12 days in Cornwall & Plymouth Itinerary

12 days in Cornwall & Plymouth Itinerary

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12 days in Cornwall & Plymouth Itinerary

Start: London
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
St Ives
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Padstow
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Plymouth
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
End: London

2
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, then explore the world behind art at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, then step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, and finally kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, then see the interesting displays at St Ives Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Tate Gallery St. Ives.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our St Ives road trip site .

London to St Ives is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St Ives, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Padstow.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Michael's Mount, National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, Penlee House Gallery & Museum
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St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach

4
nights
Padstow

Padstow ©
Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Get out of town with these interesting Padstow side-trips: Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum (in Camelford), Newquay (Fistral Beach Bar & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Tintagel Castle (in Tintagel). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Padstow Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harlyn Bay, relax in the rural setting at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and identify plant and animal life at National Lobster Hatchery.

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Traveling by car from St Ives to Padstow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Plymouth.

Things to do in Padstow

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newquay, Tintagel Castle, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tregony Gallery, Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum
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Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar
Padstow Harbour ©
Padstow Harbour
The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

5
nights
Plymouth

Plymouth ©
Once an important departure point for immigrants sailing for the New World, Plymouth is now mostly known for being one of the world’s most impressive natural harbors.
Venture out of the city with trips to Exeter Cathedral (in Exeter), Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (in Paignton) and Woolacombe Beach (in Woolacombe). Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Wookey Hole Caves. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plymouth Hoe, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Marine Aquarium, wander the streets of The Barbican, and take in breathtaking views at Cheddar Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Plymouth road trip planning tool .

Drive from Padstow to Plymouth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Glastonbury, Woolacombe Beach, Wookey Hole Caves, Cheddar Gorge, Exeter Cathedral
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Plymouth Hoe ©
Plymouth Hoe
Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park ©
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

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