Guide to West Cornwall

Although joined to the mainland, West Cornwall boasts individuality and beautifully diverse landscapes. Heathland covers the rocky outcrops which lead down to the delightful fishing villages nestled between the gorges lining the sea. Explore the captivating beauty and history of the region.

A 7 day ITINERARY for West Cornwall

There are so many things to experience on a trip to West Cornwall that seven days may not be enough, however we have compiled the best of the best to ensure you make the most of your holiday.

A Day of Sights and History

A must-do day out includes a visit to Land’s End and Sennen Cove. Take advantage of the parking at Land’s End Attraction (charges apply) and walk along the coast to Sennen Cove.

On the walk back enjoy the views across the Atlantic and relax on the beautiful beaches. Before you head back to your car, wander the Land’s End centre and their number of attractions including a visit to the iconic signpost to have your photo taken at the most westerly point in England. When you’ve taken in the views take the short 10 minute drive to Porthcurno to see the open air Minack Theatre, once listed as one of the world’s most spectacular theatres.

Bucket and Spade Day

A Cornish holiday would not be complete without a day on the beach. Whatever the weather Gyllyngvase beach on Falmouth’s seafront is a perfect beach for relaxing. When sunny, sit and relax and enjoy the blue water to cool down when you’ve had a little too much sun.

During the cooler months take a stroll on the beach and have a spot of lunch in the Gylly Beach Café. Make sure you head into the town to explore the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the many traditional and boutique shops in the town.

Retail Therapy and Relaxation

Retail addicts will enjoy a day in Truro exploring the shops and cobbled streets until their wallets can take no more. With larger chain stores and smaller markets and shops there is something for every taste.

The Hall for Cornwall is great if you have an evening free too and want to take in a show while you’re in town. When you’ve had enough retail therapy, head north to Perranporth for a meal and a drink at the UK’s only bar on the beach, The Watering Hole.

St Michael’s Mount

A vast history awaits on St Michael’s Mount. Whether you choose to arrive for low tide and walk across the sandy beach or take the amphibious vehicle at high tide when walking is impossible, the adventure to get to the mount is a great start to your day.

The history on the mount is extensive and with tours available from their knowledgeable team you will learn all about the people who lived and fought from the mount to protect the county from the Spanish Armada.

For the kids

Spend the morning at Cornwall Gold, fun for the whole family. See the largest collection of jewellery in the county, pan for gold or explore Cornwall’s last surviving original till mill. You can even build a bear, create and paint or Pick a Pearl at a variety of different stores across the 18 acre site.

After lunch head across to Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall’s top wildlife sanctuary and indoor play centre. The children will love seeing the exotic birds and can use their remaining energy to tire themselves out in the play centre so you can enjoy a peaceful evening after an early night for the children.

Top beaches to enjoy

  • Gyllyngvase, Falmouth
  • Porthminster, St Ives
  • Kynance Cove, Lizard
  • Perranporth
  • Porthcurno

Art Lovers

Art lovers will enjoy a day out in St Ives exploring the many galleries from Tate St Ives to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Don’t forget about the smaller galleries in the centre of the town though and take in the quaint rows of architecture just off the beach.

With two stunning beaches to enjoy there is plenty of space for holiday makers even with the popularity of St Ives in the summer season.

The Lizard and Mullion Chocolate Factory

A trip to the Lizard is a must-do when in Cornwall but another must for chocolate-lovers is a visit to The Chocolate Factory and Craft Centre in Mullion. Stop in for a cup of hot chocolate and pay a visit to the factory where you can see the chocolate being crafted. Then when you’ve sampled your chocolate in the café explore the small collection of shops and purchase some of your own chocolate in the store next door.

Cornwall’s Mining Heritage

Cornwall has a rich history when it comes to their Mining World Heritage Status.

West Cornwall holidays

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