11 Places to Visit on your Cornwall Staycation

Cornwall is a county on England’s rugged southwestern tip. It forms a peninsula encompassing wild moorland and hundreds of sandy beaches, culminating at the infamous Land’s End. 

Cornwall is a county in the far South West of England noted for its geology and coastal scenery. The county is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, and the east by the county of Devon.

A trip to Cornwall is an experience that will change you, even if you are there for a short break. There are very few places where you can experience so much in one county; from beautiful coastal views in St Ives to the lost gardens of Heligan, there are 100s of different experiences for you to encounter. So it’s no wonder Cornwall is the most popular staycation location in the UK by quite some way accounting for 11% of UK holidays so far in 2021. Below you’ll find our favourite places to visit across the prestigious county.

Fowey harbour

Fowey Harbour is nestled on the South Cornish coast between Plymouth and Falmouth. The harbour is situated on the western side of the Fowey River and bound by other towns and villages including Golant and Lostwithiel. Locals say the port is “littered with sunken boats bought by drunk amateurs”.

Eden Project

Environmental conservation, sustainability and inspirational education are the core values of the world-renowned Eden Project. Carefully developed over many years, the geodesic domes house the world’s largest indoor rainforest and a Mediterranean microclimate showcasing plants from many different habitats.

Porthminster Gallery

London is home to some of the best museums in the country. So, why not make your way over to the capital and visit the world-renowned British Museum? Even if either of you aren’t really keen history buffs, it’s one of the largest museums in the world – so there’s bound to be something that will capture your interests. Afterwards, you can explore the rest of the city.

Jubilee Pool

This renowned art deco swimming pool in Penzance was built in 1935 and is one of the few surviving outdoor lidos from that period that remains in the UK. A welcome reminder of simple seaside Britain, the Jubilee Pool can accommodate young and old with picnic tables, a café and a covered area in case of bad weather. 

National Maritime Museum

Preserving Cornwall’s maritime heritage is the mission of the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, in a harbour-side location at Discovery Quay. The museum is extensive, with many excellent exhibits including an impressive collection of boats strung from the ceiling, with smaller models below.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

With the focus on apples and fine flavours, Healey’s newly refurbished Cornish Cyder Farm makes for a great day out for all the family. Tours run throughout the day allowing visitors to see the cider-making process and take a tractor ride around the 100 acres of farmland and 20 acres of mature orchards.

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is a museum dedicated to European witchcraft and magic and houses one of the world’s largest collections of items relating to witchcraft and the occult. Since 1960, their collection has grown to more than 3,000 objects and some 7,000 books.

The Idle Rocks

The imposing façade of the Idle Rocks in St. Mawes dates back to 1913 and is now home to a chic, boutique hotel which boasts a fine restaurant and exceptional sea views. Dishes in the restaurant are kept simple, local and foraged wherever possible. Menus are a combination of fresh, nourishing food with a focus on sophisticated fine cuisine.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is world-renowned and one of the most popular botanical gardens in England. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style whose design encourages gardens to be recognisable as works of art.

Bude Sea Pool

Created in the 1930s to provide safe and comfortable swimming, Bude Sea Pool is a great community facility and totally free of charge. The semi-natural pool was created under the curve of the cliff and provides a lovely spot to swim sheltered from the often extreme Atlantic Ocean.

Trebarwith Strand

Close to Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand is a coastal settlement and popular destination for both Cornish and Devonian folk. Perfect for swimmers of all ages and complete with rock pools, cliffy outcrops and shallows, Trebarwith Strand can easily fill your day even if the weather doesn’t oblige.