Cornwall, the beautiful ancient Celtic Kingdom located on the western peninsula of England. A visit to Cornwall could fool you into thinking that you were in the Mediterranean and not just off the coast of England. Often, students study abroad in London will think to hop on a plane to one of the many European cities just on their doorstep. However, it’s important not to forget about the incredible sites in the United Kingdom. Karolina Klatka, one of our London study abroad student bloggers, explains what she loved about her trip to Scotland and why is ok to stay in the UK:
At times it seems that all your friends and classmates are going to different countries outside of the United Kingdom. However, there are numerous incredible places to visit inside the country, and they’re all a train or bus ride away! My top recommendation would be the coast of Cornwall and here are my reasons why:
Affordable seaside views
Cornwall is on the South-West tip of England and the seaside views are similar to those you might see in the Mediterranean or Caribbean. However, it is a much more affordable! You will need to book a bus or train to Penzance or St. Ives. You can go on many different adventures from these towns. Or, if you prefer, there are beaches to lounge on while eating a tasty Cornish pasty filled with steak and potatoes.
The south west coastal path has a whole website that gives you options for day trips or planning a day-by-day hike along the entire coast. If you are an avid hiker there is the option to hike along the coast, reaching Land’s End from either St. Ives or Penzance.
There are very affordabley-priced hostels in Land’s End and Penzance, and if you have more money to spend there are also options to book an Airbnb or Bed and Breakfast style place. Regardless of where you stay, the atmosphere is fresh, clean, and friendly! Palm trees and bright sunshine through the window at the Backpackers Hostel in Penzance gave me a great positive view for the rest of the day.
Aside from the blue-green shimmery waters and sunny beaches, there are many galleries in St. Ives, including the Tate St. Ives, which has a very different feel from the Tate Gallery in London. It’s great to see a different side to the United Kingdom through art.
Near Penzance there are other smaller fishing villages with tiny harbors that are perfect for an afternoon hangout.
In Porthcurno there is an outdoor theatre called the Minack Theatre that is build into the hillside and looks out into the sea. It looks similar to something from Greece, and even has performances at certain times during the year!
While you’re there it’s best to try the homemade Cornish pasty that is signature to the area. There should be no problem in finding a place to buy one, the bakeries seem to be on every corner! Try a classic steak pasty or go for a variation with vegetables or mango and chicken. The smell is irresistible and will make you want to buy more throughout the day. Some places have a bargain deal at the end of the day before they close, keep your eye out for those around dinner time!
It’s fun to venture outside of the country and see Europe, but if you want to see some exceptional beauty closer to home the South West Cornish Coast is a great place to start!
This content was contributed by Karolina Klatka, one of our Student Bloggers. She is studying abroad this Spring on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through the London Consortium.