Destination guide

Cornwall: an ancient Celtic land

This ancient Celtic peninsula is a windswept land of cliff-flanked sandy beaches, starkly beautiful moorland and meadows filled with blooming wildflower. The age-old industry of mining may have had its day, but during the summer the county thrives on tourism, with vacationing families who come for a little seaside break away from the big cities. If you stay in a Cornwall vacation rental, you can expect the ruins of ancient castles, stately homes and English gardens, not to mention some of the best surf in the country and the renowned domes of the Eden Project.

Things to do

Ancient ruins in Cornwall

One of the county's draws is the plentiful National Trust properties and gardens. You won't have to drive far from your Cornwall vacation rental to visit one of the stately homes surrounded by manicured English gardens. The list of attractions in Cornwall is exhaustive, but there are some standouts you shouldn't miss. The 700-year-old ruins of Tintagel Castle look like they came straight out of Games of Thrones, while the windswept Land's End looks out over the Atlantic and is England's most westerly point. The botanical gardens housed in the Eden Project's biomes are reason enough to visit Cornwall.


Hit the surf in Cornwall

When you stay in a Cornwall vacation rental along the coast, you can make the most of the county's long list of activities. If you charter one of the yachts in the harbor, you could take it for a spin out at sea or join one of the sailing schools to learn how. Cornwall is Britain's premier surfing location and whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned pro, you'll find consistently good waves rolling up onto its shores. Off the water, the fun doesn't stop. There are some gorgeous coastal walks that wind around Cornwall's beautiful shoreline.


For consistent weather in Cornwall, summer's best

Weather-wise, you're always throwing the dice when you visit British shores but if you're looking for the most consistently good sunshine, try scoring a Cornwall vacation rental between July and August. If you catch it right, the Cornish summers can be glorious. If you don't mind a drop in the temperature, you could always try spring or fall and skip the summer crowds. The beaches might not be as appealing, but the attractions are always on-hand and if the heavens open, you could always dive into one of the cozy country pubs for a pint and a bite to eat.

Natural features

Soaring peregrine falcons in Cornwall

Cornwall has a long and varied list of wildlife which thrive around the waterways, the moorland and the coasts. In spring, the meadows burst into color as the wildflower blooms and makes for the best season for spotting critters. Soaring peregrine falcons are not uncommon, nor are the rock doves in the county's towns. If you're walking, look out for colorful butterflies and dragonflies, particularly on the warm summer days and be careful not to step on hedgehogs that roll up along the footpaths. Down along the coast, seals congregate on the pebble beaches and rocks, while enormous basking sharks can be seen out at sea.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Cornwall

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Roche Station, Bugle Station and Luxulyan Station are the main stations in the area.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cornwall?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,338 vacation rentals near Cornwall. From 3,925 Cottages to 4,025 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cornwall for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cornwall?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cornwall. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Saint Ives: 2,041 vacation rentals
  • Port Isaac: 1,877 vacation rentals
  • Newquay: 3,114 vacation rentals
  • Falmouth: 1,051 vacation rentals
  • Penzance: 1,927 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cornwall! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cornwall?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cornwall:

  • Saint Ives: 2,041 rentals
  • Port Isaac: 1,877 rentals
  • Newquay: 3,114 rentals
  • Falmouth: 1,051 rentals
  • Penzance: 1,927 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Cornwall?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Cornwall are:

  • Land's End / St. Just Airport (LEQ): 2,100 vacation rentals
  • Penzance Heliport Airport (PZE): 2,837 vacation rentals
  • St Mawgan Airport (NQY): 4,412 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cornwall?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cornwall. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St Ives Harbour: 3,137 rentals
  • Fistral Beach: 4,075 rentals
  • Kynance Cove: 2,243 rentals
  • Crantock Beach: 4,095 rentals
  • Polzeath Beach: 3,571 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cornwall listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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