Sunday, 16 September 2018

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Cornwall

Living in the UK and looking for a weekend break or a have a week off? Do something different and visit the Cornish Coast. As much as all of us, myself included, want to jump on a plane to a sunny destination there is paradise on your doorstep (okay … in the UK).

Cornwall has to be on your list of places to visit, it has gorgeous beaches that blow any others out of the water (like my pun?). You can also visit multiple places in one day due to how close they are to each other.

Cornwall has something for everyone, the Eden Project for the kids or the vibrant town of Newquay/Falmouth for the students. So time for a road trip, grab your mates or family and have an adventure at these towns to visit in Cornwall.

1 - St Ives

I had to start with my favourite place to visit in Cornwall, which is where I live now and have lived for 8 years and that is St. Ives. Before we moved to Cornwall, we had our sights somewhere else, until our friends moved to St. Ives and we fell in love with it.

One of the best reasons to visit St. Ives is because of their beautiful beaches where you can surf, they are massive and one in particular Porth Kidney Sands allows dogs all year round! The food… think pasties, ice cream and fish and chips. You can’t come to Cornwall and not have a pasty (sausage roll) or fish and chips! I recommend Cornish Bakehouse for pasties and Becks for Fish and Chips. For the art lovers, there are galleries including the Tate which you can gaze around!

There are amazing towns nearby which you can do day trips to including Penzance, Truro and Gwithian. St. Ives is perfect for all types of travellers, especially families.

2 - Falmouth

Next up, 45 minutes by train from St. Ives is a great place to visit in Cornwall… Falmouth. Myself and my family visit Falmouth once every two months because it is such a beautiful part of the county and a great getaway.

Amongst the cobbled streets are local independent shops, ice cream parlours and classic pubs. Just like every town in Cornwall, Falmouth offers beaches including Swanpool and Glyllyngvase. One of my favourite parts of the city is the restaurants alongside the harbour, a great view with some great food.

Close by is Pendennis Castle, Helford and Truro (15 minutes by train). I would recommend Falmouth for anyone but this is a great place for students as it is vibrant full of shops and bars.

3 - Newquay

Home to some of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, Fistral and Watergate Bay where you can ride some waves is Newquay.

After being voted one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns, located in the North, you have access to Rick Stein’s restaurant, great nightlife and fab railway routes! Transportation around Cornwall can be restricted, however there are airport routes to Newquay which makes it more accessible! Make sure to enjoy a cream tea whilst gazing over the incredible views.

There are plenty of family friendly activities including Sea Safari’s and Farm World, however this is a great place for young students or for a weekend away with ya mates.

4 - Truro

So… I will be honest, I love my shopping and the best place for it is Truro. We FINALLY have a Primark! Although they got rid of the River Island… sad times. Central to a few main Cornish towns in this list, it is a great day trip for your holidays!

Described as the county’s city fix, it has everything you need in a city. Shops, relaxing parks and engaging entertainment including museums and theatres. Architecture is another reason to visit Truro, including it’s beautiful cathedral.

There are many things for you to do including renting bikes and going on a river cruise, do something a little different on your trip to Cornwall. Truro really is for anyone, a great little day trip from the coast.

5 - Padstow

I haven’t been to Padstow for years, but it one of the quaintest and cutest towns of Cornwall I have ever been to. I know I say that about every place, but trust me this time. This charming fishing town has a lot of natural coastline to take advantage from.

At the point of Camel River, it is the start and end point of the Camel trail where you can rent a bike and spend a day pedalling around the town. It has been known to be one of the foodie destinations to go to, so any foodies out there? Grab some fish and chips!

You can get a ferry over to Rock, which have great walks to Daymar Bay and to our next city … Polzeath.

6 - Polzeath

Another town to visit in Cornwall that is close to my heart is Polzeath. As a family we visited for 8 years in a row, even when we lived in Cornwall. We spent days bodyboarding and attempting to surf, hot chocolates on the veranda and doing treasure hunts at night.

This small town has a family feel with a medium sized beach, perfect for surfers and family days out. This town may be small, but they have great restaurants and bars for your entertainment. Accommodation is great, you can rent a house for a week with beautiful views and is also a campsite there too … take it back to basics!

Those that like nature and adventure, you can take bike rides and walks along the coastline. Embrace the views and it is a great spot for birdwatchers.  

7 - St. Agnes

St. Agnes is where we originally wanted to move, not sure why we didn’t as it is still one of our absolute favourite places in Cornwall. A typical Cornish town with rich mining history and local shops to steal your heart.

One for the nature and art lovers, with 4 beautiful beaches and lovely art galleries there is more to the city than just the stereotypical fish and chips and pasties!

There is always something going on in St. Agnes, including bodyboarding competitions, local concerts and festivals. Come and visit this charming village.

8 - Bude

Another gorgeous town to visit in Cornwall that I haven’t been to in ageeees, but is a family favourite! It has been voted for a few times as the UK’s Best Coastal Town, due to it’s popularity for couples and families.

A slightly larger town than some previous mentioned cities, it provides entertainment for travellers as well as keeping it’s charisma. This is the place to be if you want the ultimate Cornish surfing adventure. Home to golden beaches and rugged cliffs, it is a great opportunity to ride some waves and walk the south west coastline.

Whether you rent a boat or kayak and ride down the canal or visit the recreation park, there is something for everyone to tire you out!

9 - Porthcurno

Being honest, a few years ago Porthcurno wouldn’t be on my places to visit in Cornwall list because there are so many bloody places in Cornwall - and I have only just discovered it.

Known as paradise, which is amazing seeing as the whole of Cornwall is pretty much paradise.As well as it having a massive golden sand beach where you can watch the waves crashing around you, head up to the top of the cliffs to find Minack Theatre. An outside theatre with a host of performances.

Any Poldark fans? You will find that a few scenes were filmed here which is a must see for all fans out there!

10 - Kynance Cove

THE adventure place to visit in Cornwall, a beaut Insta-worthy destination whilst you hike around the south western coastline. It has been on the list for the best beaches in the world, and you can see why with the turquoise beaches.

As well as a National Trust car park, there is a local cafe which has become popular amongst locals and holidaymakers alike. As you can probably tell from this post, there is a lot of walking involved in Cornwall. Again, Kynance Cove can link to Lizard Point via a lush walking trail.


I hope you enjoyed my recent post on 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Cornwall, it is something a bit different but worth mentioning. Cornwall is a must visit destination for anyone in the UK or abroad, it is unlike any place in the UK… yes I am biased.

Today I am currently travelling up to London, as tomorrow I am heading off to Barcelona for a little trip then onto Rome on Friday. I have posts published as I am such an organised blogger ;) In the meantime make sure to check up on my recent post How to Learn a Language Fast. It is a very important post for me so I hope you all like it!

Mol xo


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