Join our Cornwall tours from London and partake in a journey of beautiful scenery and unique history. During your small-group adventure you’ll take in rugged coastline, historic sites, and the places that have featured in popular local TV shows Doc Martin and Poldark.
The name ‘Cornwall’ can be loosely translated as ‘Celtic Foreigner’, and provides a subtle hint to the complex and fascinating history of this unique area. There is evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years, with the first signifcant monuments and settlements appearing after 4,000BC. Cornwall’s importance grew with the bronze age, as people discovered the landscape was adbudant in two particularly important metals: copper and tin.
This was followed by the arrival of Celts into England, but with the Roman invasion in the 1st century, and Cornwall remaining largely unchanged, a separation from the rest of England began. This was further complicated by subsequent invasions by Saxons and Vikings. Battles ensued and alliances changed until the mid-900’s when King Athelstan set the border of Cornwall along the River Tamar, finally separating the area from England.
The industrial revolution proved to be a crucial period for Cornwall, as it’s isolated location had previously meant there had been no large-scale industry. But from the 18th century, industry boomed, and in two areas especially; tin mining and fishing. Pilchard fishing was Cornwall’s signature, with stocks exported all over Europe, and tin mining made some of parts of Cornwall among the wealthiest areas in the world at its height.
Kernow a’gas dynnergh, meaning ‘Welcome to Cornwall’, are the words that greet any visitor crossing over the border from Devon. In many ways Cornwall is unique; with its own history, its own traditions, its own foods and even its own language. Many people around the world can trace ancestral connections to this county, and it is certainly a fascinating place to visit.
For Cornwall is a land of storytelling. From the legend of King Arthur, which legend suggests to be the birthplace of King Arthur to the iconic St Michael’s Mount; a stunning island built monastery that was allegedly once home to a giant. Cornwall’s appeal and charm has inspired so many people and stories alike. In this era of TV and film, it has been used as a setting for the books by Rosamunde Pilcher, and series such as Doc Martin and Poldark.
Due to its natural resources and the character of its people, Cornwall has maintained much of its Celtic heritage to this day. Whilst some of its traditional industries have declined, the core of the county’s economy is now tourism, and exports of everyone’s favourite local food; the Cornish pasty! In Cornwall the coastline is rugged, the countryside beautiful and the locals humourous and friendly.
If you would like to explore the beauty and history of Cornwall, then why not join one of our small-group Cornwall tours? Our five-day adventures include the services of our professional Tour Leaders who are experts on the all of the places you’ll visit, full transportation and four-nights accommodation. Tours start and finish in central London.
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