Travel guide to Cornwall, UK

Cornwall has been on my list since I moved to London as I’ve only heard good things and seen gorgeous pics from there. I’ve just been waiting for a long weekend and good weather to worth the 5 hours drive from London.

We couldn’t get any luckier with the weather which made our trip to Cornwall one of the best trips in the UK. 25 degrees in April in the UK does not happen too often. Apparently this was the hottest Easter in a very long time. Cornwall is special, it feels like you’d rather be somewhere at the Mediterranean. It’s the hilly landscape, the beautiful footpaths along the coastline, the wonderful beaches. No surprise lots of Brits choose Cornwall as destination for their summer holiday.

How to get there

By plane: there are couple of flights a day from London to Newquay airport, 1h10min. Drive from London: it’s a 5hours drive from London to Cornwall if you’re lucky and there is no traffic. Take the train from London: it’s a 4h ride from London to Cornwall, depending on where you want to get. But no matter how you choose to get there, you’d definitely need a car to explore. But a small car, as the roads are narrow and I’m sure you’d like to avoid getting stuck.

Where to stay?

The Artist Residence in Penzance – no rooms available at the time we’ve booked our trip to Cornwall, but we’ve stayed at Artist Residence in Brighton and happy to recommend them.

Chapel house in Penzance – this is where we wanted to stay, but everything was already booked by the time we decided to go to Cornwall

Nancarrow Farm, West Cornwall, close to Truro and St Agnes

Coombeshead Farm, West Cornwall, close to the border with Devon. We’ve only been here for dinner one night and we absolutely fell in love with the place.

Airbnb is another option, there are loads of gorgeous apartments for rent. Quethiock House is the place we chose to stay and we couldn’t be happier with the choice we’ve made. A beautiful house in a quiet unspoilt location, and probably one of the nicest room we’ve ever stayed with airbnb. En-suite bathroom with a walk in shower, very comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast served in the room every morning. Homemade bread and cross buns, locally sourced honey and jam, yoghurt and fruits, milk for our tea. We can’t thank enough our hosts, Nicole and Gerry, for the very warm welcome and for making our stay perfect. We’re already looking to book another weekend with them and go back to Cornwall.

Penzance

Chapel Street – no doubt, the prettiest street in Penzance with lots of shops and lovely buildings. Both The artist residence and Chapel House are located on this street, which leads to the town centre.

Stop for lunch or a drink at the Cornish Barn at The Artist Residence.

Check out No 56 shop, the cutest store in Cornwall. It’s the kind of place where you could buy anything and everything, but somehow I’ve only ended up with a pair of shoes and the Weekend Journals Cornwall guide.

Get lost in the antique shop, Steckfensters and buy an original souvenir.

Book a table at The Shore and enjoy Bruce Rennie creative seafood dishes. What’s impressive about this place is that he’s the only one in the kitchen, doing everything from buying the produce from the market to creating the dishes, cooking and plating.

Have lunch at The Tolcarne Inn. Don’t miss the fish soup.

Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn – fishmonger, but also fish/seafood restaurant. Book well in advance as the place is rather small and everybody wants to get a table cause the food is delicious. If booked, you may still want to try your luck with their sister restaurant, Barnaby’s just a couple of steps away.

Fancy a fine dining experience? You might want to try Paul Ainsworth at No6 or Rick Stein, the seafood restaurant.

In need of caffeine? Grab a coffee to go at The Padstow Coffee Company. Unfortunately there are no seats.

What else to do and where else to go?

Minack Theatre, probably one of the most beautiful theatre in the world we’ve ever been to. In summer you can go and watch a play if you fancy, otherwise you can visit it for £5. If you’ve got time, it’s worth going for a walk along the coastline. There is a public footpath right next to the parking lot which you can follow. You won’t regret it, I assure you.

Visit Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives and check her work which exemplifies modern sculptures. We fell in love with the garden, not only with her sculptures.

Have dinner at Coombeshead Farm, for an unforgettable farm to fork Cornish feast. Tom is using only organic local produce for all his dishes, raising his own cattle and growing his own vegetables in the garden. There’s nothing fussy about this place, you feel like home from the moment you open the door and step inside.

Sip a coffee at Origin Coffee Roasters. I know Origin coffee from London and their coffee place in Shoreditch, and I couldn’t be more excited to go where everything started for Origin, in Cornwall. They’ve got 2 amazing locations (Porthleven and Penryn) and we’ve checked both of them. Besides their great coffee, the cinnamon swirl is to die for, but also the view in Porthleven.

Tintagel Castle (closed now for some construction, but will reopen this summer).

Quick stop in Truro to visit the majestic Victorian Cathedral. It’s indeed impressive.

We loved Cornwall and we’ve decided to go back this summer as there is so much more to be explored.

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