Cornwall is the traditional homeland of the Cornish people and is officially recognised as one of the Celtic nations, retaining its cultural identity that reflects its history. Cornwall's only city is Truro and the home of the council headquarters. Nearby Falmouth is notable as a port and Newquay on the north coast is famous for its beaches and surfing.
Road links between Cornwall and the rest of Great Britain are the A38 via the Tamar Bridge and the town of Saltash, the A39 road from Barnstaple, and the A30 which crosses the border south of Launceston. Torpoint Ferry links Plymouth with the town of Torpoint. The Royal Albert Bridge, a rail bridge, provides the only other major transport link. Plymouth, a large urban centre close to east Cornwall has made it an important location for serviced offices in Cornwall, surrounded by such services as hospitals, department stores, road and rail transport, and cultural venues.
Tourism is estimated to contribute up to 24% of Cornwall's gross domestic product with its unique culture, spectacular landscape and mild climate making it a popular tourist destination, Cornwall has many miles of beaches and cliffs and other tourist attractions include moorland, country gardens, museums, historic and prehistoric sites, and wooded valleys.
Even though Cornwall is remote and residential broadband less common than in other parts of the UK, it has one of the world's fastest, high-speed transatlantic fibre optic cables, making Cornwall an important hub within Europe's Internet infrastructure.