropical and Mediterranean environments. Open year-round. Admission costs $31, $16 for children. Save by buying a joint ticket with Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall

heligan.com

After centuries of disarray and overgrowth, the 80-acre gardens of the large estate, which range from a collection of ancient rhododendrons to fruit and vegetable fields, were rescued and restored starting in 1990. Open year-round. Admission costs $16, $10 for children. Can save by buying joint ticket with Eden Project.

St. Michael’s Mount

Marazion, Cornwall

stmichaelsmount.co.uk

The English twin of Normandy’s Mont St. Michel, with ancient Benedictine Abbey and castle at the top of a rocky climb. Open March-October. Admission $12, children $6.

Tintagel Castle

Bossiney Road, Tintagel, Cornwall

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle

Ruins of 14th-century royal castle with ties to the legend of King Arthur, on a cliff hanging over the sea. Open year-round. Admission costs $11, $7 for children.

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Museum

Barnoon Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall

tate.org.uk/stives

Hepworth was a principal member of the St. Ives artists’ colony in the early 20th century. The museum includes a beautiful sculpture garden. Admission $7, senior citizens $6.

Information: visitcornwall.com

Cornwall, at the stunningly beautiful southwestern tip of England, was too much for the Romans and the Saxons, who halted their invasions of Britain before they got that far, leaving rocky Cornwall to the Celtic tribes who controlled the area first inhabited in about 10,000 B.C.

Atop Tintagel, the ancient ruins linked to legendary King Arthur, stands a bronze sculpture titled Gallos, the Cornish word for power.

A little girl enjoys an ice cream cone as she plays on the sandy beaches in Cornwall.

Port Isaac in remote North Cornwall makes a picturesque setting for the popular British TV series Doc Martin. Many of the show’s fans take filming loc...

Where to stay

The Old Coastguard

The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance

oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk

A small, seaside hotel located in Mousehole, a fishing village near Penzance. A very convenient spot for touring major sites of South and West Cornwall. Pets welcomed. Double beds from $175.

Where to eat

2 Fore Street

2 Fore St., Mousehole, Penzance

2forestreet.co.uk

A tiny seafood restaurant on the Mousehole harborfront. Entrees start at $20.

Porthminster Beach Cafe

Porthminster Beach, St. Ives

porthminstercafe.co.uk

An award-winning fish restaurant located on — not overlooking — a white, sandy beach. Soak up the spectacular views, from St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Entrees start at $22.

The Gurnard’s Head

Near Zennor, St. Ives

gurnardshead.co.uk

Isolated on a coastal road along the Moors, this charming, character-filled pub boasts comfy, rustic furnishings and a fresh, seasonal menu. Entrees start at $18.

Sam’s

20 Fore St., Fowey

samscornwall.co.uk

A bright, colorful pub with upbeat art and music in fashionable Fowey. Entrees start at $20.

What to do

Eden Project

Bodelva, Cornwall

edenproject.com

Enormous biodomes with tropical and Mediterranean environments. Open year-round. Admission costs $31, $16 for children. Save by buying a joint ticket with Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall

heligan.com

After centuries of disarray and overgrowth, the 80-acre gardens of the large estate, which range from a collection of ancient rhododendrons to fruit and vegetable fields, were rescued and restored starting in 1990. Open year-round. Admission costs $16, $10 for children. Can save by buying joint ticket with Eden Project.

St. Michael’s Mount

Marazion, Cornwall

stmichaelsmount.co.uk

The English twin of Normandy’s Mont St. Michel, with ancient Benedictine Abbey and castle at the top of a rocky climb. Open March-October. Admission $12, children $6.

Tintagel Castle

Bossiney Road, Tintagel, Cornwall

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle

Ruins of 14th-century royal castle with ties to the legend of King Arthur, on a cliff hanging over the sea. Open year-round. Admission costs $11, $7 for children.

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Museum

Barnoon Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall

tate.org.uk/stives

Hepworth was a principal member of the St. Ives artists’ colony in the early 20th century. The museum includes a beautiful sculpture garden. Admission $7, senior citizens $6.

Information: visitcornwall.com

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