7 days in Cornwall: A tourist’s guide to a Cornish holiday

April 29th, 2017

If you’ve booked a summer holiday to Cornwall, or debating about it, you are sure to have a fantastic break! With a host of activities and sights, there are plenty of things to keep the whole family happy this summer holiday. The question is, what should you do on each day of your summer break? Don’t worry-we’ve got that covered with a 7-day guide of some of the must-see things in Cornwall:


Day 1: Take a beach day and sample fish and chips

You’ve arrived in Cornwall, and the sun is high and the weather pleasant. Once you’ve settled and unpacked into your accommodation, take the opportunity of the sunny day to relax and unwind after the journey. Pack all the necessary beach equipment, such as bucket and spades or wetsuits and body boards for the older kids, and head down to one of the many renowned beaches in Cornwall. Recommended beaches include Gylly Beach, Newquay Beach, Whitsand Bay, Marazion Beach and Porthmeor Beach, to name a few. Find the best beach closest to your accommodation to ensure you can make the most of the sunny day. Once down there, enjoy a dip in the ocean, read a book and even sample some fish and chips from the locals.


Day 2: Explore the Eden Project

After a fresh night’s rest, head to the Eden Project, located close to St Austell. These giant biomes sitting in a little valley of beautiful gardens have ample to explore, with a high canopy that overlooks a rainforest (as well as an exciting walkway!), arts and craft events for young kids and a shop that offers a selection of goods, from local produce to an array of goods. Admire all the plant and flowers that grow in these magnificent biomes and the fantastic designs of both the Mediterranean and Rainforest biome; you will truly feel like you are somewhere exotic! There are even seasonal plant wonders to discover, so be sure to head over to the Eden Project website before your visit to discover what to look out for. With a grand cafeteria and restaurant, and even a pasty stand so you can try the local delicacy, there are plenty of options for lunch and plenty of room, even if it gets busy! Eden Project even offers great prices for a family of two adults and two children.


Day 3: Marvel at the beautiful St Ives

The old fishing town of St Ives is one of Cornwall’s finest beauties, located an approximately 40-minute drive from Falmouth. Look out across the crystal blue waters and around the picture-perfect town. Wander the cobbled streets to see all the characteristic fishing homes that pave the lanes, even picking up a classic Cornish ice-cream on the route. In St Ives, you can even visit the Tate that has an array of modern British artwork to look at.

St Ives also features several beaches, a short drive from the main harbour, which are, by far, some of Cornwall’s best beaches- so after venturing around the little seaside town, you may be able to squeeze in another beach day!


Day 4: Newquay Zoo

Newquay is a tourist favourite, with a fabulous beach, aquarium and zoo to boot it is no wonder! Newquay is also just a half-hour drive from Truro to add to its appeal. The zoo is definitely worth a visit on your holiday in Cornwall, with a host of animals from the penguin enclosure to other water-loving friends such as the otters. The children can take part in close encounters with a variety of animals from snakes to the little goats in the courtyard. Your own little monkeys are sure to have a whale of a time!


Day 5: Feel like royalty at St. Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is a rocky island, opposite Marazion and nearby the town of Penzance, with a medieval church and castle at its peak. Home to a small community, St Michael’s Mount is accessible by small boat when the tide is up, or by a stone walkway when the tide is down. This National Trust site can be fully explored by the public when the tide is down every day of the week apart from Saturdays when it is closed.


Day 6: Get Lost in The Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, close to the main town of St. Austell, is an exciting day out with the whole family. Explore the extensive grounds, with an array of plant-life, several themed gardens and plots and a host of animals to spot. Children will love the petting areas, which feature lambs and piglets, in addition to the lookout where many English wild birds come to feed on the feeders dotted around the garden. There is even a suspended walkway in the forest area to clamber across! Remember to look out for the number of sculptures that hide in amongst the greenery and see how many you can spot! Learn about the fascinating history of these magical and mystical gardens, that was lost to the world for several decades.


Day 7: Departure day

Unfortunately, it’s time to pack up all your belongings and say goodbye to Cornwall (for now). You can rest assured that you have had an exciting and fulfilling holiday, featuring spectacular views, classic Cornish delicacies, fun-filled attractions and all while basking in the warm summer air.

We hope this is just the beginning of your love for Cornwall, and that you will be back year after year. If that’s your plan, make sure you keep an eye on our blog to discover more things you can do on your visits to this amazing county. Also, keep a look out for our exciting deals and offers on our 5-star cottages in Cornwall.


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