Cornwall, best known for its spectacular beaches, has a wealth of fantastically diverse towns on offer. From surfer friendly beaches to mythical monuments and the stunning Lizard peninsula to the world famous Eden Project – it’s a county with each place different than the last. This can make it difficult to know where in Cornwall is right for you. However, fear not, we have the breakdown of Cornwall’s top towns right here.
Penzance, tucked away in the heart of Mounts Bay, is the most major westerly town in all of Cornwall. In this coastal beauty you’ll find historic houses, castles, museums and World Heritage Sites all at your fingertips making it the the perfect history-buff’s getaway. The architecture of the town is an attraction in itself; most of it dating from the Georgian era, lending to Penzance’s amazingly photogenic nature. Make sure you check out Trengwainton Garden, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penlee House Gallery & Museum and the Minack Theatre for a cultured Penzance trip.
Newquay is the undisputed UK capital of surf. Here you’ll find some of the best surf opportunities in Europe. In Newquay, there’s nothing quite like an evening stroll by one of their beautiful harbours, or a bite from their delicious eateries serving some of the freshest fish in the UK. Newquay is also a great place for children with the award winning Newquay Zoo boasting over 130 of the world’s rare and exciting creatures.
A wonderful Cornish town, St Ives is one of the most beautiful places in the country and ideal for a last minute cottage break. With its world-class beaches, quaint cobbled streets and vibrant art scene, St Ives is a simply awesome place to visit with friends or even for a holiday with the kids. With fabulous coastal walks to be enjoyed, including the famous South West Coast Path, you will see why so many have been inspired to depict St Ives in their artwork.
Complete with countryside, culture and the famed cobbled streets, Truro is a lovely place to enjoy a short break. Holding the title of the most southerly city on mainland Britain, Truro offers a unique perspective into the character of the country. Don’t let the distance put you off; Truro has excellent transport links to the rest of Cornwall and beyond. Truro is in fact the only city in Cornwall and boasts a cathedral that captivates the skyline. It’s also Cornwall’s main shopping hub, but make sure you seek out the traditional, independent shops hidden away in the backstreets.