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Cornwall's Gulf Stream–warmed microclimate makes its beaches quite feasible as summer vacation destinations, and these waters, as well as Devon's, are good for surfing too. But beyond the beach, Cornwall's rugged coastline and leafy north Devon's thatched-roof villages, Georgian towns, and remote harbors are definitely worth a look. There's hiking, horse riding, and cycling in the moorlands, fishing and yachting in the rivers and estuaries, and subtropical gardens and castles all over. This area has always drawn artists, and the thriving arts scene continues, especially with the St. Ives painters of Cornwall and the Tate Gallery.

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National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall

Set on 42 acres on the picturesque Helford estuary, the Marine Animal Rescue Centre is the most important of its kind in Europe. See the injured wild animals...more

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South West Coast Path

A cliff-top path with hair-raising views runs 630 miles around the sometimes wild and rugged, sometimes rolling and gentle, southwest coast of Britain from...more

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Stately Homes + Castles

You can't turn a corner in Devon and Cornwall without bumping into an ancient castle or grand stately home. Some have huge historical significance, while others...more

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You'll catch some excellent waves on the north coast of Cornwall and (less so) Devon. Good surfing beaches run south–west from Harlyn down past Newquay...more

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Tate Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall

The London contemporary arts institution opened an outpost in Cornwall in 1993. It aims to offer an introduction to modern art with creative display of the...more

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