Stay in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday regions in the South West, with visitors attracted by some of the best beaches, famed for great surfing and miles of sand, well suited to family holidays. Cornwall has vibrant resorts like Newquay, great family beaches like Perranporth and St Ives, traditional fishing villages like Port Isaac, as well as becoming a destination to sample some of the best food in the UK, drawing from the many and varied local fresh ingredients, with resorts like Padstow becoming a haven for food lovers.

Eden Project

Cornwall has many well known holiday destinations and picturesque Cornish fishing villages, whilst inland lie ancient settlements, historic market towns and the cathedral city of Truro, which is the County Town of Cornwall. There is a great range of accommodation across the County, from self catering breaks in lighthouses to hostels on the cliff top or luxury hotels and spas.

In the heart of Cornwall you will find Bodmin Moor, ideal for walking and horse riding across some of the wildest terrain. And if it is walking you are interested in, then there are 258 miles of the South West Coast Path which takes you through some of the most varied and dramatic coast line, with secluded beaches, windswept cliff tops and traditional fishing villages en route.

Cornwall has a rich vein of heritage and culture, including stone circles, iron age villages and grand historic houses. There are a multitude of great gardens in Cornwall, including The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tresco Abbey on The Scilly Isles and of course the world renowned Eden Project.

The vibrant Cornish art scene stems from the Newlyn and St Ives schools, and Cornwall continually attracts artists from across the world. St Ives now hosts The Tate St Ives, with regular exhibitions including the Barbara Hepworth Museum. A host of writers such as Daphne du Maurier, Rosamunde Pilcher and Sir John Betjemen have all written of the delights of this far flung corner of the South West of England.


Surfing in Cornwall, image: South West Tourism

Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall, is well known for being a vibrant resort with many young people heading there each summer to enjoy the superb beaches and excellent surfing. Accommodation in Newquay is varied, from hostels and campsites to top hotels. Newquay also hosts many events each year, including The Newquay Fish Festival, The Cornwall Film Festival and The Boardmasters Festival, probably the UK’s premier annual surfing event.

St Ives

It is claimed that St Ives, on the north coast of Cornwall, has light that is especially suited for artists to get the most from the local landscape, and considering that this local landscape includes sandy beaches, fishing harbours, rugged cliff tops and far reaching Atlantic views, then it is not surprising that artists flock to St Ives all year round. Hence St Ives hosts The Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, as well as numerous galleries hosting exhibitions. The town of St Ives has narrow cobbled streets extending from the fishing harbour, making it a picturesque place to visit and soak in the atmosphere, even if you are not an artist.

Tate St Ives, image: VisitBritain


Cornish Harbour, image: VisitBritain

Falmouth, on the South Cornwall Coast, has its own sandy beaches, but is also a great base for exploring the local area. From Falmouth you can easily reach St Mawes by ferry across Falmouth Harbour and from there explore The Roseland Peninsula; head south to explore the many inlets of the Helford River or a little further to the remote villages on The Lizard Peninsula. Land’s End, the most westerly point in the country, is also a good day trip from Falmouth.

For your stay in Cornwall, you may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.

There are many exciting events happening in Cornwall through the year and Cornwall offers several world class visitor attractions not to be missed.