Ah Cornwall. To many British holidaymakers, the mention of this Cornwall causes images of sea, sand and sometimes sun to race to the forefront of their mind.

We wanted to pay tribute to this wonderful part of the United Kingdom by compiling the ultimate guide. But what makes our guide to Cornwall different? 

Our list is 100% compiled by the UK public, gathered from social media and our own internal data. 

From the best beaches in Cornwall to the most popular things to do in Cornwall which you can check out below. 

What are the most popular places to visit in Cornwall?

We check out internal data to see where Brits are travelling to Cornwall. Click on a destination for a full visitor guide below. 

  1. Newquay 2. St.Ives 3.Penzance 3. Truro 4. Falmouth 5. St.Austell 6. Bodmin

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How do people travel to Cornwall?

We had a look at our internal data to discover when and which way people choose to travel to Cornwall. From this data, we could also see when the best time to book your ticket to the Cornish coast is!

When is the best time to book?

Want to travel to Cornwall but don’t want to pay a fortune? Our internal data shows that you could save up to half the average ticket price when booking a month in advance compared to the day of travel!

When is the worst time to book?

No last-minute deals here as the worst time to book your ticket to Cornwall is on the day of departure.

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How are people getting to Cornwall?

Our data shows that the most popular transport choice for visitors is by train, although this mode of transport is almost twice as expensive as getting the bus.

When is the best time to visit Cornwall?

Yes, Cornwall is the nation’s favourite summer spot, however, when we asked the public to recommend their favourite things to do in Cornwall, as well as the best time to go, we found that people have love for Cornwall even in the cooler seasons.  

What are the best things to do in Cornwall? Find out below!

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We asked the UK public what their number one thing to do in Cornwall is and combined the responses.  In result, we were able to find the most popular online places to visit to make a list of the top 5 things to do in Cornwall!

1. Minack Theatre

Spending a warm night watching players perform on this Atlantic coast stage is a unique experience which both locals and tourists adore! So much so, it’s the number one thing to do in Cornwall!

“An experience not to be missed! – The Minack Theatre is so unique and is a must see. We were staying in Penzance and travelled to take a look and see a show. We arrived three hours before the show started and as we had tickets were allowed to enter free of charge and take a look around the theatre. It is incredible. Highly recommend visiting this unique, special place.” – Svendak, TripAdvisor

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With shows running until late October, there’s still plenty of time to drop-in on an evening show. But if you’re planning a trip in the winter the theatre is still open for viewings from 10 a.m until 4 p.m.   

Visitor information: the car park is free for use, however, it closes during performance time so ensure to get to the theatre before the show begins!

Opening times: March – September from 9:30am to 5:30pm, October 1 – 30 from 10am to 4:30pm, October 31 to March 18 from 10am to 3:30pm. Check out what’s on and when on the Minack Theatre website.

2. Lanhydrock House

Located near the town of Lostwithiel, the vast gardens, lavish decor and 1,000 acres of the woodland surroundings of Lanhydrock House have long been a popular attraction among those who visit Cornwall.

Apart from its beauty, it is the accessibility of this mansion and gardens which make this attraction a good-for-all place to visit in Cornwall.

“Fans of Downton Abbey will love seeing behind the scenes in the extensive kitchens at Lanhydrock. Explore room after room of this beautiful late Victorian country house, walk the gardens and explore the woodland. Return time after time and always find something new. The perfect day out for all ages!” – Jenny, www.the-gingerbread-house.co.uk

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Whether it’s a glorious day or a rainy day, Lanhydrock house boasts both external and internal beauty, plus it’s open all year!

Visitor information: Throughout the year various sections of the house open up at different times. The times we have chosen are those of the house. For the complete opening times and visitor info you can check out their website.

Opening hours: March to October from 11:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m, November to February from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  

3.  Bedruthan Steps

Taking a trip down these 148 steps embedded into Cornwall’s coastline offers visitors a quiet moment to absorb the swooshing waves and echoes of the sound of the sea bouncing off the cliff face. An experience not found on Cornwall’s busier beaches.

Step beyond the slightly shabby exterior, and enter a contemporary, modern world that caters for children and adults alike. Bedruthan Steps markets itself as a boutique, child-friendly hotel, and it delivers. The hotel boasts a great outdoor play area which the kids made a beeline for. With a pirate ship, a Wendy house and a zip wire, it caters for all ages. There’s also a football pitch and some toy diggers to play on, and a playroom with a pool table, table hockey and a TV.  The views are spectacular, and the beach is a short walk down the path. – Karen, www.minitravellers.co.uk


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It’s been proven that people have been in this area since the Bronze age, and with the site being announced as an official ‘dark site’ for star-gazers we don’t think visitors will stop flocking anytime soon.

Visitor information: Research the tide times before setting down the steps as it’s dangerous to be on the beach during high tide. You can check out the tide times for the Bedruthan Steps here.

4. Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

This subtropical paradise makes for a perfect day out no matter what the season; from the exotic residents blooming all summer long, to the towering bamboo trees standing tall throughout the winter. Ranked 80th in the top 100 gardens in the world, the Trebah Gardens certainly is a must-see place to visit in Cornwall.

A lovely day out– We took the ferry to Helford Passage and then walked along to Trebah Gardens. The place is stunning, tropical gardens, beautifully tended. Be prepared for a bit of a walk and sometimes inclines can be quite steep. Don’t miss the lovely, secluded little beach, dog-friendly, well worth the effort.” – Biffnteal, TripAdvisor

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Don’t forget to take a wander through the woodlands to check out the private beach! Despite the quiet allure of Helford beach, it holds a significant connection to WW2; the beach was used as an embarkment point in preparation for the D-Day landings on Omaha beach.

Visitor Information: The gardens are open every day of the year from 1oam with the closing times changing depending on the season. You can get the full visitor information on the Trebah Gardens website.  

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5. St. Micheal’s Mount

An exploration across the causeway to uncover the history behind the castle walls of St. Michael’s Mount is a must! Hear the islander’s tales of smugglers, legends and life on the mount.

A magical place to visit is St. Michael’s Mount. Reached by walking over a causeway, accessible when the tide’s out, it’s a fairytale castle with hosts of stories to tell.  Not only a castle, there’s also a village to explore; gift shops to browse and a café for a pitstop.” – Erica, www.92three30.com

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Ready for the perfect day out? Check out the visitor information before planning your trip!

Visitor information: located beside the town of Penzance, the attraction is open six days a week (closed on Saturdays) throughout the year. You don’t have to wait for the tide to go out to cross the causeway to the castle as it is possible to take the boat over during high tide. You can get the full visitor information on their site.

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What are the Best Beaches in Cornwall?

250 miles of coastline can make it difficult to decide which one of Cornwall’s beaches to visit. Whether you’re planning to visit Cornwall for a week or a weekend, nothing should deter you from discovering each of the best beaches in Cornwall.

After reaching out to the public on Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor we were able to crack down and compile a list of the top 5 best beaches in Cornwall.

1. Kynance & Lizard Cove, Lizard Peninsula 

Located on the west side of the Lizard peninsula, Kynance & Lizard Cove always comes out on top as the best beach in Cornwall. It is truly beautiful, with clean white sand contrasting dark red and green serpentine rock which surrounds the cove.

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A truly stunning place that must be seen to be believed, Kynance Cove has been voted one of the country’s best beaches.” –  www.wearecornwall.com

Scenic walks taken along the cove have a way of sparking our photogenic memory, even in the dead of winter, the beach oozes natural allure. The way people speak about their experiences here, we’re not surprised it’s Cornwall’s best beach.

2. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth

Highly regarded as one of the best beaches in Cornwall, with its remarkable size, stunning golden sand and gnarly waves, Perranporth is a haven for activities. From early morning horseback trips, to water sports and just relaxing, Perranporth beach has something for everyone.

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“Large, clean beach with lots nearby – We had a great day relaxing on the beach. The sand is some of the cleanest and softest that we’d experienced all week and the beach is lovely and large, a short walk along the beach and we had lots of space. There are cafes and a pub on the beach and with the beach literally next to the town centre there’s lots nearby.” – chriss321321, TripAdvisor

3. Fistral Beach, Newquay

Not only is Fistral beach a favourite surf spot among world-renowned surfers, but with British holidaymakers too.

Its own International Surfing Centre and a huge selection of scrumptious cafes and facilities, it’s no wonder that Fistral Beach is not only the third best beach in the region but the number one thing to do Newquay! 

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“What a brilliant place- surfers paradise! Children loved it! Beautiful place and will definitely return one day. The beach was well monitored by the coastguards and safe for paddling. Lovely walks from the beach and places to eat and drink and shop all overlooking the sea. We purchased a small tent which came in handy for our granddaughter to keep her in the shade whilst asleep and also for using when it rained! Really recommend a visit here! Superb place :)” – Heather B, TripAdvisor

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4. Porthminster, St.Ives

When we think of the UK, we do not imagine big blue skies, or crystal clear water gently washing up on a sandy shore with some occasional sunshine. Yet at Porthminster beach this is a reality, at least some of the time.

How could Porthminster not make it into the top 5 beaches in Cornwall? This blue flag beach of excellence boasts endless beauty and a hearty range of facilities that have us booking our next getaway! things to do in cornwall

“This is the most beautiful beach -What a lovely beach such a lovely view and a great place to take children. It’s a lovely sandy beach perfect for relaxing, playing in the sea and having a picnic. We had a great day here.” – Eggyteapot, TripAdvisor

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5. Porthmeor Beach, St.Ives

The sandy shoreline of Porthmeor beach is considered the ‘jewel of the South West’. This expansive area of clean, golden sand welcomes families, while the exciting waves attract surfers from each corner of the globe.

things to do in cornwallWho needs Rio? – Excellent beach with very friendly Surf school (highly recommend hiring the winter suits from there regardless of the weather). Relaxed and friendly staff at The Porthmeor Cafe with great tapas. Surf was perfect for body boarding and impressed with the vigilant lifeguards…

Perfect day out. We walked down from where we staying – would avoid driving anywhere in St.Ives at this time of year. Enjoy!!!” – scrummee

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Things to do in Newquay

Newquay has been consistently voted as one of the best seaside towns in the UK, attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists yearly. But why? We believe it’s down to the array of activities, beautiful beaches nearby and great places to stay. But what’s are the best things to do in Newquay?

Check them out below!

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Recommended Newquay restaurants?

Little Italy is Yelp’s number choice for eating out in Newquay due it’s delightful menu, delicious servings, and decent prices!

“Best meal we’ve had after four days in Newquay.

The smell of the food cooking was fantastic! We shared a starter, salad, pizza, bottle of wine, and dessert. Total bill was only £32. Loved it.” – Jean E, TripAdvisor

Hidden in the dunes near to Newquay,

Offshore Bar and Bistro Cornwall is a fabulous place to visit for lunch or drinks where you can really feel part of the Cornish seascape. On sunny days you can enjoy tapas on the Mediterranean terrace whilst drinking in the beautiful views or, on wild days settle down on cosy sofas to storm watch with tea or coffee and homemade cake.

The atmosphere is friendly and the food, served by the owner and head chef Angus McNair, is the finest local, sustainably sourced food and drink available with options including seafood, tapas and delicious cakes.”- allaboutcornwall.com

Recommended Newquay hotels and places to stay

When it comes to finding the perfect place to rest your head in Newquay it can be tough. The is a huge array of hotels, B&B’s, vacation rentals etc. to choose from. We reached out to learned travel bloggers and they recommended their favourite spots.

The Headland: “The Headland is a Victorian building, steeped in grandeur and luxury combining the interesting history with the modern luxury our guests deserve. The Headland Spa adds to the luxurious dimension and offers many unique and exclusive VIP experience journeys. The choice between two restaurants and the location overlooking the world-famous Fistral Beach adds to our appeal.” – headlandhotel.co.uk.

The Esplanade: “I recently visited the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, which overlooks the beautiful Fistral Beach. I was staying just down the road at The Esplanade, and Esplanade guests get a discount on spa treatments. With the gorgeous views, you feel relaxed before you even step inside, but even more so when you step back out! I’d definitely recommend the hot stone back and shoulder massage – blissful!” – Jo Middleton blogger – slummysinglemummy.com.

The Scarlet: “The Scarlet is a funky eco-hotel with a focus on holistic well-being. Admire the magnificent sea views from the cliff-top hot tub, then relax further in the Relaxation Room’s hanging pods.” – Suze the Luxury Columnist, www.luxurycolumnist.com

Best beaches in Newquay

Newquay has an insane amount of great beaches. Along with coves indented in the coastline just waiting to be explored. Not to mention some of the best waves for surfing in the world! Find out which beach is the best for you below.

What is the best beach in Newquay for adventure?

Head to adventure centre at Lusty Glaze beach for a range of activities on the beach, in the water and on the cliff! The beach is sheltered by high cliffs and has a total of 133 steps from the top to the beach. So come prepared and wear proper shoes.

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What is the beach in Newquay for families?

Mawgan Porth beach is a haven for families and surfers alike.  As a mum to three, it is one of my favourite beaches to play on as safety is paramount and the sea can be kept at a safe distance until you need it.  

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The RNLI lifeguards keep a close watch on the beach, and when you do head down to the water it is perfect for bodyboarding and surfing.  Then you can complete the day by nipping over the road and grabbing some fish and chips and watching the sun go down. Perfect!” – Jane, www.northernmum.com

What is the beach in Newquay for surfing?

No shocker here – with its west-facing location, attracting waves as high as 30 feet and surfers from all corners of the globe, Fistral beach is clearly the best beach for surfing!

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As the top holiday spot in Cornwall, it’s safe to say Newquay has a wonderful array of activities! 

What’s a good non-beach thing to do in Newquay?

Head to Newquay’s zoo! Their range of animals and interactive programs are impressive. Plus they have a great deal for visitors. Pay once, come back as many times for free within 7 days of purchase. Making it a budget-friendly activity. 

You can watch the animals being fed and there are lots of interesting facts on boards all over the place for a bit of sneaky education for the children or yourself. There are loads of places to have a picnic or a cafe to buy a tasty lunch. You really can enjoy a whole day there without any risk of boredom, the only trouble will be getting them to leave afterwards.” – Stevie, www.acornishmum.com

What to do in Newquay on a rainy day?

If it’s fish that floats your boat, check out Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium. Glide through 40 themed habitats, taking you from the Cornish coast to the Great Barrier Reef. See sharks, dive through their underwater tunnel, as giant turtles swim over your head. 

“Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed a few hours at Blue Reef Aquarium. It’s one of those places we visited for the children’s benefit then ended up staying for hours because we were all mesmerised by an elderly giant Pacific octopus, a loggerhead turtle and reef sharks swimming around us! The underwater tunnel offers fabulous panoramic views of all sorts of colourful fish and coral.” – Jane, www.practicallyperfectmums.co.uk

Things to do in St. Ives?

The natural beauty of St. Ives has not only captured the hearts of the UK, but of worldly creatives too. This sub-tropical oasis has been painted by J M W Turner, inspired Virginia Woolf and is home to one of four Tate galleries. Whether you come to St. Ives for its artistic flair or to rummage in rock pools, there is something for everyone.things to do in cornwallWhere is a great place to eat in St. Ives?

Indulge in some of the best seafood in the UK at Sea Food Café. Exactly what it says on the tin, this remarkable restaurant is held in hard regard for its fresh produce and exquisite dishes!

“The Seafood Café is a consistently excellent restaurant if you’re looking for fresh seafood in the heart of St.Ives. Pick your fish fresh, order your sides and choose your sauce to match.  Try the scallops to start and sides of parmesan mash, all washed down with a glass of Cloudy Bay. Yum!” – Claire Gilbert, Managing Partner, www.cornwall-cottage-boutique.co.uk

Recommended St. Ives Accommodation

Whether you’re going for a romantic getaway, or a fun-filled family holiday we’ve found the best hotels in St.Ives so you don’t have too!

Cornwall Cottage Boutique – Pier House: The standard of accommodation in Cornwall is very high with an abundance of hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering properties throughout the county. If you’re looking for a beautiful harbour town rich in culture with its artistic and fishing heritage and an abundance of golden sandy beaches, then look no further than St. Ives. Get a taste of coastal living with outstanding views at Pier House, just a stone’s throw away from the waterfront. Prices start from £555 per week and the property can sleep up to eight people –Claire Gilbert, Managing Partner, www.cornwall-cottage-boutique.co.uk

What are the best beaches near St. Ives

Lucky for those staying in and around the town of St. Ives the selection of Cornwall beaches are endless. But which beach is best for you? You can check them out below!

What’s the best beach for surfing near St. Ives?

Godrevy/Gwithian Beach, Hayle. This vast space attracts beach-sport enthusiasts from all over the globe to Cornwall’s beaches. But it’s not just surfing you can partake in. Hit up the beach for windsurfing, sand yachting and kite buggies activities!

In our recent blog about Local Surfer’s Favourite UK Surfing Spots, Callum Morse revealed why this beach is perfect for surfers!

“The beach where I grew up beside and where I first stood up on a wave, is still one of my favourite spots in the world. With 3 Miles of Golden Sands and the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse looking over the North end of the stretch, Godrevy beach is an idyllic scene in itself…”– Callum Morse, professional surfer.

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What’s the best beach for families near St. Ives?

Porthmeor beach is not only one of the best beaches in St. Ives, but in Cornwall. This long, smooth stretch of golden sand is perfect for any family. Why? Beach amenities boast an exceptional surf school, seasonal lifeguards and a grand view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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What’s the best dog-friendly beach? 

Looking for a good stretch of land to let your pooch roam free? Check out Porthkidney beach. This large sandy beach is a popular spot among local dog walkers, so your beloved dog can make a whole bunch of new friends!

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What to do in St. Ives

Over the centuries St. Ives has attracted numerous artists. With a grand array of independent galleries, artist studios and workshops there’s no excuse not to get creative while you’re in town. You can check out various shops at the schoolofpaint.co.uk.

But first, we need a little inspiration so you can unleash your inner creative and start expanding your artistic horizons!

What’s the best outdoor activity? 

Delve into the world of one of Britain’s most important artists, Barbara Hepworth at her museum. Her art and sculptures heavily influenced the era of modernist art. Not only that, she was a preeminent member of the artist’s colony which resided in St. Ives during the Second World War.

What’s the best rainy day attraction?

Getting creative is only of the many things to do in St. Ives. Discover the true beauty of this region by hopping on one of the most beautiful train journeys the UK has to offer!

The seaside train ride between St. Ives and St. Erth is a must-do while around the area. With the journey taking just over 2o minutes, you can get a return ticket for as cheap as 4 pounds!

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Things to do in Penzance

Pottering around Penzance can only be expressed as the epitome of that holiday feeling. The fresh air, the friendly faces and spectacular sights along Mount’s Bay can make any visit memorable. But what to do in Penzance? We’ve got the best of places to stay, restaurants, beaches, and attractions listed below!

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Restaurants in Penzance

When it’s time to tuck in, Penzance is the place to be. The streets are full of cute restaurants with fresh seafood. After all, how could one come to Cornwall and not have seafood! Check out some of our recommendations below!

The Old Life Boat House Bistro: “Great Service and Fish & Chips!! – “I came here with family after we were looking for a place in Penzance to dine. We were warmly welcomed by the staff. We ate fish and chips. The chips were hand cut chips and the fish was haddock. One of the best fish and chips we ever ate. Great place with friendly and attentive staff, fresh fish and local beer and ciders. Loved it.” – Spartucus30, TripAdvisor.

The Bakehouse restaurant: “Divine – Deserves a Michelin Star – “The gastronomic highlight of our trip to Penzance was dinner at The Bakehouse. The food and the service were both first class – frankly we were both amazed this place does not have a Michelin star. All three courses were delicious and cooked to perfection – the highlight being a Chateaubriand steak for two from locally sourced Cornish beef. A nice touch was being able to have a rub on the steak to enhance the flavour.” – Mark D, z.

Places to Stay in Penzance

When it comes to kicking back after a long day of surfing, strolling, discovering all that Penzance has to offer, you want the best accommodation Penzance has to offer, right? Check out some recommendations we’ve got below.

Hotel Penzance: An excellent hotel with excellent staff – We really liked this hotel.
It wasn’t cheap but I think you get what you pay for here. The standards in the hotel are good, the restaurant, bar and sitting areas are excellent. However, the difference that makes the difference here is the staff. Everyone that we came across was genuinely happy to welcome us as their guests…” –  Iain L, TripAdvisor 

Warwick house: Wonderful in every wayWe certainly were not disappointed with our stay at Warwick House. This B&B was immaculately clean with very stylish decor. Our room overlooked the churchyard and was tastefully furnished with a wonderful ensuite. Chris and Julie were so welcoming and friendly that we intend to return next year. We can highly recommend.” – Alyson_16, TripAdvisor

Best Beaches near Penzance

In Mount’s Bay there is no shortage of those beautiful infamous Cornwall beaches. With so many to choose from we decided to breakdown the best beaches for the various types of visitors that flock to Penzance.

What’s the best beach for families near Penzance? 

A short trip from the town you’ll find the stunning Marazion beach. Encompassed by amenities, with plenty of space for the family and on looking St.Michael’s Mount, it’s the perfect spot for a 99 ice cream. 

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What’s the best beach for adventure near Penzance? 

Into water sports? Head to Long Rock beach just a couple of miles from Penzance. Here you can spend the days expressing your inner mermaid/man with the ideal tide for swimming. Although windsurfing is a popular activity among other visitors if you’re up for that too.

What’s the best dog-friendly beach near Penzance?

Head over to Prussia Cove, more lovingly known as Bessie’s Cove Beach, to get those tails wagging! Let your pooch discover the in’s and out’s that this secluded beach has to offer and enjoy the isolation away from the more popular beaches. 

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What to do in Penzance

There are plenty of things to do in Penzance; from uncovering the legends behind the walls of St.Michael’s Mount, to the fascination of the Christmas lights in the town of Masall. But what’s the number one thing to do in Penzance? Well, it’s already topped the list of the overall top thing to do in Cornwall…

What’s the best rainy day activity in Penzance?

West Cornwall has been a hub for artists since the birth of the industrial revolution, and Penzance is no exception. Some of the best art pieces created in the region you can find in the Penlee House & Gallery.  The gallery offers you the chance to not admire the art, but absorb the scenery Penzance has to offer.

What’s the best outdoor activity near Penzance?

Minack Theatre makes its second appearance on our list! Its scenic location, wonderful performances and endless 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor means it’s a must-visit while in town!

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Things to do in Truro

The UK’s most southern city offers visitors an array of activities. Lively nightlife, beautiful architecture, and interesting history can be expected from this city. But where to start?

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Unlike its sibling holiday destinations, Truro is located away from the coastline. Although the beach may be further away, there are still loads of things to do in Truro.  

The bay in which Truro lies within is surrounded by forested areas, such as Idless, which makes for beautiful long walks. Yet if you still find yourself longing for the beach, you can check our favourite below.

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Truro Restaurants

Being the only city in Cornwall, we wanted a personal recommendation from someone who knows restaurants in Truro well. So who better to ask than Cornwall blogger, Stevie Couch! 

“My absolute favourite place to eat is in the upstairs restaurant The Hop Store at the Old Ale House in Truro. They have collaborated with River Cottage on their menu, which changes with the seasons. The food there is some of the best I have ever tasted, and the actual restaurant is cosy but just beautifully done.” – Stevie Couch, www.acornishmum.com

Hotels in Truro

The most southern city in the UK has many great places to stay. But if you’re looking for a luxury getaway than The Alverton is most ideal.

Perfect one night stay – Stunning accommodation. I stayed in one of the new Courtyard rooms and couldn’t have been more impressed. Immaculately clean, spacious and beautifully decorated, great shower, comfortable bed and everything I needed. The bar and dining areas are really lovely. Breakfast was great and service very friendly. Five stars.” – Rhea J, TripAdvisor

What are the best Beaches near Truro?

The notorious Perranporth beach is located just 8 miles from Truro. Famous for surfing, sailing and snorkelling activities. Not to mention the sheer size of it allows for some serious sandcastle-making opportunities. It’s no wonder Perranporth is one of Cornwall’s best beaches!

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What to do in Truro

The traditional city of Truro is dipped deep in history and holds a grand reputation with families which come to the area. But the best things to do in Truro? Check them out below!

What’s the best outdoor activity near Truro? 

Callestick farm – A really relaxing place. The tearoom has plenty of indoor or outdoor seating, animals are well cared for, and our children loved the play area. The ice cream is awesome, reasonably priced and more flavours than you can imagine (I loved Double Chocolate Fudge!), to eat there or take home in tubs.” – Jenny, http://www.thebrickcastle.com/

What’s the best rainy day attraction in Truro?

To visit Truro without entering the Cathedral must be a sin. This remarkable gothic structure standing at 250 feet is an unmissable attraction. But to truly appreciate the architecture you must head inside.

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Weave through the daunting arches, admiring the magnificent stain-glass windows as you make your way around the Cathedral. Admission is free, although a donation is appreciated.

Things to do in Falmouth

The seaside town of Falmouth has something for everyone. Seclusion for those seeking an escape, unspoilt white-sand beaches perfect for long walks and activities for adventure lovers. 

“Falmouth is a lovely place to relax in the evening. Enjoy a stroll around the harbour, Events Square and through the centre of this historic nautical town.” – allaboutcornwall.com

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Where to eat in Falmouth

Restaurants in Falmouth are plentiful, but when it comes to choosing the perfect spot to eat we asked the friendly folk over at allaboutcornwall.com for their advice. 

“Taking in the fabulous views as you go, followed by dinner or drinks at the Greenbank Hotel Cornwall, where you can relax in the restaurant, at the Bar, or on the Terrace with the backdrop of beautiful estuary views and water lapping beneath you.

“The Greenbank’s 2 Rosette Restaurant serves modern British cuisine using the freshest seafood and fish landed in Cornwall, succulent local meats and seasonal vegetables and fruits – fusing styles, techniques and flavours to shape an irresistible menu. You can even stay the night.” – allaboutcornwall.com

Accommodation in Falmouth

Looking for a relaxing place to put your head down is easy in Falmouth. But out of the B&Bs, Hotels and cottages, where’s the best place to stay in Falmouth? Check out our recommendation below.

The Oceanic Hotel: “Excellent Stay – We had a lovely stay at the Oceanic this past week. Tim and Heather were very attentive and provided a lovely basket of breakfast and snacks each day. Our suite had beautiful views and was clean and well stocked. It was also a treat to have the sauna in which to relax in the evenings. We will definitely go back to stay at the Oceanic again!” SAM-Weybridge, TripAdvisor

Anacapri Guest House: “Location couldn’t be nearer the beach, only 5/10 minutes walk to town centre. Rooms were clean and nicely decorated. Breakfast was good with lovely views from the dining room but a special mention to the manager who was fantastic and made my parents-in-law’s anniversary that extra bit special. Would definitely return.” – Treadaz, TripAdvisor

Beaches near Falmouth 

With the sheer amount of coastline surrounding Falmouth you’ll enjoy a wide range of beaches to explore. But let’s get more specific, when it comes to family beaches, adventure beaches and dog-friendly beaches these are your best options.

What is the best beach for families near Falmouth?

Located 15 minutes from the centre of Falmouth, Gyllyngvase beach blue flag status is a major thumbs up for families holidaying in Falmouth. The long unspoilt stretch of white sand means parents can be at ease. Not to mention, the Gylly Beach Café is a favourite among locals so drop in for delicious lunch!things to do in cornwall

What’s the best beach for adventure near Falmouth?

Skip the beach for this one, throw yourself into Falmouth’s famous tradition of sailing! The town is renowned for their 500 years of shipping so get involved with the local culture and enlist in a sailing lesson!  

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What’s the best dog-friendly beach near Falmouth?

For a day out with the pooch head over to the secluded Sunny Cove a.k.a Arthur’s Beach. This beach is dog-friendly all year, which means you can let your dog run free without limits.

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Things to do in Bodmin

The town of Bodmin, known for its tranquil ambience, aged architecture and yet, tremendous history.

The town kickstarted two rebellions against the monarchy, once in 1947, with the Cornish Rebellion, and again in 1954. The town is also a popular drop-off stop for those cycling the gorgeous Camel trial and is situated close to the Bodmin Moors. 

things to do in cornwallRestaurants in Bodmin

Whether it’s cake and coffee or an indulgent meal you’re looking for Bosvena is the place to be. This elegant restaurant is in the centre of town and is highly regarded by anyone who visits!

“What a delicious lunch – We stopped at The Bosvena for lunch while cycling along the Camel Trail. We had a first class meal. The quality of the food was excellent, as was the service. It’s highly recommended.” – Geoff S, TripAdvisor

Best place to stay in Bodmin

At the end of the day, whether you’ve been surfing or sightseeing, a good night’s rest is needed when holidaying in Cornwall. Just a 10-minute drive or 15-minute bus ride from Bodmin’s town centre, St. Benet’s Abbey B&B is renowned for their hospitality and cosy decor, making it the perfect night’s stay.

Quality B&B – The hosts of this establishment were extremely hospitable. The room was nicely presented and of reasonable size. The breakfast had a good choice of cereals, fruits, pastries which was buffet style followed by waitress service of a choice of cooked breakfast…. This bed & breakfast is ideally positioned in central Cornwall for anyone wishing to tour this county.” – Kevin W, TripAdvisor

Best beaches near Bodmin

Although Bodmin may not be on Cornwall’s coast its central location means that beaches located both north and south of the region can be easily reached.

What’s the best beach for surfing near Bodmin?

Head north to Porth Joke, locally known as Polly Joke. Here you’ll be able to catch some of the best waves in the UK but without the crowds. The beach tends to be less busy than its neighbouring beaches, making it one of the more popular beaches among locals.

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What’s the best beach for adventure near Bodmin?

Navigate away from the tourist trail and uncover Cornwall’s secret beauty! Straying away from Cornwall’s popular beaches you’ll discover the hidden beauty in the caves of Lundy Bay Park.

Checking out these caves offers the perfect break from the crowds of Cornwall’s beaches.things to do in cornwall

Reminder: always check the tide times before heading down.

What’s the best beach for families near Bodmin?

Treyarnon bay near Padstow is an excellent family beach. Spend the day exploring rockpools with your little ones or simply enjoy the feeling of soft sand between your toes. The activities and amenities available at Treyarnon bay makes its one of best beaches in Cornwall for young families.  

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Best beach dog-friendly near Bodmin? 

Let your pooch run wild on Par Sands Beach. This beach is dog-friendly all year long. At half a mile long and surrounded by sand dunes, it’s a great spot for walkies!things to do in cornwall

To do in Bodmin

Surrounded by nature and stacked full of history, in Bodmin you’ll never be bored. But if you’re just in town for a day or two be sure to check out these attractions in Bodmin.

What’s the best outdoor activity in Bodmin?

Enjoy some time wandering through the beauty of the Camel Trail. You walk, cycle or go horseback from Bodmin to Wenfordbridge.

Best rainy day attraction in Bodmin:

 A trip to Bodmin jail is a must! That might sound strange, but Bodmin’s jail is inserted into the UK’s history. With dark tales which lie behind these bars are sure to enthral each and everyone who encounters them. It’s certainly one of the more haunting things to do in Bodmin! 

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Things to do in St. Austell

The old market town of St. Austell is cute and convenient. Its sleepy coastal town atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking for a quiet getaway. It’s bus and rail transport links also make it easy for visitors to get around the region.

Knightor Winery near St. Austell is a wonderful vineyard that offers tours throughout the year – www.stayincornwall.co.uk

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St. Austell restaurants

Indulge in divine cuisine at Austell’s restaurant. Perhaps the best restaurant in town, as it’s considered a well-established and highly-reviewed eatery.

“Delightful hidden gem– This restaurant was recommended by a local hotel for its food, service and atmosphere. We were not disappointed. Our table overlooked the open kitchen where the excellent chef and his assistants calmly and efficiently prepared wonderful dishes. We enjoyed the 5-course taster menu with matched wines – all courses looked and tasted good. The wines complemented the meal perfectly. Service was extremely friendly and professional. There was also a great atmosphere. In summary, a great experience” – bwhalsey, TripAdvisor

St. Austell hotels

Care to be treated like royalty on your holiday? We found the best hotel in St. Austell for you – Carlyon Bay.

“The Best in Every Way – This is an amazing place. From Elle to Mark to everyone at the front desk and beyond, we were treated like royalty from day 1. Everyone bent over backwards to accommodate our needs and desires. The bed and linens are extremely comfortable and they even have a pillow menu! The food is perfect, the views and grounds exquisite and the location ideal. There is a lovely coastal walk right beyond the property as well. The Windows open so you get lots of lovely fresh air but if you want AC check with hotel as some rooms have and others don’t. We had a seaside room and the view was spectacular. Perfect in every way,” – Travellinghopefully, TripAdvisor

Beaches near St. Austell

What’s the best beach for families near St. Austell?

Sheltered by sand dunes, known for its cleanliness and full of facilities, Porthpean Beach is great for families who have kites and making sand castles on their itinerary. 

What’s the best dog-friendly beach near St. Austell?

Take your dog on an adventure, head down to the secluded Hallane beach. This small strand is covered in hidden treasures. From intriguing geology to stunning views, and a secret waterfall!

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To do in St. Austell

Although the town itself is considered laid-back, there is so much do around St. Austell! From the delicious St. Austell brewery to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the chances of running out of things to do is minimal. But what’re the best attractions in St. Austell? Check them out below!

What’s the best outdoor activity near St. Austell?

Cornwall Football Golf – the rules are simple, get the football in the hole. This attraction is adored by everyone who gives the game a whirl!

What’s the best rainy day attraction near St. Austell?

The Eden Project is a calm and peaceful family visitor attraction based in Cornwall with plenty of educational opportunities. Built in an old clay mining pit, it features two Biomes – one of which holds the largest Indoor Rainforest in the world – and stunning garden displays all year round.”  Vicky, www.vevivos.com

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The infamous Eden project lies just a few miles away from St. Austell. The huge environmental-sustained attraction is well connected by the 101 bus route. So can leave the car behind! You can find full visitor information the Eden Project website

For information on travelling to Cornwall and more in-depth information about public transportation, activities and attractions, check out our travel guide here.


Catherine Munnelly

Born and bred in Dublin, Catherine left the Emerald Isle in pursuit of exploration. Her hobbies include spending countless hours planning her next trip, travel blogging and Google deep diving.
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