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Places in Cornwall

Places in Cornwall

List of places in North Cornwall. The surfing towns of Newquay and Bude, pretty villages of Port Isaac Cornwall and Boscastle, towns of Wadebridge and Bodmin or wild and spectacular Bodmin Moor.

Surfer Cornwall

List of places South East Cornwall. The picturesque and winding streets of Fowey and Polperro busy seaside town of Looe, harbour of Charlestown or medieval town of Lostwithiel with all the antique shops.

Polperro Cornwall

List of places West Cornwall. Famous Lands End, wild Lizard Peninsula, pretty harbours St Ives, Sennen, Mousehole and Portreath, fishing town Newlyn, legendary St Michael's Mount at Marazion and busy towns Penzance or Falmouth.

Mousehole Cornwall



Places in West Cornwall
Places in North Cornwall
Places in South East Cornwall

Cornwall is a great place to visit and has plenty of places to see all with their own special character. There are beautiful Cornish beaches such as Godrevy beach and Watergate Bay, harbour villages such as Mousehole and Polperro and small towns with a cosmopolitan feel - St Ives and Fowey. Below is a description of the places in Cornwall starting at Land's End and working through West Cornwall, North Cornwall and finally South East Cornwall.

West Cornwall is fabulous with lots of beautiful places to visit. Land's End Cornwall sits right on the edge of the country with amazing cliff and sea views. There is good walking along the coast path which runs along the edge off the cliff top and lots of wildlife to see with a variety of birds and if you are lucky basking sharks. There is also a tourist centre at Land's End Cornwall with some rides and attractions, a pub and the Land's End Hotel. A couple of miles along the coast is Sennen Cove Cornwall. This is a picturesque harbour village with an amazing golden beach, lifeboat station and a couple of eateries and shops. Further along is St Just Cornwall, a small town with lots of galleries and antique shops, from here you can take the coast road to St Ives along which you will experience some of the most beautiful views in Cornwall. There are plenty of places to stop off and explore along the road. St Ives Cornwall is definitely a must to visit, this pretty harbour town has four beaches, lots of galleries including the famous Tate St Ives, many delicious eateries and good access to walking along the coast path. St Ives also has beautiful views across St Ives Bay with the St Ives Lighthouse in the foreground and Godrevy Lighthouse in the background. Across from St Ives are the beautiful beaches of Gwithian and Godrevy. Gwithian beach is a large golden sandy beach backed by cliffs which is lifeguarded in summer. Godrevy Cornwall is a National Trust property made up of three different beaches all with views of Godrevy lighthouse. There are lifeguards at Gwithian in the summer season. A couple of miles from Godrevy is the town of Hayle Cornwall. Hayle has lots of shops and places to eat and large golden beaches. To the other side of Gwithian is the town of Portreath Cornwall which has a harbour and sandy beach, there are a couple of eateries at Portreath a convenience store and surf shop.

Switching to the other coast you will find the large town of Penzance which is a good place to shop in Cornwall, has a lovely promenade to walk along, the beautiful Jubilee Pool and great views across Mounts Bay. Penzance Cornwall has lots of galleries / craft shops including the Penlee Gallery which hold excellent exhibitions and the nearby Newlyn Gallery. Penzance sits in the middle of Mounts Bay and has Marazion to one side and Newlyn and Mousehole to the other. Marazion Cornwall is a small town and an excellent place to visit. Marazion has a long sand and stone beach and a usually calm sea. St Michael's mount is overlooked by the town and makes a beautiful backdrop. St Michael's Mount is a smaller version of Mont Saint Michele which is in Normandy in France. It looks like a castle on a very rocky island. At high tide the Mount is completely cut off by the sea and becomes an Island only to be reached by boat, at low tide you can walk across a beautiful cobbled causeway to the mount. The Mount is a National Trust property and you can visit the gardens and the building (dogs are not allowed). Marazion itself has lots of lovely galleries, craft shops and places to eat and drink. Moving round Mount's Bay and returning past Penzance you come to Newlyn Cornwall, which is still a busy working fishing harbour and an excellent place to buy some delicious fresh Cornish fish. Newlyn has the Newlyn Gallery, a few shops and eateries, boats in the busy harbour and a lifeboat station. A couple of miles along from here is the picturesque harbour village of Mousehole Cornwall, this pretty village with cottages along winding streets centres around the picture perfect harbour. There are small shops and galleries to look around and plenty of places for a meal or snack.

Jumping now to the top of West Cornwall and beginning of North Cornwall there is Perranporth and Newquay. Perranporth Cornwall has one of the biggest beaches in Cornwall and offers three miles of golden sands. The sea here often has good waves and is popular with surfers and bodyboarders. The town of Perranporth has good facilities with plenty of places to eat, surf shops and souvenir shops. Along from here is Newquay, probably Cornwall's busiest resort. Known for the busy night life Newquay has a lot more to offer than this particularly the many fabulous lifeguarded (in summer) beaches which include the famous Fistral beach a popular haunt with surfers and home to many surfing contests. Newquay Cornwall has many attractions and a lot going on, the centre is busy and has lots of shops, places to eat and even amusements.

Following the coast we now enter North Cornwall with rocky coastlines, windswept cliffs and beautiful moorland. The coast road from Newquay to Padstow offers a chance to see some beautiful views and great beaches along the way (although the road is narrow). Watergate Bay Cornwall is a fantastic very large golden sandy beach popular with surfers, bodyboarders, kitesurfers and other extreme beach and sea sports as well as being enjoyed by families and the less energetic of us. Watergate Bay is also known for being the home of Jamie Oliver's famous Fifteen Restaurant.

Padstow Cornwall is a pretty fishing village / town which is now very popular with tourists and can become very busy. Padstow is a nice place to look around with lots of galleries and shops, plenty of places to eat and drink and the harbour to watch. Across the estuary lies the village of Rock which when the tide is out has a large sandy beach - you can take the ferry taxi from Padstow to Rock. The Camel Cycle trail also starts (or ends) at Padstow. Inland from Padstow is Wadebridge Cornwall. Wadebridge sits on the edge of the estuary and is a busy town with lots of individual shops, a good place to buy local produce and pick up provisions rather than a supermarket. There are plenty of places to eat in Wadebridge and you can hire bikes here and ride along the cycle path to Padstow.

Staying inland you have the towns of Camelford, Bodmin and Launceston all with lots of history and something different to offer. There is also the vast Bodmin Moor Cornwall which has many activities on offer or is just beautiful to drive by. There are lots of little villages to explore on Bodmin Moor and it can make a nice change to venture inland rather than sticking to the Cornish coast.

Returning back to the coastal towns and villages of North Cornwall you come to Port Isaac Cornwall which is a small harbour village known for being the setting of Doc Martin which is filmed here. Port Isaac has some gift shops and places to eat and drink although please note it is quite a steep walk down to the village from the carpark (even steeper on the way backup). The picturesque village of Boscastle is further along the coast, this is a lovely harbour village definitely worth a visit. Bocastle Cornwall is lovely to wander round and has little craft shops / galleries, plenty of tea rooms and places to eat, a river to walk along and a picture perfect harbour - a real chocolate box village. The mystical town of Tintagel with legends of King Arthur is interesting to look around particularly the ruins. Tintagel Cornwall has quite a few shops to look around, manly of a tourist nature and selling souvenirs or local arts and crafts, lots of places to eat and there is also good access to beautiful walks along the cliff path.

Nearing the top of North Cornwall you have the busy holiday resort town of Bude Cornwall which is very popular with surfers in Cornwall and also holiday makers. Bude is a great place to visit with four beaches within walking distance of Bude centre, an open air pool by the beach, beautiful canal to walk along and town centre with lots of shops and eateries. Just outside Bude Cornwall is Widemouth Bay which is a beautiful large stretch of golden sands very popular with learner surfers, families and beachgoers. There are beautiful walks along the cliff path between Widemouth Bay and Bude.

The South East of Cornwall has some beautiful places to visit and has a different feel to North and West Cornwall. The Tamar Valley is a lush green valley with river running through and a haven for wildlife. Charlestown Cornwall is a chocolate box village famous for the large sailing ship which can usually be found in the harbour and also the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre Museum. Charlestown has a pretty harbour and small beach. The village is small but there are galleries, craft shops and gift shops as well as places to eat including a pub with a beer garden with beautiful views out to sea. Fowey Cornwall is set next to the estuary and has a cosmopolitan feel particularly in the summer months in the restaurants by the estuary side. Fowey has beautiful coastal views, a small beach, lots of galleries, craft and antique shops and plenty of places to choose from to eat. Beware parking in Fowey centre is very limited and the walk to the town from the car park is very steep - a bus does sometimes run from the car park to the centre but please check details with tourist information first. Lostwithiel is a small town set on the river and steeped in history. Known for the many antique shops there Lostwithiel Cornwall is a great place to visit if you like to look around these, there is also a pretty area by the river and plenty of places to eat.

Further around the coast is the town of Looe and harbour village of Polperro Cornwall. Looe Cornwall is a busy holiday resort town with still working fishing harbour. Looe has a town centre with lots of shops and places to eat, a small beach lake area where you can hire pedelos and amusements. A couple of miles from Looe is the beautiful village of Polperro Cornwall which is definitely worth visiting. The tiny winding streets edge the way to the harbour in the centre. Lots of craft and gift shops and places to eat.

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Places in West Cornwall

Places in North Cornwall

Places in South East Cornwall