8 days in Dorset & Cornwall Itinerary

8 days in Dorset & Cornwall Itinerary

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Bournemouth
— 3 nights
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St Austell
— 3 nights
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Penzance
— 1 night
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Bournemouth

— 3 nights
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bournemouth Beach and Insight Activities Dorset. Explore Bournemouth's surroundings by going to Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth), Monkey World (in Wareham) and The Tank Museum (in Bovington). There's much more to do: cool off at Dorset Adventure Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Weymouth Beach, make a trip to Weymouth Harbour, and admire the striking features of St Martin On The Walls Church.

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London to Bournemouth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. July in Bournemouth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to St Austell.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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. Family-friendly places like The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from St Austell: Treyarnon Bay Beach (in St Merryn), Newquay (Newquay Zoo & Fistral Beach Bar) and Perranporth Beach (in Perranporth). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of Padstow Sealife Safaris, look for gifts at The Lavender Pillow, and take in the waterfront at Padstow Harbour.

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You can drive from Bournemouth to St Austell in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Penzance.

Things to do in St Austell

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Penzance

— 1 night
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, head off the coast to St. Michael's Mount, and then get outside with Kernow Coasteering.

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Drive from St Austell to Penzance in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Penzance sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorset travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Celebrated novelist Thomas Hardy lived most of his life in Dorset and used it as a setting in many of his finest works. Today, tourists from around the globe use this region as a setting for their great English adventure. Places to visit in this county feature a variety of landscapes, including steep chalk hills, wide clay valleys, and a series of small but thriving dairy farms. Arguably the most important attraction of this rural region is the enormous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching for over 155 km (96 mi). A tour along this coastline, with its fossil-rich beaches and secluded bays, is a trip through time. The landforms of the region document the geologic developments that shaped the surface of our planet over hundreds of millions of years.

Cornwall travel guide

3.9
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.