Towns to Visit in Cornwall

Cornwall has an abundance of beautiful towns and villages, from pretty fishing villages to vibrant, thriving market towns. The county has a long and varied past dating back thousands of years to the Stone Age and across the county it’s possible to see evidence of its history sitting alongside modern life. Here is our guide to some of the best.


Cornwall’s creative hub, Falmouth is famous for its art galleries, unique venues and maritime heritage, offering a fantastic calendar of events year-round. With an enviable location by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Falmouth boasts four world-class beaches including Swanpool and Maenporth. Don’t let the longer journey time put you off – the culinary delights on offer are worth the drive, from traditional Cornish pubs to Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips.

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Known as one of the best family holiday destinations and the original surfing hotspot, Newquay is brimming with fantastic restaurants, lively bars, and more attractions than you can find time to visit including Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. But aside from all this, it’s the beaches that really draw the crowds, from family-friendly Tolcarne Beach to the activity-abundant Crantock and of course famous Fistral, the ultimate surfer’s paradise.

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Padstow is the perfect example of a traditional Cornish port– the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail, this quaint and charming fishing port has established itself as a foodie destination, offering world-class freshly caught seafood in a prime location. When the weather is good the family will enjoy spending all day on any one of its 7 sandy beaches, while taking the ferry across to Rock is a must.

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It may be small, but Perranporth certainly packs a punch – offering an array of activities and a truly spectacular beach, in summer months it’s brimming with visitors making the most of the waterfront restaurants, 3-mile stretch of sand, and stunning coastal walks. The sheltered beach is ideal for water sports and learning to surf, plus it’s dog friendly all year round, making Perranporth a destination the whole family can enjoy.

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Another surfing hotspot, Polzeath is a popular beach throughout the year, although large surf and rip currents can prove dangerous at times. Despite this, the beach attracts swimmers and surfers of all abilities, and children will love exploring the rock pools and looking for marine life uncovered by the tide. Situated on the coastal path between Daymer Bay and Pentire Point, it’s possible to spot dolphins and puffins from the nearby cliffs.

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If Port Isaac looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s the home of television’s Doc Martin – and it’s not hard to see why it was chosen as a location. This pretty fishing village is set amongst rugged coastline, and its narrow cobbled streets are adorned with traditional whitewashed cottages. Aside from the nearby walking and cycling trails, there’s nothing better than whiling away the hours watching local fishermen land their catch.

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The inspiration behind Winston Graham’s “Poldark”, St Agnes has plenty to offer visitors all year-round. The perfect starting point for walking excursions exploring the Cornish coastline, the village is also home to a free museum, craft shops, cafes, galleries, and a shingle beach at Trevaunance Cove. And it’s not just your regular tourists that are attracted to St Agnes – if you’re lucky you can also spot turtles, seals and dolphins!

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Home to the famous brewery, St Austell is a traditional market town dating back to the 13th century. There is plenty to explore in the area, including woodland trails and sandy beaches, and it’s also just 2 miles away from the world-renowned Eden Project. When visiting St Austell, be sure to take a walk to its picturesque harbour of Charlestown, which can be recognised as a location from television’s “Poldark”.

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There really is nowhere else quite like this incredibly picturesque fishing harbour. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, St Ives has managed to retain a certain charm that will win you over instantly, thanks to its cobbled streets, fisherman’s cottages and array of galleries and exhibitions. Not forgetting of course, it’s also home to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches, including Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach.

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