14 Amazing Places to Visit in Cornwall [United Kingdom]

Last Updated on June 25, 2023

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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 amazing places to stay in Cornwall, and some incredible beaches to also add to your bucket list.

But where is the best place to visit in Cornwall?

Well, let me show you 14 beautiful Cornwall destinations if you are travelling in the United Kingdom that you MUST see!

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14 Best Places to Visit in Cornwall

You can find a Google map of the best places to visit in Cornwall here!

Find the top places to visit in Cornwall, row of country houses lined up next to each other with a low stone wall in front and large grassy hills behind

1. Boscastle

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 one of the best places to holiday in Cornwall for you.

Where to Stay in Boscastle

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Try out these amazing places to stay in cornwall, view of secluded beach with people sunbathing on the sand between large grassy hills and the turquoise sea

2. Porthcurno

Hands down one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cornwall 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. In the summer, you can watch plays in the Minack open-air theatre!

This is an unbelievably beautiful place; I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled across it. It might just be one of the most beautiful places in United Kingdom!

🛌🏼 Check out some amazing accommodation in Porthcurno

Check out these magical places to visit in cornwall, view of sandy beach surrounded by grass fields one one side and the blue sea on the other under a clear blue sky

3. Hayle

Hayle is situated not far from the popular village of St Ives and boasts 3 miles of golden sand beaches, making it one of the best places to go in Cornwall for sunbathers.

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

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4. St Michael’s Mount

If you love fantasy and you’re wondering where to go in Cornwall, look no further than St Michael’s Mount.

Truly one of the most magical places to visit in Cornwall, this location is right out of a fairy-tale!

St Michael’s Mount is a small island that can be accessed by a footpath in low tide and a boat in high tide.

On the island has 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 Michael’s Mount

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5. Newquay

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, plus some of the best hostels in Cornwall for anyone on a budget.

Where to Stay in Newquay

Enjoy the best parts of cornwall this summer, view of harbour with two empty deckchairs looking out at small boats moored in the water with tree-covered land on the other side all under a bright blue sky with white fluffy clouds
St Ives is one of the best places to visit in Cornwall!

6. St Ives

St Ives is a beautiful seaside town that’s one of the top 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

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Head to these cornwall destinations this year, view of harbour with many small to medium sized sailing boats moored next to the shore with buildings and trees behind all under a bright blue sky

7. Padstow

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.

This is partly because the world-renowned chef Rick Stein 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 yet incredible!

Where to Stay in Padstow

8. Mousehole

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 Michael’s Mount and Porthcurno, making it a fabulous base to stay in the summer.

If you enjoy the charm of a small yet well-loved community, Mousehole is one of the best places to visit in Cornwall for couples.

🛌🏼 Check out the great accommodation options in Mousehole!

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9. Perranporth

Here lies one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches, which is popular for surfers too, as it’s one of the best parts of Cornwall to catch some waves!

Who said Britain doesn’t have good beaches? If 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.

🛌🏼 Check out some awesome accommodation in Perranporth!

10. Tintagel

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. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall!

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

11. Bude

Pastel coloured beach huts and a popular rugged shoreline, Bude is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall, partly because it’s one of the best north Cornwall beauty spots.

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)!

Bude is also one of the good places to visit in Cornwall for souvenirs – 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

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12. Land’s End

There are plenty of nice places to visit in Cornwall, but Land’s End has a unique selling point: it’s the most south-westerly point of Britain, literally where the “land ends”.

Land’s End sounds like something out of a science-fiction film, but it’s one of Britain’s most popular landmarks.

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.

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13. Lizard Point

The most southerly point of Britain and possibly one of the windiest is Lizard Point.

It’s one of the most pretty places in Cornwall; 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 in Lizard Point

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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!

Frequently Asked Questions

✅ What is the most beautiful part of Cornwall?

Honestly, you’ll struggle to find a part of Cornwall that isn’t pretty! There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

✅ What is Cornwall famous for?

Cornwall is famous for its beaches – particularly its popular surfing scene – as well as its historical sites and areas of natural beauty.

✅ What month is best to visit Cornwall?

In order to get the best amount of sunshine and enjoy the natural landscape, September is often the most popular time to visit Cornwall.

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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  • Kavey at Kavey Eats
    February 4, 2017

    Yes, I love Cornwall and we never get bored visiting, there are so many charming towns and villages, not to mention stunning beaches and coastline and beautiful rural landscapes. Great food now too!

  • Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    February 5, 2017

    A terrible thing to admit but even though I’m British I have never been to Cornwall. I once drove from Worcester to Taunton and it took seven hours. Now I live in Sheffield, I figure I can fly to the States quicker. Everyone raves about it though so I really should make the effort

  • vishalgmr1971
    February 6, 2017

    I know pictures don’t do justice to a place, but your pictures are equal to thousands of words. I loved Hayle for sure. I’ve never visited there but photos made me thing “is this the next place I should visit”?

  • MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
    February 6, 2017

    I’m from the UK and sad to say I never visited Cornwall before I left! It really is a an absolute gem and there is so much beauty there! I love seeing posts about the UK – it reminds me how pretty it is outside of the big cities!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
      February 11, 2017

      Oh, you must make a trip one day. Such a beautiful region!

  • badfan
    February 7, 2017

    What a lovely list. One look at the lovely pictures and I know I am gonna love Porthcurno so much! Look at those exotic white sand beaches and blue waters 🙂 Wanderlust is kicking in!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > badfan
      February 11, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Antonette Spaan
    February 7, 2017

    Porthcurno reminds me of some bays I saw in Tasmania, somewhat tropical yet chilly. I’d really love to visit Cornwall one day, thanks for the inspiration!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Antonette Spaan
      February 11, 2017

      Put it on the bucket list! 🙂

  • Beerandcroissants
    February 7, 2017

    Great list of places Anita. Many of them included in some of my favourites. I especially love Cornwall and your images do them all justice. It’s always great to showcase, I think, the UK outside of great (but dreary) London. Hope all is well with you and your current travels 🙂 x

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Beerandcroissants
      February 11, 2017

      Thanks Kerri! Yeah, there are certainly some beautiful an underrated parts of the UK.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    February 7, 2017

    This part of the UK is really spectacular. The landscapes are stunning and make for a wonderful experience. Would love to get there someday and see all the lovely places you have listed.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Sandy N Vyjay
      February 11, 2017

      It’s such a beautiful and underrated part of the UK!

  • Chrysoula Manika
    February 8, 2017

    undortunately I am one of those people that have been to the UK so many times and have missed Cornwall. I especially love to vit it as my favorite author Agatha Christie was from threre. Thanks for reminding me that I have to book a trip there asap

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Chrysoula Manika
      February 11, 2017

      Oh no! Hopefully in 2017 you will get to visit. It’s beyond beautiful 🙂

  • Tamara Elliott
    February 19, 2017

    Oh my goodness who knew the UK had such blue water?! I’ll definitely have to make a stop in Cornwall when I finally make it to England!

  • Kavey at Kavey Eats
    February 19, 2017

    We’ve enjoyed many many holidays in Cornwall over the years, most commonly with a huge group of friends, all of us renting an enormous self-catering holiday home together and heading out to explore in smaller groups or sometimes on our own. There’s so much to see, and so beautiful, that we have always been drawn back. We’re heading down again in just over a week’s time!

  • Jenna Kvidt
    February 19, 2017

    Wow, Porthcurno really does look like Greece! Would love to relax on that beach for a day! St Michaels Mount looks amazing too. Thanks for all the great suggestions–makes me want to head to Cornwall!

  • Love and Road (@LoveandRoad)
    February 19, 2017

    Looks like we’ll have to check out Cownwall next time we visit the UK! It’s so unusual and pretty! 😀

  • Nancy
    February 20, 2017

    I have to say my husband and I have been watching British crime shows on TV lately and two of them are beach locations. We have been wondering where they are because we would love to visit some of these coastal towns. We never realized how nice the beaches are in the UK! Porthcurno looks popular and fun for the kids but St. Michaels Mount looks like it would be a special romantic weekend getaway.

  • Annie
    February 20, 2017

    That beach in Porthcurno looks like it could be in the Caribbean (except for the cliffs!) The water is absolutely beautiful, I’d certaintly risk a bit of cold to dip my toes in that 🙂

  • Julie
    February 20, 2017

    True story: I lived in London for 3 years and could never make it to Cornwall. With all of the amazing places to visit in the UK, the idea of spending ages in the car (especially on a summer weekend, let’s be honest) was always too much of a hassle. I know – terrible! That said, I’d love to make it to Cornwall at some point. The UK is full of gorgeous destinations and there are so many highlights in Cornwall!

  • Mansoureh
    February 21, 2017

    Cornwall is so beautiful and I have heard a lot of good things about it. It is on my bucket list. Hopefully I can visit it this summer. Usually people visit the east of the UK more than the west. but I know there are many beautiful nature in Wales especially in the west side.

  • Ryan Biddulph
    May 15, 2017

    Beyond stunning Anita! Cornwell offers some of the best beach views on earth. And I’d never have thought this was so 😉 UK is not thought of as such a destination, largely. Thanks for sharing.


  • Rich Steel
    May 1, 2018

    *Tintagel. It’s Tintagel – no angels involved!

    Good post though 😉