About Cornwall

People come to Cornwall for many reasons ... work, holidays, visiting friends and relations ...

But no one leaves without being touched by the magic of Cornwall.

The crest of Cornwall County Council includes a shield with fifteen gold balls, which represent the ransom raised for the Duke of Cornwall, captured by the Saracens during the Crusades. Every Cornish man and woman contributed to the ransom, and this led to the Cornish Motto "Onan Hag Oll" ("One And All") being created.

To either side of the shield are a fisherman and a miner reflecting what, until recently, were the major industries of the Duchy. Though fishing quotas have decimated the Cornish fishing fleet you can still visit a restaurant and eat a fish that was caught that morning!

The Cornish "Hard Rock" miner is still held in great esteem worldwide as the aristocracy of an elite profession, and have been mining copper and tin in Cornwall since pre-Roman times. And still are to this day ...

The Cornish coast is blessed with some of the best beaches in Britain and is a mecca for surfers from the four corners of the globe.

Apart from surfing there are many miles of sandy beaches ideal for just basking in the sunshine, building sand castles or exploring rock pools teeming with wildlife.

Surrounded almost completely by the sea it is no surprise that Cornwall has a maritime tradition almost second to none (a major proportion of the crews who fought the Spanish Armada were Cornish). Today that tradition continues with many sailing and boating events, and ports such as Falmouth are awash with craft of all types from every sea faring nation.

Legend has it that Cornwall was the home of Camelot and the court of King Arthur (Tintagel), and Lyonesse is featured in Arthurian legends as the mystic land, eventually lost to the sea, where Arthur's body was laid to rest. Cornwall is also home to much folklore, such as piskies, fairies, knockers, mermaids, standing stones and more.

A naturalist's heaven, Cornwall has abundant wildlife.

It is not uncommon to see badgers, foxes and hedgehogs foraging in our gardens, peregrine falcons soaring overhead, and seals, sharks, dolphins, porpoises and even whales visiting our shores.

And "exotic" plants such palm trees are almost as common as dandelions!

Visit our links page for a variety of places to visit and things to do when in Cornwall.

Prince Charles

With a history stretching back millennia, the Duchy of Cornwall (Cornwall has never been a shire county of England) has its own Patron Saint (St. Piran), its own flag (see below), its own bird the Chough (a relative of the Jackdaw) and its own language, Kernewek (Cornish).

As a Duchy and not a County, Cornwall has a special relationship with HRH Prince Charles, who apart from being the Prince of Wales is also the Duke of Cornwall.