8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cornwall holiday planner

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Penzance
— 2 nights
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St Austell
— 5 nights
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Penzance

— 2 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. When in Penzance, make a side trip to see Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre in Redruth, approximately Redruth away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwithian Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hayle Towans Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tranquilla Rosa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Penzance driving holiday planner.

London to Penzance is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Penzance can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to St Austell.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

St Austell

— 5 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. Change things up with these side-trips from St Austell: Truro Cathedral (in Truro), St Michael and All Angels Church (in Stibb) and Bude (Walk Bude - Coastal & Canal, Bude Tunnel, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, take an in-depth tour of Cornwall's Regimental Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Looe to Polperro walk, and have fun and explore at Old Sardine Factory Heritage Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St Austell tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Penzance to St Austell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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.