Cornwall

Cornwall is a true English treasure, welcoming millions of ‘staycationers’ and international tourists each year. It is celebrated as one of the most idyllic counties in the UK, with blissful beaches, scenic walks and signature foods to wow you (expect plenty of Cornish pasties, clotted cream and fudge). The South Coast of Cornwall is often dubbed the Cornish Riviera, and it’s clear to see why as you explore its charming waterfront villages or sunny harbours. The North Coast is more renowned for its surfing and coasteering, with hotspots such as Newquay offering plenty of adventure.
You’ll experience a home away from home in one of our Best Western hotels in Cornwall, whether it’s our family-run retreat in Newquay, our stunning manor house hotel in Porth or our peaceful and tranquil lodge in Lostwithiel. Both the Best Western Restormel Lodge in Lostwithiel and the Best Western Hotel Bristol in Newquay are proud to be dog friendly hotels in Cornwall, welcoming your furry friends for a small extra fee.
Cornish beach with the tide out with small boats on the beach

Things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall’s 300 miles of breathtaking coastline is truly captivating, and home to plenty of marvellous attractions. The county offers everything from dramatic cliffs to quaint fishing villages, and lazy beach days right through to adrenaline fuelled activities.  For a truly adventurous stay, surfing, scuba diving and rock climbing are all available.

  • Visit St Ives: We highly recommend taking a daytrip to the stunning seaside town of St Ives, where you’ll enjoy fine views, beaches, fishing and food/craft markets. The town is also widely recognised as the arts centre of West Cornwall, so make sure to visit a gallery or two.
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary: This operational seal rescue centre and wildlife attraction stretches over 40 acres of gorgeous Cornish countryside, caring for injured seal pups found on the Cornish coast.
  • Land’s End: Often rated as one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, Lands’ end is famous for its beautiful scenery, cliff top trails, family attractions and cafés. If you’re lucky, you may even spot basking sharks, seals or dolphins in the surrounding shores. 

Organic vegetables on sale at a Cornish farmers market

Shopping in Cornwall

Cornwall isn’t known for offering busy high street shopping districts. Instead, its seaside towns mainly boast a mix of unique gallery’s, independent stores and surf shops. You’ll be sure to find some absolute treasures as you browse through the well-crafted local goods, tourist memorabilia and beach accessories.

  • St Ives Farmers’ Market: The market in this seaside town runs every Thursday from 9:30 – 2pm, selling fresh bread, eggs, fruit, vegetables, bakes, cakes, fudges, flowers and even fresh sushi. So stock up for a picnic on the beach!
  • Newquay High Street: This shopping high street stretches the entire length of the lively town, offering independent stores, boutiques, some national names and surf shops, as well as plenty of restaurants and cafes.
  • The Cornish Store: This unique Cornish department store can be found in Falmouth, selling plenty of gifts and souvenirs to take home to the family. The store offers hampers, jewellery, books, fashion and even chocolate pasties.

Cornish pasty up close

Eating and drinking in Cornwall

It certainly seems as though Cornwall has more signature foods than the rest of England combined, so loosen your belt and allow yourself some holiday indulgence. Expect to be treating yourself to some of the finest sea food, clotted cream, fudge and pasties you’ve ever had the luxury of trying.

  • Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove: You can hardly stay on the coast without enjoying a little seafood and where better to enjoy it than in this Michelin star winning chef’s latest restaurant - with magnificent views onto the Atlantic. The restaurant offers freshly prepared classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will impress foodies and families alike.
  • The Watering Hole: This beach bar is a bustling spot to enjoy a sunset drink, with regular live music and comedy nights to accompany the ocean views.
  • The Polpeor Café: This popular café offers phenomenal coastal views, a relaxed atmosphere and is even rumoured to serve one of the best cream teas in the whole of Cornwall, with extra helpings of clotted cream and jam.

A dome at the Eden project in Cornwall

Culture and nightlife in Cornwall

Cornwall’s Celtic roots grant the county a fascinating history, whilst its many landscape views provide the perfect backdrop to the dynamic arts scene found here. Consequently, the county has become known as an ideal holiday destination for any culture junkies. When it comes to the evening, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars where you can enjoy live music, tasty drinks and ocean views.

  • The Eden Project: Come and explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest, only 6 miles away from the Best Western Restormel Lodge Hotel. Huge Biomes house the rainforest, whilst gorgeous plants and exhibitions can also be found at this world-renowned attraction.
  • Beside The Wave: Visit one of Cornwall's most well-established contemporary art galleries, with an international following of collectors. Pieces displayed predominantly depict Cornwall’s famous landscapes, towns and villages.
  • Fistral Beach Bar: The Fistral Bar in Newquay offers the best of Cornish nightlife, with views looking out onto the coastline. Enjoy comfortable sofas, live sports, a terrace to enjoy fine food and live music.

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