Cornwall is one of the most beautiful and fascinating counties in the UK. With miles of stunning coastline, vast moors, picturesque towns and a unique heritage, it's little wonder that people head down year after year for a slice of Cornish life.
1. Walk to St. Michael's Mount
Marvel at one of the most photographed locations in the UK. During low tide, visitors can walk across the ancient causeway to St Michael's Mount and its castle, following the path of Bronze Age settlers, monks and pilgrims. When the tide is high, catch a ferry over.
2. Get lost on the moor
As a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bodmin Moor is the source of several Cornish rivers and features Cornwall's only natural inland lake. It's also home to a host of wildlife, including birds, cows, horses and ponies. Get exploring by hiring a car from Hertz and you'll receive an exclusive Saga discount, as well as a free additional driver.
3. Visit The Eden Project
You can't help but be impressed as you meander the paths leading to the Eden Project and see the huge glass biomes, containing thousands of plant species in a Rainforest and Mediterranean climate. As well as the flora and fauna on display, you'll learn more about the environment and how we can protect it. On top of that, there are excellent dining and shopping facilities to enjoy during your visit.
4. Indulge in a cream tea
A cream tea always goes down well, but the South West does them with particular flair. Find somewhere small and local where the scones are well risen and freshly baked; if in doubt, head to a National Trust café – their scones never disappoint! Remember to prepare your scone the Cornish way with jam first, followed by cream second.
5. Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, are among the best botanical gardens in the country. Unveiled in 1992 after decades of overgrowth, the 19th-century gardens surrounding Heligan House contain an array of flower and vegetable gardens, subtropical trees, lakes, statues and an Italian garden. Over 65s receive discounted entry.
6. Catch a show at the Minack Theatre
Built into the side of a rock overlooking the sea at Porthnurno Bay, the Minack Theatre is in itself a site to behold. But for the full experience, purchase tickets to a show – the season runs from May-September and productions range from Shakespeare plays to the Proms, and family favourites such as Peter Pan.
7. Dine out in Padstow
Rick Stein has put Padstow on the Cornish culinary map, making it an essential destination for food-lovers. Head to his fish and chip shop - stopping by the National Lobster Hatchery next door - or book a table at his harbour-side Seafood Restaurant. There's also Stein's Patisserie where you'll find delicious cakes, pastries and meringues. Book self-catering accommodation nearby, such as The Yellow House or Harvest Cottage, and you won't have to cook any meals yourself!
8. Climb the steps of Tintagel
Haunting and atmospheric, Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Whether you believe that or not, there is something mystical and mysterious about these ruins, and the views of North Cornwall's jagged coastline make it more than worth a visit. Be prepared to climb some steep steps!
9. Meet some seals
Cornwall's waters are some of the best for seeing marine wildlife. You'll find seal spotting tips throughout the area, but the best places are said to be Mutton Cove, Newquay Harbour, Porthcurno and Looe Island. Of course, you could just visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek for guaranteed seal sighting!
10. Take a coastal walk
Around 258 miles of the South West Coast Path are in Cornwall alone, providing endless opportunities to put on your walking boots. Visit the official website to find a route that suits your capabilities, preferably with a pub or tea room along the way!