Love Cornwall Vote Cornwall… For its Iconic Heritage

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Cornwall is in the running to regain its title as the Best UK Holiday Destination for the tenth time at the prestigious British Travel Awards 2019. One of the reasons why it's such a great destination, and so popular in recent years, is its fantastic heritage. It just might have something to do with a certain Ross Poldark, but there's plenty more history and heritage out there, which we think deserves a VOTE in this years awards. 

To inspire you to vote, we have pulled together a set of blogs entitled Love Cornwall Vote Cornwall and this one concentrates on our iconic history & heritage.

Here's 10 places that have embraced the heritage of Cornwall, and where you can uncover more about Cornish history.

1.     Cornwall probably has more prehistoric monuments than any other area of Britain. From Neolithic burial sites to Iron age villages such as Chysauster, you can discover over 6000 years of history in Cornwall.

2.    The iconic St Michaels Mount is the number one most photographed building in Cornwall and it’s not difficult to see why. But don’t just photograph it, visit it and see it through your own eyes.

3.    The region contains ten World Heritage Sites that were established to celebrate the rich mining history of Cornwall. Release your inner Poldark on a tour of Levant or Geevor mine.

4.   300 years of castle building has left Cornwall with a selection of sites to visit, ranging from the ruins at Tintagel, forever associated with King Arthur, to Henry VIIIs strategic defences at Pendennis and St Mawes.

5.    The architecture of Cornwall can best be appreciated in Truro where the Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominates the skyline. Finished in 1910, the compact city centre surrounding it has some wonderful Georgian and Victorian townhouses.

6.    Cornwall has been at the forefront of global communications since 1870 when a cable from India reached Porthcurno in the far west of Cornwall. The Telegraph Museum there tells the fascinating story of how we connected with the world. In this age of mobile phones and 5G, it’s hard to believe that it was as recent as 1901 that Marconi received the first transmission on the Lizard from the Isle of White over 180 miles away! And then there’s the Goonhilly Earth Station where images from the moon landing of 1969 were beamed into our homes.

7.    The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a visitor favourite, full of galleries to explore and boats hanging from the ceiling. The current Titanic exhibition includes a full-size replica of one of the lifeboats from the fateful voyage.

8.    The China Clay history of Cornwall can be uncovered at Wheal Martyn near St Austell where the 26 acre site takes you from a viewpoint looking into a working pit to the Victorian buildings where the clay was dried. You can explore further by walking or cycling the nearby Clay Trails.

9.    There are many beautiful National Trust properties and areas of land explore. Much of the South West Coast Path runs through NT managed land and some of the most visited attractions in Cornwall are the houses at Cotehele, Antony House and Lanhydrock, the latter being Cornwall’s answer to Downton Abbey.

10. The first wheeled steam engine was invented in Cornwall in 1801 by Richard Trevithick, a replica of which is often seen at steam rallies around Cornwall during the summer. You can even hop on a steam train at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and take a trip back in time through a county full of history.

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