Explore England's most charming counties, Devon and Cornwall, and the best of Wales and Ireland in an enchanting voyage on our Idyllic British Isles cruise.
On this voyage you’ll discover the fascinating culture and traditions of Cornwall, England, so we thought we would share our top 10 list of some of the most interesting facts surrounding the region:
- The name Cornwall originates from the words “Cornovii” and “Waelas,” meaning hill dwellers and strangers.
- Cornwall boasts the longest coastline in Great Britain, extending 433 miles with a population of 535,300.
- Compared to the rest of Britain, Cornwall has relatively warm and sunny weather, making it a perfect beach destination.
- There are more than 75,000 cows in Cornwall, making Cornwall famous for its ice cream.
- A team of bakers from Bodmin, Cornwall, hold the record for baking the biggest Cornish pasty (also known as an Oggie). It weighed 1900 pounds and had a whopping 1,750,000 calories.
- Cornwall is famous for their cream teas, which they serve commonly with a Cornish split, or a slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone.
- The current Duchess of Cornwall is Camilla, wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Though Camilla is legally entitled to the title Princess of Wales, she chose to use Duchess of Cornwall out of respect for Charles’ first late wife Princess Diana.
- Cornwall has a vibrant folk music tradition, making folk festivals very popular throughout the county.
- Several types of beer are brewed in Cornwall, including stouts and ales. Doom Bar Bitter is the top-seller.
- Cornish is a Brythonic Celtic language historically spoken by the Cornish people. The language has undergone a revival in recent decades and is widely considered to be an important part of Cornish identity, culture, and heritage.
For a limited time, book the July 11, 2013 sailing and receive a complimentary Enchanting Castles & Gardens package (valued at $799) where you’ll experience Cornwall with a private tour of the region’s exclusive retreat, St. Mawes, with lunch at the renowned Tresanton Hotel; a visit to the striking gardens cultivated by Benedictine monks on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly; as well as indulging in a traditional Cornish cream tea at Caerhays Castle, amongst other fascinating stops in Wales and Ireland. For more information, click here.
As the Cornish say, tereba nessa or until next time!