Discover Cornwall on your next UK Holiday
Gorgeous coastlines, endless miles of dunes and high cliffs, ancient harbours and wooded creeks await you on a holiday in magical Cornwall.
The historic county of Cornwall is a haven for holidaymakers looking to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the British coastline. The southerly most point of the British Isles, this ancient kingdom is recognised as one of the remaining Celtic nations and has its own official language, which is now taught in schools across the county. The stunning scenery on show has also ensured a consistently vibrant arts and cultural scene, as artists flock to enjoy the views and exceptional natural light that draws millions of visitors every year.
Mullion Cove is a National Trust Harbour and a great place to catch a fishing trip, go sight-seeing on a kayak or sit back and watch the boats go by. Quaint and picturesque, this still-working harbour was built in the late 19th century and survived on a booming crab and lobster industry. While currently a peaceful seaside village, it’s also had a more colourful past due to the smuggling operations that took place throughout its history! Today the harbour is still used by a small, but vibrant fishing community, and is a natural sanctuary for sea birds and other coastal wildlife.
Explore British Mainland’s most southerly point and soak up some of the best coastal views in the country. The Lizard Point is a spectacular place to explore; with its unique selection of resident and visiting wildlife, it’s perfect for a tranquil nature walk along the steep cliffs. You can also climb the lighthouse, built in 1751, and discover Lizard Point’s rich history which is filled with exciting sea battles and daring rescues by the lifeboat station. Visit the café set right on the edge of cliffs before heading off for a stroll with the dog along the paths that lead to a variety of breath-taking viewpoints.
The historic town of Helston, famous for its Flora Day and Furry Dance, is the perfect location to explore plentiful churches and museums, or enjoy a ‘Spingo’ at the Anchor microbrewery! The town has a rich history, as both a thriving port and a bustling mining town rich in tin. It’s also the birthplace of many famous people, such as the inventors Henry Trengrouse and William Bickford, and the boxer Bob Fitzsimmons. See all the local attractions with the Helston trail or hop on a bicycle and coast around the spectacular scenery that surrounds the town. Close by, are the surroundings of Loe Bar, Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake, which is home to a multitude of rare plants and insects.
Catch the best of the Atlantic waves at one of the numerous surf schools on the golden sands of Newquay’s beaches. With an enticing array of beaches to suit different tastes, tides, and weather conditions; Newquay offers something for every surfer no matter what your age or ability. If you’re new to surfing, then explore Watergate Bay for the fantastic mid-high tides and sandy beaches. Or, if you’re a more experienced surfer, discover the playground that is Fistral Beach, especially if the rare Cribbar surf break is occurring! If you don’t fancy taking to the water, go along to the many festivals and events happening all year around, or relax in the multitude of restaurants and cafes dotted along the Newquay coastline.
Get adventurous with mountain biking and a range of exciting watersports at the Lizard. With rugged cliffs and hidden coves, not to mention the large waves that crash onto the sandy beaches, you can experience the wild side of Cornwall like never before. Glide across the open water on a paddle board, climb the craggy cliffs with the ocean below you, or kayak around the emerald sea and peek into the various caves and bays tucked away. There’s plenty of trails to ride down on your bike too, with spectacular views and plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat.
Uncover Cornwall’s pioneering past at the fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph museum. Housed in the former telegraph building where many submarine telegraph cables came ashore., Porthcurno’s undersea network connected the whole of the British Empire together, making it the centre of the world! Today, you can discover the roots of modern communication and explore the science, technology and history of this communication legacy. Crack codes, enjoy the creative events throughout the year and take part in an array of family-friendly activities with the kids.
Jump aboard Zebedee or Muffin at Lappa Valley steam railway and indulge in a day of adventure and exploration with the whole family! With seven locomotives running through the beautiful grounds, you can experience steam, petrol and diesel powered trains all in one place. Alternatively, hop in a canoe and float across the lake to the two islands, or grab a club and make your way around the 18-hole crazy golf course. Build up an appetite strolling through the nature trails before you visit the café, and then let the little ones run wild in the fantastic array of play areas, including a toddlers’ path maze based on the design of the first working steam locomotive!
Take in the magic of Tintagel Castle from high up on the coast of North Cornwall. Shrouded in legend, mystery and tales of toil, trouble, and triumph, Tintagel Castle is a historical icon that has inspired the imaginations of some of our greatest artists and writers. With a history that intertwines with the legend of King Arthur, you’ll discover various artefacts on show as well as discovering the mystic Merlin’s Cave. It’s like taking a journey through time as you explore the island and take in the breath-taking sights whilst crossing the bridge into the Dark Age settlement. Tintagel Castle also features a wonderful beach café, stunning gardens filled with wildlife, and an events program bursting with things to do.
A magnificent indoor global garden nestled inside giant biomes, The Eden Project houses a wonderful variety of plants, exhibitions and architecture. Located in South Cornwall, travel around the world via South Africa and California in the Mediterranean Biome, or discover the tropical plants and waterfalls tucked away in the humid jungle at the Rainforest Biome - the world’s largest greenhouse. Plus, you can go for a wander around the Outdoor Garden, which features local plant life that thrives in the Cornish sun. With workshops for all ages, activity days, concerts and many other fantastic facilities, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy at this famous Cornwall attraction.
Looking for an ideal family getaway? With a range of exciting activities, stylish accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities, give it a go at these GO Active resorts!
There is nothing better than the complete escape that a holiday to Cornwall offers, with its own micro climate and stunning scenery, it really is like visiting another country! You can walk, drive and cycle for hours just discovering new places to explore and enjoy taking in the gorgeous surroundings – you really are spoilt for choice!
I admit that I love a good deal. I am a self-confessed shopaholic and there is so much choice for a truly special break in Cornwall with outstanding price and quality. One of my favourite places to go has to be Piran Meadows Resort and Spa (2016 Best in Britain award winner), the customer service and accommodation choices are unrivalled. For me, the most important part of a UK break is I can take my furry friend, Tia (an excitable spaniel) along for a holiday too. We never have to worry about a lack of pet friendly accommodations at Piran Meadows Resort and Spa as they offer a wide selection of top quality units for us all to enjoy, even some with hot tubs!
Nothing beats taking Tia down the beach at Newquay with a stash of tennis balls, heading to the on-site restaurant for a delicious sizzling plate of fajitas and a game of bowling before retreating back to our lodge for a dip in the hot tub and watching the sun go down. Now that is my perfect day!
Hoseasons Brand Manager
Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA. Read full details of our ABTA membership and where financial protection might apply to your booking.