Our Cornwall Travel Guide includes recommended places to visit and things to do, accommodation options, tips and more for this beautiful English county. Everything you need to plan your visit and essential reading for any visitor to Cornwall!

Plan your visit to Cornwall

With its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, castles, historical treasures and quaint towns and villages no wonder Cornwall in England’s south west is one of the top destinations for British holidaymakers.

Cornwall has something to appeal to every age group and is the perfect destination for families, couples, solo travellers.

For walkers, surfers, foodies, beach lovers, history enthusiasts and nature lovers Cornwall is the place to be!

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Map of Cornwall

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When is the best time to visit Cornwall?

The best time to visit Cornwall is in June or September before and after the UK school holiday season.

During July and August the weather is generally at its best (it is the English summer period and can be notoriously unpredictable) but this is also high season and the roads are busy with visitors heading to the pretty Cornish seaside towns and beaches. This is the most expensive time of year to visit.

Temperatures during the winter months can fluctuate so expect to wrap up to keep warm and dry!

Places to visit & things to do in Cornwall

Top attractions in Cornwall

Land's End - Cornwall Travel Guide

Land’s End

St Michael's Mount Cornwall Travel Guide

Saint Michael’s Mount

Minack Theatre in Cornwall

Minack Theatre

Tintagel

Tintagel

St Ives

St Ives

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Eden Project

Eden Project

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Seal Sanctuary

Seal Sanctuary

Cornwall Travel Guide – Accommodation

There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and travel styles in Cornwall. Click the links below for the best options for your trip.

Tip – Book in advance particularly during the summer months or you may find accommodation is full.

MORE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN CORNWALL

Find more special stays in my Accommodation Guide for England.

Cornwall St Michael's Mount

Practical tips for visiting Cornwall

How to get to Cornwall from London

By car

Drive to Cornwall in less than 5 hours from London via the M4.

Click here for directions via google maps.

Tip – Please note that in the summer months the roads can be very congested so travel overnight or outside peak rush hours to avoid long delays.

By train

There are a number of train routes to take to get to Cornwall from London including the sleeper train service the Night Riviera.

The most popular train route is from London Paddington to Newquay which takes around 5 hours.

Alternatively take a direct train from Bath (why not stay in Bath for a few days) or Bristol. The London – Bath – Cornwall route is one of our 10 favourite UK train journeys.

Find out more information including train timetables and fares at on the trainline.com

By bus

National Express coaches travel from London to Truro in Cornwall and take around 7 hours. This is the cheapest method of transport but also the slowest!

By air

Fly to Newquay airport from airports around the UK including London Gatwick, Belfast, Aberdeen, and Manchester amongst others.

Take a tour

Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London – Enjoy 5 days exploring Devon and Cornwall. Home to the legends of King Arthur, Celtic Kingdoms and Roman towns, stop at beautiful beaches and wild moorlands. Visit Norman cathedrals and extraordinary coastlines as you see this beautiful pocket of England.

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Recommended day trips and experiences in Cornwall

Day trips and tours

  • Doc Martin Tour – Take a guided walking tour of filming locations from the hit show Doc Martin in the picturesque village of Port Isaac in Cornwall.
  • Cornwall 2-Day King Arthur Tintagel and Boscastle Tour – Explore Cornwall through the legend of King Arthur on a 2-day sightseeing tour of Tintagel Castle, Boscastle, and Dartmoor. Follow in the footsteps of the warrior king and his wife Guinevere. Take part in a mystical meditation, and more.
Beach in Cornwall - Cornwall Travel Guide

Experiences

  • Hot Air Balloon Flight – Enjoy a Champagne Hot Air Balloon flight over the beautiful countryside of Cornwall. Take in the stunning English scenery as you float effortlessly through the sky.
  • Make Your Own Wedding Rings in Cornwall – Experience the processes that go into hand making rings. as you work on your special unique rings. Choose to make your rings in silver or gold to your own design. 
  • Learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Launch from the slipway at Golant and return to the same spot after paddling out on the River Fowey and exploring this river in all its glory. Your instructor will work with you to increase your confidence and help you get the most out of your session.

Click here for more fantastic experiences in Cornwall

Tips for visitors to Cornwall

  • Cornwall is always very busy over the summer months. Easter and the holiday weekend at the end of May are also popular months to visit Cornwall. Book accommodation, car hire and attractions ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
  • Don’t miss the wonderful seafood – fish and chip shops are in abundance (Beware of the seagulls – they will try and steal your food and can be very aggressive)
  • Pack jeans and a sweater even during the summer months just in case the weather changes (it can be rainy and windy at any time of year)
  • We recommend hiring a car to get around Cornwall – while you can travel to Cornwall from London by train you will need a car to experience the best of Cornwall. Note that roads can be narrow and single lane. High hedges can also restrict views so drive very carefully.
  • Check tides before heading to the beach – and also pay attention to incoming tides. Pack your swimming costume, sunglasses and sunblock – swim where there are lifeguards. 
  • Check opening times for popular destinations such as the Eden Project. Tintagel and St Michael’s Mount. Also check the weather as this can impact accessibility to some attractions.

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Traditional English dishes from Cornwall

Traditional foods of Cornwall include the Cornish pasty, Cornish clotted cream served with a scone and jam to make a cream tea, Stargazy Pie, saffron cake, and Cornish yarg (cheese).

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Books to read about Cornwall

Enjoy your visit to Cornwall

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