Top 10 Destinations in Cornwall
As Cornwall's only city, Truro is the county's main shopping hub complete with big stores and small independent shops. The city hosts great transport links operating in close proximity to other Cornish towns and is a great base for exploring the rest of Cornwall. The large cathedral dominates the local skyline and the view is best enjoyed with a pasty!
A small town and port located at the mouth of the River Fowey, Fowey is centred in an area of outstanding natural beauty with quaint cottages and narrow cobbled streets offering exposure and insight into Cornish life. Fowey houses a vibrant and thriving fishing industry, where there are plenty of places to hire a small boat and go explore around the bay and up the river. Don't forget the local restaurants and cafes too!
Locally sourced granite is the choice of material for the buildings and picturesque moorland surrounding the town, making Bodmin a truly beautiful area. The former prison, Bodmin Gaol, is now a very interesting museum open to the public. The site of the last public hanging, Gaol is well worth a visit.
Newquay is Cornwall's liveliest town with some great bars and places to eat. A premier resort, the town has a big association with surfing and plays host to the World Championships which brings with it the biggest names in the surfing world and other water sports. For those not keen on surfing, Newquay Zoo is set on a wonderful sub-tropical lakeside garden and fun for all the family.
Located both sides of the River Looe, East Looe is home to the town's main shopping centre and thriving working harbour while West Looe is a little quieter and filled with restaurants. Looe's very narrow streets are often packed with party people on New Year's Eve, as the town plays host to the one of the best street parties in the UK.
The dockyard town of Falmouth is a popular destination for tourists, with its long seafront and beautiful nearby beaches, it's the perfect place for people that want to experience the beach as well as the shops. With a fantastic array of restaurants and pubs, its a place that must be visited on any Cornish holiday. The fishing industry thrives in Falmouth and the local catches make a brilliant lunch.
4) 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, boasting fantastic views of the coast. For those walkers out there, Lands' End is a definite visit. Stroll along family-friendly paths above cliffs carved out by the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
3) 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, it is a great place to spend the day snorkelling, building sandcastles and all the other beach activities we love so much. At low tide, you can explore the towering rock stacks and the caves with names such as The Parlour and The Drawing Room.
Padstow, neighbour to Hayle, is a bustling port of fisherman and Cornish tradition. A true 'postcard town', the locals and surrounding areas three on the tourism trade; try out Rick Stein's fish and chips on the harbourside and then burn the calories off cycling along the Camel Bike path between Padstow and Wadebridge.
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 the 5 beaches that are within walking distance of the town and everything else it has to offer, including the Tate Gallery. A mixture of white sandy beaches and narrow winding roads, St Ives appeals to all ages with its fantastic range of things to see and do.