Iconic places you need to visit in South West Cornwall

Whilst staying in your self-catering holiday accommodation with Orange Roofs, we have compiled a small list of a few of our favourite places for you to explore for a day out here in Cornwall. We love them and hope you enjoy them too!

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove, located on the Lizard Peninsula, offers perhaps one of the most dramatic backdrops in Cornwall. A prime photo opportunity.

Depending on the tide, you can either enjoy a few hours down on the beach, making the most of the cove, or simply take in the spectacular views. The descent down to the water’s edge is not along the most even terrain, but if possible, it is worth it to be able to dip your toes in the crystal clear water.

Kynance Cove

View of Kynance Cover before the walk to the shore


St Michaels Mount

It’ll be hard to find many people who haven’t heard of St Michaels Mount and if the opportunity presents itself for you to visit whilst on holiday – take it!

The experience is truly like something from a fairy tale. St Michaels Mount is believed to have been used since approximately the 11thcentury and it is steeped in history and legends. When the tide is low, what truly adds to the experience is walking the ancient rock causeway to reach the island. However, don’t worry if the tide hasn’t worked in your favour, there is a shuttle boat to take you to and from St Michaels Mount.

St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount at low tide

Porthcurno Beach and The Minack Theatre

Often mistaken for a beautiful island off of the coast of Greece, Porthcurno is as picturesque as it comes! It’s another great spot to truly experience the white Cornish sand and tropical looking ocean.

Not only are you able to enjoy the pleasure of  visiting the iconic beach whilst you’re on this side of the coast, Porthcurno is also home of the renowned Minack Theatre. Established in 1932, the outdoor theatre has only adopted some minor practicality changes. However, you’ll find the theatre looking very similar to how it did almost 100 years ago, with the granite seating and incomparable setting, drawing in thousands of visitors a year.

Godrevy Lighthouse

Standing on Godrevy Rock, Godrevy Lighthouse is definitely an iconic postcard spot!

The renowned light house is visible from St Ives, but it is worth taking the beautiful, scenic, coastal drive to Godrevy or Gwithian to get a real feel for its magnificence. Once you’ve enjoyed the views and snapped a few striking photos, you can take a leisurely stroll along either of the beaches, both are a surfer’s paradise.

Godrevy Lighthouse

View of Godrevy Lighthouse

Eden Project

The Eden Project has become a true landmark to Cornwall, recognised globally for its innovations and conservation efforts.

The Times newspaper called the Eden Project the eighth wonder of the world, and since its opening it has welcomed well over 20 million visitors. You definitely need to add your name to this list. You’ll be blown away by the huge bubbles (…or biomes) in the old clay pit – you’ll see what we mean when you get there! From both the Mediterranean and Tropical biomes, there is an abundance of things to explore and learn about. It will make for a truly memorable visit.

Tate St Ives

Since the Victorian era, St Ives has established itself as a town with a strong connection to artists.

In 1993 the Tate St Ives opened its doors to visitors, and it has been a hit ever since. We’d definitely recommend taking a walk around the gasworks station turned gallery to submerge yourself in work from local and international artists. Also, make sure you head up to the top floor to enjoy a cream tea in their café, it has some of the best views of Porthmeor Beach.

Land’s End

Land’s End is very much what it says on the tin…

It is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and Britain and is home to some of the most breath-taking views. If you have young children with you, you may enjoy a variety of attractions that Land’s End hosts or, if you prefer to take in the natural environment around you rather than man made, take the guided footpath to the edge of the coast where you can truly make the most of your phenomenal surroundings. On a clear day, you’ll even be able to see the Isles of Scilly!

Home from home…

Whether you’re looking to enjoy outstanding views from your own luxury accommodation  or head out and explore these iconic locations for yourself, you will be blown away by the beauty that Cornwall provides. To find your home from home stay, visit our website to check-out availability.

Share this article with friends and family