Set in the furthest reach of South West England Cornwall offers a stunning landscape, beautiful towns and welcoming locals. The county is renowned for its miles of coastline, Cornish pasties, cream teas, surfer’s delights and traditional fishing villages but it has so much more to offer too.
With its own flag and steeped in Celtic tradition Cornwall is a fascinating destination for your short break. Whether planning a family holiday, a weekend escape with a loved one or just want to catch up with friends at the beach Cornwall is the ideal escape away from the cares of everyday life. From the stunning Lizard Peninsular to the ancient Minack Theatre, the miles of moorland at Bodmin Moor and the hugely popular ecological attraction Eden Project there is something for everyone to enjoy.
With a great variety of towns and villages from peaceful hamlets to vibrant seaside locations Cornwall offers a fantastic array of culture and lifestyles. Here is our guide to the must see towns in Corwnall:
St Ives is synonymous with art in Cornwall. Home to the Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum St Ives is a haven for artists and art lovers alike. The town won the award for ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011.
This north Cornwall town is still a working fishing port and is home to Rick Steins famed fish restaurant. The town gets very busy in the summer months due in some to its quaint old town feel but also to the fact that it is surrounded by miles of beautiful sandy beaches. There are an array of quirky gift shops, pubs and restaurants to indulge in and it is the ideal base for exploring the South West Coastal Footpath.
The surfers paradise is a must see on any break to Cornwall. This vibrant town is brimming with things to do, from 7 miles of glorious golden sandy beaches to an international surf centre, buzzing nightlife and array of family friendly attractions there is something to please all tastes. Newquay is a busy resort so if it’s the quieter life you seek maybe stay somewhere else.
A perfect family resort St Austell dates back to the 13th Century and is Cornwall’s largest town. Set inland about a mile from the sea St Austell is within easy reach of many of Cornwall’s attractions including the spectacular Eden Project. The town centre has a cinema, restaurants, cafes and a selection of retail outlets
Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Falmouth is steeped in a rich maritime history. Home to Falmouth University the town is thriving with creativity and features a great selection of art galleries, live music and more. For the sailors out there Falmouth is host to an array of sailing events, which take place throughout the year.
Have you ever been to Cornwall? Which is your favourite destination?