The Cornish coast is a unique landscape in the form of a peninsula, culminating at Lands End, the countries most South-Westerly tip. The country has over 250 miles of coastline, with over 300 beaches.
Cornwall’s north coast is lined with beautiful cliffs and long golden beaches that faces out to the bracing Atlantic Coast. The coastline features many seaside resort towns such as Newquay, St Ives and Padstow. Cornwall’s south coast, also known as the Cornish Riviera, is more sheltered than its north coast and is bordered by the English Channel. It’s punctuated with port towns such as Fowey and Falmouth as well as idyllic fishing villages such as Polperro.
West Cornwall, the tip of the county’s peninsula, is home to two popular holiday destinations, St Ives and Penzance. St Ives’ coastline faces Atlantic Ocean, and Penzance faces the English Channel and both coastlines are easily accessible from anywhere in West Cornwall.
West Cornwall is particularly known for its mining history and to this day many old mines can still be viewed around Botallack near St Just. For a greater insight head to the Geevor Tin Mining Museum, which is an excellent family friendly experience. The success of the BBC’s ongoing drama series adaption of Winston Graham’s Poldark has greatly impacted the counties popularity and many of the outside scenes have been filmed in Cornwall.
Given its rugged coastline, Cornwall is known for wonderful beaches. Some of the most iconic beaches include; Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Watergate Bay near Newquay, Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Kynance Cove on the lizard, and Summerleaze beach in Bude. For our full guide to Cornish beaches click here.
Inland, why not take the time to explore the wild Bodmin Moors or some of Cornwall’s beautiful woodlands; such as Cardinham Woods and Tehidy Woods. Cornwall’s capital and only city is Truro, and is a great place for shopping and lunch.
There is a vast array of established and unique gardens such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah Gardens and internationally acclaimed attractions such as The Eden Project, St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre and Jubilee Pool. If you’re looking to dabble in some art and culture, head to some of the counties best galleries and museums such as; Tate St Ives, Penlee House Museum & Gallery, Newlyn Art Gallery, and the National Maritime Museum.
Cornwall is best known for the Cornish Pasty, and the classic Cornish cream tea. Click here to find the best cream teas in West Cornwall. There’s also an incredible array of fresh fish and seafood available in Cornwall, particularly from Falmouth and Newquay and so many restaurants in Cornwall are renowned for their wonderful fish dishes. Cornwall’s food and drink scene is also embracing international cuisine with a host of restaurants creating menus with French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Asian and American influences.
From bustling, coastal ports to areas of outstanding natural beauty there’s so much explore during your holiday in Cornwall. Each coast offers something unique with everything from surfing hotspots, hidden coves and family friendly beaches an every season brings new delights. Whether you’re visiting in Spring, Summer Autumn or Winter, discover holidays in Cornwall with our guide to the county’s towns and villages.