Where To Go In Cornwall
In terms of places to stay, you’re spoilt for choice. But, you may want to decide based on a few factors.
Padstow is great for foodies, with Rick Stein really having put the place on the map. It is also the start and end of the popular Camel Cycle Trail. Newquay is fabulous if you will be undertaking some water sports, as one of the best places for surfing in the UK. It has a lively atmosphere and plenty else to do, including Fistral Beach.
St Ives is rather traditional, keeping a quaintness but one of the hotspots for art and culture lovers (as home of The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden). It’s also popular for families, with a lot of friendly beaches around. Truro is one of the busier areas – cafes, restaurants and independent shops will keep you busy during the days.
Looe is wonderfully scenic, with a harbour and plenty for the family to do. Explore the coastline on the South West Coast Path or take a boat to Looe Island, a nature reserve. Nearby, there’s also Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary and Seaton Valley Country Park – although the dog may have to stay at ‘home’ for some of the destinations.
A fan of Doc Martin? Head to Port Isaac, which is where the popular TV show was filmed during its run. As you’ll know, it is bustling but has plenty of walking paths and non-car routes. Penzance is the home of the Minack Theatre, the world-famous open-air theatre in Porthcurno, near Land’s End, which hosts a season of plays and musicals from May to September.
You also have Falmouth, home to Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Bude Sea Pool is a part-natural, partially man-made tidal swimming pool on the beach and Fowey is often voted the best place in Cornwall for couples.
We said it would be difficult to narrow them down…
How To Get To Cornwall
High-speed train services run frequently from London Paddington station. There are also direct trains from Bath and Bristol to Cornwall and its branch lines. CrossCountry operate trains from the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland.
You may have to travel to a larger station before taking a branch route to anywhere smaller.
From London, take the M4. From Manchester, it is the M6. Then, the M5 to Exeter (or take the M3 and the A303 across Salisbury Plain) and finally either the A30 (mostly dual carriageway) or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into South East Cornwall.
In peak season, the roads can get very busy, especially as many weren’t originally built to accommodate so many visitors. So, we would recommend travelling at night or non-peak hours during the week.
FLYING OR SAILING
Cornwall Airport Newquay is the nearest option. It is served by local routes, as well as some services from Ireland, Germany and Spain.
Plymouth is the closest port to Cornwall being just across the River Tamar if you’re coming from Spain or France. This may be the best dog-friendly option.