5 of the Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Cornwall

Cornwall offers incredible vistas of the surging Atlantic Ocean as it meets ancient land masses. Peppered along the coast are quaint villages, historic towns, and amazing beaches. Whether visiting on summer holiday or venturing out for a day trip, the charming towns of Cornwall will enthrall you. Here’s a look at five of the most beautiful.

Fowey399px-Ferry_at_Fowey_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1225642Explore the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from this picturesque town on the mouth of the River Powey. Narrow cobbled streets take you past nice cottages on hills with expansive views. At the south end is the inviting sand of Ready Money Cove. Take the ferry to Polruan and visit the beach atLantic Bay.Penzance

Great views Mount’s Bay and St. Michael’s Mount are just the beginning. The working harbour of Penzance is the centre of a quaint village that is the gateway to Land’s End.



St. Ives

The welcoming cafe terraces and narrow streets invite walking. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate Gallery offer cultural exploration while the white sand beaches promise relaxation and fun.


800px-Penzance_Britton_HillFriendly pubs, restaurants, and cocktail bars welcome guests around what is now a pedestrianised main street. Pendennis Castle, erected by Henry VIII, stands above the town, with the world’s second-largest natural harbour on one side and nice beaches on the other.



St. Just-in-Penwith

See a charming town that once was the centre of Cornwall mining. With Cape Cornwall and it’s famous mine stack in the distance, this little town is full of history and beauty. Close to the moors, it’s also the nearest town to Land’s End.

These are just a sampling of the many incredibly beautiful and intriguing towns of Cornwall. With so many to explore, there’s always a reason to come back!


Fun Winter Activities to do in Cornwall

Known for its dramatic coasts and beaches, visitors flock to Cornwall, the Southwest peninsula of Great Britain, for a beautiful summertime landscape. But Cornwall does not have to be synonymous with sunny beach vacations. Cornwall’s winters can be as enjoyable as the summer.

Here are a few recommendations.

Braving the Cold: Outdoor Revelry

Cornwall fun activities[View from South Path]
One of Cornwall’s many assets is its natural beauty. The South West Coast Path National Trail has many walks for families and travelers to take outside and discover amazing views of the coast meeting the cliffs. With the Walk Finder Tool, you find perfect winter walks all over Cornwall.


Trebah Gardens[Trebah Garden’s Bamboozle]
In addition, there are many gardens in Cornwall that are open year-round. A trip to Trebah Garden in Northern Falmouth provides a lush scenery in the dead of winter. The garden’s champion trees and maze of 40 species of bamboo will be the highlight of the winter landscape, plus the camellias flowering before Christmas.

Indoor Fun


National Maritime Museum[National Maritime Museum]
During unsettling winter weather, you can visit one of the 50+ museums in Cornwall. The National Maritime Museum provides beautiful views of the coast from the Look Out Tower. The museum’s “Tidal Zone” also gives you an underwater display of the harbor, without diving into the frigid cold water.



Truro[City of Truro]
In the city of Truro (Cornwall’s only city), the Royal Cornwall Museum is a great educational haven from blustery weather. From fine art to Egyptian artifacts, the diverse collections will be sure to captivate your interests all day.
Besides museums, you can check out a town’s Cornish pub or warm cafe. If ale’s of your interest, a visit to Skinner’s Brewery will give you a look into the creation of Cornwall’s finest brews.


Wintertime in Cornwall allows for an authentic experience without throngs of tourists. No matter the weather, there is always something to enjoy.

Top 5 winter attractions in west Cornwall

Visiting Cornwall in the winter can be an entirely different holiday. Beaches crowded in the summer are peacefully quiet in the winter. Except, of course, when there is a storm or strong surf brewing, when the quiet is accompanied by the roar of pounding surf. Here’s a list of five great reasons to see Cornwall in winter.Eden ProjectThe regional biomes include the world’s largest captivity rain forest. One area is transformed into a very popular ice-skating rink in the winter. The entire Eden Project is devoted to environmental education and eco-friendly fun.

Eden Project

Newquay Zoo

One of the best zoos in the UK is a great choice for a winter visit, when crowds are smaller and animals are better viewed than on hot summer days. Accommodations around Newquay include fanciful bed and breakfast choices, luxury hotels, and cottages.

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo

Mousehole Christmas Lights

Small seaside villages along the Cornish Coast are well-known for their beautiful light displays, perhaps none as much as quaint Mousehole. Celebrating its 50th year as a community celebration, the annual “switch on” night is full of fanfare.

Christmas light in mousehole harbour
Portscatho and St. MawesCompletely capturing the flavor of an historic seaside village is Portscatho. Take in the experience from a lovely room at a lovely boutique hotel like the Driftwood and relax in splendid comfort, when not exploring the town and nearby St. Mawes.

Portcurnick Beach

Portcurnick Beach

Trebah Garden

The sub-tropical gardens of Trebah are open daily through the winter. The vibrant colours and lush canopies vary through the seasons, but remain constant in their classic charms. The private beach on the mouth of the Helford River invites strolling. For history buffs, it was an embarkation point for U.S. troops taking part in D-Day.

Trebah gardens

A winter holiday in West Cornwall can be invigorating, relaxing, fulfilling, and renewing. Explore the options and discover what awaits!

The Top 5 Cottage Getaway Specialists in Cornwall

Cornwall’s beautiful beaches and sweeping vistas have long made it a popular tourist destination. Selecting the right rental company for the perfect Cornwall holiday can be a challenge. Here is a selection of the five best cottage booking firms in Cornwall.

1. Cornish Traditional Cottages
Cornish Traditional Cottages is a good company to rent from as they have a large selection. With over 250 cottages, they offer coastal cottages and hideaways on the moor. The best part is that they waive booking fees, saving you from extra costs.


2. Aspects Holidays
Aspects holiday cottages in St Ives is a great choice for young families and pet lovers. Many of their offerings are pet friendly with lots of open spaces for walking your furry friends. The cottages are equipped with games and playgrounds to entertain your children. They also have Wi-Fi access in many of their cottages for visitors who crave internet access on holiday.



3. Cornish Cottage Holidays
Renting from Cornish Cottage Holidays is easy with their secure online booking. If you’re not familiar with Cornwall, this rental company is a good choice as their specialty is directing their customers to local attractions. 


4. Classic Cottages
Classic Cottages boasts a wide variety of cottages in Cornwall. Unlike other cottage companies, they are not local. If you prefer to boost the regional economy in Cornwall, you might want to bypass them for a smaller firm. 


5. Cornish Holiday Cottages
Based in Falmouth, Cornish Holiday Cottages has fewer options than other cottage specialists in Cornwall. However, large parties can still find attractive seaside houses that fit 10 or more people.


It’s easy to find the Cornwall cottage specialist that suits your needs, from remote Lands End cottages to self catering in Falmouth. Whether you’re bringing a pet or have to find the perfect view of the moor, Cornwall rental companies have the right cottage for you.

Top 5 Reasons to Holiday in St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives offers an escape from the humdrum of everyday schedules. Situated on the coastal waters of St Ives Bay in Cornwall, it is a destination steeped in history and immersed in the arts.

Whether the perfect holiday in St Ives involves rest and relaxation or physical and artistic stimulation, one will find it in St Ives. Learn to surf, relax on the beach, take an art class,or bike along the coastline. 


Beaches and More Beaches

Well-known for its coastal waters, St Ives has earned the moniker as one of Europe’s top 10 beach destinations by TripAdvisor. Porthmeor boasts golden sands, good surf, small cafes and restaurants; Porthgwidden offers a sandy cove, beach huts for hire, and small kiosks for light snacks and coffee; Porthminster offers calm sea waters, almost half a mile of sand, cliff walks, restaurants and cafés; and Harbour provides the experience of watching a working fishing port.

An Artist’s Haven

Since 1938, St Ives has attracted artists. In 1939, it became a mecca for artists; by the 1950s its artists gained international recognition. Today, the School offers classes and activities(http://schoolofpainting.co.uk).


Studio Pottery

The Leech Pottery, founded in 1920, maintains international recognition for its influence in studio pottery. In addition to maintaining a working studio for professionals, it also offers visitors educational opportunities and guided tours (http://www.leachpottery.com).

Outdoor Experiences

A walking tour of St Ives will unveil historic monuments, such as Knill Steeple; St. Leonard’s chapel; and Godrevy Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s inspiration for To the Lighthouse. Gardens, hills, and the shoreline also provide nature lovers opportunities to observe migratory birds, porpoises, whales, and dolphins.



A variety of hotels, bed-and-breakfast guest accommodations, and self-catering apartments, also meet every budgetary need. For more information consult St Ives Tourist Association website(http://www.stives-cornwall.co.uk).

Burgers in the London Garden

LONDON – Englishmen, start your burgers.


Shake Shack, the American burger sensation that began as a casual food project in New York City less than a decade ago, is opening on Friday in Covent Garden. I sampled a burger the other day (okay: I devoured three in 20 minutes, along with cheese fries and two frozen custards). They’re delicious. If you’re a Londoner reading this, you should just go reserve your place in line right now, because this place is going to be a sensation.

Shake Shack may not have been hatched with visions for global expansion. But when the first cook doing the tinkering is Kerry Heffernan, executive chef at Eleven Madison Park, and the restaurateur is Danny Meyer of Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe fame, it doesn’t take long for your popular little burger cart in Madison Square Park to grow into an empire with outposts from Florida and Connecticut to Istanbul, Kuwait, and Doha. With lots of stops in between.


Culinary director Mark Rosati is the chef charged with opening the worldwide locations and ensuring that the food served remains true to the original Shake Shack mission and embodies local tastes, ingredients, and purveyors. (He’s no relation to me, by the way, though I totally pretend we’re cousins.) So while the no-GMO potato rolls come from the same bakery in Pennsylvania that provides bread for all the Shacks, the burgers are made from 100 precent Aberdeen Angus beef from Scotland, the bacon is free-range Wiltshire pork from Suffolk, and the sausages are handmade by Sillfield Farm in Cumbria from a rare breed of pork. The dense custard ice cream concoctions incorporate local ingredients like St. John Bakery chocolate hazelnut brownies and brown sugar biscuits and local strawberry jam. The drinks reflect a similar mix. Brooklyn Brewery’s special ShackMeister Ale and Frog’s Leap Shack Red and White wines represent the Yanks; everything else is European.

London’s food obsession only gets stronger every time I’m over here, and the burger craze that is still sweeping the United States has already made strong inroads here, as evidenced byMeatliquor, the dark and always packed Marylebone spot with a strong East Village vibe, and Five Guys, which is also about to open in Covent Garden.


Shake Shack seems poised to be big: Though the space for ordering is small, the dining areas are plentiful. There’s a main area in the center of the market, two outdoor areas in front of the market, and an enclosed dining room. Anticipating the inevitable queues, they have pagers that buzz you when your order is ready, so you can watch the street performers doing their thing while you wait for your meal. And with burgers costing around £5, the prices are almost laughably reasonable. Especially for the center of London.


Shake Shack
24 Market Building
Covent Garden Market
The Piazza
London WC2E 8RD


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