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|We have set out our top ten places to visit in Cornwall from Cornish harbour villages to beaches in Cornwall and towns. Hopefully you will enjoy visiting them as much as we have. Read the descriptions below or click through to individual places pages with text and images.||
Map of Best Places Cornwall
10 Penzance Cornwall
Penzance Cornwall is a historic market town on the coast. Penzance has commanding views over beautiful Mounts Bay and a promenade with benches to take in the views. Many shops and galleries, places to eat, children's playgrounds, interesting buildings and Celtic surroundings. The Penlee House Gallery and nearby Newlyn Gallery are a must for art lovers. The Scillonian boat sails from here to the Isle of Scilly. Penzance really does have something for everyone. More information about Penzance Cornwall.
Sennen Cove Cornwall is a picturesque village with an immense stretch of golden sands, old fishing harbour and has housed an important lifeboat station since 1853. Very popular with holiday makers and locals the Cove can get very busy in the main summer season. Sennen has a few places to eat or drink, a gallery, surf shop and excellent (although steep) walking along the coast path to Land's End. Good place to see basking sharks when they are about. More information about Sennen Cove Cornwall.
Gwithian & Godrevy
Gwithian and Godrevy beaches are set at the end of St Ives Bay with beautiful views over the Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse with St Ives in the distance across the Bay. Gwithian and Godrevy both offer spectacular beaches and cliff walks and have beach cafes and surf lessons available. They are both just a couple of miles outside Hayle and definitely worth seeing whatever the weather. Popular with surfers, kayakers, walkers and beach goers. Both have life guarded areas in the summer season. Dunes and rocks with pools to investigate border the beaches. More information about Gwithian and Godrevy Cornwall.
Coverack Lizard Peninsula Cornwall
Coverack Cornwall is a picturesque old fishing village set on the Lizard peninsula. The setting for the book Wild Strawberries and known to be an old smugglers hide out Coverack is steeped in character and history. Coverack has a shingle and sand beach, rocks with rock pools, a walled harbour and a cafe, pub and a couple of shops and galleries. Note, at high tide there is very little beach. Good access to the coast path for walking. Windsurfing lessons are available in the harbour and you can hire kayaks. There are car parks and public toilets. On the way to Coverack call at Roskilly's Farm for a delicious ice cream, look at the animals and meet the Inlight team to test their award winning beauty products. More information about Coverack Cornwall.
6 Mousehole Cornwall
Mousehole Cornwall is a quaint harbour village situated just 3 miles to the west of Penzance and is definitely worth a visit. Cobbled narrow lanes set with granite and slate cottages spiral out from the traditional granite walled Cornish harbour. The Mousehole Christmas Lights are a delight and worth seeing and will really get you into the Christmas spirit. Mousehole has a good choice of places to eat and drink, a pub, galleries and couple of shops. More information about Mousehole Cornwall.
Fowey Cornwall (pronounced Foy, to rhyme with boy) is a historic seafaring town and excellent place to spend a day or use as a base for a holiday. With it's narrow winding streets and fantastic sea views that seem to appear around every corner, Fowey has something for everyone. Famous for inspiring Daphne du Maurier Fowey has excellent facilities including plenty of places to eat and drink, a variety of shops and galleries and boat trips across the estuary. There is a small beach within walking distance from the centre and a circular walk though nearby woodland. More information about Fowey Cornwall.
The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall
The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall is a magnificent peninsula jutting out from Helston that has dramatic coastal scenery and spectacular views and is an excellent place to visit for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy peace and tranquility. The Lizard offers beautiful inland countryside and rivers, beaches, attractions and park estates to visit. A great place to spend the day or a holiday and explore Lizard Village, Gweek, Coverack, Cadgwith Cove and the beaches of Kennack Sands and Kynance Cove to name a few. More info about the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall.
3 Polperro Cornwall
Polperro Cornwall is a picturesque harbour village with narrow winding streets edged by old stone cottages. In the centre or Polperro is the quay once packed with pilchard luggers and the harbour still busy with boats, an excellent place to sit and watch the world go by. Polperro has good facilities, Lots of pubs, cafes, gift shops, galleries and a sweet shop. There is good access to the coast path for walking. More information about Polperro Cornwall.
Marazion Cornwall is an historic town on the edge of Mount's Bay and set against the backdrop of the legendary St Michael's Mount. The town itself has a number of galleries, gift shops and eateries and is a nice place to spend a few hours wandering around. For children there is an excellent free play ground in the centre of the village. Marazion has a long beach and when the tide is out you can walk the cobbled causeway to St Michael's Mount. More information about Marazion Cornwall.
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall - the town that has everything! A picturesque harbour area, four beaches and an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries. Famous for it's art, St Ives has a real cosmopolitan feel on summer evenings when the shops are open late and the smells of the many culinary delights fill the air and can be enjoyed in one of the many eateries. Lots of winding cobbled streets edged with old fisherman’s cottages to explore. There is something for everyone at St Ives, a popular place with surfers, families, young and old, artists and photographers. More information about St Ives Cornwall.
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