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Cornwall – A Brief Travel Guide

Cornwall is the southernmost county in England and one of the most-travelled to as well. It is a sunny getaway destination, whose summer weather more closely resembles the Mediterranean than the Atlantic – making it the perfect domestic holiday location for the domestic traveller, whether on a budget or sparing no expense. But how might you start planning your summer trip to the South West?

white and yellow boats on dock during daytime

Planning the Journey

With any holiday, it is the getting there that represents much of the battle. Travel accounts for a significant portion of your logistical planning, and domestic excursions are no different. Public transport is a handy and relatively inexpensive option, but with strike action stippling the summer months you may be looking for something a little more certain.

Driving is a certainty of sorts, but can also come with its own logistical difficulties. For example, those living in the North face a journey that accounts for much of the day, and that would be best split between drivers and into different sessions. A road trip might not be a possibility depending on your time frame, in which case air travel – specifically, a flight to Newquay – could well be your best bet.

Staying in Cornwall

Whatever your travel plans may turn out to be, accommodation will preternaturally be one of the major logistical concerns on your mind. With so many potential locations to visit, and so many accommodation options available, you may find yourself a little over faced.

The adventurous camper might seek out one of the many National Trust camping sites in Cornwall. Of course, camping is not appealing to every holidayer, and many may be looking for a hint of more luxury to their stay. There are myriad five-star hotels and bed-and-breakfast experiences spread out along the south-west peninsula, particularly in the towns of Penzance and Bude – but if holidays in Cornwall are set to be a regular occurrence for you, you might look at lodges for sale as more of a permanent solution to you.

What to Do

Finally, we come to the meat of your holiday: the things you could do with your family or friends. Cornwall is a surprisingly vast county, containing multitudes more than the ice cream and cider for which it is perhaps most famous. 

Media buffs might spend a day or two visiting the Cornish landscapes and locations that came to define the televisual phenomenon Poldark, including Bodmin Moor and Chapel Porth. Alternatively, they might spend a day at Mount’s Bay drinking in the backdrop to some of the Game of Thrones prequel ‘House of the Dragon’.

Historically-minded holidayers might punctuate their landscape explorations with a visit to Tintagel Castle, and the much quainter Tintagel Old Post Office in its vicinity. The latter is also a National Trust property, that dates back to the 14th century and features many curiosities.

Of course, many will want to look no further than Cornwall’s incredible beaches for their getaway – and who could blame them? Try Penzance, or the quietude of Praa Sands.