I have almost finished my degree. I’ve submitted my last assignments and finished my lectures. The only thing I still have to do is to finish my dissertation. To make the most out of my last days as a student, my friends and I decided to explore Cornwall a bit more and visit these three amazing places.
St. Michael’s Mount
The first place on our list was St. Michael’s Mount – a small tidal island with a castle. The island reminds the French Mont St. Michel in Normandy, which looks similar but is three times bigger. The castle is connected to the small town of Marazion and you can walk from Marazion to the castle when the tide is low. When the tide is high, locals and visitors have to take small boats to get to the island, because the causeway to the island can be barely seen as it is covered with water.
When we arrived, the weather, unfortunately, didn’t let us visit the castle, as it was very rainy and the wind broke my new umbrella. I forgot to mention, we had a car for a day, so it took us about 35-40 minutes to get to there from Falmouth.
After taking several pictures and trying to not get blown away, we went back to the car and started moving towards our next spot.
On the way to the second location on our list, the weather changed several times. It was sunny, and then rainy, but once we parked the car at the Minack Theatre it became very warm again. Cornwall is absolutely incredible when the weather is good, the colour of the water looks like you are on a remote island.
Once we got to the desired destination and got out of the car, we ran to the entrance of the theatre and saw a truly breathtaking view.
People walking their dogs on the beach, surfers trying to catch a wave in the turquoise water, with the seals swimming just 10 metres away from them. The water in Cornwall is quite cold at this time of the year, but you can always spot a couple of people surfing in their wetsuits.
To see the theatre we got the tickets (£5) at the small shop on the top of the cliff, where the two ladies also offered us to see an evening show. The ticket included the entrance to the theatre as well as to the museum. The first thing we visited was the museum. There we learnt a bit about the history of the theatre and found out that it was built by a woman called Rowena Cade and her gardener.
The Minack Theatre is a unique open-air theatre which was built between the 1931 and 1932. During the summer season – from Easter to September – visitors can enjoy plays and shows, which are produced by companies from all over the UK and even the US.
The seats are also very special.
Names of different plays are carved on each of them. The views from The Minack Theatre are absolutely stunning. You can see the dark blue deep water and the cliffs from the stone theatre «windows».
We saw more seals looking for fish from there as well. Visiting this place was a pretty amazing experience, but as we were close to another popular spot in Cornwall, we decided to see it as well.
The next spot on our list was Land’s End. Land’s End is the most westerly point of mainland England.
This is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, from which you can enjoy the coastal view and spot the lighthouse in the distance.
There are plenty of things to do at Land’s End, including strolling through the shopping village, enjoying Cornish cream tea or lunch at the restaurant and taking pictures with the iconic Land’s End signpost. People who are travelling from far can stay at the local hotel and spend more time exploring the area.
Cornwall is beautiful and there is always something to do or visit. The only thing is that if you don’t own a car it might be complicated and time-consuming to reach different locations such as these ones. However, it is still possible and maybe even more adventurous.
Being a student doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the library, being a student means you have to allocate your time smartly, so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. And being a student in Cornwall means you can explore the world and see these picturesque locations.
Olga Kozlova April 9th, 2019 Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Lifestyle, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate cornwall, exploring cornwall, international, life in the south west, life on campus, penryn campus, travelling, undergraduate, university of exeter