The definitive family friendly 7 day Cornwall itineraryBy Angelica Malin
Located along England’s rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall is an idyllic destination, boasting stunning scenery, picturesque villages, a vibrant food scene, white sandy beaches, world-class surfing, and plenty of things to see and do. All of this, and more, makes Cornwall perfect for a memorable family holiday.
Whether you choose an off-season Cornwall holiday as a winter getaway or head to Cornwall for summer, no matter what time you visit this stunning corner of England you’re guaranteed to find plenty of things to see and do.
To ensure all of Cornwall is within easy reach, base yourself somewhere central, such as CLC World resorts UK Trenython Manor, located along Cornwall’s southern coast of St Austell Bay.
If you’re considering getting away from it all with a Cornwall holiday, then check out our week in Cornwall itinerary, offering plenty of things to see and do that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Cornwall Itinerary – 7 days
Cornwall Itinerary Day 1 – Head to the Eden Project
Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, the Eden Project is a great destination to visit no matter what time of year you choose to enjoy a Cornwall holiday. The Eden Project is the world’s largest greenhouse, home to an astonishing array of plants from across the globe. The Eden Project’s giant domes are home to lush jungles, tropical rainforests and waterfalls, olive groves, citrus trees, and contemporary gardens. In addition to a gift shop and on-site restaurant, the Eden Project is also home to England’s longest and fastest zip wire, an aerial trekking course, as well as a hair-raising giant swing which plummets at speeds of up to 50 mph over a cliff edge.
Cornwall Itinerary Day 2 – Explore Padstow
Located along Cornwall’s Northern coastline, Padstow is a must-visit during a week in Cornwall. Padstow is a picturesque fishing village packed with charm, and the pretty harbour is a great place to enjoy a stroll and watch life go by from one of its many cafes and eateries along the waterfront. From the port, you can also take one of many boat trips, which tour the coastline and allow guests to view a plethora of wildlife, including dolphins, puffins, and seals. One of Padstow’s most famed residents is chef Rick Stein. Foodies will delight in visiting one of his restaurants, which include a café, fish and chip shop, and his flagship restaurant Rick Stein, or even enjoy a course at his cookery school during a Cornwall holiday.
Cornwall Itinerary Day 3 – Visit Lands End
No Cornwall holiday is complete without visiting Land’s End, the most westerly point of both Cornwall and Great Britain and one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal landscapes. Lands End is famous for its stunning scenery that has inspired many artists over the years. Clifftop trails criss-cross this stunning locale which make for great hiking, while visitors will also find a shopping village, visitor centre, restaurants and cafes.
Cornwall Itinerary Day 4 – Tour Truro
Truro is a picturesque cathedral city which makes for a great day out as part of a week in Cornwall itinerary. Browse Truro’s shops, boutiques, and art galleries, then enjoy a bite to eat at one of the city’s many restaurants and cafés. Make sure you leave time to visit Truro Cathedral. Built between 1880 and 1910 this stunning gothic revival cathedral lies at the heart of Cornwall’s only city and boasts some of the biggest stained-glass windows in the world, including some of the finest Victorian stained glass in the UK. A trip to Truro is a Cornwall holiday must.
Cornwall Itinerary Day 5 – Discover Newquay
Newquay is a pretty town located along Cornwall’s northern coast and is best known for its beautiful white sandy beaches. It’s especially popular with surfers year-round, who can be found catching waves at waterfront spots such as Fistral Beach. In addition to its beautiful beaches, other attractions that should form part of a week in Cornwall itinerary include the Blue Reef Aquarium, and Newquay Zoo, perfect for rainy days. For those with young children, visit the Lappa Valley Steam Railway – a family friendly must during a Cornwall holiday!
Cornwall Itinerary Day 6 – Explore Tintagel Castle
Set along Cornwall’s rugged north coast, Tintagel Castle is packed with history and myth and makes for a fascinating day out for the entire family during a Cornwall holiday. The ruined Norman castle is linked with King Arthur, with legend stating that it is the resting place of Excalibur, King Arthur’s magical sword. Tour the ruins of the castle and soak up the spectacular sea views, then explore the nearby town of Tintagel, including the Old Post Office, a 14th century manor house managed by the National Trust.
Cornwall Itinerary Day 7 – Relax and make the most of your resort’s amenities
After such an action-packed seven-day Cornwall itinerary why not enjoy a leisurely day of respite at one of Cornwall’s many spas? For example, those staying at CLC’s holiday lodges in Cornwall in St Austell Bay can enjoy a host of relaxing treatments at the resort’s Templespa. These include facials, body treatments, and massages. Guests can also enjoy all the spa’s facilities, including a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness suite.
If you’re seeking an action-packed adventure that the entire family will enjoy, then mark your diary for a Cornwall holiday.