For both domestic traveller and foreigners, Cornwall makes for a wonderful place to enjoy a break for a weekend, or perhaps a little longer. This county in the far south of England, differs a great deal from the rest of the nation in terms of its climate, its scenery, and even the people that live there, many of whom identify as Cornish rather than English.
If you are visiting the UK then you can get to Cornwall from London in just over 3 hours, from the rest of the country, you can take a train down to Cornwall, or even set it as a road trip destination. Throughout this coastal county you will find a huge amount of things to do, and beautiful places to see, and here are our top picks for where you should stay.
One of the most attractive features about Cornwall is the quaint fishing villages which you can find scattered throughout the coastline, and Padstow is arguably the best of the bunch. This town is filled with cottages and holiday homes which you can rent for your time there, and it won’t take you long to familiarise yourself with your surroundings, given its small size. One thing for which Padstow has gained great fame, is the high quality of the seafood on offer, with TV chef Rick Stein, owning 4 businesses that focus on the finest seafood and fresh fish. A trip to Padstow’s beautiful harbour would not be the same without sampling Stein’s fish and chip bar or his 2 restaurants, the chefs of which come from the education centre which is also based in Padstow, and owned by Stein.
Deep in the far south west of Cornwall is one of the UK’s most beautiful seaside towns, so much so that it was awarded this prize by The Guardian newspaper back in 2007. If you were to have fallen asleep and woken up in one of the holiday cottages in St Ives, you would probably think that you had been taken to the French Riviera or somewhere similar, thanks to the azure sea and the blazing sunshine which this town counts on for many months of the year. St. Ives is the perfect place to get away from it all, you can take long coastal walks, get up early and watch the trawlers come in, or simply enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of this jewel in the crown that is Cornwall.
If you are looking for something a little more lively, look no further than surf haven of Newquay. This is the perfect place for younger travellers who are looking for both adventure and a fun nightlife. The surf scene here is really alive and many surfers flock from all over the world, to cut some rips on the Cornish waters. Newquay is very much a party town so if you are looking for something a little more relaxing, this may not be the best choice for you.