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Travelling to Cornwall

Travel to Cornwall
Where to go
Things to do in Cornwall

Your Guide to Cornwall

Located in the most South-Western part of the UK, Cornwall is known for its impressive cliff faces and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. Popular among visitors for its extensive range of outdoor activities and known for its young surfing culture and good weather, Cornwall is an extremely popular holiday destination, especially during the summer months. Cornwall is, of course, also known for the famous Cornish Pasty and locally brewed ciders, drawing visitors from around the world to try the cuisine. Most of the seaside towns are linked by rail. Most routes are scenic and run all through Cornwall connecting Looe, Falmouth, St Ives and Newquay.

How to get there: Cornwall

Travel to Cornwall by train

The Great Western Railway service offers several daily services from London Paddington with just one change. Journey time is between 4-5 hours. For visitors travelling from northern England services frequently run direct from Bath and Bristol which is well connected to the west and north.
Aside from the high speed train that departs during the day, there is also the Night Riviera also departing from Paddington every night at 23:45, except Saturdays, and takes around seven hours to Penzance.
Our data shows that train is the post popular choice for visitors, although this mode of transport is almost twice as expensive as getting the bus.

Travel by coach

The National Express service runs around three services per day from London Victoria to Newquay which takes around 7 hours. Services also run from London and Birmingham to Truro, with some direct and some requiring 1-2 changes. This journey takes between 7-8 hours. Once you're in Cornwall, traveling by coach is easy—Cornwall has an extensive local bus network. Most are run by First Devon and Cornwall and Western Greyhound. Cornwall council offers a weekly coach ticket and is available for all car parks where coaches are permitted.

Flying in from abroad

If you're flying from abroad, you can fly straight to London and then take the train. Alternatively, flights from London City Airport operate around twice daily and go into Exeter and Newquay airports mostly operated by FlyBe. Flights also depart from London Southend and Manchester airport. There are significantly more flights during the peak summer season, but these services are reduced during the winter months.

Where to go: Explore Cornwall


The Eden Project

The biggest indoor rainforest in the world, the Eden projectboasts many different plants from around the world, and holds events throughout the year, with impressive conservatories and gardens.

The Lost Garden's of Heligan

One of the most famous attractions in Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are full of 19th century garden designs and is full of small but impressive attractions. Two of the most famous attractions being the Sleeping Lady, and the Grey Lady.

Land's End

Lands End is the most westerly point in England and boasts impressive views of the sea and 200 foot cliffs that rise out of the water.Still one of the most famous points in Cornwall, it has sparked interest from people since the ancient Greek times, when it was referred to as 'belerion', place of the sun.

Minack Theatre

Spending a warm night watching players perform on this Atlantic coast stage is a unique experience which both locals and tourists adore. Shows run until late October.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Visit St. Ives

St. Ives is a small seaside resort on the North coast of Cornwall, that is famous for the beautiful quality of its light throughout the year. This has been a draw to many artists and sculptors who have chosen to live and work in the city over the decades. The original town centre huddles around its bay and is full of little streets, quaint, original shops and varied dining, ranging from gastro-pubs, freshly caught and prepared fish and chips, to high-end gourmet choices.

Newquay

Located in the north coast of Cornwall, Newquay is the perfect destination for surfing in the UK. The south-west of England reaches temperatures of 25-30 degrees celcius and have beautiful natural beaches and clear water which surfers flock plunge into each year. From spas to zoos, there is plenty to explore in Newquay.

Plymouth

Britain's favourite aperitivo often mixed with tonic, is arguably gin. Plymouth is a sea-side town in the south-west of England and is the birthplace of Plymouth Gin. With plenty of places to have afternoon tea, sample sea-food and enjoy the fresh sea air, this town is ideal for those who want a relaxing quintissentially British weekend trip.

Bristol

A county in its own right, Bristol is known for its arts scene, young population and highly reputable university. It is particularly renowned for its role in creative arts and is home to many famous bands and artists.

Torquay

One of the prettiest* towns in the English Riviera, Torquay is located 22 miles from the coastline. Charming streets and shops line the town centre making it a place to visit if you're an Agatha Cristie fan or simply want to spend a weekend away from London.