top tips for visiting cornwall

top tips for visiting cornwall

Top Tips for visiting cornwall


So you fancy a trip to Cornwall with its breath taking scenery, award winning food, family friendly beaches and tons of places to visit – why not?

A family holiday to Cornwall will give you the whole shebang of everything you ever wanted in a holiday.

These top tips guide to Cornwall will tell you everything you need to know.

Cornish life is definitely more relaxed, laid back with a slower pace than you are used to.

Do it Drekly – an unspecified time


When to visit Cornwall

If you are a young family, you might be tied in by the school holidays and the peak summer months July and august. yes, these months can be quite crowed and get quite hot!

Try pre summer may – June

Or end of summer September – oct

Saying that the winter is quite breath taking – with wind swept walks on the beach wild and real log fires.

Always check availability of your destination before you book.


Where to stay in Cornwall

Think of the coastal towns and villages that you want to visit

Stay on the north coast – be it Newquay or Bude for surfing.

West Cornwall – the most common area to explore is St Ives; the scenery is amazing. Also a visit to Minack theatre on the cliffs of Porthcurno is a holiday must

Other towns to visit are

  • Penzance
  • Mousehole


South Cornwall – also known as the Cornish Riviera. Visit Eden Project and Falmouth bay.

South Cornwall beaches


  • Gorran Haven beach
  • Seaton beach
  • Carlyon bay


What do you need to pack?

Always check the weather forecast and pack for all possibilities.

Always layer up – rain macs for those light to heavy showers

t- shirts and shorts for summer

walking boots –

wintertime on a nice coastal walk

wet weather gear, warm jumpers

don’t forget swimming gear and your wet suit.

The roads

Take the motorway to Cornwall (M4/M5) then it’s mostly dual carriage way (A30 ) running through the  middle of Cornwall .

Be very careful through the narrow country lanes, with your brand-new tesla and range rovers.

there are some very narrow spaces to navigate – hopefully with passing spaces.

Honking horns …

when travelling along narrow lanes always honk your horns / when coming around sharp bends

Sat Navs

Always double check the post code before using your sat nav

you don’t want you falling off a cliff …..



The weather in Cornwall can be unpredictable as the crowed house song goes 3 seasons in one day

Cornwall is said to have its own micro climate.


Tide Times

please don’t get caught stranded on a beach with your car a s the high tide comes in

always check check check


most tide times   can be found on magic seaweed .com or failing that google the beach that you are visiting for tide times.

Go by train!

The roads are likely to be congested and it will take ages to get anywhere.

its a lot easier for the train to take the strain, but its worth booking ahead.

keep it tidy

if you are going on a picnic or BBQ – please take your rubbish with you

plan ahead

there are loads of outdoor activities to do

best advice is to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

great places to visit –

Port Isaac

This breath-taking beautiful village scene for filming Doc martin over many years and the award-winning fisherman friends

Kynance Cove

This is a must a lovely place. Kinane cove has stacks of rock formations leading out to the sea.

Vibrant colours and coastal beauty.

St Michael’s Mount

A visit to St Michael mount is definitely worth it . you can walk across at low tide along pilgrims’ way.

In 1954 St Aubyn family gave St Michael’s mount to the national trust. It has been home to the St Aubyn family from the mid-1600s

Cornish – KARREK LOOS YN KOOS – hoar rock in woodland


Eden project

Two eco domes built in an old China clay pit. A rainforest Biome and a Mediterranean Biome, housing rare plants and unique vegetation from around the world .

The annual Eden project Half and full Marathons are tough – author Iain can vouch!!

St Ives

No Cornwall holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to St Ives .

No wonder it is home to so many artists – the light shimming across the sea actually glows

There are 7 beaches to laze on


  • Portmeor beach
  • Porth guidden beach
  • Bamalaz beach
  • Lambeth walk beach.
  • Porth minister beach
  • Harbour beach
  • Carbis bay beach


Cornish food


No Cornish holiday is complete without a Cornish pasty. Beware when eating your delicious flaky patsy anywhere – but especially near a harbour you are likely to be dive bombed by a seagull who be off with your pasty – you have been warned.

Cornish ice cream


Some of the best Cornish ice cream are:

  • Jelbert
  • Moomaid of Zennor
  • Tallships creamery
  • Roskilly’s Farm