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Best Places to Visit on the Coast of Cornwall



From vast stretches of powdery white sands to postcard-perfect scenery, the coast of Cornwall makes a fabulous destination for anyone looking to escape the bustling city. Most importantly, it offers fun attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Here are some of the best places to visit on the coast of Cornwall.



Visitors choose to visit Bude mainly for its impressive landscapes and rugged scenery. The area is known for its wild terrains and lovely town. Here you can relax on the beach with the whole family or hit the impressive swells. There is plenty to do and see around Bude, making it the ideal destination for a range of holiday itineraries. Whether you’re seeking a jam-packed adventure break with the whole clan or would prefer to lounge on one of the pristine sandy shores, you will find it all here. Bude is famous for its vast array of wonderful beaches scattered in and around town. Whether you prefer beaches with narrow waters safe for swimming or those with giant waves ideal for surfing, Bude has something for you. If you're fond of hiking, you can hike over the cliffs along the Southwest Coast Path, taking you towards Bude. During low tide, it's possible to walk to Summerleaze. After your stroll, enjoy a refreshing dip at the Bude Sea Pool, a tidal swimming pool offering a perfect place to swim and enjoy some water sports.

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When planning a trip to Cornwall, Newquay is usually the first place that comes to mind. Tourists continue to visit here each year as there is so much to do and see. It's vibrant nightlife and hip beaches tend to attract a younger crowd seeking somewhere with lots going on. However, there is another side to Newquay for those looking to explore picturesque coastlines and lovely sandy shores. This provides the ideal place for families to enjoy some time at the beach, or for a romantic break simply sitting back whilst taking in the beautiful landscapes. The charming town of Newquay is situated along Cornwall's north coast, famous for its sandy beaches and great watersports It's home to Fistral Beach, a top spot for surfing, and Tolcarne Beach, a favourite among families with kids. Your visit to Newquay won't be complete without checking out its picturesque harbour, a great place to indulge in traditional fish and chips or marvel at the ocean views with some fishing boats passing by.

St Ives

With colourful beach huts, several miles of golden sands, and turquoise waters, St Ives is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Cornwall, primarily because of its position on the coast. Due to its magnificent beauty, St Ives was voted the "Best Seaside Town" by the British Travel Awards. Not only does St Ives display an idyllic coastline with excellent beaches, but the town also provides plenty for the whole family. With quaint shops and mouth-watering restaurants, visitors are never stuck for something to do here. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing break by the sea or would prefer to get active whilst enjoying the many water sports on offer, there is something for everyone in St Ives. The best way to admire St Ives is to walk along the Southwest Coast Path National Trail. Conquer the Godrevy Head walk, a trail of about 0.6 miles offering incredible views across St Ives Bay. During your hike, you will stumble upon the Godrevy Island Lighthouse, believed to be the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel, "To the Lighthouse."


Penzance is a lovely fishing town with several miles of golden, sandy beaches. It also has a charming harbour that continues to attract many visitors. If you’re seeking beautiful architecture and an artsy community, this is the place to be. There are several galleries worth exploring, alongside a pretty town encompassed by stunning landscapes. This is also the perfect place to go for those looking to enjoy a break by the sea in privacy and seclusion as Penzance is known for being one of the quieter spots in Cornwall. The historic area displays a dramatic coastline that sits in contrast to the idyllic town. Swimming at the Jubilee Pool, an open-air swimming pool, is one of the top things to do in Penzance. If you're into water sports, try paddle boarding in the calm waters of Abbey Basin, next to the harbour. Alternatively, head to Longrock Beach if you want to spend your days at the seaside. The long stretch of sand is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, with stunning views stretching across St. Michael's Mount.

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Padstow is a charming town along the Camel estuary built around a quaint harbour. Offering plenty of fun things to do, from boat rides to cycle hire and scenic walks, Padstow is one of the best places to visit on the coast of Cornwall. When wandering around the picturesque town, be sure to try out a Cornish pasty whilst taking in the beautiful views out to sea. There are also some great beaches surrounding Padstow, making it the ideal place for those looking to explore. Whether you choose to stay around the town or would prefer to check out hot spots like Constantine Bay, Hawkers Cove, Trevone Bay and many more, you can do it all whilst visiting here. The Padstow Harbour is a lovely working port surrounded by beautiful stone-bricked buildings and a wide array of craft shops, pubs, and restaurants. It's the perfect place to enjoy walking or relaxing while you take in the breathtaking views. Many cafes and restaurants along the harbour have outdoor seating, an ideal place to enjoy a delicious meal while appreciating the relaxing ocean views.

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