Offering up a unique medley of quaint villages, dramatic coastlines and popular family attractions, Cornwall is an ideal location for an affordable and memorable United Kingdom break. In summer, the county offers jewel-tone waters and pristine beaches. In winter, guests can expect enchanting landscapes, spectacular fresh food and a welcoming atmosphere. Add some excellent three star hotels into the mix and it's easy to understand why Cornwall is considered one of the UK's premier holiday destinations all year round.
Cornwall's South Coast: a Maritime Fantasy
Across Cornwall, the ocean plays a dominant role in the local culture. While in the north of the county surfboards are the vehicle of choice, boats are more popular in the south.
Falmouth is one of the county's most popular towns among holidaymakers. Built around a port, the town also epitomises the county's maritime identity. Visitors can enjoy an evening stroll around the harbour. During the day, the National Maritime Museum offers up a fascinating way to spend an afternoon, and if you get a little peckish or thirsty then the town is also home to some fabulous bars and restaurants.
There's no shortage of three star hotels in Falmouth. The Falmouth Hotel is a grand, historic building in the heart of the town which offers a luxurious interior with affordable rates. As well as an on-site restaurant, the hotel also boasts an indoor swimming pool. Elsewhere in Falmouth, the Park View Townhouse offers an intimate setting complete with a sunny terrace and free breakfast.
Hotels in the Rugged North
The coastline in the north of Cornwall is equally spectacular, but tranquillity is traded in for wild, rugged charm. The north coast is well known to offer some of the country's best surf spots, but the region is also popular with walkers and families looking for some quality time together.
The centre of all the action on the North Coast of Cornwall is Newquay. The lively town plays host to a wide selection of bars and clubs, offering the best nightlife in the South-West. There's also a surprising array of beaches, all offering great surf and a variety of water sports centres, offering lessons for those who have yet to try their hand at riding Cornwall's waves.
Newquay is also home to some of the best hotels in Cornwall, straddling all price ranges. Hotel Victoria boasts spectacular sea views, as well as a large conference space and fitness centre, making it great for both leisure and business visitors. The Great Western Hotel also benefits from a seafront location, and has the facilities to cater for weddings and corporate events.
While the natural beauty of this south-western county is enough to lure in a great many visitors each year, there are plenty of man-made attractions as well. For kids, Cornwall's Crealy Adventure Park is an excellent place to spend a day, with a huge selection of activities from water parks and slides to an impressive zoo.