Where is the best place to go in Cornwall? North, South or West, each region has its own special appeal. Read an introduction here, before exploring more of this stunning county
Cornwall is special. It gets hold of you in a big sandy hug, and won’t let go. If you went there on holiday as a child, you’ll be wanting to take your own kids there. Cornwall stays with you for life. It epitomises the childhood holiday idyll.
North Cornwall offers a frothy cocktail of Atlantic breakers, surf schools and beach cafés, sprinkled with legends of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle. You can kayak from rocky coves, hike to cliff-top lookouts or cycle the Camel Trail from Padstow to Bodmin – gateway to a wonderfully wild and woody side of Cornwall.
By contrast, South Cornwall is for messing about in boats and delving in gardens. The Fal and Fowey estuaries are ideal for canoeing, Falmouth has the shipshape National Maritime Museum, while St Austell is the gateway to leafy gems like the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens.
Undecided? Then go to West Cornwall where you’ll find the best of both worlds – surfing at Whitesand Bay, smugglers’ coves on the Lizard Peninsula, fine art and fine food at St Ives, boat trips on the Helford River, plus the big attractions of Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount.