Hidden Gems in Cornwall

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Cornwall is quite rightly one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Its stunning coastlines, Blue Flag beaches and spectacular scenery has been drawing people to the south west for many years. But there’s more to Cornwall than surfing, scrumpy and the Eden Project (although it is amazing, and you should definitely go!)

We’ve picked out some attractions, bars, eateries and things to do that are a bit more off the beaten track. Check out our favourite hidden gems in Cornwall…


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The Lime Kitchen
Located alongside Newquay Harbour, The Lime Kitchen is a seasonal street food van offering British classics and some more exotic recipes. The dishes on offer change regularly but you may be able to enjoy fish & chips, beef burritos, Thai fried noodles, or sweet potato curry. The Lime Kitchen makes an ideal place to stop for a quick lunch while exploring the harbour area or enjoying a day on the beach.

The Bearded Brewery
The Bearded Brewery is a craft cider brewery, bottle shop and taproom situated near Newquay Airport. With a distinctive, biker-themed style, the brewery produces several types of cider, many of which can be sampled in the bar or bought in the shop. They are most well known for making ‘Suicyder, Juice from the Noose’ which, at 7.8% ABV, is not for the faint hearted!


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Whipsiderry Beach
As one of Cornwall’s most popular beach resorts, Newquay can get very busy during the summer, so Whipsiderry Beach makes an ideal place to escape the crowds. Best visited at low tide when there is a wide expanse of firm sand for sunbathing or games, there are also lots of caves and rockpools to explore. As the beach is a bit out of the way, there are no facilities and access is via steep steps from the top of the cliffs.


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The Egyptian House
One of Penzance’s more unusual buildings, The Egyptian House dates back to the 1830s. Located on Chapel Street in the town centre, the building is a notable example of Egyptian Revival architecture. The ornate facade of lotus columns and intricate designs are a must-see when visiting Penzance.

Admiral Benbow
This historic pub was once a haven for smugglers and boasts distinctive nautical décor. Many of the artefacts that decorate the Admiral Benbow were salvaged from ships wrecked along the Cornish coast and there is even a smugglers tunnel leading from the kitchen to the harbour!


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The Studio Bar
Penzance’s most renowned live music venue, The Studio Bar is tucked away behind Market Jew Street in the town centre. The Studio Bar hosts live bands most weekends plus open-mic nights, performance poetry, and stand-up comedy. If you’re looking for something alternative during your weekend break in Penzance, this intimate venue might be just the place.


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Beerwolf Books
This quirky pub is tucked away off Market Street, a short walk from the harbour. There are live music events, pinball machines and a table tennis table plus a great range of drinks including some unusual German beers. There’s also a bookshop attached to the pub; beer and books, what more do you want?

Bosahan Cove
Head out of Falmouth to this sheltered and secluded beach at the mouth of the Helford River. The beach can be accessed via the coastal path or through the sub-tropical gardens of the Bosanan Estate. It’s out of the way and you can’t park nearby so Bosahan Cove is often deserted making it a great place to escape, unwind and relax.


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Potager Garden
Potager Garden has been rescued from the ruins of a disused plant nursery and now makes a relaxing haven, just outside Falmouth. The garden and café are open from Thursday to Sunday and there are fruit trees, lavender, Mediterranean herbs and sub-tropical plants to enjoy.

If you fancy seeking out some of these hidden gems for yourself, book a short break in Cornwall here.

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