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The Monster Travel Guide to Visiting Cornwall - Holidays In The UKFor holidays in the UK, there is one part of the country that holidaymakers from home and abroad love to visit. Cornwall, in the far south west of England, is nothing short of a slice of heaven.  Cornwall itself is recognised as one of the Celtic nations, and, as such, retains its own distinct cultural identity in keeping with its unique history that sets it apart from the rest of England. It is a combination of its culture, climate and sheer beauty that make Cornwall such a popular destination for those seeking an unforgettable holiday in the UK.

North and South

North Cornwall and south Cornwall each have their own separate charms and distinct characteristics. The north coast, opening into the Celtic Sea and into the Atlantic, stretches over forty miles of beautiful beaches and rugged coastline. Cliffs and ancient rock formations give way to golden streatches of sand, whilst picturesque, traditional Cornish villages nestle close to the seaside.  Part of the appeal of north Cornwall comes with its uncanny ability to dance between family-friendliness and the hip and trendy. Each summer, the families flocking to Cornwall for a UK holiday are matched in number by the young surfer crowd, each group finding a wealth of places to enjoy the holiday of their dreams. Sometimes known as the ‘Cornish Riviera’, the south coast of Cornwall boasts green rolling hills, subtropical gardens and lots of very pretty little harbour towns and villages. Hidden coves and secret beaches, windswept clifftop walks and white sand beaches. A soft, coastal atmosphere pervades the south of Cornwall, the stuff of idyllic coastal dreams: pastel pink thatched cottages, cream teas and sailing boats rocking in the gentle waves.

Best Locations To Visit

Cornwall is scarcely short of locations to stay, so you can easily take your pick of whichever town or village takes your fancy. Whatever kind of accommodation you prefer, Cornwall has it covered on all accounts. Whether you want a full hotel experience, self-catering or a simple B&B, to rent a cottage, or even a caravan or camping holiday, you’ll find it all in Cornwall. But where to choose?

Falmouth

Falmouth is one of the most popular destinations for those visiting Cornwall for a holiday in the UK. A creative, laid back town, with a strong maritime heritage, there is quite simply never a dull moment.

There are calm, reflective and peaceful moments, but never dull.  Active types will absolutely love getting involved in a spot of powerboating, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing, all of which are readily available around Falmouth. Watersports are a big thing throughout Cornwall, so if you don’t mind squeezing into a wetsuit, you could have a jolly good time out on the water!

You needn't get wet, however, to enjoy the clear blue waters around Falmouth. A sightseeing trip on a boat along the coast is a great way to enjoy the fresh sea air, and maybe even spot a dolphin or basking shark! If dry land is more your thing, then there are lots of perfectly water-free pursuits to keep you busy on your holiday in Cornwall.

Try a fantastically floral day out at Gyllngdune or Queen Mary Gardens, Fox Rosehill Garden, or Kimberley Park, to bask in the natural beauty that Cornwall’s warm sunshine produces. 

Of course, Falmouth is a bustling town in itself, so if a spot of retail therapy is high on your to-do list for your holiday in Cornwall, then you’ve come to the right place! Not only this, but the town is alive with galleries, exhibitions, local crafts and independent shops. And once you’ve explored the town, sit down and relax in one of the plethora of Falmouth restaurants, serving fresh, locally caught seafood.

St Austell

Home to the ever-impressive Eden Project, St Austell is a great destination for family friendly fun. However, the world’s largest indoor rainforest isn’t the only way to enjoy St Austell’s many charms. Some of St Austell’s best beaches include:

  • Charlestown Beach
  • Porthpean Beach
  • Pentewan Beach
  • Carlyon Bay
  • Par Sands
  • Polkerris Beach
  • Polridmouth Beach
  • Readymoney Cove
  • Polstreath Beach
  • Portmellon Beach
  • Gorran Haven
  • Vault Beach
  • Hemmick Beach
  • Porthluney Cove (aka Caerhays Beach)

All of these beaches are well-equipped, most of which have public toilets, car parks and shops. However, to make sure your preferred beach has everything you expect, make sure you have a quick look online first.  

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a wonderful place to visit and spend the day.

The romantic, mysterious beauty of Heligan is the stuff of fairytales. Once the grand home of the Tremayne family, who held Heligan for over 400 years, with the decline of the aristocracy in the early 20th century, Heligan fell to ruin. With no one to care for its large and beautiful gardens, the brambles and ivy took over. That is, until 1990, when new life was breathed in, the weeds stripped back, and Heligan restored to its former glory. Now, visitors can wander the gardens and woodland at their leisure, before stopping for tea in the Heligan tea rooms, and picking up a few plants in the on-site nursery to recreate a little piece of Heligan back home.

Heligan is just a stone’s throw from the traditional fishing village of Mevagissey, whose quaint independent shops, seafood restaurants and tearooms make it worth stopping off at before you head back after your day at Heligan. 

Newquay

What Falmouth is to the south of Cornwall, Newquay is to the north - multiplied by a thousand. Perched high on the inimicable Cornish white cliffs, overlooking white sand beaches, the pace of Cornwall is turned up a notch, for the young beach bums and surfer dudes arriving in their droves each summer for fun in the sun. 

Speaking of surfer dudes: Newquay is nothing short of the UK’s number one surfing destination. If surfing is what you’re heading to Cornwall for, there is no other destination that comes close. You’d better be ready, though, because the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, that’s when it’s just beginning.  That's not to say Newquay isn’t suitable for families. It is. There’s absolutely loads of family attractions in and around Newquay. Being one of the most popular Cornish resorts, the beaches are just the start of the family-friendly fun!

St Ives

St Ives is one of the most culturally-rich areas of Cornwall. So much so, that the Tate has its very own St Ives gallery, situated just above the magnificent Porthmeor Beach. The town has a long history of being home to many renowned British artists, and this is very evident around every corner of St Ives.  Along with its artistic heritage, St Ives also offers all the attractions Cornwall has to offer, concentrated in one gorgeous location. Enjoy the botanical beauty of St Ives Gardens, or at one of the many other gardens closeby. Take a boat trip, go to the theatre, and dine out to your heart’s content. 


Wherever, and however, you plan to visit Cornwall for your holiday in the UK, you are guaranteed an unforgettable trip. Make memories that will last a lifetime, in the most uniquely beautiful surroundings that England has to offer.

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