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Your guide to Cornwall

Cornwall at a glance:

·Warmer and sunnier than the rest of the UK

·An abundance of pristine sandy beaches

·A huge variety of eateries with fresh local produce

·Endless walks with jaw-dropping scenery

·A host of exciting attractions, including the Eden Project

·Stunning greenery with a subtropical feel

Your guide to Cornwall

With its pristine white sandy beaches, secluded coves and mild climate, Cornwall is one of England's most popular holiday destinations, attracting millions of visitors every year.

This picturesque county has something for everyone: an abundance of wildlife and breath-taking scenery for outdoor enthusiasts, insane 30-foot barrels for adrenalin-hungry surfers, cosy accommodation for romantic retreats, and a host of attractions for action-packed family holidays.

 

Located at the southwest tip of England, Cornwall is a stunning destination encompassing hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches and wild moorland. Quaint harbour villages, such as Falmouth and Fowey, line the South Coast, while the North coast with its towering cliffs and popular seaside resorts attracts families and surfers.

Cornwall has the mildest, sunniest climate in the UK, thanks to its southerly latitude and proximity to the Gulf Stream. The warmer weather means that a hotel break in Cornwall offers endless possibilities: from soaking up the sun on one of the eight blue flag beaches, to learning a new skill at one of the county's many surf schools.

Seasoned surfers will know that Cornwall boasts the biggest and most varied breaks in the UK. Although most of the waves are found along the North coast, the traditionally sheltered South coast can produce some clean and powerful action when conditions switch. While Newquay is famous for the consistency of its beach breaks at Fistral, there are plenty of secret surf spots to discover just a little off the beaten track.

For those who love to walk, Cornwall offers everything you could possibly want, including gentle strolls through flower-filled meadows, circular walks through pretty Cornish villages and winding country lanes, clifftop walks with jaw-dropping views, spectacular hikes past Cornwall's iconic landmarks, and so much more. Visit old shipwrecks, wander through the sand dunes or discover the Camel Trail, an 18-mile level track that weaves through the Cornish countryside along a disused railway line and lends itself to walking, cycling and horse riding.

The Cornish are famed for their hospitality and wherever you go, you'll discover charming cafés, nostalgic tearooms, world-class restaurants and traditional friendly pubs serving everything from Cornish cream teas to fresh seafood and an abundance of local produce. A trip to Cornwall wouldn't be complete without a hot fresh Cornish pasty, a mouth-watering treat that is made here like nowhere else in England and celebrated as an emblem of Cornwall.

A Bay hotel in Cornwall is the perfect base for exploring the best of this wonderful location, and each of our accredited locations will provide guests with a warm welcome, high-quality comfortable accommodation and sparkling live entertainment. Stay with us at our St Ives Bay Hotel and enjoy a break in this award-winning area with its golden sands and subtropical lush greenery, or visit our Beresford or Marina hotels at Newquay with its laid-back surfer vibe, world-class restaurants and many attractions. Whichever Bay hotel you choose, you will be assured of both first-class service and fantastic value for money

 
 

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Local Attractions

Porthminster Beach

With eight stunning blue flag beaches and hundreds more beautiful sandy coves, there are plenty of spots for soaking up the sun in Cornwall. Porthminster Beach is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, as you can drift away in the warm sun, surrounded by waving palm trees and translucent waters lapping at the shore. In fact, this pretty crescent of sand with its glittering bay and dreamy views to Godrevy Lighthouse is as close to paradise as you can get without leaving the country.

Downlong

Duck behind the old Sloop Inn at St Ives and wander through a maze of cobbled streets and quaint cottages. This pretty area is the old part of St Ives and offers a glimpse into the town’s fascinating history. You can enjoy a cream tea at one of the local cafés and soak up the quintessentially Cornish atmosphere as you watch the world go by.

Flambards

More than simply a theme park, Flambards takes you back in time. There is a life-size realistic Victorian Village, complete with the sights, sounds and tempting smells of the era, and a Visit the Britain in the Blitz attraction, which provides an authentic reconstruction of life during the war. Planes glide overhead, sirens wail and the floor shakes. You can also discover the Chemist’s shop, an authentic time capsule that has remained untouched for 100 years. It is carefully preserved in every detail, including the cobwebs!

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Just 10-minutes from Newquay, Cornwall’s Aviation Heritage Centre is home to a fantastic collection of classic aircraft. There are guided tours that give you a unique insight into the aircraft’s history, the opportunity to sit in the cockpits or take an unforgettable flight over Cornwall in a two-seater or three-seater plane. The attraction has both outdoor and indoor exhibits, as well as a fun 1950s-style café and gift shop.

Newquay Land Train

Take a fun, colourful five-mile tour of Newquay on the Newquay Land Train, accompanied by the knowledgeable conductor. Just buy a hop-on-hop-off ticket and you can use the train to get around the town for a full day – a great way to explore everything that this bustling seaside resort has to offer and enjoy a bit of retail therapy

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