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A Snapshot into.. Cornwall

  • March 30, 2020

Cornwall is a county on England’s South Western Coast, encompassing wild moorland, hundreds of sandy beaches, coastal walks, traditional pubs and pretty harbor villages such as Fowey and Falmouth. The total population of Cornwall is an estimated 566,000 and the county itself only has one city, Truro!

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute care and specialist health services across three main hospitals. The Trust is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It serves a population of around 430,000 people, a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff and has a budget of approximately £380 million.

Facts About Cornwall

  • Cornwall has over 300 beaches
  • Cornwall has it’s own language, Kernewek – it is not widely spoken but is taught in Schools!
  • China clay was discovered in Cornwall in 1745. It is now Cornwall’s largest export (other than the pasty!)
  • Cornwall has the longest coastline of any county in the UK
  • Cornwall is home to the largest collection of Plant species in the British Isles
  • Waves can reach up to 30ft in Cornwall, with thousands of Surfers flocking just for this!
  • Famous people from Cornwall include Mick Fleetwood, Roger Taylor, Ben Ainslie, Thandie Newton, Dawn French and Phillip Schofield
  • There are more than 75,000 cows in Cornwall, making Cornwall famous for its ice cream.
  • Doc Martin – a popular TV show that follows the life of a surgeon with haemophobia, is both filmed and developed in Port Isaac!

Cost of Living in Cornwall

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Cornwall to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


5 Hours 3 Minutes


4 Hours 8 Minutes


4 Hours 52 Minutes


7 Hours 24 Minutes


9 Hours 33 Minutes


5 Hours 20 Minutes


7 Hours 40 Minutes


13 Hours 41 Minutes

Education in Cornwall

Cornwall itself is home to over 250 Primary Schools and a further 50 Secondary Schools, including Sixth Forms and Academies. Not only does Cornwall have a huge variety of Schools, there are in fact 38 schools in Cornwall currently rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted school inspectors.

Cornwall is also home to Truro College, Falmouth University and The University of Exeter’s campus’s in Truro and Penryn. In the 2015/16 academic year, the University of Exeter supported £73.4 million in economic output and 853 jobs across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. In addition to this, Falmouth University (sharing Penryn campus with Exeter) covers the breadth of the creative industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music and film. International students make up a large proportion of the student population in Falmouth from the Universities.

Things to do in Cornwall

The Eden Project

With a worldwide reputation, and recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction 5 years running, The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall. Inside the two biomes are huge tropical gardens with plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days, music concerts and much more besides.

Water Gate Bay

Set on a spectacular, two mile surfing beach on the North Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay is the perfect destination for a contemporary beach holiday or day visit! Famous for the location of the Extreme Academy, if you want to learn how to surf, kite surf, paddle board, waveski or handplane then here’s the place for tuition and equipment hire!

Blue Reef Aquarium

The Blue Reef Aquarium, situated on Towan beach in Newquay, overlooking the Atlantic sea, recreates the world under the Sea. Visitors can enjoy the amazing aquatic life including seahorses, giant Jellyfish and Piranha.


A small village situated on the north coast with a fantastic beach, Polzeath is a renowned surfing and foodie destination. The award-winning beach is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that have received the Blue Flag Award 2017 and attracts a multitude of surfers due to it’s easily accessible location and long slow breaking waves.


Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall. Padstow offers visitors a host of things to do from Beach Days and Shopping to Boat Trips and Lobster Hatchery’s!

Sharps Brewery

Several types of beer are brewed in Cornwall, including stouts and ales. Sharp's Brewery is a British brewery founded in 1994 in St Minver Lowlands, Rock, Cornwall, by Bill Sharp. The Brewery create exceptional quality beer including the UK's #1 cask beer, Doom Bar. Visit the Brewery for beer tasting and tours!

Relocation to Cornwall

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Cornwall, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos on everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS!

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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