8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cornwall sightseeing planner

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— 3 nights
St Austell
— 4 nights



— 3 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Penzance: The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary (in Penryn), Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm (in Truro) and Trebah Garden (in Mawnan Smith). There's lots more to do: get outside with Kernow Coasteering, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cornish Seal Sanctuary,SEA LIFE Trust, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Michael's Mount, and take some stellar pictures from Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Penzance visit planner.

Manchester to Penzance is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. July in Penzance sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to St Austell.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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. Change things up with these side-trips from St Austell: Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum (in Camelford), Treyarnon Bay Beach (in St Merryn) and Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre (in Launceston). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, take in the waterfront at Padstow Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Fistral Beach Bar, and take an exotic tour of Padstow Sealife Safaris.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read St Austell trip planning tool.

Getting from Penzance to St Austell by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cornwall travel guide

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.