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There were 7 wonders of the Ancient World, and now there are all sorts of wonder lists from: the New 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of the Natural World, the 7 Wonders of the Underwater World and the 7 Wonders of the Industrial World! So with all these wonderful wonders in mind we have put together a list of the most wondrous places in Cornwall from man-made to natural, and industrial: these are some of the places that make us very proud of our beautiful Kernow!
Peru has Machu Picchu and Cornwall has Tintagel Castle! Sounds far out and incomparable?! Well, please stick with us here! It is firstly older than Machu Picchu’s 15th century ruins. Pah! Try 13th at Tintagel and it is on a mountain, well, okay a cliff, so it is pretty high up. Also it is shrouded in the myth of King Arthur, which makes this place incredibly mysterious, magical and other-worldly.
2. Kynance Cove
The Lizard Peninsula is full of natural beauty, with Kynance Cove being the one of biggest draws to this area. It is a spectacular place with white sand, turquoise sea, and the unique dark red and serpentine rock, which is all-in-all a completely breath-taking sight. This beach offers great cave exploring opportunities, when the tide is out, with names that include The Parlour and The Drawing Room; Kynance Cove is one of nature’s finest Manor Houses!
A theatre that is carved into a cliff – that sounds pretty awesome to us and it is right here in Cornwall! The Minack Theatre held its very first proper performance on the 16th of August 1932, and today it hosts a jam-packed programme throughout the summer months.
It was Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House, who decided that her garden would be the perfect place for a theatre. She and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, moved endless granite boulders and earth, creating the lower terraces of the theatre – much as they are today.
The theatre is built into the huge granite cliffs, but most of it is made from concrete mixed with local beach sand from Porthcurno; the beautiful beach that the theatre overlooks. Rowena carried tons of sand and carved many intricate designs into the new structures as they were made.
The Theatre is always evolving and now has all of the latest technology for lighting and sound, and refreshments are available from the café and coffee shop, making it a very comfortable outside theatre.
Even if you don’t make it to a show, look around this unique theatre, which is a testament to following your dreams and pure determination; Rowena was a wondrous woman. Also enjoy the blissfully spectacular view of Porthcurno, and Rowena was right: it is the perfect place for a theatre.
Built in a disused clay pit, Eden has developed into a wonderful modern, eco-minded, exciting attraction, which has become synonymous with Cornwall. A beautiful example of making use of the old deserted area of this abandoned Cornish trade, with something new and exciting; the Eden Project is one of the most visited attractions in Cornwall. These massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, our own little Amazon in Cornwall!
Eden is a Cornish hub, with events on all throughout the year for all occasions, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Eden plays host to some of the biggest stars in the country and the world at its legendary Eden Sessions, which last year included Elton John. Other bands and artists in the past have included Oasis, Motorhead and Ellie Goulding. This year superstars Tom Jones and Lionel Ritchie are confirmed.
5. Falmouth Harbour
The third deepest natural harbour in the world, with Sydney Harbour being number one and The Port of Mahon, Minorca, being number two. It is quite a surprise that the humble town of Falmouth houses this wonderfully deep harbour.
Falmouth knows how to make the most of its harbour, which is not just a working harbour, but a place of celebration with the Regatta at the end of August, which welcomes the tall ships that sail into the harbour in all of their glory. The Maritime Museum is located in Discovery Quay and shows, supports and explores Falmouth’s rich Maritime history.
A relic, which is firmly part of Cornish mining History located at a stunning coastal location, between St Agnes and Porthtowan. Wheal Coates is preserved by the National Trust and the surviving buildings date from the 1870s, when deep underground mining began, and were stabilised in 1986.
The mine opened in 1802, and closed in 1889. There is evidence of prehistoric and medieval mine workings in the vicinity, including signs of excavations on the Towanroath Vugga cave on the beach below. In its heyday, Wheal Coates employed around 140 miners. At one time Cornwall boasted 2000 tin mines and was a world leader in tin production. Competitors overseas were producing ores far more cheaply, and the tin boom sadly ended in the late 19th century.
This enchanting castle beckons you to visit, whether it is across the causeway, when the tide is out, or via boat; the castle stands on a small tidal island which tempts you across. With History dating back to the Norman Conquest in 1066, St Michael’s Mount is the perfect place to visit for history buffs. The St Aubyn family have lived here since 17th century.
It is full of myths and legends, adding to its magical atmosphere. Myths date all the way back to 495 AD, with tales of seafarers being lured by mermaids and four miracles are said to have happened during 1262 – 1263, which attracted pilgrims from far and wide.
Enjoy the gardens, in which the micro-climate of the garden means that unlikely plants flourish here with puya, agave and aloe rearing out of the bedrock. Also, it may come to you as a surprise, that 30 people call this island their home. The islanders are all friends who work together to keep the island safe, well-run and clean. There is a huge amount of community spirit which contributes to the islands unique beauty and atmosphere.