12 days in Cornwall Itinerary

12 days in Cornwall Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cornwall trip itinerary planner

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Newquay
— 2 nights
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St Ives
— 2 nights
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Penzance
— 4 nights
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Falmouth
— 3 nights
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Newquay

— 2 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at The Japanese Garden. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Newquay Zoo, explore the engaging exhibits at Pirate's Quest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fistral Beach Bar, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Newquay vacation planning app.

Worthing to Newquay is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

St Ives

— 2 nights
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. On the 11th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Porthmeor Beach, explore the world behind art at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Tate St. Ives, and finally stroll through Porthminster Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Paradise Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Godrevy Beach, and then get great views at St Ives Coastguard Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our St Ives visit planner.

You can drive from Newquay to St Ives in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Penzance.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Penzance

— 4 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Penzance is known for nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, view the masterpieces at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Trengwainton Garden, and take some stellar pictures from Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Penzance trip itinerary planning tool.

Penzance is just a stone's throw from St Ives. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Falmouth.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Falmouth

— 3 nights
Falmouth is a town, civil parish and port on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Change things up with these side-trips from Falmouth: South West Coast Path Walk- Mullion Cove to Lizard Point & Village (in Mullion) and National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove (in Lizard). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Trebah Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Maenporth to Swanpool Path Walk, examine the collection at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cornish Seal Sanctuary,SEA LIFE Trust.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Falmouth trip planner.

Drive from Penzance to Falmouth in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Falmouth

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Cornwall travel guide

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Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals often call it, features the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain. No longer just a series of idyllic beaches and imposing cliffs, this rugged region has recently experienced a cultural and culinary revival that has turned it into one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Considered home of the legendary King Arthur, Cornwall is one of the more distinct parts of the UK, providing a vacation that will immerse you in its diverse Celtic heritage and an enormous wealth of archaeology. During your trip you will experience the many locals, fiercely protective of their Celtic roots, considering themselves more Cornish than British. Regardless of how they see themselves, the world regards the land of the proud Cornish as a captivating blend of ancient and new, where modern attractions stand right alongside historical mines and picturesque market towns.