Historic Cornwall

Discovering Cornwall and Scilly's archaeology and history

Welcome to Historic Cornwall, the website that has information about projects undertaken by Cornwall’s Historic Environment Service.

The Cornwall & Scilly Historic Environment Record contains details of over 56,000 archaeological and historical sites, monuments, buildings, artefacts, landscapes and industrial settlements.

It can now be searched online via the Heritage Gateway.

The HER can also be accessed through Cornwall Council’s mapping site.

I am a happy member of this community. There is a lot to learn about our history than I thought as a kid. The community is also friendly and supportive at all times.
Helen J. Moody

Local & Regional Information

Historic Cornwall

Cornwall & Scilly Urban Survey

Cornwall Industrial Settlements

Access to Monuments (A2M) website

Cornwall & Scilly Mapping Project

Historic Environment Data sheets

Cornwall Record Office

Cornish Studies Library

Conservation Areas in Cornwall

Take a tour around Cornwall to explore its heritage and learn from the experts about its history and contribution to the world.

Heritage Gateway

Our programs offer complete tours around Cornwall with an expert guide assistance.

Regeneration Schemes

Take part in our heritage conservation programs to support our causes.

National Heritage

Learn about the national heritage of Cornwall from the generations of storytellers.

Heritage Help

Connect with us anytime to learn about bookings, volunteering, programs, and schemes.

Energy Conservation in Historic Buildings

Our projects for the conservation of heritage monuments and places around Cornwall are driving the best facilities in the city. With the support of the legislation and tourism management, Cornwall receives the support to protect our national heritage. You can find the latest news about Cornwall here.

Heritage Protection Reform

Meet our community members and learn about the methods we use to protect our properties.

HELM training events

Join our workshops to take a tour around our heritage sites and also learn about our programs.

Heritage publications

Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on our upcoming events and volunteer programs.

Latest Updates

Discover 10 Tips to Be a Responsible Tourist in Cornwall

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Many times when we travel we take into account many variables, such as interesting places, weather, accommodation, or the social life of the destination. But rarely, we reflect on the impact of our vacations.

Now we are going to leave you a series of keys to be a responsible tourist in Cornwall:

Choose responsibly

Whenever possible, choose tour operators, airlines, and hotels that respect the environment.

Be informed about the destination

Every place has its own history, culture, and natural values, and we should inform ourselves about them in order to know how to behave without harming them. In addition to investigating the current legislation to avoid any mishap.

Consume resources responsibly

Use natural resources such as water, electricity, or gas responsibly, only consume what you need.

Reduce our waste

Do not throw garbage. Keep them with us until we find a suitable place to dispose of them (garbage cans, containers, etc.).

It is advisable to bring reusable containers, such as bags or bottles, so you will generate less waste.

Use public and/or non-motorized means of transport

Use local or collective public transport whenever possible, as this will help to protect the environment. If possible, use non-motorized means of transport, such as bicycles.

Sometimes it’s not even possible to bring your own bicycle or even your daughters houten poppenwagen in public transport, so be aware of that.

Do not alter the natural environment

Observe wildlife from a distance without disturbing it, do not pluck flowers or plants, and do not buy souvenirs or products made from endangered species. In natural areas, and especially in protected areas, always try to follow the trails.

There are areas where silence is very important, even in natural parks, keep the wildlife quiet and we will be able to enjoy the sound of nature.

Carry out actions that respect the environment

Do not take “souvenirs” from natural and archaeological sites. Do not damage the environment with graffiti or unsustainable activities, such as 4×4.

Respect the local culture

Establish correct and cordial relations with local populations, without prejudice. When you arrive at your destination, always try to adapt to local customs and habits, without imposing your own habits and lifestyles.

People are not part of the landscape, it is advisable to ask their permission before taking pictures of them.

Consume local products

Support cultural manifestations and local craftsmanship.

Reflect on the trip

When you return home reflect on what you have seen and met. If you have made commitments to local people (sending postcards, photos, or other small favors), try to keep them.

If you have witnessed serious and intolerable situations, report them to your travel agent or tour operator, or to the appropriate authorities.

We hope these tips will help you to be a more responsible tourist.