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Top 10 Recommended Towns in Cornwall


Towns in Cornwall
Cornwall's coast, unsurprisingly, has some cracking towns in which to holiday or weekend break. From St. Ives and Marazion in the south to Padstow and Bude on the northern coast, Cornwall's towns are amongst the most beautifully located in South West England. Inland, Bodmin's a good gateway to the Cornish moors. Browse our other 'Top 10' lists to discover recommended villages and beaches, weekend break ideas and top Cornwall hotels. Also read our summary guide to Cornwall for further inspiration.


Beautiful town running along the banks of the River Looe in east Cornwall. There's a very popular beach and terrific views east towards Whitsand Bay and Rame Head. Fowey is to the west. The Tamar Valley AONB is to the north east.

Marazion, Cornwall

In south Cornwall looking out across Mount's Bay towards St Michael's Mount. Good base from which to explore The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). St. Ives to the north. Head south east to the Lizard Point.


A fascinating maritime town in south Cornwall with the third largest natural harbour in the world. Visit Falmouth Pendennis Castle. We recommend taking a boat trip across the water to St. Mawes.

Porthleven, Cornwall

One of Cornwall's prettiest fishing harbours. Plenty of places along the harbourside to eat, drink and people watch. Big beaches along the coast here. St Michael's Mount, and Marazion, to the west. Lizard Point is to the south east.

St. Ives

It's a world famous destination to the south of St Ives Bay. Beautiful, interesting, perfectly located for a Cornwall holiday. The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula) and Land's End to the south. Go.

Padstow, Cornwall

On the Camel Estuary across the water from exclusive Rock. Packed with places to eat, drink and shop. All around a lovely harbour.

Newquay, Cornwall

It's a party town, yes, but it's also a must-visit destination on any visit to Cornwall. Top surfing beaches, an exceptional harbour and loads to do.

Bodmin, Cornwall

Gateway to Bodmin Moor. Famous for its jail, 'Bodmin Gaol'. The Camel Estuary, the National Trust's Lanhydrock House and Gardens and The Eden Project all nearby.

Bude, Cornwall

In north Cornwall close to the Devon border. There are some mighty beaches up there and the coastal walking on the South West Coast Path is sublime.

Fowey, Cornwall

A Cornwall favourite so always busy. The estuary is a cracker, as good as anything in South West England. Nice base for The Eden Project