There is a reason we have put this at the top of our list: Newquay has something for everyone, from beaches to fun-filled attractions and mouthwatering food, including Cornish pasties and delicious icecreams. However, you only need to walk along the Newquay coastline to see just why this is such a popular destination. The panoramic views on a coastline walk simply cannot be replicated. The natural beauty is truly breathtaking, offering multiple viewpoints of the crashing waves below or rolling hills in the distance.
The views alone will make you want to spend your entire holiday at the beach, but the great thing about Newquay is that a day at the beach will be so much more than just sandcastles and sunbathing. Newquay is perfect for any keen surfer looking for consistent waves, but you will also find an abundance of activities just waiting for children and adults alike. Reach out to surf and windsurfing schools, or shop for bodyboard, wetsuits, and snorkels to help make your Newquay experience even better.
If you want to ensure you can keep your kids entertained away from the beach, Newquay can provide the answer. See what the land animals have to say at Newquay Zoo, or take a “deep dive” into the Blue Reef Aquarium underwater world.
Located at the very top of Cornwall is the charming seaside town of Bude. This is one of the most beautiful places in Devon and Cornwall that you could visit, and why it is a popular spot for couples looking for a romantic break no matter the season. For those seeking a peaceful trip, Bude is ideal, as even in its busy period, it won’t feel crowded. Choose from eight different beaches, each offering something slightly different, from large rockpools to dog-friendly and hidden coves. Bude even caters to those not looking for sea and surf. The Millook Haven beach, for example, is completely covered in pebbles and makes the perfect spot to look out for the wildlife that inhabits these waters. Plus, more than half of these beaches have lifeguards, so you can have peace of mind that you will be safe.
Coastline walks in this area of Bude will not let you down, and when you want to head inland a bit more, there is plenty to sink your teeth into, from tennis courts and indoor pools to independent shops full of unique souvenirs.
Whether you choose to sun yourself on the beach all day long or explore the mainland, Bude is the gift that keeps on giving if you pick the right holiday rental home. Cottage stays in Cornwall can only seek to enhance your trip. Lounge about in the hot tub provided or cook up a storm in the kitchen using fresh produce from the local farm shops, and wind-down in the relaxing living area so that you are ready for the next day of adventures.
Penzance had to make our list of the best places to holiday in Cornwall, for the simple reason that when the sun comes out, it will feel like you are in a tropical paradise. With the palm trees swaying in a picture-perfect background of soft-sanded beaches and turquoise waters, you wouldn’t be the first to find yourself tempted to spend every day of your holiday by the sea. However, stepping away from the sea and sand, you will find yourself in the middle of a town full of rich history and cobbled streets.
By the time the evening sets in, the fun can continue. Just above the cliffs of Porthcurno beach, an outdoor theatre will entertain you with music, drama, comedy, and so much more.
If your idea of fun isn’t spending a day on the beach or swimming in cold water, Penzance has their very own heated lido with an amazing view of the ocean. When you are done, the subtropical gardens, like Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, await your visit, complete with contemporary art and sculptures. Or you can explore the rocky and mysterious island of St Michael’s Mount.
If you love the idea of a visit to Cornwall away from the beaches, then nestled in the centre of the county is the only city of Cornwall, Truro. Although it may be one of the smallest cities in the UK, you won’t be disappointed. Browse the assortment of shops, including big brand names, and then head on over to Lemon Street Market for your one-of-a-kind gift to yourself. Then, spend the afternoon in the Plaza Cinema and Boscawen Park, or discover more about this magnificent city’s history with the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Cathedral before heading over to the many friendly pubs dotted about for dinner.
However, if you find yourself craving the sun, sea, and sand experience while you are staying here, you only have to pull up a driving map of Cornwall, England, to see the options open to you. Drive a short 20-minute drive to Perranporth or venture a bit further as a 30-minute drive will find you in Falmouth, where you have 20 different beaches to choose from, including Sunny Cove and Gyllyngvase.
Your Cornwall Break
These top four locations make the best places to holiday in Cornwall, but wherever you choose for your next break, you can be certain of one thing you won’t be disappointed.