LAND'S END OFFERS STUNNING CORNISH SCENERY AND NATURAL BEAUTY
PUBLISHED: 12:47 17 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:17 30 August 2017
© Simon Cook Lands End
Whether you're starved of culture and heritage or hungry for new experiences, quench your thirst for adventure at Land's End or Penn-an-Wlas
Located at the western-most point of mainland Cornwall and England, Land’s End is a legendary Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as Belerion’ – meaning place of the sun
Whether you’re starved of culture and heritage or hungry for new experiences, quench your thirst for adventure at Land’s End and follow in the footsteps of early 19th century visitors who travelled to the First and Last Inn before making the final stage of the journey to Penn-an-Wlas (Land’s End in Cornish) on horseback or foot along the narrow lanes.
Discover something new about Land’s End...
- More than 130 recorded shipwrecks lie around the Land’s End headland as well as countless unrecorded.
- Ownership of Land’s End can be traced back to 1066, when Count Robert de Mortain was granted the area by William the Conqueror, since then Land’s End has always been private land which is kept open and conserved for the public to enjoy and explore.
- The Lost Land of Lyonesse’ is said to lie beneath the waves between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly; according to legend Lyonesse was a rich part of King Arthur’s realm which was drowned by the sea on a cataclysmically stormy night.
- Longships Lighthouse at Land’s End forms one point of an important protective triangle; Longships is 8 miles from Wolf Rock Lighthouse and 23 miles from the Lizard Lighthouse and collectively these three lighthouses create one of the best lit waterways in the British Isles.
- The artist J.M.W. Turner visited Land’s End during his Westcountry tour of 1811; at Land’s End, Turner made many pencil drawings which he later developed into engravings and highly atmospheric watercolours especially his Longships Lighthouse, Land’s End’ (1834-35)
- The author Wilkie Collins walked to Land’s End in 1855 and famously said: Something like what Jerusalem was to the pilgrim in the Holy Land, the Land’s End is — comparing great things with small — to the tourist in Cornwall. It is the Ultima Thule where his progress stops — the shrine towards which his face has been set, from the first day when he started on his travels — the main vent, through which all the pent-up enthusiasm accumulated along the line of route is to burst its way out, in one long flow of admiration and delight. The Land’s End! There is something in the very words that stirs us all.’
- The many names for Land’s End’ are centuries old; the earliest name for Land’s End seems to Penwith Steort’ recorded in 997; Penwith is Cornish for extreme end’ and Steort is Old English for tail’ or end’
- The name Londeseynde’ is recorded in 1337 and Pen an Wlas’ – Cornish for end of the land’ – appears around 1500.
Christine, Visitor Centre Supervisor (Worked at Land’s End for 17 years)
"For me, Land’s End is unique and there is nowhere more beautiful in all of Cornwall. Greeb Farm is a must for both children and adults; it’s simply lovely and very tranquil."
Phil, Attractions (Since 2001, Phil has worked four full seasons at Land’s End)
"The early morning views from the front of the hotel are a wonderful way to start your day at work. It’s so peaceful to watch the sea and on clear morning you can see the Isles of Scilly.
"I would recommend the 4D Film Experience because I think a lot of people have seen a 3D movie but they haven’t necessarily experienced the 4D element. It’s a really enjoyable thing to do on a day out at Land’s End."
Nick, Outside Catering Manager (Since 2012, Nick has worked one and a half seasons at Land’s End)
"My favourite thing about Land’s End? The people; the team at Land’s End are so friendly and welcoming, I feel like I’ve known them for ages, and too be honest they’re more like friends than colleagues.
"The restaurant, the view is lovely, the bar staff are friendly and welcoming and they serve some great food."
Heidi, Retail Supervisor (Worked at Land’s End for three years)
"My favourite thing about Land’s End is the people I work with across the whole site because we’re a really good team and all in all we get along really well.
"I don’t think everybody realises just how big Land’s End actually is so I would definitely recommend that visitors walk the whole site, not just the main square, and it’s also fantastic to see how Land’s End changes throughout the seasons."
Anneliese, Bar & Restaurant Manager (Worked at Land’s End for one year and six months)
"My favourite thing at Land’s End is definitely the weather; there’s nothing more amazing than watching the sea-mist roll in or watching the waves crashing against the rocks. What’s more the weather changes so speedily here; it’s amazing to watch!
"I know I am biased but I would recommend the restaurant, we have a superb range of products on the bar, the coffee is really good and I would especially recommend our new Aero-Mint hot chocolate which is really a divine drink."