Cornwall: An Insider’s Guide

When going on holiday, having a little insider knowledge about the place your visiting really can enhance your trip, and the tranquil county of Cornwall is no exception!

Cornwall is no exceptionSure, we’re all aware that Cornwall offers a picturesque escape for any type of getaway; whether a family holiday, couple’s retreat or a solo getaway, it’s one of England’s finest coastal holiday destinations. But, when it comes to it – do you know the best places to visit? The best places to eat? And of course, the best places to stay?

Here’s the ultimate insider’s guide to Cornwall, providing you with all the tips and tricks that’ll make sure you make the most of your Cornish adventure!

The History

The HistoryCornwall is a ceremonial county and unitary authority area of England, and it’s a peninsula bordered to the North and West by the Celtic Sea and to the South by the English Channel. First inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods, and later becoming home to Neolithic and then Bronze Age people, with distinctive cultural relations to neighbouring Wales and Brittany.

Historically, tin mining was important within the Cornish economy, becoming increasingly significant during the High Middle-Ages, and expanding significantly during the 19th century when rich copper mines were also in production. However, although many of the mines are no longer accessible, the heritage and history of Cornwall is still very much in its air, offering a destination full of discovery, tradition and scenic sights.

Enjoy the Seasons

Enjoy the SeasonsCornwall really is the perfect destination for any time of the year, however, if you’re looking to sunbathe, we wouldn’t recommend that you visit in the chilly winter season. Although, if rambling is your thing, Land’s End may just be the perfect place to visit! Most people visit Cornwall during the summer time, often between June and August, in order to take advantage of the warm weather and summer sunshine. Due to its southern location, spring comes early – with daffodils in full bloom by January.

If you’re a surfer or one for water sports September and October are the best months to visit, providing good weather and an awesome surfing swell! To keep up-to-date with the waves, check out this 7-day surf report from Cornwalls.

Stay in Tradition

Stay in TraditionWhen looking for accommodation, there are plenty of traditional cottages and Cornish homes that you can rent in order to enhance your holiday and indulge in the good old Cornish culture. Duchy Holidays offer self-catered accommodation that are the perfect temporary Cornish home for any type of getaway, providing holiday cottages in Perranporth, St Agnes and Porthtowan. So, whether you fancy a coastline holiday or an escape into the heart of the countryside, Cornwall offers all types of settings to suit your stay!

Discover the Secret Beaches

Discover the Secret BeachesCornwall is a beautiful location, boasting scenic countryside and coastline views with some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK (and possibly the world!) – providing the perfect place for surfing, sunbathing, sightseeing or sandcastle building.

In fact, the many secret and discovered beaches are one of the many reasons why people choose to holiday in Cornwall, but here are the ones not to miss!

Lizard Point

Lizard PointThe white sands of Lizard Point are truly breathtaking. The area offers many secret beaches and coves, allowing you to discover Cornwall’s untouched beauty. Lizard Point also offers calm waters, making it the ideal place to relax and take in the summer Cornish sun.

Porth Saxon

Porth Saxon

Porth Saxon is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets! With brilliant waters, it’s the perfect place for swimming or a romantic picnic, although this one is pebbly, so don’t forget your shoes! Over half a mile in length, this little treasure is great for a family day out, and has lots of rock pools that are ideal for exploring.


GwenverPossibly one of Cornwall’s more popular hidden-gems, offering a great spot for surfing due to the best wave breaks of the area. If you’re a beginner, we don’t recommend that you try surfing here!However, even if surfing isn’t your thing, it’s exceptionally beautiful and boasts white sand and clear blue seas that are definitely easy to enjoy!

Taste the Local Flavours

Taste the Local Flavours

When it comes to food, Cornish people know exactly what they’re doing. From the delicious Cornish pasty to the tempting Cornish scone and clotted cream – if you’re looking for a holiday of indulging in tasty treats and traditional flavours that just melt in your mouth – Cornwall is the place you’ve been looking for!

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Home to plenty of local produce, treats for the sweet-tooth and even healthy options for the well-behaved – Cornwall has quite rightly so become a ‘foodie’s paradise’. Be sure to visit Porthleven during your flavoursome holiday. This pretty fishing village that has earned a place on Cornwall’s top towns to eat, providing the perfect place to relax, enjoy fine foods and wines whilst looking out over the picturesque coastal views. Perfect!

cornwall beach

So, if you’re looking for a beautiful holiday destination, choose Cornwall! It really is the perfect escape that suits every type of holiday maker, with so much to see, do and explore, as well as local foods to enjoy, plenty of sights to visit and history to discover. And, once you’ve visited, Cornwall really is the holiday destination you’ll return to time and time again!

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