Cornwall is an absolute delight to visit. There are so many magical destinations from isolated seaside villages, to high moors, to hidden beaches, to funky towns. Cornwall is both old and modern, where make-believe and myth mingle with a vibrant cultural scene and surfy lifestyle. The spots on our list will sooth and rejuvenate the stressed out soul.
Having the best of both worlds the Best Holiday Destinations In Cornwall artlessly combine the historic and the artistic, the mysterious woodlands with seaside coastal views and the modern with celtic folklore and myth. Although Cornwall is known more for its beaches than towns the major towns in Cornwall are St.Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Fowey, Padstow, Newquay amongst others and Truro is Cornwall’s only city.
Just a day or two in Cornwall and you will quickly find why Cornwall is such a sought after holiday destination. It offers intrigue, romance, history, adventure and relaxation; whatever experience you’re looking for you’ll find it in Cornwall.
Where to Go in Cornwall
Mousehole is an absolute delight. Situated in the far west of Cornwall, this pretty town forms an car around a lovely harbour. It’s a perfect place to drop by if you’re staying nearby in Holiday Cottages Cornwall. Christmas is a magical time to vista Mousehole, when the town and harbour is illuminated my colourful lights and you can sample a piece of Star-Gazzy Pie, a fish dish prepared in memory of Tom Bawcock, a legendary but brave local fisherman of the 16th century who caught enough fish to feed the village who was starving at that time in history.
Another top harbour holiday town in Cornwall is Polperro which also has fascinating winding streets with its own collection of old stone cottages, sweet and gift shops, pubs and restaurant and some galleries. Quaint and attractive, Polperro is an artist’s haven because of its scenery, offering excellent painting and drawing opportunities.
Top holiday towns in Cornwall should always include St Ives. Popular with surfers and artists, The Bay of St Ives has 50 miles of spectacularly clean beaches, and has award winning beaches with qualified life savers. The climate is mild, perfect for taking a walk along the spectacular South West Coast Path, which runs through the village. The Tate St Ives Gallery is also well worth a visit if you love art and this gallery also manages the fabulous Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. A visit to Cornwall is not complete without a trip to St.Ives. This scenic harbour town has four beaches and an abundance of cafe’s, pubs, restaurants, and galleries to add to its fame. This is one of the best destinations if you are visiting Cornwall with family or friends.
Falmouth is one of the top holiday towns in Cornwall. There are some exciting boat trips from Falmouth to give you a taste of the exquisite beauty of the coastline. Tourists with kids love Falmouth because of all the activities geared towards them. From adventure playgrounds to the National Maritime Museum to Pendennis Castle. Falmouth is however famous for its harbour together with Carrick Roads it forms the third deepest natural harbor in the world and Henry the VIII built Pendennis Castle to protect this very harbour. It has five beaches including the well known Gyllyngvase beach.
Truro is Cornwall’s only city. It is great for holidaymakers who want to get to the city and do some shopping. Truro has an excellent selection of stores, restaurants and nightclubs, and for lovers of history, the Royal Cornwall Museum and the magnificent cathedral. Like eleweher in Cornwall, water is not far away and it is possible to take boat trips down the estuary to Falmouth.
Fowey in Cornwall is a great family holiday destination. Its known for having inspired Daphne Du Maurier. Fowey with its breathtaking sea views and picturesque narrow winding streets has great hotels with good restaurants and is an excellent starting point if you are planning a trip to Cornwall. Fowey River Gallery and Fowey Aquarium which are worth a visit.
Looe is another charming little town with fishing harbour and bustling narrow streets lined with shops, art galleries, cafes and pubs. There are also some great beaches nearby and breathtaking walks along the South Cornwall coast.
Lizard Point is the most southerly part of mainland Britain and well worth a visit for fantastic views of the coastline and close encounters with the local wildlife. Places to visit nearby include Lizard village, Cadgwith Cove, Kennack sands and the spectacular Kynance Cove protected by the National Trust, with its rocky whores and superb coastal beauty.
Penzance is a historic harbour and still a bustling market town. The popular attraction is the Minack theatre is located nearby at Porthcurno. Dramatically located by the sea this open air amphitheater hosts musicals and plays. There are loads of art galleries in this area, featuring work inspired by the sea and rural life.
Other fantastic attractions to visit in Cornwall include England’s only tea plantation the Tregothnan Estate, Trelissick Gardens, St Micheal’s Mount and the Eden Project with its Cornish, Mediterranean and tropical gardens with exotic plants brought from all over the globe.
Wherever you go in Cornwall, you will not be disappointed. Come, explore, enjoy everything that this magical county has to offer.
Photo credit: Polperro Harbour in Cornwall by Eugene Birchall [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons