Discover beautiful Cornwall through the eyes of Rosamunde Pilcher

St Michaels Mount

Arguably Cornwall’s most enthusiastic literary advocate is Rosamunde Pilcher, whose Cornwall-based novels formed the basis of an 89-episode German television series. Filming locations were spread across the county, and provide a perfect itinerary to explore this beautiful part of the world.

Bedruthan Steps Newquay Cornwall EnglandLand’s End and Penzance

The Day of the Storm (Stürmische Begegnung) was filmed at Britain’s most westerly point, Land’s End, and nearby Penzance. As well as imposing cliffs, golden beaches and the striking fields of yellow rapeseed so beautifully described in Pilcher’s story, Land’s End is home to part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, where remaining buildings and facilities offer a fascinating insight into bygone Cornish industry and way of life.

The stunningly attractive 25-acre Trengwainton walled garden lies just outside Penzance, enchanting visitors with intense displays of colour from exotic plant life, while fans of Pilcher’s best-selling The Shell Seekers won’t want to miss the tiny island of St. Michael’s Mount and its impressive hilltop castle.

Bodmin and Lanhydrock

Head further inland towards Bodmin, a picturesque town which provided one of four Cornish filming locations for Cliffs of Love (Klippen der Liebe). To the south of Bodmin is Lanhydrock, a spectacular country estate described by the National Trust as the “grandest house in Cornwall”. Visit Lanhydrock and discover the remarkable contrast between the ‘below stairs’ servants’ quarters and the opulent luxury of the upstairs bedrooms, dining rooms and lounges.

Newquay

Scenes from Cliffs of Love were also filmed in Newquay on Cornwall’s northern coast, famous for its nine pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs that inspired the story’s title. Newquay’s clifftop walks offer unrivalled views of wild heathland and award-winning sandy beaches.

Known as one of Cornwall’s livelier towns, Newquay is a hub of surf culture in Britain, centred around the beautiful Fistral Beach. Newquay offers a more relaxed pace too, however, with Trenance Leisure Gardens providing mini-golf and bowling in classic English seaside town style, and even walking trails among gorgeous gardens and historic cottages. Ample cafés around the town serve Cornwall’s famous pasties, and the delicious cream teas so beloved of south west England.

Lanhydrock GardensThe Eden Project

The county also boasts one of the UK’s most popular attractions and the biggest indoor rainforest in the world at the Eden Project. Around one million tourists visit the Eden Project every year, and the attraction has been dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Great value travel to Cornwall

All that Cornwall has to offer is just a couple of hours by train from London, and the BritRail South West Pass offers unlimited rail travel between London and the south west of England.
Heritage passes for Cornwall

Cornwall is home to so many heritage properties, and you can get free entry to up to 12 attractions in Cornwall alone with a Heritage Pass from the VisitBritain Shop. The National Trust and English Heritage both manage properties in Cornwall - see the table below to help you decide on the best pass for you.

 

Heritage Pass Attractions in Cornwall 
National Trust Touring Pass National Trust Touring Pass  Antony House, Cotehele, East Pool Mine, Glendurgan Garden, Godolphin, Lanhydrock, Levant Mine and Beam Engine, St Michael’s Mount, Tintagel Old Post Office, Trelissick Garden, Trengwainton Garden, Trerice
English Heritage Pass  Chysauster Ancient Village, Launceston Castle, Pendennis Castle, Restormel Castle, St Mawes Castle
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