Discover Cornwall

Your Guide to Cornwall

Located in the most South-Western part of the UK, Cornwall is known for its impressive cliff faces and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. Popular among visitors for its extensive range of outdoor activities and known for its young surfing culture and good weather, Cornwall is an extremely popular holiday destination, especially during the summer months. Cornwall is, of course, also known for the famous Cornish Pasty and locally brewed ciders, drawing visitors from around the world to try the cuisine.


Best Way to Travel | Getting to Cornwall | How to Get Around Cornwall | Activities in Cornwall


The Best way to Travel to Cornwall

At GoEuro we want travellers to get the best deals at the best times. That's why we've complied our data to find out the most popular cities in the region, as well as the cheapest time to go with average prices.



Ranking City
1 Newquay
2 St. Ives
3 Penzance
4 Truro
5 Falmouth
6 Saint Austell
7 Bodmin
8 Saltash


Newquay, The Most Popular City in Cornwall

A coastal town 12 miles from Truro, Newquay pulls in tourists from around the globe to experience the picturesque beaches, surfing schools and cute cafes. Check out the best surfing spots in the area here.


Time Average Price
1 Day of Travel £84
2 Day Before Travel £70
3 Within one Week £75
4 Within two Weeks £73
5 Earlier than 2 Weeks £66
6 More than a Month £54


Book More than a Month in Advance

It's not surprising that the further in advance you book your journey from London to Cornwall, generally the more money you save, but planning ahead can save you up to £30 when going to Cornwall.

Top Tip: If travelling by train use a railcard to get a third off your journey and keep even more cash in your pocket.

 

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Getting to Cornwall

Train

The Great Western Railway service offers several daily services from London Paddington with just one change. Journey time is between 4-5 hours. For visitors travelling from northern England services frequently run direct from Bath and Bristol which is well connected to the west and north. Aside from the high speed train that departs during the day, there is also the Night Riviera also departing from Paddington every night at 23:45, except Saturdays, and takes around seven hours to Penzance.

Bus

The National Express service runs around three services per day from London Victoria to Newquay which takes around 7 hours. Services also run from London and Birmingham to Truro, with some direct and some requiring 1-2 changes. This journey takes between 7-8 hours.

Flights

Flights from London City Airport operate around twice daily and go into Exeter and Newquay airports mostly operated by FlyBe. Flights also depart from London Southend and Manchester airport. There are significantly more flights during the peak summer season, these services are significantly reduced during the winter months.

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How to Get Around Cornwall

Train

Most of the seaside towns are linked by rail. Most routes are scenic and run all through Cornwall connecting Looe, Falmouth, St Ives and Newquay.

Car

Car is most convenient way to move around Cornwall and there is a scheme to help tourists get around by car called Carshare Cornwall. Weekly parking permits are available for 35 pounds and can be used in up to 90 car parks. There is also a park and ride scheme and a park and ride/float scheme.

Bus

Cornwall has an extensive bus network. Most are run by First Devon and Cornwall and Western Greyhound. Cornwall council offers a weekly coach ticket and is available for all car parks where coaches are permitted. This costs 50 pound for 7 days, or 30 pounds for 4 days.

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Places to Visit

The Eden Project

The biggest indoor rainforest in the world, the Eden project boasts many different plants from around the world, and holds events throughout the year, with impressive conservatories and gardens.

The Lost Garden's of Heligan

One of the most famous attractions in Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are full of 19th century garden designs and is full of small but impressive attractions. Two of the most famous attractions being the Sleeping Lady, and the Grey Lady.

Land's End

Lands End is the most westerly point in the UK and boasts impressive views of the sea and 200 foot cliffs that rise out of the water. Still one of the most famous points in Cornwall, it has sparked interest from people since the ancient Greek times, when it was referred to as 'belerion', place of the sun.

For more ideas on places to visit in Cornwall, have a look at our Cornwall in a Week Guide here.

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Activities

Surfing

Cornwall is known for its great beaches and surfing is the most popular watersport activity in the region. Visitors can take advantage of some of the best beaches in the UK and hire surf boards from many different companies usually located on or near the beach. All of these companies will also offer lessons, or just surfboard hire.

Cycling

The countryside in Cornwall has many different cycle trails to explore. From flat, quiet trails that go along the coast, to more difficult trips that explore the hilly countryside, there’s a perfect pathway for each adventurous visitor.

Hiking

One of the most popular walking paths in the region is the scenic five mile walk which runs from the popular attraction Tintagel Church on the cliffs, following a track around the coast before descending to the cove of Trebarwith Strand.

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Events

There are many different events that take place throughout the year in Cornwall. Most of them make the most of the landscape and are based outdoors, or by the sea and are usually sports based. During the summer months there are also food and music festivals to attend.

Boardmasters Surf, Skate and Music Festival

One of the biggest festivals in the region, the music festival attracts visitors from around the country. Best known not just for popular artists and music, but its great location; right next to the beach. Surfing, BMX, and skating competitions take place throughout the weekend, and visitors can camp at Watergate Bay. 2016 dates are from 10th - 14th August.

St. Ives Summer Festival

St. Ives September Festival has been taking place annually since 1978 and combines a range of events such as music, poetry, literature, film, and guided walks. The festival takes place over two weeks and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Fowey Royal Regatta

Visitors from around the world visit Cornwall during the third week of August to take part in many of the activities that take place over the week. As well as being one of Britain's premier sailing events there is also displays from the Red Arrows, raft races, eating competitions and activities for children.

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Popular Journeys to Cornwall

via Bristol, Marlborough Street Truro
duration: 04:20 hrs
Departure
first: 18:00
last: 13:15
Arrival
earliest: 23:13
last: 18:35
  • Bristol, Marlborough Street
  • Truro

Offers:

14/05/2016 18:00 - 23:13 £49.65
15/05/2016 16:05 - 20:25 £50.41
16/05/2016 09:30 - 16:00 £49.98
26/05/2016 09:30 - 16:00 £49.99
27/05/2016 13:15 - 18:35 £50.76
via Bristol Temple Meads Taunton Truro
duration: 04:05 hrs
Departure
first: 15:53
last: 15:53
Arrival
earliest: 19:58
last: 19:58
  • Bristol Temple Meads
  • Taunton
  • Truro

Offers:

19/09/2015 15:53 - 19:58 £31.14
via London, Victoria Coach Station Truro
duration: 07:25 hrs
Departure
first: 11:00
last: 11:00
Arrival
earliest: 18:25
last: 18:25
  • London, Victoria Coach Station
  • Truro

Offers:

02/12/2015 11:00 - 18:25 £23.50
via London Paddington Plymouth Truro
duration: 04:50 hrs
Departure
first: 09:00
last: 17:06
Arrival
earliest: 14:02
last: 22:01
  • London Paddington
  • Plymouth
  • Truro

Offers:

14/05/2016 09:00 - 14:02 £68.16
02/06/2016 09:06 - 13:56 £58.80
04/06/2016 17:06 - 22:01 £45.19
via London Gatwick Newquay
duration: 02:00 hrs
Departure
first: 19:10
last: 19:10
Arrival
earliest: 21:10
last: 21:10
  • London Gatwick
  • Newquay

Offers:

14/05/2016 19:10 - 21:10 £52.92
22/05/2016 08:30 - 10:30 £47.24
02/06/2016 08:30 - 10:30 £32.23
04/06/2016 19:10 - 21:10 £52.93
via Manchester, Coach Station Truro
duration: 11:30 hrs
Departure
first: 23:59
last: 04:30
Arrival
earliest: 16:00
last: 16:00
  • Manchester, Coach Station
  • Truro

Offers:

29/05/2016 23:59 - 16:00 £74.43
29/05/2016 04:30 - 16:00 £74.43
via Manchester Piccadilly Birmingham New Street Truro
duration: 07:33 hrs
Departure
first: 13:27
last: 13:27
Arrival
earliest: 21:00
last: 21:00
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Birmingham New Street
  • Truro

Offers:

28/05/2016 13:27 - 21:00 £91.96
via Manchester Newquay
duration: 02:05 hrs
Departure
first: 15:40
last: 15:40
Arrival
earliest: 17:45
last: 17:45
  • Manchester
  • Newquay

Offers:

28/05/2016 15:40 - 17:45 £122.57