5 great places to stay in Cornwall for a holiday

5 Great Places to Stay in Cornwall for a Holiday
Written by Nigel Simpkins

Planning to go on a holiday in Cornwall? Have you decided exactly which part of the county you’re going to stay in?

As a relatively large county there are certainly lots of different towns and villages that you could visit. In fact there are so many that choosing between them can be a bit difficult, especially if it is your first visit.

With that in mind, a good place to start is by focusing on these 5 excellent places to stay during your holiday to Cornwall:


Located on the south-west coast, Penzance is a town tucked in the shadow of St. Michael’s Mount. It is known for the sheer picturesque natural beauty of its surroundings and is regarded as one of the best spots in Cornwall for a romantic getaway.

The town itself is known for various attractions and houses several museums and historical sites. It is a good place to visit if you’re on a budget as well, especially compared to some of the larger and more tourist-populated destinations.

St Ives

In many ways St Ives epitomizes the perfect seaside town, with cobbled streets, colorful fisherman cottages, and narrow winding streets. Its world-class beaches are famed for their beauty, and are favored by surf-enthusiasts as well.

The location of St Ives on the north-west coast is perfect if you want to go on coastal walks. On top of that it has a vibrant art scene and lots of cultural attractions that you can enjoy too.


Comparatively Padstow is definitely one of the more popular tourist destinations in Cornwall – especially for foodies. That is mostly because due to the presence of Rick Stein’s four unique restaurants, as well as his cookery school.

It should be noted that Padstow is worth the visit even if you aren’t a foodie by nature. Its harbor is definitely its main attraction, and the views alone will make your trip worthwhile.


If surfing is your main goal for visiting Cornwall then Newquay should definitely be on your list. It is known as the undisputed capital of surfing in the UK – and for good reason.

Aside from its consistently amazing surf and stunning beaches, Newquay is definitely one of the more bustling tourist destinations. It has a lively atmosphere and vibrant nightlife that makes it especially popular among the younger crowd.


Although Looe may be small, it has a lot to offer. The town itself is split into two by the River Looe and occupies an excellent stretch of coastline with its own little harbor.

It is arguably one of the better all-round places to stay in Cornwall with a wide range of activities and attractions nearby. For family vacations in particular there’s definitely no shortage of things to do, including animal encounters, beach activities, and more.

Make no mistake aside from these locations there are plenty of others you may want to look at. The campsites near Perranporth are particularly well known, as are the Falmouth holiday cottages.

At the end of the day you should try to find a place to stay that you feel is the best fit, based on how you want to spend your time in Cornwall. Think about not only what you can do in the town itself, but also how close by any other places of interest that you want to visit may be.

By starting off with the five places listed above, you should find it much easier to decide where you want to stay. All it will take is a bit of research on your part, and you should be able to have a great holiday.