Best towns and villages in Cornwall to visit!

Best towns and villages in Cornwall to visit!

I spent many a summer holiday as a kid down on the beautiful beaches of Cornwall visiting some of the best towns in Cornwall. Renowned for their pretty architecture, great food and, of course, pretty beaches, Cornwall is a popular holiday destination in the UK.

Cornwall is where I (attempted) to learn how to surf, dug massive holes on the beach with my siblings and continued to eat my weight in shellfish. Yum!

While most people think only of the popular seaside town of Newquay, there is SO much more to explore in Cornwall. The area is known for its delicious food, artsy villages, surfing spots and some of Cornwall’s historic mining areas have become Unesco World Heritage sites!

If you’re planning a Cornwall holiday, then make sure to make a trip to these prettiest towns in Cornwall!

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The Best towns in Cornwall

I’ve picked out the prettiest towns and fishing villages in Cornwall that you should add to your Cornwall bucket list. These seaside towns in Cornwall are all super cute and have delicious places to eat. I’ve also suggested some places to stay so that you can enjoy a relaxing seaside holiday in the UK.

Looking for places to stay in Cornwall with hot tubs? Check out this post!

How to get to Cornwall

Most visitors to Cornwall will drive there from all across the UK. If you’re coming from a larger city in the UK and do not have a car, I recommend getting the train to Cornwall and then renting a car once you’re there.

High-speed trains to Cornwall run frequently from London Paddington. There’s also the Night Riviera Sleeper Service to Penzance. Bath and Bristol also have daily trains to Cornwall.

You can get cheaper train tickets to Cornwall by booking in advance here.

Getting around Cornwall

Though there is public transport across Cornwall it’s not the most efficient or reliable. Using public transport to get between the smaller villages, or to the beach is very difficult and for that reason, I recommend hiring a car.

I like to use to check car rental prices. They make it super easy to check and compare prices across companies.

When is the best time to visit Cornwall?

Cornwall is a fantastic part of the UK and I would go so far as saying it is the most popular county for Britains to book their own vacations in. Because of this, the summer months of July and August are absolutely heaving! You need to book your accommodation well in advance if you are wanting to play a visit during these months. Yes, the weather is at its best but personally, I can’t stand the crowds. I prefer to visit in May or June. You still get excellent weather but there aren’t as many tourists!

Mousehole, Cornwall

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The seaside village of Mousehole in Cornwall (pronounced ‘Mow-zel’ by locals) has a picturesque harbour at the centre and plenty of cute buildings around it. This Cornish fishing village’s pastel-coloured boats in the port mean you won’t be able to resist taking some photos!

As you walk further into the village from the port, there are some great independent shops and galleries and plenty of delicious restaurants and cafes too!

A short drive away, there’s the Minack Theatre; the open air, the world-famous theatre that puts on great productions every year.

Mousehole isn’t just one of the best coastal villages in Cornwall, it also makes up part of the Cornwall Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Make sure you spend some time walking the coastline to really appreciate the wild beauty of Cornwall.

Where to stay in Mousehole

These hotels in Mousehole come with great views of this pretty town in Cornwall.

St Ives

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One of the more well-known and nicest towns in Cornwall, St. Ives is renowned as a surfing hotspot and has been voted one of the best European beach destinations too. The fact that the colour of the water makes it seem like a tropical beach must’ve helped! The streets are lined with colourful bunting and the cobbled buildings and streets are just so pretty!

It’s one of the best places to go in Cornwall for independent shops, food and art gallery browsing. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is well worth a visit.

Where to stay in St Ives

Coverack, Cornwall

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The small village of Coverack in Cornwall is another great Cornish village to visit. This coastal village and fishing port in Cornwall, UK is on the east side of the Lizard peninsula about 9 miles away from Falmouth. It’s a hotspot for watersports including windsurfing, sailing and diving.

Walk the Cornish Pisky Pal Trail to discover Coverack. There are clues to follow all around the village and the first letters of their name spell out a secret phrase!

Where to stay in Coverack

  • The Bay Hotel: This hotel has a lounge and garden and some great views of the sea.
  • The Paris Hotel: offers a bar and restaurant, along with wonderful sea views from the garden.


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Another of the most beautiful holiday villages in Cornwall is Helford. This historically important port used to be the gateway to imports from Europe but these days the port serves as a picturesque location in a popular holiday destination in Cornwall.

The village of Helford gets its name from the Cornish word for ‘estuary’. And, as the village is on the banks of the Helford River, it’s easy to see why it’s been given such a name. Walking along the grassy banks of the river is a perfect activity in Helford.

Where to stay in Helford


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Between Plymouth and Falmouth, Fowey is one of the best Cornwall villages and it’s super cute. It’s a popular destination for holidays in the UK and is a great place to stay if you enjoy sailing (or just like watching it!).

Full of English maritime heritage, Fowey has breathtaking views which is no surprised given it’s also in the Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

Get some fish ‘n’ chips and head down to the harbour to enjoy them while taking in the views.

Where to stay in Fowey

  • Fowey River Views: Beachfront property just 2 km from St Catherines Castle with plenty of hiking opportunities.
  • Fowey Hall: Waterfront views of Fowey Port at this luxurious spa and hotel.
  • The Old Quay House Hotel: A luxury hotel in Cornwall overlooking the Fowey’s attractive waterfront.


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One of the most popular cities in Cornwall for holidays, Falmouth is home to the third-largest deep water harbour in the world! The high street is lined with independent boutiques and art galleries. There are live shows regularly scheduled throughout the summer from some of the best musicians in Cornwall. Falmouth is also a foodie hotspot with some delicious waterfront restaurants serving locally sourced seafood dishes.

Want more things to do in Falmouth?

Where to stay in Falmouth

  • Greenbank Hotel: Seafront location overlooking Falmouth Harbour, Greenbank Hotel offers panoramic views and traditional charm.
  • Chainlocker: Situated in Falmouth with beautiful views.
  • The Red House Guesthouse: The Red House is an elegant and distinctive Victorian house overlooking the harbour and the River Fal.


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A quieter Cornish village, Polperro is incredibly charming and deserving of being called one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. It’s become pretty famous for the beautiful white fishermen cottages with their dark slate roofs. And if that wasn’t quaint enough, the narrow cobbled streets add to the effect. A stroll alongside the River Pol which runs through the village of Polperro is a super peaceful thing to do in Cornwall.

Hotels in Polperro, Cornwall

  • Lannear Farm: Beautiful holiday home with great views and a garden.
  • The House on the Props: Situated in Polperro, The House on the Props is right in the historic harbour.


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Boscastle is set in a stunning coastline location with a beautiful natural harbour and old thatched cottages which I just love. There’s lots of medieval history in the village in Cornwall and plenty to discover including pottery and the mysterious Museum of Witchcraft and Magic which make great rainy day activities in Cornwall!

Hotels in Boscastle, Cornwall

  • Boscastle House: Built in 1839, this historic building set in its own grounds, is located at the top of Boscastle. Just a 15-minute walk to the harbour.
  • The Old Coach House: Situated in Boscastle, The Old Coach House is in a beautiful building with a terrace and garden.
  • The Bull Pen: This cute holiday home has everything you need for a self-catering holiday in Cornwall.

Cadgwith Cove

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With whitewashed thatched cottages, old crabbing boats and a great pub (get the crab sandwich!), this Cornish village is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall.

Popular with locals and tourists alike due to its live music scene, Cadgwith Cove has everything you need for a peaceful Cornish getaway.

It’s well worth taking the short drive to the Kynance Cove which has a beautiful white sandy beach and is close by to a cliff formation called The Devil’s Frying Pan which is 200ft high!

Where to stay in Cadgwith Cove


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Padstow, or Padstein as its sometimes called due to the number of Rick Stein restaurants and eateries, is a beautiful harbourside town and one of the best villages in Cornwall for great restaurants. At the head of the Camel River in northern Cornwall, this town is a favourite for holidaymakers.

One of the top things to do in Padstow is to go crabbing from the harbour. Many of the shops sell little crabbing kits and it’s such a fun thing to do in Cornwall!

Be sure to try at least one of Rick Stein’s restaurants as they’re all delicious!

Where to stay in Padstow

  • The Old Custom House: The Old Custom House overlooks Padstow’s medieval harbour. Fresh, local fish and seafood are served in the stylish restaurant.
  • The Pickwick Inn: The Pickwick Inn is slightly out of the centre but is the same location as a fantastic Padstow restaurant and has an outdoor pool.
  • The Old Mill House: The Old Mill House is set in a renovated Grade II listed former corn mill featuring a restaurant, bar, terrace and garden adjacent to a stream.


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Considered Cornwall’s oldest town, Marazion is full of local historical attractions. If historical attractions in Cornwall aren’t your thing, you’ll still enjoy walking around this small village in Cornwall. The village runs an annual competition called “The Garden Cup” which sees locals adorn their cottages with hanging baskets and making the village even prettier!

Marazion is also well known for being the village to visit to get to St Michael’s Mount. This tiny tidal island is home to a medieval church and castle and is part of The National Trust. You have to time your visit carefully to make sure you don’t get stuck, but it’s a very cool thing to do in Cornwall.

Where to stay in Marazion

  • Marazion Hotel: The Marazion Hotel offers a restaurant, bar and stylish rooms, some with views of the sea towards St Michael’s Mount.
  • Chyreen@marazion: This Cornwall B&B has garden views and is located in Marazion, 350 metres from Marazion Beach.
  • Sandpiper: You can’t get much closer to the beach! This accommodation in Marazion is just 30 metres from Marazion Beach!


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Beautiful beaches and a refreshing breeze pretty much sum up the town of Looe in Cornwall. Another Cornish harbourside town, Looe is also the gateway to miles and miles of sandy beaches and rock pools full of creatures. Rockpooling is such a fun activity, you never quite know what you’re going to fin!

Looe is also full of independent shops full of pretty bits and pieces and you could easily spend an afternoon exploring them!

Where to stay in Looe

Port Isaac

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Port Isaac featured as the backdrop in ITV shop Doc Martin so it may look familiar if you were a fan of the show! In the northwest of Cornwall, Port Isaac has a slightly less tropical feel that some of those on the south coast but, nevertheless, it’s often said to be one of the best places to visit in Cornwall.

Explore the medieval village and spend some time watching the local fishermen haul in their catch at the harbour. Then, head to Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants in Port Isaac to eat the freshest catch of the day!

Where to stay in Port Isaac

  • The Slipaway: The Slipway is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1527 and is located opposite Port Isaac harbour.
  • Signal Field B&B: A B&B in Port Isaac with asea view and garden.

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Hot tub holidays in Cornwall | The best cottages with hot tubs in Cornwall!

Hot tub holidays in Cornwall | The best cottages with hot tubs in Cornwall!

If you live in the south of the UK, the chances are you’ve taken a staycation to Cornwall at some point in your life. Cornwall is one of the best beach destinations in the UK and the Cornwall beaches are renowned for their beautiful sand and surf-suitable waves. If you’re planning a weekend break or holidays to Cornwall, UK, then be sure to check out these hot tub holidays in Cornwall. I’ve picked out some of the best cottages with hot tubs in Cornwall that you can book with everything you need for a relaxing seaside break.

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Best cottages with hot tubs in Cornwall

These cottages for holidays in Cornwall with hot tubs make for the perfect relaxing break!

1. The Roundhouses, Bude

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These architecturally pleasing roundhouses in Bude, Cornwall is on a glamping site in East Thorne, just a few minute’s drive away from the north Cornwall beaches. That means it’s great if you’re looking for beach house holidays in Cornwall with hot tubs.

There are 4 cabins at this glamping site in Cornwall with private hottubs which are wood-fired so they’re extra cool!

The roundhouses have a unique industrial style with beautiful accessories. You can gaze up at the stars at night through the porthole in the roof, enjoy warm feet in the mornings thanks to the underfloor heating, and made a fire in the wood-burning stove if it’s cold in the evening. Your exclusive wooden roundhouse is tucked away in a quiet corner of the site, making this the perfect retreat for two.

More details & to book: Ocean Room Roundhouse | Ember Room Roundhouse | Fern Leaf Roundhouse | The Boat House Roundhouse

2. Cosy cottage with a private spa

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This place is a winner when it comes to cottages in Cornwall with hot tubs!

This absolutely beautiful cottage for 2 people in Cornwall provides a luxury spa experience at a tranquil setting. Stroll down the garden path from your decked balcony to a private wood-fired hot tub, sauna, hammock, outdoor shower and summerhouse! The area is great for stargazing while you have a soak in the tub.

Details & to book.

3. Mawnan Cottage & the other Tresooth cottages

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Mawnan Cottage is one of the Tresooth cottages; a select development of beautiful self-catering barn conversions arranged around a pretty courtyard. The cottages offer guests free & unlimited access to an excellent range of leisure facilities including a shared outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi & Sauna.

Each cottage comes with everything you need for a relaxing, self-catered accommodation in Cornwall. They’re also just 15 minute’s drive away from Falmouth where some of the best beaches in Cornwall are.

Details & to book: Mawnan Cottage | Helford Cottage | Sennen Cottage | Mousehole Cottage | Coverack Cottage

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4. Glen Silva Farm Luxury Cottage

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This luxury cottage which backs onto the Sivel Woods is perfect for a romantic getaway to Cornwall. Guests of the cottage have access to acres of woodland which is home to deer, badgers, foxes, owls and more.

Snuggle up on the sofa in front of the log burner, head to the nearby countryside pubs for a pint after hiking the South West Coastal path, or relax in the hot tub. You’re sure to have a relaxing, peaceful stay here.

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5. Sea view lodge in Cornwall with a hot tub

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As if soaking in a hot tub could get much better, at this cottage in Cornwall you can enjoy a sea view while you soak!

Newly refurbished, this hot tub has a Bose music system, king-size beds, super soft robes and high-quality finishes everywhere you look. For a special trip to Cornwall, this is the place you should book!

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6. Cornish cottage in Morwenstow

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Named after the cottage’s first resident in the 1850s , Miss Trimble’s Cottage is a private wing of Dene Lodge House in the village of Morwenstow. Just a few minutes from the Coastal Path, this cottage is in a prime location for exploring Cornwall. Relax in the wood-fired hot tub after a great day at the beach at this cottage in Cornwall!

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7. Cabin Lujo

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This wooden cosy Cornish cabin is close to the town centre of Penzance on the tip of the Cornish coast. From this cottage you can enjoy a sea view, take a stroll through the private orchard and soak in your very own hot tub!

A one-bed cabin, this is ideal for couples of solo travellers in Cornwall.

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8. Trewolland Barn

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Trewolland Barn near Trevigro is a super cute cobbled stone building with tucked away amongst the hedgerows of Cornwall. This cottage with a hot tub is the perfect place to escape to from the city.

With a private garden and peaceful setting you can enjoy the sound of bird song rather than traffic.

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9. Swallow’s Nest Cottage

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As holiday homes in Cornwall go, Swallow’s Nest is one of the best.

Swallow’s Nest cottage is part of a barn conversion with a beamed open plan living area and countryside views. The cottage sleeps 4 and is one of 10 cottages at Hilton Farm Holidays near Bude in North Cornwall.

This bright and airy Bude cottage has shared access to a hot tub, outdoor pool, play area and tennis court.

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10. Perranporth Cottage with hot tub

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This cosy hot tub in Perranport, Cornwall with a hot tub can sleep up to 7 guests. It’s bright and modern with distant beach views. There’s a large garden with a BBQ, outdoor seating and a fire pit area (& the hot tub!) so you can enjoy being outside long into the evening during the sumer.

I’m just a sucker for a door in that colour!

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11. Apple Cottage, Crackington Haven

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Situated a short drive away from the beach at Crackington Haven, this cottage will give you a taste of laid back Cornish life. The vilalge has a couple of great pubs and you’re just steps away from the South West Coastal Path.

The larger town of Bude isn’t far away and has some beautiful Cornish beaches, shops, walks and more.

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