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THE CORNWALL HANDBOOK

Our handbook is full of great ideas on things to see and places to go.

Holidays in Cornwall

Famed for its golden beaches with turquoise seas and rolling surf, its scrumptious cream teas, fresh fish and chips and locally-brewed beer, its picturesque locations that line the coast and dot the countryside… Cornwall holidays have something for everyone. Read on for inspiration on how and where to spend your Cornish holiday, including tips for families, friends, couples and solo travellers…

Where the UK's top foods are most-loved

From the iconic fish and chips to the legendary Yorkshire pudding, the UK has plenty of tasty home-grown dishes to its name – but where in the country are they loved the most? We wanted to find out if they really love Yorkshire puddings in Yorkshire, or if everyone really goes crazy for Cornish pasties in Cornwall. We trawled through a year’s worth of social media data to get a feel for what the locals are eating.

St Ives: The UK’s ‘best seaside town’

Arguably one of the best-known Cornish holiday resorts, St Ives is a beautiful holiday destination. The perfect balance for families, couples, singles and groups of friends, visitors continue to keep returning to the area year after year. With stunning natural beauty, wonderful hospitality and excellent access to the rest of West Cornwall, we think it’s the ideal place to visit all year round.

What to expect from a Newquay holiday

Newquay: a top destination for families, a mecca for the surfing community, and one of the UK’s favourite seaside towns. Compared to the sleepy fishing villages and market towns that dot Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, holidays in this buzzing town are rather different! We’re proud to present a selection of hotels in and around the area, including accommodation providers right on the beach.

Best dog-friendly Cornwall beaches

From popular spots including Fistral and Watergate Bay in Newquay, through to secret coves and bays that you may never have heard of before now, we've done the homework to let you know which Cornish beaches allow dogs. Read on to see the full list of beaches where dogs are allowed all year round, where there are restrictions, and where there are annual bans.

Things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the most diverse counties in the whole of the UK with everything ranging from fantastic beaches all the way to the most modern of tourist attractions. Our guide to things to do in the county covers all grounds, from beaches, to attractions, via the history.

The essential Cornwall beach guide

All the way along the three coastlines of Cornwall, you will find inlets and coves used by smugglers to store their loot many years ago, as well as the many sweeping beaches that Cornwall is famous for. If you’re looking for dog friendly beaches dog-friendly somewhere to take the family during your holiday, or the best surfing beaches in the UK, you will find it with our guide to Cornwall beaches.

Cornwall food and drink guide

Cornwall has a rich history of producing sensational food and drink! Seafood, pasties and ale are all synonymous with the county, while celebrity chefs, including the likes of Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw, have all set up restaurants in recent years. Our guide details the fabulous and famous Cornish cuisine, tempting you to try some tantalising local titbits on your holiday.

Recipe for the perfect Cornwall holiday

Along with the rest of the UK, the South West has seen a record-breaking summer, but the rugged beauty of autumn in Cornwall shouldn't be forgotten. That's why we've put together a brand new infographic on all the fantastic things this beautiful county has to offer. We started by researching Cornwall's top attractions. According to the folk at the Eden Project, their largest biome is the Rainforest biome.

The best places for a Cornish cream tea

Alongside the world-famous pasty, Cornwall is known across the land for its cream teas. Whether you prefer them in Devon or Cornwall, no visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a delicious cream tea. So we’ve picked some of the best places across this wonderful county to enjoy this Cornish delight on your visit to the region - and don’t forget, it’s jam first! 

The best walking holidays in Cornwall

For people looking to soak up stunning scenery, discover breathtaking locations and admire the regions natural beauty, walking holidays in Cornwall provide a great escape for people of all ages.  Whether you are very active and love a challenge or prefer a gentle ramble, there are plenty of trails and routes to explore for all abilities. Cornwall offers a delightful range of walking experiences.

Interactive map of Cornwall

With craggy inlets along the coast, beautifully untamed countryside, and locations awash with history, Cornwall is a magical location set on the south-western tip of the United Kingdom. Interestingly, the county can claim to have the most westerly and southerly points of mainland Britain with Land’s End and Lizard Point. View our map of Cornwall above to plan the perfect holiday in the region when you visit Cornwall.
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