Local Guide - Cornwall Holidays

Cornwall is the UK's number one holiday destination. Here are some tips on exploring further afield in Cornwall



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Newquay / Porth / Holywell Bay / Cubert

A favourite holiday resort and some hidden gems

Newquay is one of the UK’s favourite holiday spots and it’s easy to see why.  With 7 world class beaches famed for surfing, beautiful golden sand, and all modern holiday facilities and a range of excellent holiday attractions to visit, Newquay is a well deserved favourite.  Newquay is great even on the days when the sun isn’t shining, and with The Blue Reef aquarium and Newquay Zoo both offering world class facilities keeping the kids entertained is holidaying made easy. For active days head for Newquay Water World or the Oasis Fun Park when you want a watery experience full of excitement and fun. Our properties give you easy access to the delights but are a little away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Newquay.

Holywell Bay

It’s just a few miles from Newquay but Holywell Bay feels a world away. An unspoilt, glorious beach with dunes and miles of sand, and a stream to wade in and fish with your net, bought from the village stores, this is the ideal place for a relaxing, traditional holiday. A favourite with locals is the walk around to Newquay harbour, only recommended for the keen walker, but there are plenty of shorter walks that are accessible to all.  In contrast to the wild beach is the Holywell Bay Fun Park with activities suitable for all ages from go-karts to adventure golf.


Porth is the last of the Newquay beaches and is considered  one of the safest for swimming.  It is easy to access with plenty of beachside parking so is ideal for children, grandma and grandad and the whole family. There is a stream to be forded and as the tide goes out lots of lovely rock pools emerge – ideal for a day pottering on the beach, or for the energetic there is an easy walk around the cliffs to the fabulous Watergate Bay.


Premier sailing destination

Falmouth is situated on the South Coast and has the world’s third largest deep water harbour and is the country first and last port. In the immediate area you can find Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Helford and Falmouth Rivers area and along the Roseland Peninsula. The National Maritime Museum can be found just outside of the town, the museum houses not only historical but present day exhibitions and interactive sessions for the children.

Just a few miles from Falmouth the beautiful sub-tropical gardens of Trebah can be found. Meander through the valley garden with its four miles of foot paths which will eventually lead you to its very own secluded beach on the Helford River.

Falmouth is a large town and has a large selection of shops, some household names and individual shops. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés along with art galleries and museums.  The beaches in and around Falmouth are sandy with plenty of rock pools to explore for the children.

You can take a boat trip to Truro and St Mawes, or you may like to take a trip around the harbour and the surrounding coastal area.


The only city in Cornwall

Truro’s skyline is dominated by the towering spires of its Cathedral, below the towering spires are streets that have the national retail chain stores and independent traders. Every Wednesday and Saturday you can visit the Farmers Market that is held at the Piazza on Lemon Quay and on Wednesdays the open air livestock market can be found just outside the town.

Truro also has the indoor Pannier Market which can be found just off Lemon Quay and the Lemon Street Indoor Market Cafés and Restaurants to meet everybody’s palette can be found in and around the city from light lunches to full gourmet meals.

Hall for Cornwall hosts many shows and concerts, the details of these can be found in the local press or on the Hall’s website. The Royal Cornwall Museum displays a great range of Cornish History and works of art from artists of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools of art.

For relaxation why not wander through the beautiful Victoria Gardens or take a stroll along the River in the lovely Boscawen Gardens, or you can take a boat trip along the river Fal to Falmouth.

St Austell

The home of the famous Eden Project

The town of St Austell prospered from the China Clay that was first mined in the 18th Century. The history of this can be found at the Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park.

The modern St Austell boasts the brand new White River Shopping Centre which has a variety of shops, the four screen White River Cinema and a Bowling Alley.  With a wide variety of activities from fishing in the local rivers and lakes to shark fishing from some of the sea-going fishing boats from the fishing village of nearby Mevagissey.  At certain times of the year you will be able to catch a sailing regatta at the beautiful harbour town of Fowey situated 7 miles from St Austell. The large curve of St Austell and Mevagissey Bays with their sheltered sandy beaches is an ideal place to partake in a large variety of watersports.

The nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan are well worth a visit along with the famous Eden Project with its tropical and Mediterranean biomes.

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