There are an abundance of amazing places to visit in Cornwall, from picturesque fishing coves and historic market towns, to a bustling city centre. Can’t decide where to explore first? We’ve put together our top 10 towns and villages to visit.
Visiting Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the county’s only city. Home to impressive architecture, boutique shops and a bustling farmers market – there are plenty of things to do for all the family. We recommend visiting the beautiful gothic style cathedral in the heart of the city, with its stunning stained glass windows and copper towers.
Having put itself firming on the foodie map, the beautiful harbourside town of Porthleven is an idyllic setting to enjoy various cuisines. Alongside amazing eateries you’ll find boutique galleries, beautiful shops and a great beach for the advanced surfer.
The historic harbour town of Charlestown is known for its links with the recent BBC Poldark series - where it featured as an eighteenth century bustling harbour, with ships coming and going. Today, Charlestown’s appearance remains virtually unchanged, with the addition of quaint shops, restaurants and the informative Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.
Falmouth is a fantastic cultural hub, rich in art and history with lots quirky galleries, museums and historic architecture. There’s plenty to do for all ages with great beaches, walks, shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Look no further than Looe for a fantastic day out in Cornwall. Whether you visit in the height of summer, or on a crisp winters day, there are plenty of things to do. Go hiking along the Southwest coast path, or discover hidden gems in the town’s narrow streets.
As the largest village on the Lizard Peninsula, Mullion has plenty to offer. From delicious cafes and delis, to beautiful craft shops and art galleries. Make sure you visit the dramatically beautiful Mullion Cove - owned by the National Trust, it’s one of the best beaches in Cornwall for watching the sunset.
This historic town offers plenty of opportunities for great days out in Cornwall. Explore the unusual Norman mote-and-bailey castle, or take a walk up to Kitt Hill - the highest point in the Tamar Valley. The views across Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Plymouth and Eddystone Lighthouse are stunning.
Mevagissey is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cornwall. Home to a colourful labyrinth of narrow medieval streets brimming with interesting shops, art galleries and craft workshops - this quaint harbourside village has plenty to offer.
St Just is located on the wildly beautiful Cape Cornwall coast, known today for its art and music culture. Make sure to visit the galleries around the square, or head to one of the many live performances in the local pubs and halls.
Lostwithel is the antiques capital of Cornwall. Packed with shops offering everything from books and collectibles, to furniture and paintings. As well as antiques, you’ll find a number of shops selling vintage products, beautiful galleries and an award-winning farmers market.
St Austell is the largest town in Cornwall and home to both narrow ancient streets and a modern pedestrian centre - hosting a wealth of high-street shops and restaurants. It’s one of the best places for shopping in the county.
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