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Like many travellers to the United Kingdom, popping into a cheery and cosy pub in Cornwall is a highlight. You get to soak up the atmosphere of an isolated seaside village where the mist rolls in; and sample quality beef with finely cut vegetables in a Cornish pasty washed down with beer or cider. What better way to listen to fascinating old stories and pick up useful advice from the locals about the top holiday towns in Cornwall? You’ll pick up tips on the best towns and cities to explore, which coastal villages are vibrant and which are quiet, out of the way spots which will promise to sooth and rejuvenate the stressed out soul.


You’ll be Spellbound by the Sheer Variety

Just a day or two in Cornwall and you will quickly find why Cornwall is such a sought after holiday destination. It offers intrigue, romance, history, adventure and relaxation; whatever experience you’re looking for you’ll find it in Cornwall. Even on rainy days there is no excuse for not having a whale of a time because cosy pubs with fireplaces, trendy restaurants, cinemas, museums, beauty- and health spas, train rides and visits to exquisite country homes will keep you thoroughly entertained and utterly distracted.

Visitors are spoiled for choice for places to stay in this holiday hotspot. Many choose to base themselves in Cornwall holiday cottages, while others opt for hotels, B&Bs or campsites. As a major holiday destination there is no shortage of tourist accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Where to Visit in Cornwall

There’s something magical about a harbour village with nesting seabirds along rocky cliffs shrieking in delight as they dive over fishing boats. Mousehole, some 2 and a bit miles south of Penzance is known for its yellow lichened houses dotted around the harbour and bay. There is a lovely safe beach for families too. It’s a perfect place to visit if you’re staying in the area. If you’re in Mousehole on the 23rd December, you’ll want to taste the town’s Star-Gazzy Pie, a fish dish prepared in memory of Tom Bawcock, a legendary but brave local fisherman of the 16th century who caught enough fish to feed the village who was starving at that time in history.

Another top harbour holiday town in Cornwall is Polperro which also has fascinating winding streets with its own collection of old stone cottages, sweet and gift shops, pubs and restaurant and some galleries. Quaint and attractive, Polperro is an artist’s haven because of its scenery, offering excellent painting and drawing opportunities.

Top holiday towns in Cornwall should always include St Ives. It also has a harbour but is far more vibey than the other harbour villages. Popular with surfers and artists, The Bay of St Ives has 50 miles of spectacularly clean beaches, and has award winning beaches with qualified life savers. The climate is mild, perfect for taking a walk along the spectacular South West Coast Path, which runs through the village. The Tate St Ives Gallery is also well worth a visit if you love art and this gallery also manages the fabulous Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden.

Falmouth is one of the top holiday towns in Cornwall and is a port town on the south coast of Cornwall. There are some exciting boat trips from Falmouth to give you a taste of the exquisite beauty of the coastline. Tourists with kids love Falmouth because of all the activities geared towards them. From adventure playgrounds to the National Maritime Museum to Pendennis Castle and a chance to see a Tudor gun deck in action, kids love the castle tunnels and the tearoom.

Port Issac on the north coast of Cornwall is unbelievably scenic. Surrounded by high cliffs, this quaint village of steep narrow streets lead down to a pretty fishing harbour where fishermen land their catch each day. As well as fishing and restaurants, this village is best known as a major tourist destination. Many holidaymakers want to stay in this picturesque village, which has some great coastal scenery and nearby sandy beaches. Port Issac is famous for being the filming location for the popular Doc Martin TV series which brings in hoards of fans, eager to see where their on-screen hero was featured in scenes in the show. Port Issac is a wonderful place for a holiday or even to visit for a day while on vacation in the area. You won’t be disappointed.

Truro is actually a city and not a town, but sometimes holidaymakers want to get to the city and do lots of shopping. Truro has an excellent selection of stores, restaurants and nightclubs, and for lovers of history, the Royal Cornwall Museum and the magnificent Gothic Revival Cathedral with its beautiful stained glass won’t disappoint.

Fowey, a town situated at the mouth of the River Fowey has a busy harbour where pleasure cruises and ferries take passengers to exciting destinations. Lovers of Daphne DuMaurier’s books love boarding a ferry and heading towards Polruan and Bodinnick because this is where her family had their holiday home.

Looe – if you’re in Looe over new year, apart from being a top tourist destination, this town has revellers pouring into the narrow streets to see the new year in by hosting a new year’s party that tops all others in the UK.

You’ll be Bowled Over by Cornwall’s Offerings

Want to enjoy a getaway you won’t forget in a hurry? The top holiday towns in Cornwall offer superb accommodation at excellent rates and a mix of exciting thing to do. Whether you’re in the heart of the city, in the museums, galleries or coffee shops or in a faraway fishing village, by the time you leave, you’ll be able to write a book on your marvellous experiences.