Planning a Road Trip to Cornwall, UK ? – Everything You Need To Know

Planning a Road Trip to Cornwall, UK ? – Everything You Need To Know
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Cornwall is a picturesque county in the United Kingdom with magnificent beaches, great landscapes, and some spectacular coastal views. As a result, it should come as no surprise that a vacation to Cornwall is a popular choice for both UK holidaymakers and international visitors. Cornwall has something for everyone, whether you’re searching for a relaxing beach vacation with your family, active vacation with surfing, hiking, or cycling, or a trip to see some ancient historical monuments. It also has a wide selection of lodging alternatives, ranging from quaint rural cottages to beachfront bed-and-breakfasts.

In this piece, we’ll go over everything you’ll need to know to plan the perfect trip to Cornwall.


Why should you go on a road trip to Cornwall?

The Beauty of Cornwall | Photo by Bill McBee on Unsplash


Cornwall is one of my favourite destinations to visit in the United Kingdom on a road trip. The mix of the Cornish coast, magnificent beaches, charming villages, history, breathtaking landscape, and delectable cream teas is simply irresistible. You can also add some of these Best National Parks in the UK to your Cornwall Road trip Itinerary.


What hotels are available in Cornwall?

There are some great hotels in Cornwall, and there are plenty of options for every budget, whether you’re searching for spa hotels in Cornwall, coastal views, or quirky inns with plenty of character. A self-catering cottage, on the other hand, could provide a more private type of getaway and is a terrific option, especially for week-long visits.

If you’re looking for a location to stay in Cornwall, you may go to St Mawes, Falmouth, or the surrounding area, but there are so many other beautiful spots to visit in this county. 


When is the best time to visit Cornwall?

The summer months of July and August are the most popular times to visit Cornwall. This is when the weather is most likely to be warm, and it also happens to coincide with the majority of UK school summer vacations.

 Aside from the busy months of July and August, there are many more nice times to visit Cornwall. May, June, and September can be your favourite months, and it’s also one of the greatest destinations to visit in Europe in the fall. Cornwall is a popular family vacation location due to its beautiful beaches and swimming.


Visiting Cornwall and Eating Out

This past year, I’ve really missed eating out! It’s usually one of the favourite things to do on vacation, and Cornwall has it all: country pub lunches, seaside fish and chips, fresh seafood eateries, coastal café cream teas, and so much more. Also scheduled in time for beach picnics – the beauty of a Cornish getaway is that you can bring your picnic basket with you! – and, of course, ice cream at least once a day.

Don’t forget to indulge in the different varieties of Cornish Pastries, that come both in sweet and savoury options.

Cornish Pastry | Photo by tabitha turner on Unsplash


Beaches in Cornwall

Kynance Cove | Photo by George Hiles on Unsplash


Kynance Cove, Pedn Vounder, and Perranporth are just a few of Cornwall’s notable beaches. There are plenty of secret hidden treasures to avoid the crowds on sunny days, in addition to the most popular beaches. Exploring for quaint private coves is a fun way to spend a day in Cornwall, but tide times and small beaches with no lifeguards should be avoided.


Places to visit in and around Cornwall

Here are some enjoyable activities in Cornwall that will provide you with the perfect blend of nature and thrill, as well as an unforgettable experience.


St Michael’s Mount

St Micheals Mount | Photo by Benjamin Elliott on Unsplash


St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island, is a spectacular sight that you must visit. It’s a small piece of Cornish history that dates back centuries, similar to Mont Saint-Michel.

Make sure to keep an eye out for some giants as well. Don’t go into the cave because legend has it that the island was once home to a giant named Cormoran.


Cornish jeweller in Truro

Truro is one of those harbour cities that should not be overlooked. Built around the area’s natural inlets, it’s a great site to stroll down the shore, visit the stunning cathedral, and have a bite to eat at Sams in the City, which has plenty of seafood.



Falmouth Harbour | Photo by Kate Joyce on Unsplash


Many factors contribute to Falmouth’s popularity as a vacation destination.

The first is the Fal River estuary, which widens into the world’s third-deepest natural harbour.

You can’t beat this region for hiking, and you can jump from village to hamlet on boat rides that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.



Padstow is known for having some of Cornwall’s top seafood restaurants.

If you care about food quality and freshness, you’ll appreciate how these restaurants are connected to Padstow’s working fishing port.

It’s well worth stopping over on a nice day to see the activities surrounding the port and to learn about an industry that has all but vanished in the United Kingdom.



Polperro | Photo by Gibbon FitzGibbon on Unsplash


This lovely tiny port tucked away in a rocky cove on the Polperro Heritage Coast has a rich history. By the water, the Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing will illustrate the trade’s tactics and characteristics.


St Ives

The fishing legacy of St Ives adds to the charm of the resort: The colourful fishing vessels can still be seen pulling into and out of the harbour, and there are a few historic stores and inns to explore along the town’s twisting cobblestone streets. There’s a magnificent Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, as well as a Tate Museum branch and independent galleries to explore.

Cornwall shares as much in common with places like Brittany as it does with the United Kingdom, thanks to its Celtic tradition and craggy granite coastline.

These smaller towns share Cornwall with a few of the country’s most beloved seaside destinations, such as St Ives, which boasts an almost unbelievable array of beaches, and New quay, the UK’s surfing capital. You and your friends/family will cherish the memories of this journey. Don’t put it off; think about the places that will eventually enchant you.


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