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CORNWALL

Cornwall, UKSituated in the far south-western part of the UK, Cornwall is known for its ancient heritage, beautiful landscapes, rugged cliffs and golden sands. Its picturesque towns and fishing villages, magnificent public gardens (like the Lost Gardens of Heligan) and the stunning Eden Project (which houses a vast global garden within breathtaking space-age conservatories) adds up to a quite unique visitor experience.

Tideswell in Trebah Gardens

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and the Tate Gallery in St. Ives are recent additions to Cornwall's cultural heritage. It is a wonderful county to visit and an ideal situation for the International Male Voice Choral Festival. Truro, the County town has a superb Cathedral, elegant cobbled streets and Georgian town houses and is set at the head of the Truro river. Truro is Cornwall’s cultural, commercial and administrative centre and has excellent pedestrianised shopping. It boasts the Royal Cornwall Museum, and the Festival International Gala Concerts and the International Choral Competitions are held in the well-equipped Hall for Cornwall and historic Cathedral.

TRAVEL TO AND WITHIN CORNWALL

Travel to Cornwall by visiting choirs can either be by coach, train, air or car. For overseas choirs, regular cross-channel ferries operate into Dover (approximately eight hours away by coach), the Eurostar or The Shuttle. Coaches can be arranged from these or any other arrival points (at choirs' own cost). Flights into Newquay Cornwall Airport operate from Gatwick and Manchester (all year round) and Edinburgh, Newcastle and elsewhere in hte UK during the summer months. Check the links below forthe latest information

Train services to Cornwall run regularly from all parts of England, Wales and Scotland. Easy rail access is also possible from the major international airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol and Exeter. The two train companies which serve Cornwall are First Great Western and Cross Country Trains.

National Express is the main long distance coach company serving Cornwall from the rest of the UK (including all main UK international airports). Private coach companies also operate and can transport participating choirs from anywhere in the the country. Further details and contacts for these companies are available from the Festival Director (see 'Contact' above.)

If in doubt, please contact the Festival Director as the office contains a wealth of information on travel intricacies about which UK visitors may not be aware.

Useful Links

Visit Cornwall

Newquay Cornwall Airport

First Great Western Trains

Cross Country Trains

National Express Coaches

Cornwall Car Hire