Cornwall is a truly amazing place to visit and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
It’s not really surprising that so many people decide to holiday in Cornwall each year. The climate is milder and there’s plenty to keep you busy. From busy seaside resorts to pretty fishing villages, the county and it’s coastline boast lots of places to explore.
10 Places To Visit in Cornwall
If you’ve never visited Cornwall before then you really are in for a treat. Take a look at the best 10 places to visit in Cornwall and you won’t want to leave this gorgeous part of the UK.
The best thing about Padstow is that you have everything you’ll ever need right at hand. This pretty fishing port is known for its culinary delights. Fishing boats arrive and depart from the harbour and continue to haul in the catch of the day as they have done so for many years.
Meanwhile, restaurants, fish and chip shops and pubs owned by chefs such as Rick Stein cook a number of fish related dishes for awaiting customers. With the coastal footpath and more than 7 sandy beaches nearby, a trip to Padstow has something for everyone.
Port Isaac is a small yet beautiful fishing village that lies on the Atlantic Coast. The harbour is filled with fishing boats and if you’re lucky you may even get to hear some sea shanties being sung by the famous Fisherman Friends.
It’s not just the fishing and singing that Port Isaac is renowned for. The village is also known as the fictional village of Portwenn which is the location of the popular television series Doc Martin.
The Eden Project has received many awards from the British Travel Awards in recent years and so it won’t be surprising to hear it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall. This fascinating attraction looks at the relationship between people and plants.
A rainforest, plenty of plants, thrilling swings and much more await you here. If you’d like to find out more about it you can do so by reading our in-depth Eden Project article.
Myths, legends and plenty of fantastic scenery await you at Tintagel. The lovely village and Tintagel Castle, the home of King Arthur are really popular throughout the year.
If you’re thinking of visiting, which you really should, make sure you book your tickets before going. To find out more about the castle, village and legends, take a look at our Tintagel article.
St Michels Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island located in Mounts Bay in Marazion. Accessed by a cobbled causeway at low tide or by boat, you can spend more than a few hours exploring the castle and gardens. The island was originally owned by the monks of Mont St Michel in northern France which is why they look so similar.
During the summer the views of and from St Michels Mount are spectacular and well worth visiting.
St Ives is a gorgeous town that appears more tropical than Cornish. The sun always seems to shine in St Ives and with several fantastic beaches, you won’t be short of places to relax.
With such nice weather and picturesque views, it’s not surprising that many artists have visited and painted in the area over the years. There are only 4 Tate Galleries in existence and one is right here in St Ives.
Land’s End is the most westerly point of mainland England. The visitor’s centre is filled with lots of interesting facts and attraction but the best thing about Lands End is, of course, the views. Uninterrupted views of the sea allow you to drift away in peace and serenity.
You’ll also find many cliff paths that you can follow and on calm days if you look out to see you can even see dolphins swimming and playing.
Kynance Cove is a gorgeous spot and possibly one of the most photographed beaches in the whole of Cornwall. White sand and turquoise waters are visible from the top of the cliff. At low tide, the beach is awash with visitors exploring the caves and rock stacks.
Whilst visiting this lovely spot just be sure you take note of tide times and warnings because you really don’t want to be cut off.
Polperro is known as being one of the prettiest villages in the region. This largely unspoiled fishing village is filled with Fisherman’s cottages that line the hills down to the harbour.
Popular with artists due to the sea views, the small galleries sell their paintings to passers-by. Polperro is great for relaxing with plenty of places to eat including the popular Ship Inn pub.
St Mawes is the main village on the Roseland Peninsula. The castle, built in the time of Henry VIII, stands high above the village looking out over the harbour.
Important during medieval times, the harbour is a fantastic place to relax with a brilliant range of pubs, cafes, and restaurants.