The best places to visit in Cornwall

There are some wonderful coastal walks, and a great selection of cafes, bars, and restaurants. The tiny village of St. Kew is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall. Here you’ll find nothing but a small stream, a 15th-century church, a couple of stone houses, and a rustic old pub with an open fireplace called The St Kew Inn which I’ve been visiting since I can remember. Tintagel’s northeasterly neighbor, Boscastle, is also steeped in myth, legend, and folklore.

Well, think again, you can enjoy all this and more without ever having to get on a plane. Sennen Cove right down near Land’s End is another popular stretch both with surfers and families, whilst Mount’s Bay provides endless walking and is often home to kite surfers. Beaches, Celtic history, mining heritage, rich food, brooding moorland… there are so many reasons to visit Cornwall. It’s quite isolated, but don’t miss The Lizard if you want to visit somewhere with outstanding beauty and unforgettable views. The island is only accessible on certain days of the month; the tidal causeway is accessible on even fewer days!

Seafood is a Cornish specialty with the likes of lobster, crab, and some of the freshest fish straight from the boat available to try, meaning foodies are in for a real treat in Cornwall. There’s a diverting museum in the town’s guildhall, and you can board a boat for St George’s Island, which was a hotbed of smuggling in the 1600s and 1700s. Further back, where the harbour is just a narrow channel, is a National Trust cafe and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, with what might be the largest hoard of ritual magic artefacts in the world. There’s the combined allure of old fishing cottages and inns, together with the rocky green hills that bank sharply from the water. In the village, take in the Old Post Office, a delightful granite building from the 1300s, or the Norman Church of St Materiana, which has a Roman milestone inside. The setting is epic, with “Merlin’s Cave”, “Rocky Valley”, dark cliffs and grassy slopes and it’s not hard to see how people’s imaginations might run wild in such a place.

Best known for its stunning beaches and the famous The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno is one more of the must-see places in Cornwall. Our passionately curated premium small-group trips are an invitation to connect with like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset – and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future. Hidden away behind an unassuming door in St Ives is a quiet and shady garden, filled with the greatest works of art by sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

It’s not only seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, though the seal rescue centre is home to some of the cutest grey seal pups in the land. The sanctuary in Gweek rescues and rehabilitates the pups from along the Cornish coastline as well as taking in other needy seafaring and land-loving animals, including penguins, otters, ponies and goats. Island castle set in the middle of Mount’s Bay, just off the coast of Marazion. The Mount is now managed by the National Trust but remains the home of St Aubyn family. Set on a crossroads on the edge of Penzance town centre this restaurant is all about the food.

On this blog, I share our family’s travel experiences from all over the world, coupled with lots of practical information and useful tips for your trips. While the entire walk is quite strenuous and 15 miles long, you can also just walk a small part of the trail, e.g. up to Speke’s Mill Mouth Waterfall. Starting in Hartland Quay, head south along the Cornwall Media Coastal Path. The waterfall is just about 1 mile (20-30 min) walk and is well worth it. The village is centered around a peaceful fishing cove filled with colorful boats. The area has a rich history of shipwrecks and smuggling and you can see fascinating features in the village, including Roman and Saxon bridges.

With amazing sea views, incredible comfort and the best food, Tremarne Hotel is one of those unforgettable accommodations. Dolphins is a backpackers hostel situated in Tintagel, Cornwall, an excellent location for the beach. The scenery is outstanding with Tintagel castle only 0.7 miles away! There is a direct shuttle bus from Newquay airport to the hostel, which is convenient and cheap. Enjoy the range of activities from movie nights to board games, as well as free WIFI, shared lounge, kitchen and bedroom facilities. Tourism in Cornwall is a a significant part of Cornwall’s economy, in fact, more important than any other region in the UK.

With a beach that has been voted one of the top-ten in Europe, sparkling ultramarine views of the sea, and a little bit of culture, St Ives is a must if you are visiting Cornwall. And if you’re in the far east of Cornwall, a visit to Mt Edgcumbe Country Park should be on your list, and allow a day to do the place justice. The formal gardens are amazing, and then there’s the deerpark and all the rest of the surrounding countryside. St Ives alone has five wonderful beaches, with both Porthminster and Porthmeor being awarded Blue Flags in 2022. Across the bay you will find three miles of golden sand stretching north from the Hayle Estuary.

This vast attraction could probably be best described as a sort of botanical garden, but it’s so much more than that! It houses the world’s largest captive rainforest in a magnificent ‘biome’. Here, you can experience tropical sights and smells and even take a walk on a canopy walkway above the treetops! Although the Rainforest Biome is the Eden Project’s largest and most popular feature, there is lots more to see and do here.

If rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and charming fishing villages aren’t enough then we can help you find alternate activities. Located in a sheltered bay on Cornwall’s south coast, Falmouth was recently named Britain’s best coastal town. You can learn more about them in the 12 galleries of the town’s impressive National Maritime Museum.

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