10 days in Cornwall Itinerary

10 days in Cornwall Itinerary

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St Austell
— 4 nights
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Penzance
— 5 nights
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St Austell

— 4 nights
St Austell is a civil parish and major town in Cornwall, England, UK. It is situated on the south coast, approximately south of Bodmin and west of the border with Devon.St Austell is one of the largest towns in Cornwall; in the 2011 Census, St Austell civil parish had a population of 19,958, with a total of 34,700 living in the wider area comprising several other civil parishes.HistoryNamed after Saint Austol (Saint Austell is mostly unrelated), one of the earliest references to the village of St Austell is in John Leland's Itinerary, where he says "At S. Austelles is nothing notable but the paroch chirch".Not long after William Cookworthy discovered china clay at Tregonning hill in west Cornwall, the same mineral was found in greater quantity in Hensbarrow downs north of St Austell. Kids will enjoy The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Fistral Beach Bar. Get out of town with these interesting St Austell side-trips: Newquay (Blue Reef Aquarium, Whipsiderry Beach, &more), Padstow Harbour (in Padstow) and Crantock Beach (in Crantock). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Eden Project, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Skinner's Brewery, don't miss a visit to Truro Cathedral, and stop by The Mevagissey Soapery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our St Austell sightseeing planner.

Exeter to St Austell is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Penzance.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Penzance

— 5 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Family-friendly places like St. Michael's Mount and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary (in Penryn), Cornish Seal Sanctuary,SEA LIFE Trust (in Gweek) and Trebah Garden (in Mawnan Smith). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Breaca Church, admire the masterpieces at Tate St. Ives, and make a trip to National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Penzance trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from St Austell to Penzance by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Penzance, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cornwall travel guide

3.9
Gardens · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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.