Cornwall is known for its lengthy stretches of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and pleasant temperate climate. Try scuba diving, surfing and rock climbing among the amazing natural landscapes or head inland to find verdant gardens and a unique man-made rain forest.
West Cornwall, in particular, has a reputation as an artistic and cultural hub, with many artists finding inspiration in the region’s picturesque landscapes. Visit the Tate gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St. Ives to learn about the main figures of the “St. Ives School.”
Shop in independent boutiques and specialist stores in Truro, the only city in the county. Head to the Royal Cornwall Museum to see an exquisite collection of art and artifacts, including an unwrapped Egyptian mummy.
Venture inland to the Eden Project, one of the world’s largest indoor rain forests. This garden’s biodomes house a collection of plants from around the world. One dome holds tropical species such as banana trees, while another specializes in Mediterranean plants, such as olive trees and grape vines.
Also worth seeking out is the popular Lost Gardens of Heligan, which covers about 200 acres (81 hectares) of land in east Cornwall. Study plants from around the world, including sub-tropical, Mediterranean and northern species.
This county is also known for its burgeoning food scene and is home to award-winning chefs and top-class local producers. Dine at beach cafés and oceanfront restaurants where seafood is served straight from the Atlantic Ocean.
Cornwall is about 170 miles (270 kilometers) from Bristol. Travel by train to St. Ives or Truro, or fly into Newquay Cornwall Airport, located about 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of Truro. Book luxury hotels, self-catered apartments and cottages in Truro or in any of Cornwall’s charming villages.
With its golden beaches, mild climate and enchanting harbor towns, it’s little wonder why Cornwall is such a beloved vacation destination.
Situated in Truro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hall for Cornwall and Truro Cathedral. Royal Cornwall Museum is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Truro Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gyllyngvase Beach and Castle Beach. Discovery Quay and National Maritime Museum are also within 15 minutes. Falmouth Town Station is 10 minutes by foot and Falmouth Docks Station is 15 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fistral Beach, Newquay Golf Club and Pirate's Quest Newquay. Towan Beach and Blue Reef Aquarium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Newquay Station is 29 minutes by foot.
Situated in Launceston, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Daphne du Maurier's Smugglers Museum and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Dozmary Pool. Brown Willy and Golitha Falls are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Newquay hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fistral Beach and Huer's Hut. Towan Beach and Newquay Golf Club are also within 15 minutes. Newquay Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Penzance inn is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Casino Amusements and Jubilee Pool. Penzance Ferry Terminal and Egyptian House are also within 10 minutes. Penzance Station is 12 minutes by foot.
Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Casino Amusements, Penlee House Gallery and Museum and Jubilee Pool. Morrab Library and Penzance Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Penzance Station is 14 minutes by foot.