When it comes to the most beautiful tourist destinations in the United Kingdom, the English county of Cornwall is surely amongst the top names on the list. From the seaside town of Bude, located at the north-east coast of Cornwall to St. Loy on the south-east coast of Cornwall, the entire county is known for its breathtaking beauty, diversity, and amazing amenities. Quite naturally, Cornwall is one of the most popular tourist destinations and one of the best places you can visit to enjoy the beauty and versatility of nature.
Cornwall: A Tourists’ Paradise of Britain
We all love those exotic and relaxing seaside trips. Be it with family, friends, colleagues, or just the company of our romantic partners, seaside trips offer a charming and altogether different experience. The sunrises, the first sight of sunshine glistening over the sea, and the peaceful breeze at the coasts, we simply love it all. When it comes to seaside trips, Cornwall offers a huge list of beautiful seaside towns and coastlines that you can explore and enjoy on your trip.
Whether you want to simply relax at the beaches and enjoy a sunbathing session alongside the glistening coasts, or if you want to explore seaside towns like Bude, or if you are a foodie wanting to try out the fancy seafood, Cornwall has it all for you. With Cornwall on your list of seaside destinations, you do not need to spend huge money for the exotic Caribbean escape. You can get the exotic experience right at Cornwall.
The Cornish coast was always a popular seaside destination in the UK, and it became even more famous after the remake of the 70’s British TV classic Poldark featured in the beautiful sceneries of the English county. Rich with several millennia of history and Celtic heritage attached to it, Cornwall is famous for its rugged and extensive rocky granite coastline. The stunningly beautiful coasts, fishing villages, village ports situated in the deep inlets on the coast, fishing boats, and stone cottages makes it the perfect retreat during the summers.
From boat trips and exciting tales of smugglers to delicious and fresh fish and seafood, Cornwall offers an experience that you simply cannot miss. It also has some really luxurious and hospitable seaside resorts making for the perfect lodging experience. From Bude to St Ive’s, in this article, we have listed 15 of the most incredibly beautiful places that you must visit in Cornwall. Check out these places before you plan your trip to Cornwall or if you are looking for a few places to visit in the county.
The 15 Incredibly Beautiful Places in Cornwall That You Cannot Miss!
With the season for seaside trips arriving soon, these 15 places in Cornwall must be on your list if you are planning a trip to the destination anytime soon.
Bude is one of the most popular destinations in Cornwall. A small seaside town located at the northeast corner of Cornwall, right next to Devon, the resort town of Bude cannot be missed if you are visiting Cornwall. Bude is an excellent holiday town with some interesting history attached to it. The beauty of the Atlantic coast perfectly complements the extensive stretch of countryside opposite to the coastline. Bude is lively, yet very peaceful and tranquil, a perfect place for solo tours as well as family trips.
The town is located in a remote spot with a rugged coastline and miles and miles of wild countryside, which can make for great adventures when visiting with friends as well. The place is self-contained and is not crowded. It is perfect for people looking for a peaceful and serene retreat amidst the beauty of the Atlantic coastline. The town also has some of the best lodging facilities and the Bude Sea Pool offers a safe sea swimming opportunity to visitors. While you are there, do not miss out to visit these places:
· Bude Canal
· Bude Castle Heritage Centre
· Widemouth Bay
· Sandymouth and Northcott Mouth
· Bude and Stratton Folk Festival in the month of May
· Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in the month of November
The Botallack Mine is another great place to visit in Cornwall. It was basically a former tin mining area. The place is located between St. Just in Penwith and Pendeen village. These are a stretch of abandoned mines, which highlight the industrial history of Cornwall. The place was also featured in the latest TV series named “Poldark.”
Do not forget to visit the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site as well. There you will be able to witness the engine houses and Botallack Count House. It is the place where the mineworkers and mine captains once lived.
Cawsand and Kingsand
Cawsand and Kingsand are two small villages located on the Rame Peninsula. These scenic villages were once the favourite spots of smugglers. These two villages are located at a corner and are also referred to as ‘the forgotten corner of Cornwall.”
A majority of fishermen populate the villages and you will find a lot of them. They earn a living by supplying the daily fresh catch to the local restaurants. You can also try out some of the finest French delicacies, which are available here. Fresh locally sourced produce form the key ingredients of these delicious dishes.
This might just be one of the most beautiful places you have ever visited. Porthcurno has a unique location and setting with a small valley sliding towards an incredibly beautiful white beach. Porthcurno is located 2.5 miles away from Land’s End.
This tiny place has a history attached to WWII and was a key location during that time. The location was a major hub where the cable station for submarine communications was set up. There were also a number of tunnels built to enhance the security and protection of the cable station from any form of external attacks. These tunnels are open for visitors and you must visit them for a unique experience. You will also witness many other exhibits on display at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, St. Loy is located on the southwest coast of Cornwall. The place has a versatile and vivid topography and is incredibly beautiful. It offers the perfect opportunity to explore the valleys and boulders hung in between the beaches.
You can also explore the famous Cornish coves. Although, taking a hike is the best way to explore the beauty and versatility of the place. You can travel a few kilometres on the South West Coast Path exploring the gorgeous woodlands. You will also find a few historical monuments and finally enjoy the panoramic views from Logan Rock. It is a headland over Lizard Point, which is the southernmost tip of the UK.
We have all heard of Newquay, popularly known to be the “surfing capital of the UK.” Quite naturally, the very first thing that comes to our minds when we hear about the place Newquay is surfing. Newquay has six extremely beautiful beaches that are perfect for riding the waves.
Although, Newquay is also famous for the Fistral, a beach break that brings in tall and hollow waves. It is a popular spot amongst seasoned surfers as well as the newcomers of the sport.
Newquay is not all about surfing, even with a seven miles stretch of golden sand and beautiful blue coastline. It is also a great vacation spot for families and offers great play spots for children at the calmer bays.
You can also take the steam train trips and visit the Newquay or Dairyland Farm World and the beautiful Elizabethan Trerice House. Lodging facilities are superb as it is a tourist hotspot in Cornwall and you can get great cottages as well as luxurious bed & breakfasts.
Wheal Coates, St. Agnes
Another tin mine and an aesthetic place to visit, Wheal Coates is protected by the National Trust as a national heritage site with historical significance. It is located at the top of the cliffs, right in between Porthtowan and St. Agnes. The only surviving building that you will witness, dates back to the 19th century.
You might also hear a few stories of haunting and ghosts that were popularly told by the old mine workers. Tourists can also go inside to see the mine shaft during low tides. The path is through a cave on Chapel Porth Beach, another beautiful beach around St. Agnes.
This one is especially for the road trip fanatics. Depending on your departure point on the UK’s longest road trip starting from John O’Groats and going on to Land’s End, it can be your first stopping point or the final destination. This route for road trippers stretches over a distance of over 1,407km. This is why Land’s End is popularly known as “The First and Last.” You can also stride along the cliff tops to visit Sennen Cove. You can witness some scenic landscapes and stunning views across the Sennen Cove, which is the UK’s most south-westerly point.
With Bude on the northeast side, Trevose Head is located on the north coast of Cornwall alongside the neighbouring county of Devon. The key highlight of this spot is the Trevose Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse has been in operation since 1847 and seafarers use it as a guide to the shore even today. It is one of the few working lighthouses from that time and you can see the light beams from it up to 37km away in the sea.
A cute fishing village, Polperro is located in the South of Cornwall. The village features some aesthetic landscapes and has outstanding natural beauty. The village has a lot of cobbled lanes and fascinating inns that are centuries old. It is a great spot for retreat and also a great spot to explore the nearby area. You can also visit the beautiful beaches of Talland Bay.
If you are looking for a technology-detox, then Penberth is one of the best places in Cornwall for you. Escape the digital noise of modern gadgets, as Penberth has no phone signals available! The town offers the chance to enjoy an isolated and peaceful retreat. It feels like you have stepped back in time with the aesthetic landscape of the hamlet. It was another spot featured on the hit BBC TV Series, “Poldark.”
The highlight of the area is the several stone houses, common to the area. Along with that, the place features a beautiful coastline perfect for coastal walks and relaxation. You can also take a walk to the close by secluded coves in Devon.
Charlestown is the place that can bring your dream of ships, sea breeze, seafood, and beautiful beaches come to reality. Charlestown is a very quaint and aesthetic village just like Bude and brings the best of all sea destinations at one place. The town features a beautiful port and is located on the fringes of St Austell, known to be the “brewery town of Cornwall”. Charlestown was also a backdrop of the hit BBC TV Series, “Poldark.”
If you are looking for an offbeat and a little unique tourist spot in Cornwall, then Mousehole is the perfect choice for you. This unique tourist spot is in Southern Cornwall, on the coastline between Porthcurno and Penzance. You will find numerous cafes and coffee shops to try out the local delicacies of the fishing town. A great spot to visit during the wintertime, the Mousehole Harbour Lights light up the entire village. It is a mesmerizing sight for anyone.
There is a lot of history attached to the place. Dolly Pentreath, known to be the last native speaker of the Cornish language, back in the 18th century, belonged to this town. In the 16th century, the Spanish, under the leadership of Carlos de Amequista, nearly burnt the entire town to the ground.
The fishing village of Port Isaac is a must-visit spot, like Bude and Widemouth, if you are in Northern Cornwall. It has been a popular filming location ever since its featuring on the popular TV series, “Doc Martin.”
Port Isaac dates way back to the 14th-century. The small town has a perfect size and is great for a long weekend vacation. It offers the chance to explore nearby towns and villages of Port Quin, Tintagel (the birthplace of King Arthur), and Boscastle.
St Ives very quickly evolved to be one of the most popular and beautiful seaside resorts in the UK, from being a simple and small fishing harbour. The stunningly beautiful beaches led to the rise in its popularity. Mentionable places can be Porthminster and Porthmeor with the golden beaches and aesthetic seascapes. St Ives is known for its fishing heritage and you can get to see those colourful fishing vessels at the harbour.
Another town filled with winding cobbled alleys, old shops, and century-old inns to explore. The town has been an artists’ colony since the 1930s. You can also visit the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, a branch of the Tate Museum, and several independent galleries all across the town.
Experience Cornwall in All Its Beauty and Elegance!
Do you want to enjoy the beauty of crystal waters and some stunningly attractive coastlines? Or, do you want to experience an exciting surfing session through high and narrow waves? From an ensemble of beaches at Newquay to comfortable and luxurious lodging at the resort town of Bude, Cornwall has everything in its store for you. Spring is definitely the best time to visit Cornwall. You can also visit the place during the summers. If you are thinking about where to stay, then Bude can be a great choice with great communication facilities as well as a lot of spots to visit and excellent lodging options.
Glebe House Cottages are one of the best options for lodging along the coast of Bude and Widemouth. These six luxury self-catering holiday cottages offer superior amenities and can make for the perfect vacation, be it a solo tour or family trip, or even a couple’s retreat! Pack your bags and set off for the journey. Do not forget this list!