Bay Lodge - Attractions around the Bay
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. Stroll across the granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history, discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.
Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay.
The Minack Theatre
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.
The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade.
The sub-tropical gardens have become an established favourite, especially for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The succulent plants thrive on the open cliffside providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round.
Land's End is mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s most famous landmarks. From the 200 foot high granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean you can gaze across to the Longships Lighthouse, the Isles of Scilly twenty eight miles away and beyond that, America.
As a destination attraction Land’s End has a hotel, exhibition halls featuring the area’s role in air sea rescue, a 4D cinema, play areas for the kids, Greeb Farm with its collection of small animals, speciality shops and working craftsmen. There’s also a free exhibition dedicated to all those ‘end to enders’ who have covered the distance between here and John O’Groats (838 miles north) in often bizarre, exhausting but ultimately inspiring ways. Off road Land’s End can be reached via the coastal footpath and visitors wishing to just enjoy the stunning natural landscape only pay for parking.
St Ives is a seemingly subtropical oasis where the beaches are golden, the vegetation lush and the light piercingly bright. It’s no wonder then that the town has been attracting artists for decades who come to capture the area’s undeniable natural beauty. It started with J M W Turner and the marine artist Henry Moore who first came to St Ives in the mid-1800s and since then the town has become a magnet for some of the world’s greatest painters, sculptors and ceramists. St. Ives is the home to the Barbra Hepworth Museum and The Tate Gallery.
St Ives’s arty connections are reflected in the numerous galleries and exhibitions dotted around the town and combine that with a great surfing beach, plenty of pavement cafes, ancient pubs, top notch eateries and a fascinating working harbour, St Ives is deservedly one of Cornwall’s top destinations