Cornwall Travel Guide

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Cornwall Highlights

  • Pro
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    MISSQT says…

     Beautiful beaches, friendly people and delicious cornish food. 

  • Con
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    evaanna says…

     Touristy in summer, traffic jams on the way there, narrow roads 

  • In a nutshell
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    tango_jd says…

     Beautiful places often accessible by tiny narrow lanes! 

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Newquay

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140,281,136

Saint Ives

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145,302,44

Mevagissey

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58,115,1

Tintagel

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60,163,7

Penzance

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80,218,58

Perranporth

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11,51,7

Boscastle

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46,116,0

Saint Austell

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106,218,42

Polperro

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26,101,1

Bodmin

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52,132,19

Truro

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44,96,16

Mousehole

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20,78,3

Falmouth

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16,52,51

West Looe

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3,4,21

Fowey

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43,111,11

Bude

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14,64,28

Gunnislake

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12,34,0

Redruth

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11,44,5

Marazion

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14,53,1

Helston

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21,24,3

Newlyn

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17,19,0

Altarnun

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33,111,0

Saint Just-in-Penwith

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22,69,0

Wadebridge

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8,14,1

Sennen Cove

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12,43,0

Porthleven

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6,10,0

East Looe

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23,62,0

Saint Michaels Mount

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5,26,0

Hugh Town

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14,32,0

Torpoint

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4,9,0

Mylor Bridge

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3,3,0

Launceston

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10,54,0

Tresco

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4,1,0

Charlestown

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7,8,0

Gunwalloe

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1,2,0

Crantock

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0,3,0

Carbis Bay

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2,17,0

Botallack

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3,7,0

Newquay

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  • Newquay's Holywell Bay Fun Park

    Newquay Things to Do

    There's lots do to for children of all ages at Holywell Bay Fun Park. My children are 4 and 2 and have great fun playing on the rides! The staff are all very helpful and the Diner serves high quality food. It's close to Holywell Bay Beach and the new wristbands are great value for money! Highly recommended!

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  • Best Western The Hotel Bristol

    Newquay Hotels

    Now, I'm sure that when we're old & grey(er), we'll be glad of a nice rest home in which to enjoy...

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  • Milkshakes to die for

    Newquay Restaurants

    Next to a shop called No worries is Buntys resturant which stays open during the high season until 9-10pm. The staff are very friendly and the menue is good. EG: They do macoroni cheese at £4.95. There are menue's on the tables, but there is also a specials board as well. You can sit outside but it can be gusty especially when it rains. The...

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Saint Ives

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  • High-adrenalin coasteering adventures!

    Saint Ives Things to Do

    If you're spending any time in west Cornwall, be sure to take a trip with Kernow Coasteering. They are the UK's most westerly provider of this adventure activity, offering coasteering around St. Ives, Lands End and Penzance.If you don't know what coasteering is, it is an adventure activity where you combine swimming, scrambling, climbing and cliff...

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  • Boskerris Hotel

    Saint Ives Hotels

    The Boskerris is a small, family run hotel located in Carbis Bay, a few miles out of St Ives. We...

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  • “Winning Service & Excellent quality,...

    Saint Ives Restaurants

    We stumbled across this place after originally quite a while ago, and have always found the staff warm and friendly staff. The menu was varied and offered a great choice, portions were absolutely huge!. The food was very tasty and offered good value for money, You can ask for any other fish from the Fresh Fish counter good range that they sell, and...

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Mevagissey

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  • Fishing and Boating

    Mevagissey Sports & Outdoors

    Boating or Fishing near Mevagissey is not a problem,I took my 9ft dingy with me and fished outside the Harbour at Mevagissey,there is a public slipway in the bay of Portmellon, if you look at the sea it is to the right of Mevagissey go over the hill and the bay is on your left.Below i have put a link for tidetables for Mevagissey,should you wish to...

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  • Wild Air Guest House

    Mevagissey Hotels

    Polkirt Hill, Mevagissey, PL26 6UX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Take Your Own Boat

    Mevagissey Transportation

    A great way to see Mevagissey is by arriving in your own boat. There are a few moorings inside the Outer Harbour (these are fore and aft moorings), but you may have to raft up in the high season. One set are just inside the entrance, on the right, and another set are over the far side adjacent to the quayside and near the aquarium. Fees are very...

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Tintagel

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  • Views from Tintagel castle

    Tintagel Off The Beaten Path

    So this is the views that you would get if you lived in Tintagel castle, quite pretty now and again and would be wonderful in thunderstorms, or when the sea was rough. But it's not the kind of place I would want to live, to be quite honest.Looking at this though, and remember all of those awful steps, how on earth did Uther Pendragon and his ilk...

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  • Cornishman Inn Tintagel

    Tintagel Hotels

    Fore Street Tintagel, Tintagel, PL34 0DB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Forget about the beach

    Tintagel Things to Do

    There are lots of really great things to do in Tintagel, but please don't think of it as a beach holiday destination. At low tide, a tiny strip of beach (more silt than sand) is exposed, not far from Tintagel Castle... and that's about it. This is a place of majestic cliffs and great clifftop walks, not somewhere to be sunning yourself. (Head to...

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Penzance

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  • Chapel St.

    Penzance Things to Do

    Market Jew St is the main street in Penzance but my favourite is Chapel St. If you turn left at the top of Market Jew St it will bring you into Chapel St and you’ll soon see why I like it. A few yards down on the right hand side is the unmistakeable Egyptian House. Originally two cottages, they were transformed in the 1830s by a local man, John...

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  • Beachfield Hotel

    Penzance Hotels

    The Beachfield Hotel is a cosy white Victorian style building facing the Penzance promenade. Located...

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  • Fancy and adventure? Try Coasteering

    Penzance Things to Do

    If you're in west Cornwall, give coasteering a go with Kernow Coasteering, who are based in Penzance. This exhilarating activity will allow you to get up close and personal with the stunning cliffs in the Lands End area. You'll don a wetsuit,helmet and buoyancy aid to help you explore the cliffs by swimming, scrambling and jumping your way along....

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Perranporth

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  • Coastal Walks

    Perranporth Things to Do

    There are some great coastal paths in either direction from Perranporth beach. It is a great way to explore Cornwall's rugged scenery. The views from the paths in the Sand Dunes behind the beach are outstanding. Here you will find some wonderful coastal wildflowers such as Evening Primrose and sea thrift.

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  • Ponsmere Hotel

    Perranporth Hotels

    Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Gift/Surf shops Galore

    Perranporth Shopping

    Perranporth High street has a number of quaint gift shops, clothes shops, shops selling everything you would need for the beach and a few surf shops.There is a great co-op supermarket just off the mini roundabout as you enter Perranporth and a Boots Chemist on the road leading to the beach car park.

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Boscastle

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  • Outdoor Clothing

    Boscastle Shopping

    During our visit to Boscastle it became a little chilly and I realised I hadn't brought my jacket with me. Lucky enough there is an excellent outdoor clothing shop right in the heart of the village. This little shop is packed to the brim with waterproofs, fleeces and even walking shoes. The prices were very reasonable too.

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  • Admire the Old Buildings

    Boscastle Things to Do

    As you wander aimlessly around Boscastle you will begin to notice the quaint old buildings which have been converted into pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Look out for the wonky rooftops and crooked cottages, they have real character. The limekiln and storage buildings give a brief reminder of Boscastle's industrial past & the Old Forge has now...

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  • Boscastle Harbour

    Boscastle Things to Do

    We took the footpath near the Witchcraft museum. This led uphill to a row of white cottages (some holiday lets). From here you can get a great panoramic view of the Harbour. The Harbour was a busy commercial port during most of the Nineteenth century until the railways reached Cornwall in 1893. Coal, ironwork and limestone from South Wales,...

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Saint Austell

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  • Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

    Saint Austell Things to Do

    This museum is a must for anyone who loves looking at treasure trove brought up from the seabed.There are other distractions here as well but it is this collection that you’ll want to spend most of your time looking at.The tour of the museum starts with a walk through a tunnel that was, until 1972, used for transporting china clay on trucks through...

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  • Premier Inn St Austell

    Saint Austell Hotels

    Part of the Premier Inn chain, as far as I’m concerned these hotels offer good value with the added...

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  • Charlestown

    Saint Austell Things to Do

    Situated 2 miles south-east of St. Austell town centre in St. Austell Bay, Charlestown is a most enjoyable place to visit.If you want to use public transport then Western Greyhound operate buses from near the railway station and drop you off at The Rashleigh Arms, where you might be tempted to stop before walking down to the harbour.West Polmeor,...

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Polperro

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  • Lanhydrock

    Polperro Things to Do

    Lanhydrock was once the lavish home of the wealthy Agar-Robartes family. After a fire in 1881, the 17th Century house was refurbished in elegant Victorian style. Lanhydrock is Cornwall's most complete Victorian house and is being cared for by the National Trust. After purchasing your ticket a ten minute walk will take you to the gatehouse of this...

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  • Greystone Pool Bed and Breakfast

    Polperro Hotels

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  • Stroll around the village

    Polperro Things to Do

    The most popular thing to do in Polperro is just to wander around the streets. The narrow streets which wind their way towards the Harbour are lined with quaint, historic cottages, tea rooms and the odd tavern here and there.

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Bodmin

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  • Bodmin - Another day out in Cornwall

    Bodmin Things to Do

    The Bodmin & Wenford Railway and Bodmin Jail Today I decided to take a day out in Bodmin (Cornwall UK). I left the Redruth area at 9.15am allowing myself an hour for the drive. With the tourist season significantly on the wane traffic was light and I arrived at Bodmin General Railway Station at 10.10am. The Bodmin & Wenford steam Railway For the...

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  • Tredethy Country Hotel

    Bodmin Hotels

    Helland Bridge, Bodmin, PL30 4QS, gb

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Jamaica Inn

    Bodmin Things to Do

    This *is* Bolventor nowadays. The hamlet is tiny.The village once straddled the A30 Penzance road, so it is hardly surprising that an inn has been on the site since at least the 1500s (and probably lng before that). The present building dates from 1750, with later additions and modifications.The inn is, of course, hugely haunted, with several...

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Truro

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  • Truro Cathedral

    Truro Things to Do

    When the foundation stones were laid on 20th May 1880 by the future King Edward VII it was the first Cathedral to be built in England since Salisbury in 1220.Designed by John Loughborough Pearson it is built mainly of Cornish granite in the medieval Gothic style with the more decorative features made out of the softer Bath stone.One of its more...

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  • THE NARE HOTEL

    Truro Hotels

    Carne Beach Veryan 1, TRURO, TR25PF, GB

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Truro Things to Do

    The Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral and was the first all-new Gothic cathedral to be built in Britain for 600 years and is the largest example in the British Isles of the Gothic Revival architectural style fashionable during the nineteenth century. Foundation stones were laid in 1880 by the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII and the...

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Mousehole

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  • A Special Place

    Mousehole Nightlife

    This pub is special to me, always has been, and always will be.This is one of those tips that could go under the heading of Accommodation, Restaurant or Nightlife - and I’ve had all three experiences in The Ship - but for me it’s a pub, always has been and always should be.The first time I set foot in here was not long after the Penlee Lifeboat...

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  • The Cornish Range Seafood Restaurant...

    Mousehole Hotels

    6 Chapel Street, , Mousehole, England TR19 6SB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Keigwin House

    Mousehole Things to Do

    I’ve heard it said, and I’ve often read, that long standing residents of Mousehole have a different complexion to other Cornish men and women - and a lot of that belief stems back to ‘The Mousehole Raid’ of 1595.The Mousehole Raid was part of the Anglo-Spanish War and although the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588 there were still ongoing...

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Falmouth

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  • Get you started

    Falmouth Nightlife

    Wetherspoon's pub, so as far as beer and food are concerned it is the same as all the others! Good place to start on a pub crawlNicely converted with a good seating area upstairsFamily friendly-separate family eating areaLarge bar area downstairs with space, loads of seating and a small seating area outside.Cheap beer, good guest ales, wine...

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  • Budock Vean Hotel on the River

    Falmouth Hotels

    When I was a kid my Grandparents used to treat us to Christmas at this giant hotel in Cornwall. Its...

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  • St Mawes Castle & St Mawes

    Falmouth Things to Do

    St Mawes is the companion of Pndennis Castle on the eastern side of Carrick RoadsLike its partner it was built to defend Carrick roads, however it is sited much lower, which is good for targeting shipping, but not so defensible from landward attack. When attacked during the civil war it surrendered quickly, whereas Pendennis held out for 6...

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Fowey

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Fowey Things to Do

    The Fowey Ticket Shop and Tourist Information Centre also incorporates the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre and is a good source for finding quality accommodation, booking rail, coach and Eden Project tickets. Also available for sale are the usual books, maps and quality gifts. Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pmSunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pmemail...

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  • Fowey Hall

    Fowey Hotels

    Hanson Drive, Fowey, PL23 1ET, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • August – Fowey Royal Regatta

    Fowey Local Customs

    The Fowey Royal Regatta week is a hugely popular event and is one of the premier sailing events in Britain. As well as the sailing which includes yacht races to and from Falmouth and traditional yacht races around the buoys, there are lots of entertainment available, from the Red Arrows display team to a street carnival and lots of children's...

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