Cornwall in numbers


Cornwall is officially the favourite UK holiday destination – it has been voted number one in the British Travel Awards for the last eight years running! 


Over 300 miles of jaw-dropping coastline…and you can walk the whole length along the South West Coast Path.


Cornwall’s largest wave is the legendary 30ft ‘Cribbar’ which makes an appearance during winter storms. Daring surfers can track it down at the northern end of Fistral beach in Newquay.


The highest cliffs in Cornwall can be found along the north coast near Boscastle – they’re aptly named High Cliff and reach an incredible 223 metres.

Ten select mining landscapes across Cornwall (and west Devon) are recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, putting them on a par with international treasures such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.


Cornwall has over 300 beaches.


The number one most painted scene in Cornwall is the beautiful view of St Michael’s Mount.


Four of our mouth-wateringly delicious treats - Cornish Clotted Cream, Cornish Sardines, Fal Oysters and the mighty Cornish Pasty - have been awarded recognition and protection (PDO or PGI) for their 'Cornishness'. No copycats allowed!

You’re never more than 16 miles from the sea.

At least 120 million Cornish pasties are made each year (and by our reckoning a good few of them are eaten before they cross the boarder!)

There’s only one place in Great Britain that grows, harvests and makes tea and it’s found on the banks of the River Fal in Cornwall - a Tregothnan Estate brew is a cut above.

Cornwall is almost an island; 80% is surrounded by water.

12 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the dramatic cliffs of the North Coast to the beautifully bleak hills of Bodmin Moor.

Our restaurants boast five Michelin-stars (Driftwood in Portscatho, Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw also in Port Isaac has two) and many, many more awards and accolades.

Cornwall was made for walking with an inland path network of over 2,400 miles.

Cornwall has just one city, Truro - and why would we need more when it’s such a great little city!

7, 000,000,000,000,000 grains of sand (give or take a few) lie on the beach at Perranporth on the north coast where three miles of golden sand are washed by rollers from the Atlantic Ocean.

Perranporth, Cornwall


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