Get ready to fall in love with Cornwall thanks to its stunning beaches, dramatic coastline, welcoming atmosphere, and enviable cuisine.

The perfect addition to the UK’s glittering destination crown, Cornwall is a county that will blow you away. With windswept cliffs and headlands, captivating fishing harbours, and coasts that make the best natural playgrounds for water sports lovers, it’s no wonder this charming region is one of England’s most beloved landscapes. Explore Cornwall’s diverse landscape the Intrepid way – by cycling or walking off the Cornish Coast’s beaten track, stopping at charming towns like Truro, and digging into a Cornish pasty (or two). Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast wanting to soak up some natural beauty by exploring hidden caves or fancy a relaxing holiday filled with great food and cultural activities, a trip to Cornwall will undoubtedly be a memorable one.

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2 cyclers taking a break along the Camel Trail in Cornwall.

Cycle your way along the Camel Trail

There’s so much to see and do in the county of Cornwall and one of the best ways to make sure you’re experiencing everything you possibly can is to do it from the comfortable seat of a bicycle! Perfect for cycling lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, make the most of Cornwall’s mild weather by zipping through Cornish countrysides packed with endless greenery and pedaling alongside the region’s breathtaking coastline for a truly unforgettable adventure along the Camel Trail. 

The white biome's of the Eden Project in Cornwall

Visit the sustainably beautiful Eden Project

Experience Mother Nature as you’ve never experienced it before at the Eden Project, an oasis of natural life flourishing inside iconic white biodomes. Featuring the world’s largest ‘captive’ rainforest nestled inside an impressively large and Mediterranean-smelling greenhouse, this hub not only allows you to wander through beautiful global gardens but also gives you the opportunity to learn about what a sustainable future looks like and the steps you can take to do your bit. 

A traditional Cornish pasty

Try out some local cuisine

Cornwall may be known for its natural beauty, but the coastal county has also recently become a foodie’s paradise thanks to the number of award-winning restaurants and cafes in the area. With top-quality local produce available (from both the land and sea), dig into a classic Cornish pasty straight out of the oven or slather a scone with freshly made clotted cream for a truly mouthwatering snack. If you’re after something heavier, you could try a crab sandwich or opt for freshly caught, baked fish with a side of your favourite veggies

The breathtaking coast of Cornwall on a sunny day.

Walk the Cornish Coast

The Cornish Coast is just as much an iconic part of Cornwall as eating a Cornish pasty on a Sunday morning, and the only way to appreciate its natural beauty is to walk the coastline. From amazing beaches to windswept cliffs, this once-in-a-lifetime experience allows you to soak up some English sun while enjoying epic views your camera will never do justice. Make your way through paths lined with flowering heather and hike up hilltops with your tour guide who’ll teach you all about this fascinating city as you go.  

The ruins of Restormel Castle in Cornwall.

Explore the historic ruins of Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle might not be up there with the likes of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in terms of notoriety, but just because it isn’t as well known, doesn’t mean it’s any less epic. Built way back in the 13th century, this once luxurious castle housed royalty such as the Earl of Cornwall and simply standing amidst the ruins is enough to realise how grand and beautiful it would have been in its heyday. Vast in size and impressive in design, Restormel Castle is a perfectly circular shape and in pretty good condition considering all the history it’s seen. 

A gothic-inspired cathedral in the small Cornwall of Truro.

Adventure through the vibrant city of Truro

Described as a ‘cathedral city’ thanks to its intricately designed and gothic-inspired cathedral located in the centre of town (you can’t miss it), Truro is relatively small but has a flourishing social scene filled with trendy cafes, bustling shopping precincts, imaginative cocktail bars, and celebrated cinemas. Not only is it easy to wander away the hours within the town itself but Truro is also home to an immense amount of natural beauty from spectacular beaches to forested woodlands, making it the perfect destination for a day trip. 

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There are multiple ways you can travel to Cornwall including by plane, driving, catching the train, or by coach. Each option depends on where you're travelling from with flying being the quickest option if you're travelling from outside England. Getting to Cornwall by car or coach is also a good option as you get to take in the breathtaking English countryside as you make your way to Cornwall. Catching a train is usually the cheapest option but the price of tickets will vary depending on the season you're traveling in and where in the UK you're travelling from. 

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Making your way around Cornwall once you're there is also easy thanks to the county's excellent transportation services. Cornwall offers an extensive range of bus and rail routes that'll take you through the city centre and surrounding regions with ease. It's also efficient to drive around Cornwall with clearly marked signs and car rental services in the town itself. Cornwall is also quite flat and has a stunning natural landscape so cycling and walking the coastline and countryside is popular too. 

Due to Cornwall's location at the most southerly tip of England, it generally experiences warmer and sunnier weather than anywhere else in the country. While this means Cornwall experiences roughly 1,541 hours of sunshine per year, it also still sees a lot of rainfall regardless of the season with January and December being the wettest months. The warmest month of the year is July however, it's unlikely the weather in Cornwall during summer will get to extreme levels. 

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What to pack for your trip to Cornwall largely depends on what time of the year you're travelling in and what type of holiday you want to have. If you're going to be doing a lot of hiking or other outdoor activities, it's recommended you pack a sturdy, comfortable pair of boots or shoes, as well as long trousers and waterproof jackets. If you're travelling in winter remember to pack scarves, beanies, gloves, long shirts, and jumpers. For travelling in summer you should pack t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and a light cardigan or jumper for chilly evenings. 

Cornwall is full of natural beauty everywhere you look so it's not surprising that camping is a popular outdoor activity. If you want to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible, consider staying at these top camping sites: 

  • Atlantic Farm 
  • Treen Farm Campsite
  • Sennen Cove Club 
  • Padstow Holiday Village 
  • Gwithian Farm Campsite 

Cornwall is a county to be explored by the whole family, including your beloved four-legged friend. Fortunately, a lot of the beaches in Cornwall are dog-friendly so don't be afraid to let your pet run wild on the sand and in the water. Below is a list of the top dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall:

  • Mawgan Porth 
  • Mother Ivey's Bay 
  • Appletree Bay 
  • Bassetts Cove 
  • Porthcurnick Beach 
  • Bedruthan Steps

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