Travel GuideCornwall

The Ultimate Cornwall Travel Guide

An ever-growing holiday destination among our LandCruise Motorhome Hire customers, and approximately 4hrs 30mins from our base in Oving, is the county of Cornwall.

Situated on a peninsula in the south west of Great Britain, and with some of the UK’s most dramatic and unique coastline, Cornwall is one of the most visited destinations in the country.

Visiting Cornwall is a great idea for both families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and groups of friends alike!

Whether you’re exploring quaint, Cornish seaside towns in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, Cornwall is a brilliant place to go in your motorhome or campervan.

Did You Know?

The humble Cornish Pasty is known across the world, but did you know they first came to existence in the 1300’s when the mothers and wives of local tin miners would create a meat and vegetable meal that could be easily eaten down in the mines of Cornwall.

Whilst tin mining has dramatically reduced in the area, traditional Cornish Pasties can be found across the county (we recommend eating one fresh – they’re to die for!).

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Why You Should Visit Cornwall

Cornwall is often known as the surfer’s paradise of England and whilst you’d be correct in thinking that too, there’s so much more you can do than having fun out on the water!

If you’re a couple looking for a bit of relaxation time, a family wanting to experience some of the UK’s best beaches or a keen culture-vulture roaming through traditional Cornish villages, there’s something for everyone!


Activities in Cornwall

The most popular activity for those who travel to Cornwall is watersports and it’s clear to see why! Whether you’re heading to Fistral Beach in Newquay, Gwithian Beach near Hayle or Polzeath Beach in Padstow, you’ll be spoilt for choice in whatever watersport you choose. Surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are all extremely popular activities to do in Cornwall and there are plenty of places to rent equipment if you don’t have it to hand.

Cornwall is also famous for its Eden Project where nature-lovers can explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest in all its glory! As an educational charity, they also run transformational social and environmental projects locally and internationally so that people are aware of the threats that nature is under.

In and amongst the dramatic cliffs of Porthcurno, you’ll be able to discover one of the world’s most spectacular open-air theatres in Minack Theatre. Opening in 1930, it has that Ancient-Roman esque feel to it with its impressive seating set in the cliffs overlooking the stage and the Atlantic Ocean – we’d highly recommend this as a day out with the family!

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Top 4 Things To Do In Cornwall


1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most mysterious garden estates in Europe. It is thought these gardens were initially constructed in the mid-18th century, however were neglected after the First World War and all trace of the estate vanished.

The reconstruction jounrey that started in 1990 became Europe’s largest garden restoration project and as of today, Heligan’s 200 acres estate is open to explorers, wildlife, plant lovers and garden romantics throughout the year.


2. Riding Waves of the North Cornish Coast

Cornwall has rapidly become a world-class surfing destination for both competitions and recreational visitors, particularly on the north coast, where Newquay’s Fistral Beach is frequently referred to as the “Home of British Surfing”. Whether you’re planning to enter the Boardmasters Surf Championships or simply trying surfing for the first time, Cornwall is undoubtedly the best place in the UK to ride some waves.

Don’t quite feel up to surfing big waves? Try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at Polkerris Beach or Falmouth’s beloved Gylly Beach instead.

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3. Explore The Dazzling Jewel in Cornwall’s Crown – St. Ives

Locally known as The Dazzling Jewel in Cornwall’s Crown, St. Ives is a humble, picturesque seaside town and fishing harbour that sits on the North West coast of Cornwall. Attracting thousands of visitors every year thanks to its diverse range of activities and places to stay, you won’t run out of things to do in St. Ives.

Whether you stroll through the maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with independent shops, or tasting some of the UK’s best seafood, there’s something for the whole family in St. Ives.


4. Venturing out to St Michael’s Mount

A trip to Cornwall isn’t complete without visiting St Michael’s Mount. Being one of just 43 unbridged tidal islands in mainland Britain, those who time the tides just right can walk out across the causeway to the granite-based island and explore the evocative castle and sub-tropical gardens. Steeped in history, St Michael’s Mount makes for a great day out for the whole family!

When Is The Best Time To Visit Cornwall?

Cornwall is one of the most visited locations throughout the UK and it’s clear to see why. Whilst it’s known for its beaches and crystal-clear waters in the summer, Cornwall is a great place to visit no matter the time of year.



As the cold and dark of winter fades and the days get a little bit longer, the county of Cornwall springs into the beaming sunshine to become the beautiful tourist destination it is. Spring is a great time to visit Cornwall if you’re looking for a quiet holiday and if you’re lucky enough, some warmer temperatures. The Easter school holidays is also a fantastic opportunity to take the whole family away!



When you think of Cornwall, your mind may take you to the golden sand beaches, glistening water and the sound of crashing waves – this is exactly what it’s like in the summer! The most popular time of year to visit Cornwall is summer and there’s an endless list as to why that’s the case – mix this in with the school holidays, and you’ll struggle to find somewhere better to stay in the UK’s peak of summer.



The days start to get shorter and the temperature slowly drops, but Cornwall still has plenty to offer. Campsites and tourist attractions are starting to wind down but that presents a unique opportunity to those who visit Cornwall in Autumn – it’ll be a lot quieter than the seasons of Spring and Summer.



If wintery, cold walks are your sort of thing, then Cornwall has got to be on your bucket list. Blowing the cobwebs away is best done by the seaside and thankfully, Cornwall is surrounded by it! Moody coastlines are the theme of Cornwall in Winter, but be sure to steer clear of any clifftops.

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The Best Campsites In Cornwall

There are a whole host of brilliant campsites and places to stay throughout Cornwall, all of which are ideal for relaxing and for feeling closer to the wonderful great outdoors – Cornwall is a great place to stay in your hired motorhome or campervan.

Whilst wild camping is not permitted in Cornwall, you can still pitch up right near the cliffs and beaches in one of Cornwall’s hundreds of campsites.

Along with some customer recommendations we’ve handpicked some of our favourite places to stay in Cornwall.

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Vehicles Best Suited To Cornwall

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Cornwall Frequently Asked Questions

1. How big is Cornwall?

The county of Cornwall stretches over 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi) covering the most southernly western part of mainland Britain.

2. Where to eat in Cornwall?

From Michelin-star dining to the humble Cornish Pasty, there are loads of great restaurants and places to eat in Cornwall that suits all preferred tastes and budgets.

3. Can you camp in Cornwall?

Of course you can camp in Cornwall, however, wild camping in Cornwall is not permitted. If you’re unsure where to camp in Cornwall, check out our recommended campsites in Cornwall page.

5. What motorhomes and campervans are best suited to Cornwall?

Cornwall is perfectly set up for motorhomes and campervans of all shapes and sizes.

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