Things to do in Cornwall

The sandy beaches, world-class surf and laid-back attitude of Cornwall have long been attracting holiday goers from across the UK. It’s the home of the pasty, it’s the cider county, and it’s also got a vibrant food scene for you to sink your teeth into. The culture is incredibly diverse, and staying in one of our hotels in Cornwall allows you to make the most of the impressive calendar of yearly events. So beyond the beauty of this beautiful stretch of coastline, and idyllic inland countryside, there’s a buzz to Cornwall that – when you know where to look – attracts visitors back time and time again. So, without further ado, let’s get started on our guide to your stay in Cornwall.

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Beaches

Cornwall is home to over 400 miles of coastline, as well as over 400 beaches you can reach by foot. Our guide to the south-west’s sandscapes ticks off some of the best, and lists some gorgeous dog friendly beaches too.

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Attractions

The county has more than its fair share of sightseeing spots. Beyond unique places like St Michael’s Mount, you can also take your pick from its unique coastal castles, historical monuments, and some of the best botanical gardens in the UK.

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When you’re in the mood for a bit of retail therapy, our guide shows you where to go in Cornwall to fulfil your shopping needs. Whether it’s the high street names of Truro, St. Ives’ streets of independent stores, or the surf shops of Bude.

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Places to eat

Apologies if you’re looking at this section with an empty stomach – there’s Michelin-star restaurants in Cornwall, celebrity-endorsed seafood spots, cracking curry houses, traditional fish and chip shops, delightful cafés, and farmers’ markets for you to feast your hungry eyes on.

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Nightlife

Looking for somewhere to sip on a cider and watch the sun go down with the sand between your toes? Or what about a bar where you can go for a little dance and a lot of cocktails? Our guide to the nightlife and pubs in Cornwall will get your evening off to a good start.

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Indoor Activities

We’ve got 18th century prisons, world heritage sites, underwater lakes – oh, and don’t forget The Eden Project – the world’s largest indoor rainforest, one of the UK’s iconic structures, is a fascinating day out.

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Entertainment

Let us entertain you across Cornwall’s immensely diverse range of live music and theatre venues; the list includes The Eden Project, Watergate Bay near Newquay, and the stunning Minack Theatre carved out of the cliffs near Land’s End.

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Activities

In a county with so many beaches, of course surfing and watersports are the most popular of activities; there are plenty of schools to help you master the waves. But we’ve also got theme parks, outdoor activities and much, much more.

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Culture

Like a bit of culture to wash down your Cornish pasty? You’re in luck! There is maritime museums, sculpture gardens, flower shows, oyster festivals, the Tate St. Ives and lots of great events in Cornwall to help you occupy your time.

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Getting around

Ever since Newquay airport opened its runways, Cornwall’s been made far more accessible to the rest of the country. Our guide helps you out with airport transfers, plus information about public transport, train stations and navigating our winding web of country roads.

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Our video guide to Cornwall

Our map of Cornwall

Cornwall Map