Cornwall is full of iconic landmarks and places to see, but where should you head to next time you’re on holiday? If you haven’t visited all of these famous Cornish places then you should make them a priority next time you’re here.

These iconic Cornish landmarks should all be on your bucket list

Bedruthan Steps

This stunning stretch of the North Cornish coast welcomes many visitors each year to marvel at the picturesque scenery. Cornwall is shown off here in all its rugged beauty, and a must-stop photography stop for anyone passing by.

Kynance Cove

Voted one of the best beaches in Cornwall this cove tucked away on the quiet and tranquil Lizard Peninsula is one of those places you have to visit. Pop down to the little cafe for a Cornish cream tea and take in the torquoise waters and dramatic coastline.

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St Michaels Mount

If you ask any local for their top three places to visit in Cornwall we guarantee St Michael’s Mount will be mentioned. It’s one of the most iconic Cornish landmarks and up there as one of the most visited attractions every year. You can walk along the causeway or take the little boat across at high tide and spend time on this inhabited Cornish island.

Take a trip to St Michaels Mount.

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Geevor

Definitely a recognisable Cornish silhouette on the horizon, Geevor Mine has been part of the landscape for a long time and was an operational mine until 1990. Visit this attraction to learn all about the history of tin mining in West Cornwall and head underground at Wheal Mexico. 

Cape Cornwall

Just four miles North of Land’s End this iconic headland and its nearby The Brisons and Priests Cove are well visited by locals and tourists appreciating the dramatic Cornish coastline. The coast path walks along this stretch are spectacular and  challenging.

Lands End

The most Westerly Point of Cornwall, and England, this is a must visit for all Cornish trips. On a clear day you can see out into the Atlantic Ocean towards the Isles of Scilly, found 28 miles off Land’s End.

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Tintagel Castle

This medieval Cornish castle on the North Coast is again one of the most visited attractions every year. Linked to King Arthur and Merlin this area of the coast is full of history and legends. It also helps that Tintagel Castle is in a stunning location perched right on the edge of the dramatic cliffs.

Lizard Point

The most Southerly point of mainland England and another of our iconic Cornish landmarks, The Lizard is a great place to explore.

Take a 360 degree tour of The Lizard or find out where to visit on The Lizard

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Charlestown

A small harbour found tucked away in South Cornwall this pilchard fishing village used to be nothing more than a few cottages. Now made famous in many television shows, including Doctor Who and Poldark this character-filled harbour attracts lots of visitors. Be sure to visit Carlyon Bay while you’re nearby too.

Pendennis and St Mawes Castle

At the mouth of the River Fal stands two famous castles, Pendennis and St Mawes. Both serving in history as lookouts towards any Spanish threats in the 1500’s. Also used to monitor possible French invasion, as well as playing parts in WW1 and 2. Now a Cornish attraction both of these castles are open to the public and an iconic part of the South coast along the Carrick Roads estuary.

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Lanyon Quoit

Cornwall has many stone circles and landmarks that are visited, but the most iconic perhaps is Lanyon Quiot. Found between Penzance and the North Coast this dolmen once collapsed and had to be raised again, apparently it was once high enough to ride under on a horse.

While you’re here take a walk around the nearby Men-an-Tol and Nine Maidens.

Botallack Mine

Made famous most recently in Poldark, these engine houses are amongst our favourite iconic Cornish landmarks. Ask anyone to name them from a photograph and you’ll struggle to find a Cornishman that can’t tell you where to find Botallack. The tunnels linked to these mines go out into the sea almost half a mile in places searching for Cornish copper and tin.

Take a walk from Levant to the Botallack Crown Engine Houses.

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Gwennap Pit

This open air amphitheatre was formed by the falling of an old Cornish mine. Gwennap Pit is near Redruth and has been made famous by John Wesley who preached here on many occasions in the 1700’s.

Minack Theatre

You cannot visit Cornwall and not visit The Minack Theatre! One of the top iconic Cornish landmarks that you have to go to. You can watch a performance here, visit the cafe for a Cornish cream tea, or take the long walk down the steep cliffs to Porthcurno and Logan Rock.

For more awesome parts of Cornwall read our Why do we love Cornwall blog!

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