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Top 10 Recommended Places To Visit in Cornwall


Places To Visit in Cornwall
If you're looking for a place in which to base yourself for a Cornwall holiday, then these are our 'Top 10 Recommended Places To Visit in Cornwall'. Click through to the summary guides for each for further information, mapping and photos. You'll also find listings for things to do and places to stay ranked by distance from the destination. We'd also suggest you browse our other 'Top 10' lists which provide ideas for towns and villages, weekend break and seaside holiday destinations. By James Penman.

St. Ives

Iconic Cornwall town with sandy beaches, a picturesque harbour and exceptional views across St Ives Bay. A favourite with artists and home to Tate St Ives. The town is a gateway to The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula) on which you'll find top beaches and the world famous Land's End.

Fowey, Cornwall

Bustling town looking out across the River Fowey and Estuary and to the sea beyond. Packed with pubs and restaurants, boats and tourists. The Eden Project is close by.

St. Mawes, Cornwall

A real treat for the senses, bright white buildings line the coast, its high harbour walls and sandy beaches. There's a castle too! We think this is one of the finest coastal destinations in South West England. Explore the The Roseland Peninsula.

Newquay, Cornwall

One of Cornwall's holiday hotspots. Plenty of beaches, bars, restaurants and clubs keep the town buzzing. It's also extraordinarily beautiful. If you want to avoid the crowds, head this way in Winter. Down the road, try Perranporth.

Padstow, Cornwall

Food, drink and exquisite landscape in which to walk them off. Includes a stunning walled harbour and exceptional views of the Camel Estuary. Across the water, visit Rock. In the local area, try Constantine Bay.


Beautiful fishing village surrounded by some of the best coastal walks in the county. Tintagel to the south, high cliffs around Crackington Haven to the north.


A classic Cornish fishing village on the eastern coast of Cornwall. Inland, visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Eden Project is a short drive away. We were also very impressed by Charlestown.

Truro, Cornwall

Dominated by its nineteenth century Gothic Revival cathedral, Truro is Cornwall's capital city. It's a very good location from which to explore most of the county.

Sennen, Cornwall

A small village within easy walking distance of Land's End with, in our opinion, one of the finest beaches in Cornwall. Part of The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). Try also Porthcurno and Mousehole.

Sennen Cove Beach and Whitesand Bay

12 geographic areas dotted around Cornwall but mostly following its coastline. Cliffs and beaches as naturally beautiful as they get!