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!
- Plan your visit to Cornwall
- Places to visit & things to do in Cornwall
- Cornwall Travel Guide – Accommodation
- Practical tips for visiting Cornwall
- How to get to Cornwall from London
- Recommended day trips and experiences in Cornwall
- Tips for visitors to Cornwall
- Traditional English dishes from Cornwall
- Books to read about Cornwall
- Enjoy your visit to Cornwall
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Map of Cornwall
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
THINGS TO DO IN CORNWALL
PRETTY TOWNS & VILLAGES TO VISIT IN CORNWALL
Top attractions in Cornwall
Saint Michael’s Mount
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cornwall Travel Guide – Accommodation
There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and travel styles in Cornwall. Click the links below for the best hotel and airbnb options for your trip.
Tip – Book in advance particularly during the summer months or you may find accommodation is full.
BEST AIRBNB ACCOMMODATION IN CORNWALL
Find more special stays in my Accommodation Guide for England.
Practical tips for visiting Cornwall
How to get to Cornwall from London
Drive to Cornwall in less than 5 hours from London via the M4.
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.
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.
Find out more information including train timetables and fares at on the trainline.com
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!
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.
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.
- From Cornwall: Private Poldark Tour with Pickup – Day tour of filming locations featured in the BBC drama Poldark, adapted from the Winston Graham series visiting sites throughout 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.
- Coast Hike & Rustic Picnic Adventure – Walk a beautiful 5/6-mile loop of the South West Coast Path starting at Holywell, gently rising over the stunning dunes and cliff tops overlooking the beautiful Holywell Bay. Visit Holywell Beach, Poly Joke Beach, Crantock Beach, the village of Crantock and Cubert Common and explore the caves of Crantock Beach, old smugglers spots! Find out more
- Explore North Cornwall on Electric Bikes – Explore the remote coastal parishes of North Cornwall and Devon which boast some of the country’s most wild and spectacular scenery. Find out more
- Gin & Tea in the Tree House for Two – Experience a Gin Masterclass for 2 in a private distillery followed by afternoon Gin and Tea in a stunning Tree House. Find out more
Tips for visitors to Cornwall
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).
Books to read about Cornwall
Enjoy your visit to Cornwall
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