Cornwall is in the southwestern tip of England. With hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches, on a sunny day you could be fooled into thinking you were on a beach somewhere in France or Spain! We had a staycation in Cornwall in September 2020 and we had a great time, we wanted to share our trip with you in the hope that we could inspire you to take a staycation in Cornwall too!
We were travelling to Cornwall from Leicester with our dog, Lottie, which is around about a 4 / 5 hour drive. We decided to break up the journey by staying overnight in Bath on the way. If you want to know more about Bath, please check out our blog post from when we visited their previously, one of our fav places in the UK! – Bath | The UK best historic city everyone needs to visit today (acoupleofidiotsabroad.co.uk)
We stayed in a lovely Air BNB in Trevarrian, which is around a 12 minute drive from the main centre of Newquay. Our Air BNB was in the middle of nowhere! It was a cabin on the same site as the hosts home. It was also on farm land so there were lots of sheep, cows etc around the cabin. The cabin had a really cute, homely vibe!
What is there to do in Cornwall?
Our first day in Cornwall was spent travelling from Bath to Newquay. This took around 3 hours and we arrived around lunch time / early afternoon.
Newquay is a town on the north coast of Cornwall. It’s known for sandy Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches, where waves from the Atlantic Ocean create strong surf, so Newquay is a surfers paradise!
We were lucky with the weather as the weather in the UK can be hit and miss in September (or at any time of the year!) but we had some lovely dry, sunny weather which we were super grateful for.
When we arrived in Newquay we headed straight to the beach. Lottie had a great time having a good run around after a long drive from Bath!
Once we’d finished here we went to our air BNB to check in and drop off all of our luggage. We then headed back out to the beach at Watergate Bay for the evening, which was around a 5 minute drive from our Air BNB. This beach was stunning, Cornwall really does have some beautiful beaches that rival those abroad, especially when the weather is good which makes all the difference.
We then found an amazing little pop up pizza and craft cider stall for some dinner, not too far from our Air BNB, which was literally in the middle of a field! We spent the rest of our evening here which was a wonderful end to our first day in Cornwall.
On day 2 in Cornwall we headed to Padstow. Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall.
Is Padstow worth visiting?
It was super busy there and it was a real struggle to get parking anywhere near the centre so we had to park on a residential street around a 10 minute walk away, so we would recommend getting there early morning to ensure a good parking spot.
We headed to a beach called Harbour Cove, which was probably one of the nicest beaches we have been to in the UK. It was quiet, dog friendly, and there were lots of little coves where you could sit which meant you were quite secluded in your own little area which we loved.
We had some glorious weather on this day too so we were really lucky.
We spent the whole day in Padstow at the beach and around the town before heading back to Watergate Bay in Newquay for fish and chips on the beach in the evening.
Day 3 in Cornwall, we went to somewhere we’d been wanting to go for a really long time, The Eden Project. The Eden Project is a global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches! Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plant life. Not only an amazing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.
We booked our tickets online via the Eden Project website before visiting and you do have to choose a time slot to visit – Book tickets | The Eden Project
Is the Eden Project worth visiting?
We loved the Eden Project, it was so great to finally visit after wanting to go for such a long time. If you are in Cornwall and are thinking of going, we would definitely recommend, it’s a great day out, super educational with some lovely cafes and restaurants and a fab gift shop.
After spending a couple of hours at The Eden Project, we then headed on to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are located near Mevagissey in Cornwall and they are 200 acres of beautiful gardens on the Heligan estate. If you are an explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic, you will absolutely love it here. We also pre-booked our tickets via their website – The Lost Gardens of Heligan
On Day 4 we visited St Ives and Perranporth. St Ives is a quaint town towards the south of Cornwall. We had a general walk around St Ives, taking in the town and the beaches for a while. It’s a pretty town and well worth a visit. From here we headed to Perranporth which was on our route back to Newquay. Perranporth is a seaside resort town on the north coast of Cornwall. We spent the afternoon at Perranporth Beach, again being blessed with some warm weather, before making our way back to Newquay.
Our 5th day was our final day and the day that we were travelling home. In the morning before we headed home, we visited Tingatel Castle. Tintagel Castle is a historic site situated on the clifftops of North Cornwall, with links to the stories of King Arthur. The views at Tingatel castle are unbelievable. You cross a footbridge to reach the island where you can then Explore the remains of the 13th-century castle. There is also a beach below the castle.
We pre-booked our tickets to the castle as you do have to book a time slot. We booked them through the English Heritage site – Tintagel Castle | English Heritage (english-heritage.org.uk)
What’s the best part of Cornwall to stay in?
- St Ives
Why you should visit Cornwall?
Cornwall is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in England, with some of the very best beaches. There’s so much to do and see and when the weather is good, there is nothing at all to complain about! We hope this blog post has given you some inspiration for your own trip to Cornwall!