8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

8 days in Cornwall Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cornwall planner

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St Austell
— 3 nights
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Penzance
— 4 nights
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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. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Bodmin Jail will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Fistral Beach Bar and Carne Beach. Explore St Austell's surroundings by going to Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum (in Camelford), Crantock Beach (in Crantock) and Perranporth Beach (in Perranporth). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Just-in-Roseland Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Eden Project, explore the ancient world of Tintagel Castle, and steep yourself in history at Lanhydrock House and Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St Austell trip planning tool.

Manchester to St Austell is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Penzance.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Penzance

— 4 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Visit Porthminster Beach and Porthcurno Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Michael's Mount and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Take a break from Penzance with a short trip to Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Godrevy Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porthgwidden Beach, explore the world behind art at Tate St. Ives, and see the interesting displays at St Ives Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Penzance road trip planner.

Getting from St Austell to Penzance by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Penzance are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.