5 days in Cornwall Itinerary

5 days in Cornwall Itinerary

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Penzance
— 1 night
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St Austell
— 3 nights
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Penzance

— 1 night
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. On the 11th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, then take an in-depth tour of Hayle Heritage Centre, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, then explore the world behind art at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Porthminster Beach, and finally head outdoors with Kernow Coasteering.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Penzance trip planner.

Birmingham to Penzance is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Birmingham in June: highs in Penzance hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St Austell.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

St Austell

— 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Austell: Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum (in Camelford), Fistral Beach Bar (in Newquay) and Tintagel Castle (in Tintagel). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, kick back and relax at Perranporth Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Screech Owl Sanctuary, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Just Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St Austell travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Penzance to St Austell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

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.