With Cornwall again voted the UK’s favourite vacation destination there’s never been a better time to find out what makes it so special. Stunning coastal scenery, clifftops hiking, quaint fishing villages and stylish hotels make it a must see when you travel to England. Based in Cornwall we’ve used our local knowledge to come up with our Top 10 Reasons to visit this year.
1. Great beaches
There are over 400 miles of spectacular coastline and a beach for every day of the year. From the wide stretches of golden sand at Hayle to the tiny coves and bays of the Lizard Peninsula you’re spoilt for choice.
2. Picturesque fishing villages and harbour towns
Places like Polperro, Mevagissey and Mousehole retain their charm and character, where local fisherman still plying their trade. St Ives, which has always attracted artists and has its own Tate Gallery; the quaint harbour of Charlestown is famous to Poldark lovers, and Falmouth is a town on the up with smart restaurants and cool.
3. Great Food
British food and its restaurants have undergone a revolution in recent years and nowhere reflects this better than Cornwall. Great chefs inspired by unique Cornish seafood have gained Michelin stars and turned it into a must visit foodie destination. Rick Stein’s famous restaurant in Padstow and Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac set the standards, but don’t forget the traditional favourites like a Cornish Pasty and Cream Tea. Make sure you put the jam on your scones before the cream. It’s the Cornish way!
4. The Great British Pub
Cornwall is blessed with many traditional pubs packed with history of its maritime and mining past. Pubs where smugglers met and planned and fishermen sang traditional sea shanties can still be found around the Cornish Coast. The Pandora Inn near Mylor, the Rashleigh Arms in Polkerris and the Chain Locker in Falmouth all firm favourites.
5. Subtropical Gardens
As Cornwall exports of tin and copper reached far across the globe from the 17th century onwards its wealthy families and traders brought back unusual plant specimens. Its mild climate and the British interest in horticulture have produced a multitude of beautiful and fascination gardens all over the Cornwall. Our must-see list includes Tresco Abbey Garden, Trebah, Glendurgan and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
6. Stylish Hotels
Cornwall has just welcomed its first two 5 Star Hotel and many others offer luxury seaside style. Newquay’s Headland Hotel standing imposingly above the famous Fistral Beach and set around St Mawes picturesque harbour are two of our favourites the Idle Rocks and Hotel Tresanton. Find out more about a vacation package here.
This is the UK’s top surfing country. Wave chasers from all over the world descend on Cornwall every summer to take advantage of its impressive Atlantic breakers. Polzeath on the North Coast of Cornwall is a good option for beginner level – including bodyboarders and kids – and Newquay is for the more experienced surfing crowd.
8. Clifftop Hiking
Cornwall has miles and miles of stunningly beautiful coastline, helpfully marked out you can hike along the South West Coast Path to make the most of the views. Along the south coast walk from Mousehole to Marazion – which shows off St Michael’s Mount, do the seven mile Lizard coastal walk, or walk from Land’s End to Sennen Cove. We offer walking holiday for groups and individuals both guided and unguided. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just looking for a taster send us a request.
9. Minack Open Air Theatre
If you’re a fan theatre then this is a once in a lifetime experience! Every summer, this unique amphitheatre set into the Cornish cliffs close to Land’s End offers drama, musicals, opera and comedy.
10. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Getting to Cornwall has never been easier! A new upgraded rail service operates hourly from London, there’s even an overnight sleeper service to Penzance. Cornwall is famous for its narrow lanes and high hedges, but you can now travel all the way from London to the heart of the county on dual carriageway. Or fly direct to Newquay Airport from London Gatwick and there are international flight connections to Europe.
Based in Truro, Cornwall capital city, we are the local travel specialists recommended by the Tourist Board Visit Cornwall and Newquay Airport. So whether you’re a group, family or couple looking for a vacation please contact us. for a no obligation offer.