PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO.
St Ives is a perfect base from which to explore other parts of West Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project are approximately one hour’s drive away or you can leave the car and take a Coach, bookable locally. Cornwall is blessed with some of the most magical Gardens all within easy reach from St Ives and include Trebah, Trengwainton, Godolphin, Glendurgan, Trelissick, Lanhydrock as well as Eden and Heligan.
For a more exclusive day out, the magical and tranquil Isles of Scilly may be reached by ferry from our neighbouring town of Penzance or by plane from Lands’ End Aerodrome. Arrive on St Mary’s and from there you can take a boat trip to other islands, time permitting.
The drive from St Ives to Lands End has some of the most stunning unspoilt scenery – passing the quaint little village of Zennor with its Museum and Church and the legend of the Mermaid. On to St Just and Cape Cornwall and Sennen Cove with its glorious sandy beach.
The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno is Cornwall’s world famous open air theatre. Carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno. The summer season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. It really is a unique experience and well worth a visit. Not to be missed is a visit to St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, just outside Penzance a photographer’s paradise. Pilgrims bare feet padding across the Causeway. Soldiers’ heavy leather boots racing up to the battlements during the Wars of the Roses. The chant of Monks’ prayer in the Priory. The smell of canon gunpowder in the air. Stride into the Mounts’ past and unearth a rich vein of history that flows from prehistoric times.
The Lizard Peninsula is unique. Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, there is nowhere quite like it. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, it is recognised as being of international botanical importance – here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants. Take time to visit some the little coves such as Cadgwith, Mullion, Church Cove, Kynance or Coverack. Wherever you decide to visit, you will find the most wonderful scenery, historical sites, myths and legends and take home a holiday filled with happy memories.
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