Fancy getting a beach all to yourself? Like the idea of wild open moors, a warm climate and friendly locals? Does the idea of pasties and cream teas get your tummy rumbling? The county of Cornwall offers all this and a great deal more. With a small population and a very rural feel, Cornwall is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. And if miles of stunning coastline and some of the best surfing beaches in Europe aren’t enough, don’t forget Newquay, one of the most fun-packed night spots in the UK. Whether you fancy licking ice creams on long sandy beaches, hiking, surfing or plain old partying – a holiday cottage in Cornwall makes a perfect base to explore this beautiful region!
Places to go in Cornwall
It might have one of the lowest population densities in England, but the Cornish people are an industrious lot and you’ll find plenty of superb attractions across the region. Cornwall isn’t the place to come if you love cities; it only has one (Truro) and it’s only called a city because it boasts a cathedral. It’s the fantastic beaches, the quaint little fishing villages and the friendly locals that make Cornwall special. Among the many places you should put on your must-see list are St. Ives, with is pretty white-washed buildings and its Tate contemporary art gallery; Newquay, which offers lots of beaches (including the famous surfing mecca Fistral Beach) – and a high octane nightlife. If you want to see the very end (or possibly beginning) of the UK, take a trip to Land’s End, where more great beaches and a warm climate await you. Cornwall is likely to have coming back again and again!
Our Top Picks of Cornwall
We want you to enjoy the best that Cornwall has to offer, so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do.
The Eden Project
If you haven’t heard of the Eden Project, where have you been? This attraction contains the world’s largest greenhouse, and its artificial biomes contain plants from around the globe. It’s very odd to walk around in the heat of the tropics, knowing that you’re right in the middle of Cornwall – especially if it’s windy and rainy outside. But however you feel about tropical plants, The Eden Project offers a fun day out for young and old alike!
If you arrive here on a hot summer’s day and look down at the little sandy beach next to the Minack, you might think you were somewhere in Greece. And the drama of the scene only increases when you clap eyes on the Minack theatre itself, where the Atlantic Ocean is the backdrop to the various performances – perched as it is right on the edge of a cliff! Even if you don’t get tickets to watch a play, the scene is still an amazing one – don’t miss it!
Newquay is all about outdoor adventures and the beach – this means surfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding, water-skiing and lazy days on the beach doing not an awful lot. There are plenty of surf schools around so you can book a water sport lesson of your choice easily. Ideal for families, groups of friends and couples, Newquay is both a lively and a relaxed holiday destination. Lively nights are matched with laid back days, and with so much to see and do in the area you and your guests will never be short of ideas for a holiday adventure.
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