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Too often I hear people travelling the UK but missing one of the magical gems -Cornwall. It really is my favourite part of the United Kingdom because it’s just so damn beautiful and there are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall. Many people have holiday homes out there so you could easily find an empty property from Global Guardians and spend the whole summer there!”.
Plus, in my opinion, they are some incredible beaches to also add to your bucket list. Where is the best place to visit in Cornwall? Here are 14 beautiful places to visit in Cornwall if you are travelling in the United Kingdom that you MUST see!
Map of the 14 best places to visit in Cornwall
Located on the north coast of Cornwall is a small village called Boscastle. This little village was hit by one of Britain’s biggest floods in 2004, which destroyed houses, cars, and bridges, but has since been rebuilt and should be considered as part of your Cornwall road trip! It’s incredibly photogenic and really is the epitome of the word ‘quaint’. If you are looking for a village with charm, then this is the place to visit.
Where to stay in Boscastle?
- The Riverside Guest House – Excellent location and reasonably priced for a 5-star hotel!
- The Wellington Hotel – Historical building with log fires! Who doesn’t like log fires?!
- Tregatherall Lodge – Serene location with a warm welcome.
Breakfast is included in all these accommodation options!
Hands down one of the most incredible locations in the summer! Porthcurno is something out of a Greek storybook. Pristine beaches with bright blue water (but it’s freezing, typical Britain!), with a theatre overlooking the beach. This is an unbelievably beautiful place. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled across it. In the summer, you can watch plays in the Minack open-air theatre!
Hayle is situated not far from the popular village of St Ives and boasts 3 miles of golden sand beaches. Not only is this place picture perfect but it also has some of the best walks in the country and it’s steeped in history. It was said that Hayle was a trading port for tin thousands of years ago. The town and port are now a World Heritage Site!
Where to stay in Hayle?
- The Badger Inn – Cosy accommodation that is close to Hayle
4. St Michaels Mount
This place is right out of a fairy-tale! St Michaels Mount is a small island that can be accessed by a footpath in low tide and a boat in high tide. On the island is a castle, chapel, and a family home. It’s full of history and is well worth a trip. Just make sure the weather conditions are okay before visiting because if bad weather is predicted they will close the island. I don’t think I would want to be on there during a tsunami, would you?
Where to stay in St Michaels Mount?
- YHA Penzance – Modern accommodation and reasonably priced.
- Artist Residence Boutique Hotel – Fun and close to the beach!
- The Old Success Inn – Walking distance to the beach with striking views of the bay.
It has been named one of the nations ‘favourite seaside towns to visit in Cornwall’ and rightly so, this place is a surfer’s and swimmer’s paradise. Newquay is a British summer holiday favourite with beautiful beaches, great food, and events happening all year around.
Where to stay in Newquay?
- Fairways Guest House – Only 2 minute walk from the town centre.
- Pine Lodge Hotel – Great getaway spot with a lovely pool!
6. St Ives
St Ives is a beautiful seaside town that should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Cornwall. With beautiful beaches, local art galleries, and trendy restaurants, St Ives is a hub for people looking for a piece of Cornish paradise. As St Ives is a seaside town, seafood restaurants are very popular here so don’t miss The Seafood café and Porthminster Beach Café, which are some of the most popular restaurants in the region.
Where to stay in St Ives?
- Tregenna Castle Resort – A true castle experience!
- Green Apple Bed & Breakfast – Only an 8-minute walk to the beach and free breakfast!
Over the last 5 years, the popularity of Padstow has absolutely skyrocketed. This port town is quaint in every way. Padstow is now a very popular holiday destination and one of the top places to visit in Conrwall. Partly because the world-renowned chef Rick Steins owns a café, restaurant, fish and chip shop, and bistro here. But it doesn’t stop there – he also has a cooking school, a shop and accommodation options too! I highly recommend checking out his café. The food was simple and incredible!
Where to stay in Padstow?
- Bay Villa Retreats – A perfect place to relax after a day of exploring
- Woodlands Country House – 15 minute walk to Padstow Harbour
Mousehole is a tiny fishing village that still holds a lot of character without the hustle and bustle like St Ives and Padstow. It’s very close to St Michaels Mount and Porthcurno, making it a fabulous base to stay in the summer.
Here lies one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches, which is popular for surfers too! Who said Britain doesn’t have good beaches? I someone did utter those words, they obviously didn’t make it down to Cornwall! From here there are really good coastal walks and waterfront restaurants. There is even a natural open air pool that overlooks the beach in low tide.
There’s only one word for Tintagel: dramatic. Not the people, but the landscape! From the castle ruins, you get remarkable views of the rugged coast. Many artists and writers have been inspired by Tintagel because if its mystery and legends. This place has got to be one of Britain’s greatest historic and impressive sites.
Where to stay in Tintagel?
- Bosayne Guest House – Great breakfast and very welcoming!
Pastel coloured beach huts and a popular rugged shoreline, Bude is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. I highly recommend a day trip enjoying the nature by doing a coastal walk along with a hot drink (because you’ll definitely need it in the winter)! There are plenty of quaint souvenir and independent shops to keep you busy. If it’s a hot summer day, then opt for a cold drink and a walk along the canal that is spectacular in the summer.
Where to stay in Bude?
- Links Side Guest House – Freshly cooked breakfast included and beach only a 5 minute stroll!
- Hebaasca Hotel – Modern hotel in the city centre.
- Tommy Jacks – Cosy hotel not far from the major attractions in Bude.
12. Lands’ end
Lands’ end sounds like something out of a science-fiction film, but it’s one of Britain’s most popular landmarks. It’s the most south-westerly point of Britain, but beware – the parking is incredibly expensive and so is the fun park there. While this is great if you have kids, it’s not so great if you’re on a budget.
13. Lizard point
The most southerly point of Britain and possibly one of the windiest is Lizard Point. From here you can do the most spectacular coastal walks that I highly recommend doing if you are staying in the area. This is one of my top favourite places to visit in Cornwall.
Where to stay at Lizard Point?
- The Top House Inn – Amazing reviews and award-winning accommodation.
14. Kynance Cove
From Lizard Point, if you are doing the coastal walk make sure you walk to Kynance Cove. This is hugely popular in the summer. Unfortunately, when I went it was more like a winter’s day in the middle of summer but you can’t always predict the weather! You have probably seen this cove on Instagram or Facebook at some point. It’s hugely popular because of its white sand beach and turquoise water making it out to be a paradise located somewhere in the Mediterranean!
Aren’t these places simply incredible? The beauty of Cornwall is endless. This is just one county in this vast country. Cornwall will always have a special place in my heart and now you know why! Tell me which places to visit in Cornwall you love!
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