Where to stay in Cornwall

Where is the best place to stay in Cornwall?

While the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall may conjure up visions of long sandy beaches and rolling Atlantic waves, this magical place offers a great deal more than just beaches and surfing. When you take a holiday in the south-western corner of the United Kingdom, you'll discover a world of hugely diverse landscapes; of dramatic rocky coastlines and sheltered fishing harbours; of wild open moorland and leafy green glades; a land where the mythical pixies, Celtic stones and granite burial chambers entwine with legends of smuggling.


Add in the infamous Cornish pasties (a traditional meat mixture encased in pastry), glorious Cornish cream and ice cream, and year round festivals, and you'll see that there's plenty to enthral families, couples, solo travellers and thrill seekers alike.


The northern shore, with its long golden beaches and giant Atlantic rollers are beloved by both surfers and families.  Here you'll come across seaside towns such as Newquay, the surf centre of Europe and Padstow, the home of the famous Camel Cycle Trail and a whole host of gourmet restaurants.


The southern shores have an entirely different feel with its small fishing harbours of Looe and Polperro, both of which feature heavily in smuggling legends. At the far western tip you'll find Land's End, the most westerly most point of England, together with the subtropical oasis of St. Ives, while at the centre, the windswept Bodmin Moor takes centre stage.

Hotel   Price per night
Best Western Hotel Bristol
104€ - 116$
Portbyhan Hotel
109€ - 122$
The Garrack Hotel
St. Ives
117€ - 131$
Hotel   Price per night
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa
189€ - 212$
Padstow Harbour Hotel
192€ - 215$
Fowey Hall
194€ - 217$
St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
St. Ives
203€ - 227$
The Scarlet Hotel
Mawgan Porth
368€ - 412$


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Best places to stay in Cornwall


Originally a fishing village, Newquay has grown to be one of the most popular resorts in the whole of the UK. Perched atop the Atlantic cliffs and famed for its beaches, it has everything you could possibly need for a family bucket and spade holiday, and many families choose to take their annual holiday here. With eleven glorious sandy beaches stretching for over seven miles,  there's something for everyone, especially surfers, many of whom like to make Newquay their home from home for the whole summer.


Home to the surf centre of Europe, Fistral beach, it attracts surfers and lovers of extreme sports, such as rock climbing, abseiling and coasteering, in their droves. However, if you prefer slightly less risky pursuits, there's plenty of boat trips and water sports on offer around the rocky coastline too.


Away from the beach there are lots to do. There's a very lively nightlife with masses of restaurants and cafés, including TV chef, Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Fifteen, in nearby Watergate Bay. From wine bars to real ale pubs, there's a drinking establishment to suit every taste and every budget, together with live music venues and nightclubs for the more energetic. Plus there are lots of festivals held throughout the summer, and a vibrant music scene all year round too, so if you're looking for a resort with an extremely lively nightlife, Newquay is the place for you.



Accommodation in Newquay





In contrast to Newquay, you'll find that Padstow has a more genteel British air, making it the perfect holiday destination for couples looking for a relaxing time. This charming working fishing port is surrounded by seven wonderful golden sand beaches, so if you want to take part in water based activities during your vacation, this is the ideal location. With its rugged Atlantic coastline, quiet hidden coves and fabulous clear waters you can indulge in water sports to your heart's content.


It's also the home of the Camel Cycle Trail for those of you who love cycling.  But it's perhaps the restaurants which hold most of the attraction, as it's full of top class eateries, such as the one owned by Rick Stein the famous UK television chef, so if eating gourmet food is an important element of your holiday, Padstow could be the perfect destination for you.



Accommodation in Padstow





On the southern coast you'll find the traditional fishing town of Looe. Still a working fishing port, Looe is a popular holiday destination, especially for those looking to stay in a traditional Cornish seaside town. Here you'll find a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from country hotels to small guesthouses and apartments. It's also a very popular choice if you're looking to do some sea fishing as there are many organised fishing trips from the harbour.


Choose between fishing for the local mackerel, or if you fancy something a little more exciting, opt for one of the trips that head twenty five miles out from the shore to hunt down blue sharks. While fishing features predominantly in Looe, you'll also find a monkey sanctuary and a museum packed with local smuggling memorabilia and the remains of the area's railway heritage, together with an abundance of places to stop for a drink or to eat the catch of the day.



Accommodation in Looe





You'll feel as though you've stepped back in time in Polperro.  Filled full of tiny fisherman's cottages clinging precariously to the steep hillsides leading down to the small harbour, this charming fishing village is located on the South East coast of Cornwall and is the source of many local smuggling tales. With its spectacular views across the surrounding countryside and sea, it's one of the most picturesque of all the Cornish villages and attracts thousands of visitors each year looking to stay in perhaps the most scenic of all the area's resorts.


There's a multitude of places to eat, drink and relax, a wealth of artisan shops, confectionary shops and artists galleries, plus an arts and music festival each June, making it an appealing choice for art lovers too. Of course, it also has beautiful beaches and the famous Willy Wilcox cave, which is said to have been used by smugglers.



Accommodation in Polperro




St. Ives

Possibly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cornwall, St. Ives has a timeless appeal for visitors of all ages. It's a subtropical oasis filled with lush, colourful vegetation and bordered by one of West Cornwall's most beautiful golden beaches, which also attracts surfers of all ages.


Packed full of art galleries and exhibitions, atmospheric traditional pubs, pavement cafes and a multitude of restaurants, if you're looking for a sophisticated beach holiday, with plenty of art and culture, you'll find plenty to see and do in this quintessential British holiday resort.



Accommodation in St. Ives