Welcome to west Cornwall, where quaint fishing villages sparkle with bobbing boats, historical landmarks stand tall and ancient, smugglers coves await tucked away from Cornwall’s elements, and art communities thrive and inspire. Take a tour around West Cornwall and experience the best of the peninsular with our local guide. You're never far away from the most gorgeous Instagramable locations!
Tate St. Ives
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Inspiring art and breath-taking scenery meet at Tate St Ives. Perched above Porthmeor Beach with views across the Atlantic Ocean, the gallery showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th Century alongside an ever-changing programme of exhibitions. Discover how a small fishing town became an art capital of the world, and encounter iconic artworks by celebrated figures such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo.
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The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world-famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. Welcoming more than 110,000 people a year to performances and 170,000 people to experience the views and learn about the theatre’s history. It puts on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling.
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St. Michaels Mount
St Michael's Mount, is the jewel in Cornwall's crown. Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this iconic rocky island is crowned by a medieval church and castle - with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century. Immerse yourself in history, wonder at the architecture , discover the legend of Jack the Giant Killer and look down on the subtropical terraced garden with breath-taking views of spectacular Mount's Bay.
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Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, Kynance Cove boats turquoise seas, white-sand beaches, and colourful serpentine rock stacks. At low tide caves and islands are yours to explore, but visitors need to be aware of the risks of being cut off by the tide. In the summer Kynance gets very busy, it’s definitely worth arriving early to avoid disappointment and to watch the sunrise.
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Not an actual lizard! The Lizard is a small village located at the most Southern Part of the UK. You can explore Lizard Point where there are gorgeous sights to see and only around the corner from Kynance Cove.
Whistlefish printed canvas of Lizard Point.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
Tremenheere is one of the most unique all-year-round gardens to visit in Cornwall. The microclimate of kindly winter temperatures provides the perfect setting for exotic and sub-tropical plants to flourish. Interwoven with the planting is an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonise with the landscape.
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Land’s End is the legendary Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as ‘Belerion’ – place of the sun, and is mainland’ Britain’s most south-westerly point. 200-foot granite cliffs rise from the Atlantic Ocean, while views stretch out towards the Longships Lighthouse, the Isles of Scilly twenty-eight miles away and beyond that, North America.
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The Mên-an-Tol meaning simply "stone of the hole", is believed to belong to the Bronze Age, thereby making it around 3,500 years old. Consisting of four stones, the most memorable being the circular, it sits mysteriously on gorse carpeted moorland. Theories about its original purpose range from having been an astronomical observatory, a chambered tomb and in folklore, a site to cure certain ailments. If you climb for through the hole three times it is said to have magical powers for fertility for women and farmers wanting plentiful crops.
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Cape Cornwall marks the spot where the Atlantic currents divide and is one of only two capes in Britain. Owned by the National Trust, the distinctive headland juts out into the ocean where two great bodies of water meet. Once a heavily industrialised landscape, it is now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and a wild and rugged home to many seabirds which nest on the Brisons rocks.
Photo credit: Matthew Johns
Pop-in to one of our Whistlefish galleries for a natter and a browse through our most recent Cornwall-inspired art, wonderful work from local artists, gorgeous gifts to please those back home or keep for yourself, and our stunning selection of one-of-a-kind greeting cards. All of our galleries are managed by friendly locals who are not only passionate about what they do, but where they live.
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