With staycations firmly on the uprise, thanks to COVID, there are not many other places in the UK that are more beautiful than Cornwall. With an affinity to the Southernmost part of Great Britain from spending my childhood summers exploring coastal towns and villages and enjoying some of the best views, the country has to offer I have extensive knowledge of some of the best places to visit. We’re sharing our top 5 destinations you should visit in Cornwall this summer.
Falmouth will always hold a very special place in my heart, from Swanpool beach to Gylly cafe, good old Trago Mills and watching the eclipse of 1998. This larger than life town is steeped in maritime history and even boasts The National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Highlights of Falmouth include pasties from Oggies, trips to Pendennis Castle and with great spots to dine and explore, no trip to Falmouth is complete without a visit to the Princess Pavillion to hear a rendition of Trelawny.
If you’re visiting Falmouth then we highly recommend that you take a boat trip across the Roseland peninsula to St Mawes for the afternoon. This little fishing village is quaint and beautiful. Something that you would see on a postcard and the views are simply stunning. A little haven of tranquillity. St Mawes is famed for its castle, which is the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all.
Due to its location, and much like the majority of coastal Cornwall, there’s a heavy emphasis on watersports and boating. From the water taxi to classic sailing, given a lovely day, it makes for a great adventure. There are some great dining spots too in St Mawes and the views from The Idle Rocks is not to be missed.
Another favourite of mine when it comes to Cornwall’s little towns is Portleven, near to Helston this most southerly port in Great Britain was originally developed as a harbour of refuge when this part of the Cornish coastline was infamous for wrecks in the days of sail. The picturesque harbour is stunning and a trip to Kota to dine comes highly recommended. This is also a great place for experienced surfers to grab a board and catch a wave.
Or what we like to refer to as Padstein, Rick Stein’s haunt. With a bustling town centre, Padstow is a tourist hotspot for those looking for refined dining in one of Stein’s multiple restaurants. With fond memories of sitting in the courtyard at his Bistro, this experience for foodies comes highly recommended.
Probably still feeling the buzz of the recent G7 summit, and often hailed as the gem in Cornwall’s coast, St Ives is famed for its surf beaches and vibrant art scene with the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens. Both are exceptional and certainly worth a visit when in St Ives. Like all of the other towns and villages, St Ives boasts stunning hotels with incredible views to give you the perfect holiday staycation feel.
Cornwall is simply stunning and has a plethora of villages and towns to explore, these 5 are our top picks for a week visiting one of the UK’s top beauty spots, based on a childhood of memories. Have you been to Cornwall before? We would absolutely love to hear where you recommend in the comment section below.
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