Today I want to share my Cornwall travel guide with you. This guide will show you how to spend a weekend in Cornwall and take in the highlights. I hope it inspires you to visit this part of southwest England.

Cornwall Travel Guide

Cornwall Travel Guide

Having spent so much time overseas in the past month, my boyfriend and I decided to take it easy in the UK last weekend. No, we didn’t stay home. We headed to Cornwall for two days of seaside relaxation in Britain.

Surf Shack in Newquay, Cornwall

Flight from London to Cornwall

After a frightening incident in which our driver fell asleep at the wheel on the way to the airport, our flight from London to Cornwall arrived at Newquay airport just as the sun was coming up.

Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Eden Project

Not wasting any time, we picked up our car and headed straight for the Eden Project, Cornwall’s impressive sustainable garden initiative.

We spent a few hours of wandering through space-age domes with flora from all over the world. The Mediterranean climates of France and California were well represented, as were the humid jungles of the Amazon and Asia.

Eden Project in Cornwall

Padstow, Cornwall

After visiting the Eden Project, our Cornwall travels continued as we headed up to Padstow for lunch.

The town, which is as picturesque as seaside towns get, is better known as Padstein, as celebrity chef Rick Stein has overtaken the center with restaurants bearing his name.

Not in the mood for a leisurely lunch, we picked up a Cornish pasty from Stein’s Patisserie and walked around the tiny winding streets and cobbled waterfront.

The tide was out, so all the boats were resting on the sand like brightly colored beached whales. It reminded us a lot of the seaside towns in Norfolk.

Tide Pools in Cornwall

Trebetherick, Cornwall

From Padstow we drove to Trebetherick, the tiny town in Cornwall with the complicated name that was home to our accommodation, the St Moritz Hotel.

After checking in, we took a walk down to the tide-pool-filled beach. Climbing over the mussel blanketed rocks, we saw big mottled crabs and tiny minnows swimming in the sleepy arms of seaweed.

St Moritz Hotel in Cornwall, England

Polzeath, Cornwall

The next day we walked along the coastal trail to Polzeath, a surf town with a huge beach and a million yellow foam boards in the water. The waves were tiny, but it was fun to watch people honing their budding surfing skills.

The town of Polzeath itself was full of surf shops, surf schools, and surf rentals, and felt a lot like a smaller, colder version of Biarritz.

Surfboards in Newquay, England

St Ives, Cornwall

We spent the rest of the day driving west toward the end of the world. Or at least the end of England, which might as well be the end of the world as far as the UK is concerned.

We first stopped at St Ives, a Padstow-like town full of raindrops and devoid of parking. We wanted to get out and look around, but between the weather and the car, we decided to save it for a future trip.

Boat in St Ives, Cornwall

St Michael’s Mount

Moving on, our Cornwall travels took us south to St Michael’s Mount. It happens to be the English version of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy.

We followed the lemming trail down the rocky path through the sea, feeling a bit like Jesus as we walked through kelp beds without getting wet.

Once on the tiny tidal island, we hiked up to the top for a tour of the monastery-cum-stately home and some good views of the Cornish coast.

As we walked back down, we saw the tide coming in. By the time we got back to our path, there was a trail of people knee-deep in water trying to beat the tide before it made St Michael’s Mount an island again. We took a boat.

St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, England

Penzance and Land’s End

With a few hours left, our American penchant for Manifest Destiny pushed us farther west again.

We drove through Penzance, a town I had always wanted to see after watching The Pirates of Penzance on a random family road trip through Jackson Hole, Wyoming as a 14-year-old.

All I remembered from the play was a song with the words “modern major general” in it. I had that phrase stuck on repeat in my head from there to Land’s End.

Land’s End is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s the westernmost point of the island of Great Britain and perhaps the most overtly touristy.

We drove through beautiful countryside to get there, then ended up in a parking lot with a fun-fair-like marquee marring the view of the peninsula. I think there was a metaphor somewhere in there. We turned around.

Land's End, Cornwall

Cornwall Countryside

As we drove back to Newquay through beautiful green hills and along rocky cliffs, we once again fell under the spell of the English countryside. The Cotswolds had it, the New Forest had it, and Cornwall certainly had it in spades.

We wound our way through two-lane roads that became one-lane roads hemmed in by tall hedges on either side, followed tractors down narrow lanes, and smiled at all the signs proclaiming “fresh eggs and fruit for sale”.

Cornwall Travel Guide

I couldn’t help but feel like for all the time I spend traveling outside of the UK, I’m missing out on some pretty amazing places inside of it.

I need to travel domestic more, and Cornwall is just the ticket. I hope you’ll agree if you visit, and I hope this Cornwall travel guide helps you plan your perfect trip. This is truly one of the best places to visit in the UK in summer.

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4 Comments on Lady’s Cornwall Travel Guide

  1. Hi there! really lovely to meet you to bake bread on Monday, am still eating it and am gonna try bake some this w/e.

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