Things to see and do at Cape Cornwall
Cape Cornwall is one of only two capes in Britain. Often referred to as the connoisseur's Land's End, the iconic chimney stack and Brisons Rocks make this site a must-see. Enjoy views over the Atlantic year-round, nature and wildlife across the changing seasons and a sea of bluebells which take over in late spring.
Exploring the Cape
Cape Cornwall marks the spot where the Atlantic currents divide. It was bought by Heinz for the nation as part of their centenary celebrations, and presented to the National Trust in 1987. Look out for the distinctive plaque at the summit to mark this gift.
The chimney stack dates back to 1894, when Cape Cornwall Mine was in operation, extracting tin and copper from out under the sea. Now, the site is part of the Tin Coast and Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
Known as 'General de Gaulle in his bath', the Brisons Rocks have caused many shipwrecks in their time. They are said to have once been home to a prison, but now are an important breeding ground for seabirds. Flying around them you may see gannets, fulmars or migrants such as storm-petrels.
For centuries, the cove has been a landing place for local fisherman and continues to be so to this day.
Dog restrictions at Priest's Cove
Please be aware that there's a seasonal ban from taking dogs on to Priest's Cove between Easter and October as it is a working slipway.
Walking at Cape Cornwall
From Cape Cornwall there are lots of great walks to discover. Head to Sennen Cove in the south or north on the coast path through the Tin Coast to the Pendeen Lighthouse, with sea views to soak up along the way.
Walking safely at Cape Cornwall
Please stay on the main footpaths. This was once a mining area and there are many mine shafts and adits along the coast from Cape Cornwall.
Bluebells at Cape Cornwall
During April and May, the sea of blue at Cape Cornwall doesn’t simply stop at the cliffs. As the waves of the Atlantic crashes into the Tin Coast, bluebells overtake the fields and clifftops above, creating a springtime spectacle. Easily accessible from the nearby car park, you won’t need to search for long before you see the sea of blue swaying up ahead.
Where to see bluebells
Parking at Botallack (TR19 7QQ) and taking a short walk along the cliffs from into the Kenidjack Valley gives the best opportunity to enjoy the bluebells on the Tin Coast.
Discover what we’re doing to reverse the decline in wildflower meadows in the UK and how we’re protecting the impressive range of rare bees that have made a home at Cape Cornwall.
Discover the 780 miles of beautiful coastline in our care. Plan your next coastal adventure, whether you want to explore soft, sandy beaches or rugged, windswept cliffs.
Try out the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities children can enjoy by the sea, from paddling or swimming, to catching crabs and skimming stones.
While canoeing and kayaking are great ways to experience nature and keep fit, they can be dangerous if you don't follow the guidelines. Learn how to stay safe with our advice and guidance.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
There are miles of natural beautiful coastline and beaches in Cornwall to explore with all the family. There's plenty of space to blow away the cobwebs along the coast.
Cornwall has a wealth of woodlands, bridleways, trails and paths to explore including a wet willow woodland. Experience fresh air outdoors with the whole family this summer and look out for an abundance of wildlife and butterflies that call this place home.