15 days in Cornwall Itinerary

15 days in Cornwall Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cornwall journey planner

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Bude
— 3 nights
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St Austell
— 4 nights
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Penzance
— 7 nights
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Bude

— 3 nights
Bude is a small seaside resort town in north Cornwall, England, UK, in the civil parish of Bude-Stratton and at the mouth of the River Neet (also known locally as the River Strat). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Summerleaze Beach and Trebarwith Strand Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Boscastle Harbour and St. Materiana's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bude: Boscastle - South West Coast Path walk (in Boscastle) and Tintagel (Rocky Valley & The Old Post Office). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Crooklets Beach, learn about all things military at Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandymouth Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bude trip planner.

Manchester to Bude is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St Austell.

Things to do in Bude

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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. Relax by the water at Crantock Beach and Tolcarne Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Watergate Bay and Camel Valley Vineyard. Explore St Austell's surroundings by going to Trevone Bay Beach (in Trevone), Padstow (Harlyn Bay & Constantine Bay Beach) and Pencarrow House and Gardens (in Washaway). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mevagissey Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and hike along Fowey Estuary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St Austell online itinerary planner.

Getting from Bude to St Austell by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Penzance.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Penzance

— 7 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Ives Harbour Beach and Porthcurno Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Michael's Mount and PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications. Go for a jaunt from Penzance to Portreath to see Portreath Beach about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Trengwainton Garden, explore the ancient world of Merry Maidens, admire the masterpieces at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, and make a trip to Mousehole Harbour.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Penzance online route planner.

You can drive from St Austell to Penzance in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cornwall travel guide

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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.