Cornwall is the quintessential UK holiday destination with golden sands and blue waters, green fields, lush valleys and wild rolling moorland awaiting your exploration. We’ve asked a host of experts to help us create the ultimate guide to Cornwall with the best things to see and do, places to eat, family attractions, best beaches, events and much more. And once you’ve finished being inspired you can take a look at a handpicked selection of holiday cottages in Cornwall to begin your own exploration.

Start your journey with our Inspire and Explore guide to Cornwall below.

Explore Cornwall

Holiday cottages in Cornwall put you in the heart of some of Britain’s most stunning scenery. Enjoy expansive views over scenic seascapes, beautiful golden beaches, wonderfully wild moorland and much more. And with some lovely towns and villages dotted around the landscape you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a wonderful break.

Needless to say, Cornwall is an incredibly popular holiday destination with a host of fantastic options. To help you find your perfect holiday in the region we’ve created a number of inspiration guides to find some of Cornwall’s most lovely locations and best activities. And when you’re inspired and ready to explore you can find a selection of handpicked holiday cottages in Cornwall to enjoy.





A Cornish holiday with the Hodgsons family

Cornwall is perfect for a cottage break. Here are the Hodgsons family enjoying a relaxing weekend away in the beautiful setting of Cornwall.

Our Cornwall Experts

Our Cornwall holiday experts have a wealth of specialist regional knowledge. If you’re looking for the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry then they will have the perfect suggestion for you.

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Wild Swimming

Along Cornwall’s dramatic coastline, sandy coves and smugglers’ inlets are set amid rugged scenery. The south coast is gentle with several meandering estuaries while the north is wilder and bears the full brunt of south-westerly swells.

Finest Festivals

There’s nothing the people of Cornwall like better than a good old fashioned festival. And we’re not talking about fairy wings and legal highs here – Cornish festivals are a riot of tradition, culture, music, dancing, food and drink, making them some of the most colourful events on the British summer calendar.

Cultural Cornwall

World-renowned for sand, surf and summer holidays, Cornwall also enjoys a fantastically thriving, international arts scene which can happily be enjoyed, whatever the weather.

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Visit Porthcurno beach. It’s in the far flung west of Cornwall but the turquoise water and golden sand is out of this world. The famous Minack Theatre is carved into the cliff tops above it and the Telgraph Museum Porthcurno is well worth a visit to find out about this small cove’s pioneering role in international telecommunications.

Julia Hughes, Visit Cornwall

Minack Theatre: An open air theatre cut in to the rock face with the ocean as backdrop.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

One of the best things about being a student in Falmouth was being able to walk everywhere. I love the walk from Falmouth docks to Swanpool and Maenporth and back through town.

Alex Green, South West Coast Path National Trail

The undulating greenery surrounding beautiful Daymer Bay is mesmerising, home to poets and playground for holidaying Royals the Camel Estuary is a glistening jewel set alongside the dramatic north Cornwall coast.

Gareth McKillop,

St Michaels Mount can be reached on foot at low tide or by small boat at high tide.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

Climb and hike your way to the top of Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor. With a summit 420m above sea level, it offers some of the best views in Cornwall.

Julia Hughes, Visit Cornwall

St Ives is best visited by the scenic train ride from St Erth. It’s linked to the mainline from Penzance and provides one of the best views of St Ives as you approach it, skirting along the edge of Carbis Bay.

Alex Green, South West Coast Path National Trail

Take the scenic coastal train from St Erth (nr Hayle) to St Ives. It’s a great way to save parking hassle and enjoy the views over Hayle estuary and beautiful beaches on approach to St Ives.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

The unrelenting power of the Atlantic ocean has carved out an unforgettable seascape all along the Cornish Coast. Just a short drive to the north of Newquay you will find the Bedruthan Steps, a series of magnificent rocky outcrops that have become an iconic symbol of Cornwall’s exquisite natural beauty.

Gareth McKillop,

The legendary Lands End and the famous sign – the most westerly point in Cornwall.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

Follow in the footsteps of a certain Mr Turner and head underground for a tour of Geevor Mine, Poldark Mine or Levant Mine. You’ll feel like you have stepped onto the set of Poldark and are guaranteed to find the Cornish Mining heritage fascinating.

Julia Hughes, Visit Cornwall

Polperro is the quintessential picturesque harbour village, bathed in the lore of Cornwall’s smuggling past it nestles on the beautiful south Cornwall coast just a short distance from the popular resort of Looe.

Gareth McKillop,

Lizard Point and Peninsula, the most southerly point in the UK.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

Dapne Du Maurier’s landscape of love is along the coast of Fowey, which she brings to life in one of her most famous novels, Rebecca. You can see the house that she famously describes as ‘Manderley’ in the opening paragraphs and the beach where Rebecca’s boathouse was set.

Alex Green, South West Coast Path National Trail

The azure water and the unique sparkling light of St Ives provide an irresistible backdrop to a vibrant harbour side blessed with many fine eateries. This is undoubtedly one of the finest seaside destinations in the country.

Gareth McKillop,

Sea Safari to watch dolphins, basking sharks and seals - based at the Marina in Falmouth.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

Just short few miles from Lizard Point, Kynance is bewitching and symbolises the very best of the wild unspoilt Cornish coastline.

Gareth McKillop,

The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek does a fantastic job rescuing injured seals and abandoned pups, nursing and returning to the sea during the spring.

Linda West, Cornwall Regional Manager,

Discover Cottages in Cornwall

Each of our featured cottages in Cornwall has been handpicked to offer the ultimate holiday experience. So whether you’re looking for a fantastic large farmhouse for the family or a cosy getaway for two, we’re sure you will find it below.

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