Launceston castle

The name Cornwall is most likely derived from old English “KernWeahlas” meaning Celts or foreigners of the horn. Cornwall has a Brythonic Celtic language Kernewek. The Cornish people are descendants of ancient Celtic Britons and pre-date the anglo saxon invasion by thousands of years. King Athelstan pushed the Cornish back and set the national boundaries between England’s Wessex and Celtic Cornwall at the river Tamar in 938 AD. In 1337 Cornwall was made a Duchy, the Duke of Cornwall was given the powers of a king and in many ways Cornwall was an extra territorial nation to England.

Cornish Mining Landscape

Cornwall’s mining industry and landscape gained World Heritage status in 2006. World Heritage Status places Cornwall’s historic mining landscapes on a par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.


Cornwall’s scenery is amazing. Rugged cliffs, rolling hills. Fantastic beaches that stretch for miles. A wealth of wildlife and birds, Inland waters and rivers tumbling to the ocean. Visiting Cornwall is like stepping back in time, and that’s a big part of the attraction.