things to do in cornwall
Travel, Destination, Culture


May 17, 2022

The county of things to do in cornwall in the UK has beautiful beaches, lovely countryside, and some spectacular coastal vistas. So it should come as no surprise that a trip to Cornwall is a popular option for both holidaymakers in the UK and visitors from overseas. Today, I’m going to share a suggested detailed Cornwall itinerary with an overview of things to do in Cornwall in a week.

I actually grew up in Cornwall, and spent many of my formative years exploring the county. More recently, since our time living near Bath in the UK, Cornwall has been a nearby county for short breaks.

I think Cornwall has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway with some beach time, a more active holiday featuring surfing, hiking, or cycling, or want to explore some ancient historical sites, Cornwall has something for you. It’s also home to a massive range of accommodation options, from cosy remote cottages to seaside bed-and-breakfasts.

First, I’m going to answer some questions about Cornwall that you might have. Then, I’ll share a suggestion of an itinerary for a week in Cornwall. This list of things to do covers a range of activities that should easily fill a week in Cornwall, but you can of course adjust it to your own timeframe and interests.

Let’s get started with this guide to things to do in Cornwall in a week!

Where is Cornwall?

Cornwall is a county in England, found in the very south west of the country. It borders Devon but is otherwise essentially a long peninsula, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s around 230 miles from London, 150 miles Bristol, and 300 miles from Manchester. If you are coming here from London, you are looking at a 5 hour drive or train ride from the capital.

How To Get to Cornwall

Our recommended option for getting to Cornwall is to drive. This will give you the greatest flexibility in terms of sight seeing when you are there.

Cornwall is well connected by road with a mix of dual carriageways and motorway connecting the county to the rest of the country. Do be aware though that it is a popular destination and at certain times of year, particularly around school holidays, the roads can get quite congested.

From London it’s around a 5 hour drive, and from Bristol it’s around 3 hours. Of course, these drive times will vary depending on which part of the county you are visiting.

is also well connected by rail, with a fast rail connection running from London to Penzance in just over 5 hours. You can also reach  via train from many other parts of the country. Check train timetables and book your train tickets online here.

You can also travel by coach to  from locations around the UK. This will generally take a bit longer than the train, but might be a better option depending on where you are travelling from. You can check coach prices and timetables across a number of operators here. We also recommend National Express and Megabus, both of which offer a wide range of routes across the country.

You can also fly to  from other parts of the UK as well as some overseas locations. The main airport in  is  Airport in Newquay. You can then either rent a car or use public transport to get around. From the airport, you can also arrange a private transfer like this to get to your accommodation.

Another option for getting to is to take a guided tour. These usually run for a number of days and will generally include your transport and tour guide, as well as accommodation. For example:

This 5 day tour from London includes Devon and as well as a number of other popular attractions in the southwest. We’ve taken multiple tours with Rabbie’s and always had a great time.

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