Whether you are on camping holiday in Cornwall or just enjoying a day out with family or friends, your Cornish experience will not be complete without a visit to Land’s End. With its magnificent natural setting, great cuisine options, and shopping, plus exciting pay-as-you-go family attractions – it’s one of the West Country’s great places to visit. Land’s End is famous for being a starting point for charity events to travel the length of the United Kingdom in the Land’s End to John O’Groats journey.
From a day visit to spending a weekend exploring the myriad of walking trails along the Cornwall coast, Land’s End is perhaps the best place to visit if you are looking to get away from city life and just enjoy the spectacular panoramic scenes that surround you. A word of warning, be prepared for some pretty blustery conditions because taking a hike around this part of Cornwall isn’t for the faint-hearted once the wind picks up!
The views over the ocean are spectacular and knowing that you are at the southwestern most point of the United Kingdom enhances the sense of freedom as you overlook the ocean. With the next land mass being the USA, you really are at a point of no return but for many, this freedom and taking in the coastal air is just what makes Land’s End so precious.
Be prepared to spend £5 for parking at Land’s End but this gives you all day to examine the vast landscapes surrounding this headland. Free parking is available further afield if you don’t mind walking but for this small surcharge, you have the piece of mind that should the weather turn (and it frequently does), you can quickly head back to your vehicle.
Once you are parked, access to Land’s End can be done on foot. Be prepared for plenty of walking as there are a variety of scenic trails available along the coastline with even more breathtaking views available.
Best Things to Do at Land’s End
Watching the rough waves crashing on the rocks below the family-friendly paths provides tourists with entertaining walks. At the southernmost point of the headland stands a gift shop (The First and Last House) and cafe offering visitors the chance to stop and take in the scenery whilst sipping on a warm beverage. Even on Summer’s day, the chill in the air can be apparent at Land’s End as the sea breeze sweeps across the Penwith peninsula.
Perhaps the highlight attraction that most folks visiting Land’s End want to experience is the iconic Heritage Trail. Be sure to download your free guide and enjoy a rich history of Neolithic artifacts in the cemetery, Bronze Age burial mounds, and an Iron Age hill fort. If history just doesn’t sound interesting enough, perhaps you will be more intrigued by the amazing stories of journeys from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Our top recommendation, simply take a stroll along the coastal path and admire the gorgeous sight of the waves crashing against the untouched, rugged cliffs. Having experienced similar landscapes on our Cliffs of Moher tour in Ireland, we can well and truly attest that this part of Europe is a haven for this type of scenery. Have your camera handy because there are infinite opportunities to capture amazing landscape photos!
Probably the most famous iconic landmark at Land’s End is the signpost providing visitors with an opportunity to make customized messages and have their picture taken. Visitors can tell the photographers their hometown and they will not only calculate the distance, they will customize this into the message for the perfect picture opportunity.
Land’s End offers something for everyone, with the kids able to experience some great rides and elderly folks being able to relax and enjoy the views. The gift shops provide brochures and pamphlets advertising a variety of attractions throughout Cornwall which is really great for anyone visiting this part of the country for several days. Cornish fudge is a must for anyone visiting here for the first time.
After spending a week exploring the very of Cornwall, we have to admit that our minds always drift back to experiences at Land’s End for those that were the most memorable. The scenery here is second to none, at least in terms of the spots we visited in Cornwall.
Yes, the charming village of Mevagissey or the fishing town of St. Ives are both great spots to experience the very best of Cornish culture but there is something quite magical about the secluded spot that is known as Land’s End. Perhaps because you have that feeling that you are at the end of the world or maybe just because of the breathtaking panoramic views. Either way, it’s a location that you cannot afford to miss if you have any interest in exploring the southwest county of Cornwall.
Unless you go prepared with clothing, it can be extremely windy and cold! PLEASE NOTE – take enough clothing even during the Summer to Land’s End, otherwise you may end up looking pretty stupid when you are being blown around with only shorts and t-shirt on.