The Best of Britain: The top Locations for a Perfect Cornwall Holiday

Breath-taking coastlines, Cornish pasties, cream teas and childhood memories of summers spent on the sand. Cornwall is one of Britain’s most beautiful and unexpected areas, with so much to see and discover it’s time to pack the bucket and spade and start planning an unforgettable trip.


A stunning small village on the Roseland Peninsular, Porthscatho is a quiet haven for holiday makers with plenty of cottages and cabins available to rent in the summer months. The cove itself is a must for amateur photographers, packed with colourful fishing boats and incredible, uninterrupted views of the coastline.

Visit the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach, as the #1 rated restaurant in the area, this is a small cafe with a big difference. You can find it tucked away in an unassuming wooden hut along the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho and St. Mawes. A real Cornish treasure serving the best in local fayre from cakes to pasties!


Described by poet Dylan Thomas as “the loveliest village in England”, the village hamlet of Mousehole is nestled into the charming Cornish coastline. Pronounced ‘Mouzel’ by the locals, this is a quiet yet popular destination for days out with safe space for bathing and paddling right at your feet. The pier in Mousehole is acknowledged as one of the oldest in the region with part of the south quay dating back to 1390.

We recommend The Old Coastguard hotel, a small scale, laid back hotel with a warm welcome and plush four poster beds. The Old Coastguard’s restaurant won the Good Pub Guide’s 2013 Dining Pub of the Year for Cornwall and offers some fantastic fresh seafood dishes caught in the nearby village of Newlyn.

St. Magwan

Home to one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and accessible beaches, Magwan Porth, St. Magwan is the quieter alternative to surfer havens Padstow and Newquay. This destination offers stunning walks to take in the scenery for all levels of mobility, from a walk along the beach and the rock pools to a quick pootle top the local pub. For those who enjoy a longer hike, try the South West Coastal path which takes you to Porthcothan bay all the way past Trevose head and lighthouse to as far as Padstow - where you can jump on the bus back! 

For those interested in military trivia, the Royal Air Force base at St. Mawgan is the only RAF Station west of Oxfordshire and the hub for Royal Air Force activity in the South West.


On the North Coast, Boscastle is known as one of Cornwall’s most romantic destinations with ancient fields, Celtic crosses, Norman churches, a castle, a medieval quay and witchcraft museum all within the village borders. As well as being steeped in history, Boscastle is home to a rare grassland with some of the UK’s lesser seen species of grasses and orchids. Around the corner is the Village of Tintagel – best known for its Castle believed to have been constructed around AD1140, in local legend it is said to have belonged to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and draws in over 200,000 visitors per year!

Feeling inspired? Take an aerial tour of the Cornish coastline with this stunning video from Visit Cornwall.


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