Cornwall

Kynance Cove, The Lizard Peninsula © Myles New / Lonely Planet

Cornwall

One of the UK’s favourite summer destinations, holiday makers flock to Cornwall for its sandy beaches and surf-ready waves but look beyond the coastline and you’ll be rewarded with world-class galleries, fantastic food and many one-of-a-kind attractions.
Summer view from Marazion on St Michael's Mount as the tide comes in © MikeNewman Photography
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Renowned for its glorious countryside, striking coastline and unique attractions, you’ll find an abundance of places to visit in Cornwall that leave lasting memories. From catching a performance at the open-air clifftop Minack Theatre to surfing the waves at Newquay’s Fistral Beach or delving into the Arthurian legend at Tintagel, Cornwall has something for everyone. Wander the South West Coast Path to discover picturesque coves, golden beaches and quaint harbours, explore the world’s largest greenhouse at the Eden Project, venture to the tidal island of Saint Michael’s Mount at low tide or tuck into a delectable Cornish pasty. Take in the subtropical paradise of Trebah Garden or go back in time at Henry VIII’s coastal fort, Pendennis Castle. Regardless of what you want to do when you visit Cornwall, you’ll discover a county packed with charm and intrigue.

Where is Cornwall?

Located on the south western tip of England, the county of Cornwall is served by an array of transport options. Bristol Airport is around 150 miles from Cornwall (roughly three hours by car) and serves more than 70 global destinations. The nearest airport is at Exeter, around 70 miles away (or a 75 minute drive), which serves a number of domestic and European destinations.

Getting around Cornwall

Direct trains from Bath and Bristol provide regular links to Cornwall, while the Night Riviera Sleeper Service operates nightly from London Paddington to Penzance (apart from on Saturdays) taking around five hours. In addition to the main train line between Plymouth and Penzance, five branch lines serve different parts of the county. National Express services also link Cornwall with the rest of Britain. An extensive public transport network also links the many different attractions and places to visit in Cornwall, providing a reliable means of getting around.

  • Visit Cornwall has this useful interactive map to help you plan your trip
  • Park and Ride schemes run in peak season at Lelant Saltings for the town of St Ives and at Liskeard for Looe, while two parking sites at Langarth Park and Tregurra Park serve Truro
  • Several companies offer bike hire in Cornwall to explore its coastal tracks and golden beaches at your own pace

BY FOOT

Large swathes of Cornwall can be explored on foot, including a 300 mile section of the South West Coast Path, a walking and hiking route that takes in rocky headlands, picturesque harbours, coastal valleys and gentle rolling hills.

BY BUS

First Bus operates nearly 100 routes across Cornwall and has several network maps to help you plan your journey. Tickets can be purchased via the First Bus App or from the driver using cash and contactless payment options. Go Cornwall Bus has also introduced new routes for 2020.

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