Top 10 Destinations - Cornwall

Cornwall, or Kernow as it is known to the locals, is one of the top destinations for tourists in the UK. It owes this title to its unbelievable coastline and scenery, combined with its own unique identity that sets it apart from the rest of the UK. Almost a third of Cornwall has ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Cornwall has the attractions to suit any holiday maker, whether it’s surfing, hiking, climbing or even relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches around the coast.

Here are our picks of the top 10 places to visit in Cornwall, the inclusion of which on your trip would make for a truly memorable holiday.

10. Porthleven

Situated on the south coast of Cornwall with a population of just over 3,000, this small, historic harbour town is the perfect example of all things Cornish and is an increasingly popular tourist destination. Renowned for its beaches, surf, scenery and local pubs and restaurants, it’s a great place to spend a day.

9. Bodmin Moor

One of the largest and unspoilt areas of the south west, Bodmin moor really hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. It is this sense of history that makes it such a great place to visit. In a truly spectacular landscape where granite tors can be seen for miles, Bodmin moor is the perfect place for any avid walkers on a trip down south.

8. Penzance

Penzance is a fantastic base for a holiday in Cornwall. It is situated 10 miles from Land’s End and close to the breath-taking Minack Theatre. Penzance itself is an historic market town, with something for everyone. It’s view of the Mounts Bay area make for a fantastic backdrop to this lovely town.

7. Falmouth

The dockyard town of Falmouth is a popular destination for tourists. With a long sea front and beautiful nearby beaches it’s the perfect place for people who want the beach and the shops. With a great array of restaurants and pubs and the picturesque Pendennis Castle nearby, it’s a definite addition to any Cornwall holiday.

6. Lands’ End

Lands’ End is famous for being the most south westerly point of mainland Britain, and is a great place to visit. It has a number of attractions for both adults and children and boasts fantastic views of the coast. For those walkers out there, Lands’ End is a definite visit.

5. Kynance Cove

Situated on the wonderful Lizard Peninsula, Kynance Cove is the pick of the numerous beautiful coves in the area. A beach not well known to tourists and rarely busy, this beach is a great place to spend the day snorkelling, building sand castles and all the other beach activities we love so much.

4. Truro

The one and only city in Cornwall hardly rivals its larger counterparts around the country but that adds to its charm. Take a stroll round the city, enjoying all the shops, cafés and restaurants it has to offer. For those who want to shop in your time in the south west, Truro is a must.

3. Newquay

A surfer’s paradise. World renowned for its waves, Newquay attracts huge numbers of tourists all year round, the majority bringing surf boards with them! Along with the beach there’s plenty of other things to do, the aquarium, swimming pools and the streets are packed with shops and café’s to explore.

2. St Michael’s Mount

A picturesque view from Marazion includes the spectacular St Michael’s Mount. An island some 400m off the coast, it’s connected by a causeway which makes it accessible during low tides and crowned with a castle. Make it part of your trip to guarantee some great photo’s at a unique location.

1. St. Ives

Our top destination for Cornwall is the harbour town of St. Ives. The embodiment of all things Cornwall, wander its cobbled streets lined with fishermen’s cottages, visit 5 beaches within walking distance and everything else it has to offer, including of course, the Tate gallery.