Whether you’re on a staycation or visiting the UK and choosing Cornwall as your destination, there’s a few handy things to know to ensure you get the best out of your trip. As a County, it’s not too big to see everything we have to offer over a few days visit so ensure you’re prepared and check out my FAQ’s below!
Where is the best place to stay?
In all honesty, it really doesn’t matter. Cornwall is long and narrow so you can get anywhere you want relatively quickly. If you’re down for a week, you can really hit everywhere there is to see if you intend to have full packed days out so base yourself wherever you desire. The most common areas to stay are Newquay, Falmouth or St Ives. Newquay is a beautiful part of the County and offers a lot of indi shops and cafes but also has a reputation for stag and hen do’s so isn’t necessarily the most peaceful stay. Falmouth is quirky and artsy with plenty to see and do with good access to anywhere West or central. St Ives is the posh bit, expensive to stay and very, very busy in the summer months but there’s so much you could do on your door step here. If you are with a bigger group and want fun days out but a quiet evening in under the stars with a glass of wine of an evening, try somewhere like The Roseland or Bodmin Moor.
What is the best time of year to visit?
All the best things to do in Cornwall are outside so it is definitely best to visit in the warmer months. Our weather is notoriously unpredictable and wet but Spring is beautiful and September is a good time to get away from the school holidays. Autumn and winter is lovely to settle in to an Air B&B with a cosy log fire but there isn’t too much to do every day unless you’re lucky enough to have a clear winters day for a chilly but exciting coastal walk.
What is the phone signal and wifi like?
It’s rural in Cornwall but it’s not the stone age. Wifi is absolutely fine and I have 4G most of the time.
What should I pack for a trip to Cornwall?
To get the best out of your trip, you want to be comfortable and prepared! I would highly recommend ensuring you have either some wellies or some boots with a thick sole so you can walk through the woods or over streams with no hassle. For a day out ensure you have layers, our climate can change in a second and you may set off in the rain but be half way on your walk in sunshine so make sure you can strip down or layer up! I love my Lighthouse Clothing raincoat which is fluffy lined so is super cosy, there’s pockets for my camera and change and a hood, because you know it’ll rain at least once! Check out my beautiful fluffy lined coat on Lighthouse Clothing which was kindly gifted.
Do we need a car?
Yes, absolutely yes. There’s a train that runs all the way down to Penzance and branch lines to Newquay, Falmouth, St Ives and Looe. It’s worth sometimes utilising the train as the line from St Erth to St Ives is one of the most beautiful journeys in the Country but having a car will give you so much freedom and that is something that will highly benefit your trip.
North or South coast?
I grew up with easy access to the North coast so it’s historically always been my favourite and one I’ve explored the most but they both have their highlights. You can get a similar experience on either end, on the North coast you have quaint fishing coves such as Port Isaac and Boscastle with the South coast offering Mevagissey and Polperro. Newquay on the North coast has indie cafes like Box and Barber and Fore Street Café whereas on the South coast you can head to Falmouth for your fix in the likes of Fuel and The Shed. With around 30 miles between the coasts at its widest, there’s no reason why you can’t do both.
What is the cuisine like in Cornwall?
Of course, the Cornish pasty is our famous snack which must be on your to do list, I’d always recommend Malcom Barnecutts as the best in Cornwall. Being coastal, we also offer some amazing fresh fish and some of my favourite fish restaurants include Hooked, Catch and Kota. If you need any recommendations for places to eat, check out my instagram page, Eat Drink Cornwall.
What’s the best beach in Cornwall?
Now, this depends on what you’re looking for. Do you have children? Do you want to take your dog? Do you want to surf?
Cornwall is full of beautiful coves and with a bit of adventure, you do not need to stick to the most popular. My favourite beach to walk is Daymer Bay on the North Coast, you can walk from here along the coast to Polzeath for lunch and back again. Dogs are allowed here all year and you pay to park in a field right by the beach. For surfers, Newquay is your sweet spot and most commonly Fistral Beach, this is easily accessible with parking and eateries right on the beach. The most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in Cornwall is Pedn Vounder on the West Coast but this isn’t best approached with children as it’s a trek down and it’s also a nudest beach. Try them all and pick your favourite!