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The Perfect 3 Days in Cornwall Itinerary

Last Updated on January 29, 2024

by Maggie Turansky

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Cornwall is the southwesternmost county in England and is famed for its beautiful beaches, world-class surfing, and Cornish pasties. However, with a number of towns and cities in the county, it can be difficult to determine what to see and where to go if you’re planning a 3 days in Cornwall itinerary.

Cornwall is known to be the warmest area of England and has more sun year-round than virtually anywhere else in the country. With a culture distinct from elsewhere in England with strong Celtic roots, unique cuisine, incredible nature, beautiful beaches and fascinating history, Cornwall really makes for one of the best destinations to visit in the entirety of the country.

If you’re thinking of exploring this part of England, here’s everything you need to know about the best time to visit, where to stay, how to get there and where to go in Cornwall!

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When to Visit Cornwall

Arguably the best time to visit Cornwall is either in the summer season of July to August if you are happy to endure the crowds in order to be able to fully enjoy the surf and the beach. Not that in the high season, it can be hard to find accommodation or even a spot in a car park due to crowds.

Or, alternatively, visiting in the shoulder seasons of May to June and September to October should allow you to enjoy the beautiful coastal walks and towns in Cornwall with a fraction of the crowds that visit this region in summer.

Visiting Cornwall from November to April might not be the best time to go as the weather is the coldest and rainiest you will get all year. However, there are a number of advantages of travelling to this part of the world in the offseason.

Accommodation prices are surprisingly affordable and tourist crowds are virtually non-existent. The obvious disadvantage of travelling in the off-season is that it makes it hard to enjoy the beautiful coastline of the area.

Not only will you not be able to dip into the water but you may experience very strong winds, making it hard to enjoy some of the coastal paths and walks on offer in the southwest of England.

Regardless of when you decide to go, however, Cornwall is an area that should be on everyone’s English travel wishlist .

St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

Getting To & Around Cornwall

There are a few options for travellers looking to get from Cornwall. While this article will focus on the best way to get to Cornwall from London, the pros and cons of each method are relevant to travelling from other parts of England . There are four main options to consider: train, bus, car or guided tour

There are trains to Cornwall from all over England with one of the most popular routes being to travel from London to Penzance in Cornwall. The journey takes just over 5 hours and there are several trains a day (there is also a night train available).

If you want to get to other destinations in Cornwall such as Newquay or St Ives then that will usually require at least one change of train from London, though there are some direct trains available.

When travelling by train in the UK, it is strongly recommended to book tickets in advance as you can get much better deals when compared to booking a day or two before travel. Click here to browse train schedules.

Travelling to Cornwall by bus from London means adding at least 3 hours onto your journey time. Both National Express and MegaBus run routes from London with direct routes available to towns in Cornwall such as Penzance, Newquay and St Ives.

Unless you’re travelling on a tight budget, I personally wouldn’t recommend this option, particularly if you’re on a short UK itinerary. Click here to browse bus schedules.

In our opinion, the best way to get to Cornwall from London or anywhere else in England is to rent a car. While the journey time will be comparable to taking a train, having a car will allow you to have a lot more flexibility in exploring Cornwall.

You can also take a slightly longer but more scenic route along the A-30 that goes along the coast rather than on the highway. This London to Cornwall drive can be an incredible trip on its own and it can be well worth making a few stops along the way.

Public transport within region is limited so having a car will ensure you can visit all the great destinations that are on offer! It’s certainly the easiest way to get around Cornwall.

We rented a car at Heathrow Airport which is a cheaper option than renting a vehicle from the centre of London. We recommend browsing on Rentalcars.Com to find deals on car hire as they aggregate results across a number of suppliers.

It can also be a good option to take out an excess insurance policy from a third party like iCarHireInsurance to ensure you don’t need to pay any excess in the event that you need to make a claim.

If you’re staying in London and prefer to take a tour to visit Cornwall then there a few options available. Most of the tours available will be around 5 days round trip and include accommodation, transport, some meals and a guide. If this is something that interests you I suggest checking out this tour that combines Cornwall with Devon.

Cornwall sky clearing after rain

3-Day Cornwall Itinerary

While it is entirely possible to spend a week or more enjoying the villages in Cornwall, the nature, the beaches in Cornwall and historic sites, you can cover a lot of ground in just 3 days. If you’re looking for the ideal 3-day Cornish trip, we’re here to help.

Day 1 – Tintagel, Newquay & the Eden Project

The first day of this road trip to Cornwall sees you exploring some diverse areas of this beautiful region. Start by exploring a medieval castle with mythical roots, visit an incredible indoor rainforest, or maybe try your hand at surfing in one of England’s premier beach destinations.

Begin this day in the town of Tintagel, home to Tintagel castle , which, according to folklore, was the mythical birthplace of the one and only King Arthur. This ruined fortification is located on its own small island accessible by a footbridge that leads over the dramatic cliffs below. The views are absolutely spectacular and there is definitely a certain kind of magic that can be found here.

There is a well-maintained visitor’s centre at Tintagel where you can learn more about the history and myth of this castle, or you can just take the time to be moved by how incredible the scenery is.

Note that admission to Tintagel is ticketed, with several different price points for adults, students, children and concessions. Ensure that you wear good shoes as there is some beautiful natural scenery to explore in the area, along with the ruins of the castle and the visitor’s centre.

Ruins of Tintagel castle, Cornwall

The Eden Project

From Tintagel and for a different taste of nature, head to the Eden Project which has a number of different biomes including the biggest rainforest in captivity. If you’re an adrenaline junky, it’s possible to zip line across the entire park.

The Eden Project is more than just a botanical garden, it is absolutely massive and it’s perfect even for those who don’t ordinarily like this kind of attraction. There are countless different biomes and greenhouses, numerous outdoor gardens, a massive playground perfect for those travelling with kids and, of course, the zip wire and other adrenaline-pumping activities.

Plan to spend at least a few hours here before moving onto your next destination.

And finally, end your day in the charming town of Newquay, a quintessential seaside village that is a perfect place to explore and relax by the beach. There are countless fantastic restaurants in the town as well, including The Fish House , a well-renowned seafood eatery in Fistral Beach.

Newquay is also said to be the best surfing destination in the UK and the culture here may have you thinking you’ve arrived in a coastal town in Southern California or Australia.

There are countless surfing schools in Newquay that are there to teach you how to hit the waves, should that take your fancy, or you can just occupy yourself by watching the countless surfers from the warmth and safety of the sand (or a beachside bar!).

Fistral Beach in Newquay

Day 2 – Penzance, St Michael’s Mount & Land’s End

Provided the weather works in your favour (and there is more of a chance of this in Cornwall than elsewhere in England), spend your second day of this Cornish road trip enjoying a number of Cornwall’s incredible outdoor sights and scenery.

Penzance & St Michael’s Mount

Begin your day in the charming town of Penzance. There isn’t all that much to see here in regards to tourist sites, however, the town itself is worth wandering through. There are a lot of points of interest around Penzance, however, that make it a great jumping-off point for day two of your time in Cornwall.

One such point of interest is the beautiful St Michael’s Mount which is one of the top places to visit in Cornwall. Located on a small island just a stone’s throw away from Penzance of the coast of the town of Marazion, the island is reachable by a man-made causeway that you can walk across at low to mid-tide (most of the day) and it only takes a few minutes to reach the island.

The main attraction of St Michael’s Mount would be the castle that lies on the island. Historically, the castle has been a counterpart of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy .

The castle on St Michael’s Mount dates back as far as the 8th Century CE when the structure was built as a monastery, however, it has been home to the St Aubyn family since about 1650.

Minack Theatre

From St Michael’s Mount, hop in the car and get ready to experience some of the best natural scenery that you’ll experience in all of England, not just on this visit in Cornwall. For a man-made wonder with some of the best views in the world, take a trip to the Minack Theatre .

It’s an open-air theatre that a Cornish woman carved out of the side of a cliff. It has spectacular views of the sea and puts on Shakespeare productions during the summer season. It’s worth a visit even if you don’t see a show, though, because both the theatre and scenery are absolutely breathtaking.

Minack Theatre near Penzance

Land’s End & Cape Cornwall

Now it’s time to head a little bit further southwest until you can’t drive any further — that’s because you’ve reached Land’s End, the southwesternmost point of Britain! This area is more known for its incredible views and stunning scenery, boasting dramatic cliffs and turquoise blue water.

On a clear day, it is even possible to see the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago that lies about 40 kilometres off the coast.

Driving a bit further north, you will reach Cape Cornwall, which is England’s only cape and also boasts numerous walking trails and incredible views. If the weather is fine and you’re keen to get outside a bit, I highly recommend taking a walk around here to experience some of the most amazing views you will see in the region.

Land's End in Cornwall

Day 3 – Mousehole & St Ives

After spending so much time out in nature on the first two days of this 3 days in Cornwall itinerary, your final day will be spent exploring some iconic Cornish villages.

Begin your day in the lovely town of Mousehole, a traditional fishing village that is sure to steal your heart. While there may not be a huge amount of tourist points of interest here, it is packed with charm and well worth a wander through.

There is also a charming harbour to enjoy along with a number of cosy cafes, cute shops and other places to take it. It’s a great peaceful stop that can take you a bit away from a lot of tourist crowds.

Mousehole, Cornwall in the rain

From Mousehole, it’s time to head to one of the most popular places to visit in all of Cornwall, St Ives.

The city of St Ives boasts a lively art scene and even has its own branch of the Tate . There are a number of great restaurants and shops there as well and the winding cobbled streets exude a classic English charm.

The city itself has a lot to offer including some wonderful beaches, plenty of art galleries, locals shops to browse, great restaurants and much much more.

There are also ample walking opportunities that begin and end in the city so if you’re keen to get out into nature just a bit more, make sure to find some hikes that you can go on to enjoy the scenery around this lovely village and this part of Cornwall even more.

There is enough to do in St Ives to keep you occupied for the rest of the day, especially if you’re interested in hitting the beach or going for a walk. There’s no doubt that visiting St Ives is one of the best things to do in Cornwall.

The city also makes for an excellent place to end this trip to Cornwall.

Porthminster beach in St Ives

Have More Time?

If you’re looking to spend five days or even a week in Cornwall, there are plenty of ways that you can extend your time in this lovely region.

If you’re keen to get outdoors, then make sure to take advantage of all of the incredible walks that are on offer in the area., including tackling some of the gorgeous South West Coast Path. You also could allot one or two days for a surfing lesson and for time to spend just lounging on the beach.

If you’re interested in exploring more towns and villages, then there are countless more settlements in Cornwall worth visiting including the city of Truro or the coastal towns of Bude and St Austell, the latter of which is home to the famed Lost Gardens of Heligan.

All in all, there is so much to see and do in Cornwall that you can’t go wrong with any length of a Cornwall road trip itinerary.

Where to Stay in Cornwall

There are myriad places to stay whilst in Cornwall , from small cities to tiny fishing villages and if you have a car it doesn’t really matter where in the county you stay as you will have the freedom to go wherever you’d like.

If travelling in high season, it is highly advisable to book ahead as Cornwall is an extremely popular destination for both international and local tourists.

If you prefer to stay in a bigger town with a larger selection of restaurants or pubs around then staying in places like Penzance, Newquay or St. Ives are good options. Here are some suggested places in each town.

Chiverton House B&B – A cosy bed and breakfast run by a situated in the heart of Penzance. They offer a range of private rooms suitable for up to two people with all modern amenities.

The Dolphin Tavern – A traditional inn located right on the coast making it the perfect choice if you want to enjoy lovely sea views every morning. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

Cliff House – A great place to stay in Newquay that is well located in the centre of town and next to the beach. Rooms are suitable for couples or families with a great breakfast included in the room rate.

Selkies NQY   – Located a few minutes walk from the beach, this is a great luxurious option for couples looking for a place to stay in Newquay. Staff are friendly and there is a bar on site.

Palma Guest House – A seafront guesthouse overlooking the beautiful St Ives coast, this place has several lovely rooms to choose from and a great location within the village.

Lifeboat Inn – A chic inn overlooking Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, this hotel offers numerous well-decorated rooms, an on-site bar and an excellent breakfast each morning.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other places to stay in Cornwall!

The charming village of St Ives is a great place to stay in Cornwall

Planning the perfect road trip around Cornwall isn’t a difficult task, with so many beautiful and historic places to visit. No matter how long you plan to spend in this incredible region of England, you’re sure to have an incredible time exploring the historic towns, beautiful nature, and stunning coastline.

Are you planning a Cornwall trip? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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About Maggie Turansky

Maggie is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from the US, she has lived in five different countries and has travelled to dozens more, both solo and with her partner, Michael. She particularly loves exploring Spain and spending time in the Caucasus and the Baltics. Read more about Maggie

Great itinerary!! Can’t wait! we prefer to stay in one of the smaller quaint villages,as though pretending we live there! HaHa!

Where would you suggest for 2 nights or break that up.

Perfect itenary for us. Follow this on Easter long weekend. Thank you.

Thanks! Glad you found this helpful 🙂

Thank you very much. The itinerary sounds fantastic! Could not wait to follow your suggestion.

Hope you have a lovely holiday, Mola!

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An unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes and rich history of Devon and Cornwall

On your Devon and Cornwall England tour, embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes and rich history of Devon and Cornwall. Our exclusive 3-day private tours explore Devon's picturesque coastlines, Dartmoor National Park, and historical gems like Buckfast Abbey. Traverse Cornwall's rustic villages, fishing harbours, and lush landscapes. In North Cornwall, discover iconic spots like Tintagel and Port Isaac. The adventure continues with a visit to Padstow, Rock, and more. West Cornwall offers St. Michael's Mount, Minack Theatre, Botallack Mines, and the artistic town of St. Ives. Our knowledgeable chauffeur guide ensures a seamless and flexible experience, venturing off the beaten path for a truly unique adventure. Don't miss the chance to explore these captivating regions with us. Important information: Your preferred drop off and collection point will be agreed with your driver prior to the tour start date .

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Your remarkable 3-day Devon and Cornwall tour commences in the heart of Devon.

To kick off your journey, we’ll first visit Dartmoor National Park. Furthermore, you’ll encounter the ancient wonder of Clapper Bridge, dating back to 1380, and Buckfast Abbey, founded in 1018. Following this enriching experience, you’ll enjoy a delightful lunch break at a traditional Devonshire pub nestled amid Dartmoor’s picturesque landscapes before heading to Tavistock.

As the tour continues, we’ll venture further to Plymouth, retracing the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake on Plymouth Hoe. It was from here that he embarked on the mission to defend England from the Spanish Armada in 1588. While in Plymouth, you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the historic Barbican district, where you can admire its Elizabethan architecture and cobbled streets. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Mayflower Steps, an iconic spot where the Pilgrim Fathers set forth on their voyage to America in 1620. And if time allows, you can indulge in a delightful gin tasting tour at Plymouth Gin.

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As your tour unfolds, you’ll delve into the rugged splendour of North Cornwall’s coastline.

Your first stop is Padstow, a quintessential Cornish fishing village that proudly boasts a charming harbour and panoramic views of Rock and the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to cross the estuary to Rock, known as the UK base of the world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay. Your private tour of Devon and Cornwall England is designed with flexibility in mind. Furthermore allowing for optional walks to Pentire Head, where you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring Cornish coastal vistas.

The journey continues to Port Isaac, a stunning fishing village and the iconic backdrop for the TV series “Doc Martin.” Port Isaac exudes charm with its narrow Victorian lanes, inviting restaurants, and cosy bars. The day’s adventures conclude in Tintagel, a place steeped in the legend of King Arthur and offering dramatic sea views and castle ruins dating back to Roman time.

Discovering West Cornwall’s Beauty

On the final day you’ll embark on an exhilarating adventure to West Cornwall.

On the final day of your Devon and Cornwall chauffeur tour, you’ll embark on an exhilarating adventure to West Cornwall, widely recognized as one of England’s most picturesque regions. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore hidden fishing villages, pristine beaches, and World Heritage Sites that showcase the rich history of this remarkable area. Your journey commences at St. Michael’s Mount, an unbridged tidal island where you can traverse the causeway or opt for a small boat ride, depending on the tide. Furthermore, this enchanting island is steeped in history and offers a unique and captivating experience.

Next on your itinerary is the awe-inspiring Minack Theatre, a remarkable amphitheatre carved from stone and perched high above the Atlantic Ocean. The views from this vantage point are truly breath-taking and provide an unforgettable sight to behold. Your exploration of Cornwall’s heritage continues with a visit to Botallack Mines, another World Heritage Site that sheds light on Cornwall’s rich tin mining history. Here, you can immerse yourself in the stories of the Cornish tin miners and gain insight into the region’s industrial past. The grand finale of your Devon and Cornwall chauffeur tour takes you to St. Ives, a stunning seaside town renowned for its Tate Gallery and vibrant artistic community. Explore the charming streets, soak in the artistic atmosphere, and appreciate the town’s cultural richness as you wrap up this unforgettable journey. Read more about Devon at Wikipedia

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Join us on this friendly small-group tour to Cornwall & The Cotswolds, where we’ll see some of Britain’s most beautiful coastline and most charming villages. This five-day tour to Cornwall is a journey of spectacular scenery, narrow country lanes, quaint locations & unique Celtic history…

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Stonehenge, Salisbury & the Jurassic Coast

Our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing London and travelling west towards the iconic pre-historic monument of Stonehenge ; the first stop of our tour. This is the world’s most famous stone circle, thought to be 4,500 years old, yet we still don’t understand its true meaning…

Our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing London and travelling west towards the iconic pre-historic monument of Stonehenge ; the first stop of our tour. This is the world’s most famous stone circle, thought to be 4,500 years old, yet we still don’t understand its true meaning. Many theories exist, suggesting the stones could have been a solar calendar, burial site or perhaps a place of worship. We’ll attempt to unravel the mysteries of the stones and then make the short journey to the medieval city of Salisbury . The city’s cathedral is visible for miles around and possesses the tallest spire in the UK. It’s also home to one of only four surviving copies of the world’s oldest constitutional document: the Magna Carta. Whilst in Salisbury we’ll have time to visit the cathedral, wander the city’s charming streets and have some lunch. This afternoon we will travel to the south coast and the county of Dorset, where we’ll visit the charming seaside town of  Lyme Regis . The town is situated on the Jurassic coast; a world-renowned part of England’s coastline that has a geological history dating back 185-million years. This location is the setting for Jane Austens’  Persuasion and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman and is our first chance to take a stroll along the sea-front. Then it will be time for us to continue west, to the Roman city of Exeter, which is where we will spend the first night of our tour.

NIGHT ONE: Exeter

Dartmoor, Plymouth, Polperro & Charlestown

This morning we’ll leave Exeter, but it won’t be long before we are ascending into the higher grounds of  Dartmoor National Park ; known for its Sherlock Holmes connection and home to the legendary Dartmoor Beast. As we travel we’ll take in the beautiful landscape…

This morning we’ll leave Exeter, but it won’t be long before we are ascending into the higher grounds of  Dartmoor National Park ; known for its Sherlock Holmes connection and home to the legendary Dartmoor Beast. As we travel we’ll absorb the beautiful landscape, negotiate narrow country lanes and perhaps spot a native Dartmoor Pony. Next we’ll travel to the port town of Plymouth on Devon’s south coast, where we’ll have lunch. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the New World; now recognised as the United States of America. Take time to explore Plymouth’s harbour, the historic Barbican area and find the ‘Mayflower Steps’. This afternoon it’s time to ‘cross the border’ and enter Cornwall; a county with a unique culture based on its Celtic heritage. Here they have their own language, their own flag, and of course their Cornish pasties! Our first stop in Cornwall will be the quaint fishing village of Polperro . Follow the narrow streets into the harbour to find an active fishing community where smuggling once thrived. A short trip along the coast will bring us to our next stop,  Charlestown , known popularly as a filming location in the TV series  Poldark . The village centres on its port and has remained largely unchanged since the late 18th century. Now its time to travel to Falmouth; our base in Cornwall and where we will spend the next two nights.

NIGHT TWO: Falmouth

St Michaels Mount, Minack Theatre, St Ives & Lands End

Today our journey will take us to some of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Cornwall’s coastline. We will begin by travelling to see the famous island of  St Michael’s Mount . This iconic location has been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century…

Today our journey will take us to some of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Cornwall’s coastline. We will begin by travelling to see the famous island of  St Michael’s Mount . This iconic location has been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century. Next, beware of ‘pirates’ as we negotiate the town of Penzance and make our way to the  Minack Theatre . This place is an inspiring story of dedication and English eccentricity, the Minack Theatre is in a spectacular location that would rival any theatre in the world. From here we continue west, to the westernmost place in Britain and our next stop;  Land’s End . Here we can gaze out over the Atlantic and on a clear day we’ll be able to see the Isles of Scilly. Next up is  St Ives, one of Britain’s most popular seaside towns. This charming setting was once a centre of Cornwall’s fishing industry, but is now known more as a destination for artists. Stroll along the cobbled lanes, pop into an art shop, take a walk along the front of one of the beaches and have some lunch. Now it’s time to travel back to  Falmouth where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore this historic harbour town. Visit the historic Pendennis Castle, discover Falmouth’s renowned National Marimitime Museum or perhaps spend time in a traditional local pub. Tonight is our second night in Falmouth.

NIGHT THREE: Falmouth

Port Isaac & Tintagel

This morning it’s time to leave Falmouth, but our Cornish adventure isn’t over yet. We begin by travelling to Cornwall’s north coast, and we’ll reach the charming fishing village of Port Isaac . For some the village may be more familiar by its fictional name ‘Portwenn’…

This morning it’s time to leave Falmouth, but our Cornish adventure isn’t over yet. We begin by travelling to Cornwall’s north coast, and we’ll reach the charming fishing village of Port Isaac . For some the village may be more familiar by its fictional name ‘Portwenn’; as this is the main filming location in the hit TV series  Doc Martin . Starring Martin Clunes, the series follows the life of Doc Martin, a local Doctor whose unique personality and blunt nature leads to a clash of cultures with locals that has humorous results. We’ll have plenty of time in Port Isaac to explore the village, have some lunch and you may wish to join an optional walking tour with a local village guide. This afternoon we’ll continue further north along the coast to Tintagel ; once home to an ancient castle which legend says was the birthplace of  King Arthur . The island on which the castle would have stood is shrouded in history, and the views of the surrounding coastline are spectacular. After this we will travel back to Exeter where there’ll be time to explore the historic city centre, visit the cathedral or stroll along the river Exe. We’ll spend the final night of the tour in Exeter.

NIGHT FOUR: Exeter

Bath & the Cotswolds

The final day of our tour to Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing Exeter and visiting possibly the most beautiful city in Britain; Bath . Founded by the Romans as a spa town, the legend of the city suggests that the water here possesses healing powers…

The final day of our tour to Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing Exeter and visiting possibly the most beautiful city in Britain; Bath . Founded by the Romans as a spa town, the legend of the city suggests that the water here possesses healing powers. Whilst here be sure to visit the Roman Baths and take in some of the beautiful regency architecture like the Royal Crescent and the Circus. You may also wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre, stroll across the iconic Pultney Bridge and try a local delicacy: a Bath Bun. After ample time to explore Bath and have some lunch we will continue our journey in  The Cotswolds ; a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. This area is home to Britain’s most famous countryside, known for its beautiful scenery and historic association with sheep farming. We’ll travel through the rolling hills, passing a number of charming villages along the way. We’ll stop in at  Castle Combe , arguably the most picture-perfect village in The Cotswolds region. Here you can wander around the quiet streets and admire the villages’ idyllic river setting. At this point it is time to make our way back towards London, where our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds concludes.

The tour returns to the  Holiday Inn Hotel  in Kensington by approximately 18.00.

Port Isaac Village

Tour Summary

Tour: Cornwall & the Cotswolds Tour

Duration: 5-days / 4-nights

You’ll Visit: Port Isaac, St Ives, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle, St Michael’s Mount – plus – Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Bath and more

Includes: Minibus transportation, four nights accommodation (B&B or Hotel) and a friendly Driver-Guide

Extras:  Meals (except breakfast), entry to attractions

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5-Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group from London Tour

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"Only the weather could have been better." John, traveled in February 2024

Corners of Cornwall Tour

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Corners of Cornwall

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Walking The Western Tip of Cornwall Tour

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Walking The Western Tip of Cornwall

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Cornwall tour starting in London

"Friendly and well-paced, with all the information you could want without turning the trip into a classroom." MaryCate, traveled in June 2023

Stonehenge, Devon & Cornwall - 5 days Tour

In-depth Cultural Family Historical +1

Stonehenge, Devon & Cornwall - 5 days

Cornwall on E-bikes guided cycling tour Tour

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Cornwall on E-bikes guided cycling tour

Corners of Cornwall Tour

"Need longer time in St Ives, but much shorter at Lands End." Lynn, traveled in May 2024

Walk the Cornish Coast Tour

Hiking & Trekking Explorer Historical +1

Walk the Cornish Coast

"Everything was lovely. The lack of communication from both the tour broker and tour operator led to a great deal of confusion and anxiety." Kathryn, traveled in April 2022

Corners of Cornwall 2023 Tour

In-depth Cultural Historical

Corners of Cornwall 2023

"A fabulous, considerate and knowledgeable guide." Kim, traveled in April 2023

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03 days - devon & cornwall (code: ukcl), tour highlights.

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Price Includes

Return transportation by deluxe AC vehicle from your selected pick up point

2 nights accommodation in 2* hotel with cold breakfast box

1 Veg Indian dinner

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Hotels will be a 2* Star Hotel - Travelodge or Similar

All departures guaranteed to travel in June, July and August

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Pick up points.

Please Note: All pick ups are Westbound Services and all drops will be Eastbound Services.

Tour Itinerary

Other information, 2024 usd dates & prices.

Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is from $160 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants)

$35 reduction will apply for 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $135

Country Details

In England the currency you will require will be Pounds (GBP/Sterling). Star Tours’ advices passengers to exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient to change money and most places we will be visiting will not have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

We also advice our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Scotland is not free.

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

For this tour it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel, and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details, as Scotland is part of the UK there are no advisories for people travelling from the UK.

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Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hair dryer etc, as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

Pick up points & Times

Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

Pick-up will be Westbound Services and drop-off will be at Eastbound Services.

Visa Details

You do not require Schengen visas for this tour, however if you hold a non EU passport then you will require UK Visa. Please consult the British Embassy in your country of residence.

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Scotland, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

Wheelchairs & Child Seats

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach.  It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Ben Nevis is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Some part of Edinburgh will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

In most of Europe, the use of child seats in coaches is mandatory for children under the age of 12 or who are shorter than 150 cm. Children under 7 years old or less than 125 cm tall must use a child seat with a harness or a restraint system. Children between 7 and 12 years old or between 125 and 150 cm tall must use a booster seat or a seat cushion. It is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian to provide the appropriate child seat for their child.

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Daceys Cornish Tours

Offering Small escorted group tours of Cornwall since 2013

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Tours of Cornwall

Escorted tours & vacations to cornwall, great britain..

Cornwall; a region where enchantment awaits you at every turn. Situated on the southwestern tip of the UK, Cornwall is a land steeped in history and myth, boasting beautiful beaches with pristine towns, ancient castles and fine modern art. Looking back, the legendary King Arthur fought passionately for this rugged far-flung land and it certainly is not difficult to see why. From smugglers to surfers, cream teas to the delicious Cornish pasty; Cornwall casts a spell on every visitor, with its unique charm, unspoiled beauty and the sense of mystery often leaving those that visit feeling as though they have gone back in time. With Dacey’s you can tour cornwall in a unique and relaxed way.

It is no great surprise that Cornwall has been used as a backdrop for both literature and television; from Daphne du Maurier setting her popular romantic novels against the brooding Cornish landscape, to TV drama Doc Martin where Port Isaac helped to create the fictional village of Portwenn. Another extremely popular television drama that recently fell for the mystique of the Cornish region is of course the unmistakable Poldark. Much of the series was filmed in Cornwall, locations including the ever- rugged Bodmin Moor, parts of the dramatic Southern coastline became Poldark’s Nampara Cove, whilst scenes featuring Tressiders Rolling Mill were captured in a breathtaking cliff side mining area of Cornwall. You might be wondering just what it is that keeps authors, producers and directors coming back for more; breathtaking scenery, friendly locals and a touch of magic – if you tour Cornwall in person you will know just what we mean. Every village that you explore, with its ancient cobbled streets and quaint Cornish drinking establishments, will offer a sense of living history right in front of you. Cornwall, is the place where old also meets new, with iconic attractions such as the Tate Museum at St Ives and the world-renowned Eden Project at St. Austell. There is sure to be something for everyone – come and tour cornwall with us, we will take you!

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“If you are wanting a tour of Cornwall with interesting information and sights, from guides who live and have lived in the area, then Dacey’s is the holiday for you.“ Lee Australia
"Dacey's Cornish Tours came highly recommended to me from a friend. I was not disappointed. The tour was well-executed. Not your run of the mill tour. Small size group, memorable accommodations, breathtaking scenic locations. David does a wonderful job of mixing history and humor. The weather was perfect! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience Cornwall in all its glory." Connie K USA

Dacey’s Cornwall Tours – Welcome to Cornwall!

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Dacey’s Cornwall Tours offers you an escorted tour of the best of Cornwall, inclusive of hotels and round trip transportation from London. ( See Itinerary )

Hotels: The hotels that we use have been handpicked not only for their quality but also their Cornish flavor. (All hotels used on the tour have been thoroughly vetted by tour company owner, David “Dacey” Warner, and are a minimum of 3*.)

Transportation: The owner of Dacey’s Cornish Tours, Dacey himself, will be with you on the tour ( see about Dacey ). Dacey’s Cornwall Tours has partnered with quality local transport company Oates Transport who offer comfortable coaches and knowledgeable local drivers.

A stress-free adventure: Our Cornwall Tours approach

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Dacey’s Cornish Tours is a little bit different from what you might expect: the agenda is yours, not ours. While we offer group transport and an organized itinerary, we also offer flexibility and the opportunity to customize your trip.

Dacey’s Cornish Tours is a unique hybrid travel experience that involves group transportation but never feels like a package tour. We are not about a “one size fits all” formula. Instead, we’re hands-on when it comes to the logistics of travel but we’re hands-off when you need us to be, allowing each traveler an authentic, personal connection with the place they’ve come to see.

The adventure is yours. We’re just here to make sure nothing gets in the way.

Cornwall Escorted vs. guided tour

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In his capacity as tour escort, Dacey draws on his diverse professional management career, his years spent travelling the world, and his love of people. His goal is to facilitate a carefully curated, fuss-free, and truly immersive experience for visitors looking to tour Cornwall. As itinerary coordinator, transport planner, and concierge, Dacey tailors each trip to suit each individual traveler. He is available to make dinner reservations; arrange outdoor activities and excursions; and book theater and museum tickets. Dacey manages the details but recedes into the background when you’re off the bus, to enable a sense of freedom, independence, and spontaneity in your Cornish adventure.

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9 Best Tours of Cornwall in 2024 (ranked!)

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Ready to book the best Cornwall tours?

You’ve come to the right place because I’m covering the top 9 best Cornwall tours here.

How do I know?

I’ve lived in the UK since 2012 and have explored far and wide, so I know that one of the best things to do in Cornwall is book a tour and explore.

Only highly-rated tours are included in this list so you know that every Cornwall tour you book is worth your money and time.

Want me to cut to the chase?

The best tour of Cornwall is this West Cornwall tour , which includes pick ups and drop offs and is customizable so you can see everywhere from Land’s End to Poldark filming locations!

There are plenty of other Cornwall tours to choose from, including Cornwall day tours and tours of Cornwall, England, so let’s get right down to it.

In this list, you’ll find 9 of the top-rated tours of Cornwall so you know you’re making the right choice.

Easy Guide: Best Cornwall Tours

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1. West Cornwall Tour with Poldark Filming Locations

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⭐️  RATING:  5 out of 5 Stars, 11+ reviews | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  8 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Calling all Poldark fans!

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of West Cornwall, just like your favorite show.

Capture the magic of this stunning region with this private, door-to-door tour, completely customized to your interests .

The choice is yours – select the spots you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

Whether it’s Cornwall’s iconic landmarks like St. Michael’s Mount or Land’s End, or the beloved Poldark filming locations such as Porthcurno or St. Levan, they’ll take you there.

With this bespoke, personalized tour, you’ll get the ultimate Poldark experience.

Remember to bring your camera as your guide unveils the mesmerizing landscapes that served as the backdrop to your beloved show.

Please note that any entrance fees to attractions are at your expense.

However, they guarantee that every moment will be worth it as you create unforgettable memories.

Stay connected throughout the journey with our onboard Wi-Fi, making it easy to share your experiences in real-time.

No need to worry about logistics – they’ll pick you up and drop you off anywhere in Cornwall, saving you time and stress.

2. Half-Day Private Doc Martin and Fisherman’s Friends Tour

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⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  5 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Join your guide for an unforgettable walking tour through the picturesque village of Port Isaac, where I’ve spent countless memorable moments, including listening to the captivating sea shanties sung by the Fisherman’s Friends while enjoying a refreshing beer.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of both “Doc Martin” and the Fisherman’s Friends movies as we explore the filming locations together.

On this tour , you’ll have the chance to see Doc Martin’s iconic surgery, Mrs. Tishall’s charming pharmacy, Louisa’s school and cottage, Bert’s beloved restaurant, and all the other key spots featured in the shows.

Step into the world of your favorite characters and relive their adventures as you stroll through the charming streets of Port Isaac.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the village pub that appeared in both “Doc Martin” and the Fisherman’s Friends movies.

Experience the enchanting Platt, where the soul-stirring sea shanties come to life. It’s a moment you’ll cherish forever.

But the tour doesn’t end there!

You’ll also explore the tiny coves at Port Quin and Port Gaverne, which served as stunning filming locations as well.

If you’re up for even more adventure, the tour can be extended to a full day.

You can visit enchanting places like Tintagel, Boscastle, or Bodmin Moor upon request.

3. Castles, Canals and Witches in Cornwall England

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⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  2 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Step back in time and experience the captivating landscapes of North Cornwall like never before with Chris and his vintage taxi on this tour .

Leave the car behind and embark on a journey through an incredibly old and historic region that predates civilization itself.

Explore forgotten castles, hear tales of legends and heroes, marvel at awe-inspiring scenery, and even learn the art of dowsing.

Your adventure begins with a gentle stroll to Hawker’s Hut, the smallest property owned by The National Trust.

Built entirely of driftwood, it served as a source of inspiration for The Rev R.S. Hawker’s writings by the magnificent coastline.

In Bude, you’ll admire a medieval pack horse bridge, the Bude canal, the harbor, and a rare sea lock, as well as the site of the former Bude railway station.

Pause at Widemouth Bay to take in the fabulous coastline and a bronze age burial mound before continuing to witness the spectacular chevron folds—a mesmerizing geological feature of folded rock layers.

Finally, our journey leads to the enigmatic Stannon stone circle on Stannon Moor, where the art of dowsing reveals hidden mysteries and ancient wisdom.

4. South West Coast Path Walking North Cornwall Coastline (13 days, 12 nights)

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⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  12-13 days | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Embark on an unforgettable adventure along the stunning North Cornwall Coastline with this South West Coast Path Tour – it’s almost 2 weeks long, making it the perfect option if you want to take a fully guided vacation to Cornwall.

This itinerary covers the breathtaking stretch from Bude to Penzance, guiding you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the UK.

This tour is designed to provide you with a seamless and worry-free experience.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast each day to fuel your journey, while other meals give you the freedom to savor the local cuisine at your own pace.

With convenient luggage transfer service between accommodation providers, you can focus on enjoying the scenic trails without the burden of heavy bags.

Feel fully prepared and informed with a comprehensive tour pack, complete with detailed maps.

Join your guide on this memorable journey along the South West Coast Path, where you’ll encounter breathtaking vistas, charming coastal towns, and unforgettable moments.

5. 2-Hour Coasteering Adventure Near Bude

⭐️  RATING:  4.5 out of 5 Stars, 7+ reviews | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  2 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

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Head out on this exhilarating coasteering adventure led by a team of qualified and experienced instructors along the stunning intertidal zone of the Cornwall coastline.

Get ready to swim through vast sea caves, uncover wildlife-rich rock pools, and discover hidden and inaccessible beaches.

For the thrill-seekers, take the leap of faith from one of their many jump sites.

The coasteering sessions take place at a beautiful and unique venue in North Cornwall, offering a spectacular coastal setting with endless exploration opportunities.

Each session is thoughtfully tailored to suit the needs and abilities of every group, and they provide all the necessary safety equipment for a worry-free experience.

To join the excitement, participants must be over 10 years old and capable of swimming 50 meters unaided.

For younger adventurers, all under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Prepare for a day of adrenaline, exploration, and unforgettable memories as you dive into the wonders of coasteering.

6. Stand Up Paddle Boarding Journey Down Bude Canal

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⭐️  RATING:  5 out of 5 Stars, 11+ reviews | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  2 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Experience the thrilling and rapidly growing sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in the beautiful coastal town of Bude on this experience.

With its stable and surfboard-style design, their large paddleboards provide a perfect platform for you to stand on, while the extra-long canoe paddle ensures you’ll be gliding effortlessly through the water in no time.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, SUP is a fantastic activity for all ages and abilities, making it the ideal family, friends, or group adventure.

They’ll provide you with all the necessary equipment, including a suitably sized inflatable paddleboard and an extendable paddle.

Expert instructors will guide you through the process, ensuring you feel confident and comfortable on the water.

Don’t worry about getting wet – detailed instructions will have you navigating the waterways like a pro.

However, just in case, they offer the option to wear a wetsuit for added comfort.

7. Taster Surfing Lesson in Bude , Cornwall

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⭐️  RATING:  5 out of 5 Stars, 17+ reviews | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  2 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Discover the thrill of surfing at Widemouth Bay in Bude with experienced instructors during this experience , whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to enhance your skills.

Surfing lessons are the perfect way to gain the confidence and techniques needed to ride those waves with ease!

There’s nothing quite like that moment when you stand up on your surfboard and ride your first wave – an exhilarating experience that you’ll cherish forever.

Their friendly instructors are there to ensure you surf with confidence, whether you’re a first-timer or seeking improvement.

They keep their lessons in small groups to provide personalized attention, ensuring you get the most out of your experience.

Plus, all necessary equipment is included, and each session lasts approximately 2 hours.

8. Doc Martin and The Legend of King Arthur Tour

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⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  8 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Experience the best of Cornwall’s natural, historical, and cultural attractions on a stress-free tour that eliminates the hassle of navigating and planning.

With this private tour, you have the freedom to customize your sightseeing schedule, covering sites associated with the legendary King Arthur and famous filming locations from the hit TV show Doc Martin.

Discover more top Cornwall attractions in less time as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Bodmin.

It’s an easy and enjoyable way to get your bearings amidst the stunning coastal sights.

Tick off must-visit places like Port Isaac, Padstow, and Fristral Beach, among many others.

Simply sit back, relax, and soak up the breathtaking scenery while someone else handles the driving.

9. Make Your Own Wedding Rings in Cornwall

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⭐️  RATING:  5 out of 5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  5 hours | ✔️  BOOK NOW

Indulge in a unique and intimate experience for two , where you’ll craft your very own wedding rings under the guidance of an expert jewelry maker at a charming Cornwall studio.

Get ready to embark on a journey of creativity and love as you learn the art of making a silver ring from scratch.

For an extra touch of luxury, you have the option to upgrade to gold rings for an additional fee.

This extraordinary experience offers a level of personalization that goes beyond buying a ready-made ring from a store.

You’ll have the chance to infuse your rings with love and meaning, with the possibility to engrave a heartfelt message inside.

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The Perfect Cornwall Itinerary | A London to Cornwall road trip

With the focus moving away from international travel and much more interest in staycations, we recently had the chance to explore one of the most stunning parts of England, heading to the West Country on our London to Cornwall road trip. And with some of the most stunning natural landscapes, some of the best beaches in the country and key England landmarks thrown in for good measure, we have put together a tried and tested perfect Cornwall itinerary.

Eden Project - part of the perfect Cornwall itinerary by train

The perfect Cornwall itinerary

Here’s our ideal Cornwall road trip itinerary at a glance:

  • Day 1 – London to Cornwall incl. Stonehenge & Glastonbury Tor
  • Day 2 – St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre & Land’s End
  • Day 3 – St Ives, Port Isaac, Tintagel Castle and Boscastle
  • Day 4 – Eden Project & Drive back to London via Durdle Door

Why head to Cornwall?

We’re pretty sure that if you’ve landed on this article, then you’re already set on exploring Cornwall, but just in case you need that little extra incentive, here are a few reasons why you should make Cornwall your next holiday destination:

  • One of the great things about heading down to Cornwall is that there are brilliant options for all budgets. If you don’t mind camping then that’s a super cheap vacation, through to some excellent glamping options if you want that little bit more luxury, all the way through to high-end amazing Airbnb style places to rent.
  • Let’s be honest, England is pretty famous for its rainy weather, but Cornwall gets its fair share of very decent sunshine and warm weather, especially in May and June… although we were last there in late September and it was a blinder.
  • Cornwall has some of the most breath-taking beaches in the country, so it’s no surprise that when the weather is good people want to head that way, but the wonderful news is that as long as you don’t just head for the most famous, you’re likely to have a pretty deserted beach – whatever time of year you visit.
  • If you’re keen to try out surfing, then the Cornish coast is the place to go – but the water can be chilly so best to have a wetsuit.
  • The West Country has a very relaxed, slower pace of life, so if you’re hoping to escape the humdrum of the Big Smoke, then heading out west is one of the best options.
  • It’s super accessible from London, in only a few hours you’ll reach Cornwall, and what’s more there are plenty of great places to stop on your way to break up the London to Cornwall road trip.

Weekend road trips from London - St Michaels Mount in Cornwall

Related: Looking for the ultimate London itinerary? Here is our perfect guide to London’s capital city.

How long do you need for your London to Cornwall Road Trip?

Realistically, for this London to Cornwall route, you’ll need at least a couple of days in Cornwall to make it worthwhile, so taking off a Friday or Monday if you’re heading over a weekend is a must.

We have recommended a minimum 4 day Cornwall itinerary, as with so much to see and do in Cornwall, and taking into account the drive from London, this would be our minimum jaunt.

It’s also worthwhile considering the traffic heading out West and back into London over weekends so, if you can, it’s definitely a better idea to try and head during the week. You’ll have fewer people, better accommodation options, and much less chance of sitting in traffic. Who wants that on their holiday, right?

If you are wanting to spend longer than 4 days in Cornwall, then fear not as we also have some epic additional activities to add into your Cornwall itinerary, right at the end of this piece.

Getting to Cornwall from London

We don’t ever say this one lightly, but to fully appreciate your time in Cornwall, you really are going to want to have your own car for this suggested Cornwall itinerary.

Part of the fun is stopping along the way on the London to Cornwall Road Trip at some amazing English landmarks… and then also getting around while in Cornwall on public transport is much more difficult. 

So, if you don’t have your own car, then it is well worth considering hiring a car for your trip. For the best deals on car hire, why not check out RentalCars .

However, we know that you may well not be able to drive, have access to a car, or want to keep your costs super low. So, in that case, then maybe it’s worth looking at taking the train down to Cornwall.

The London to Penzance train departs several times a day and takes around 5 hours to make the journey. Or you can change in Par to head to Newquay, St Erth for St Ives, or several other stops to reach many of the other famous Cornwall towns.

Check out the latest train journeys and ticket prices here.

Cornwall trip planner

On the first day of your London to Cornwall road trip, get going relatively early to miss the traffic – if you’re anything like us you’ll love to get some of the distance out of the way nice and early.

The most likely route out of London will be to get onto the M3 driving across the Surrey and Hampshire countryside, before you join the A303 at Junction 8.

London to Stonehenge distance: 140 km (87 miles)

Drive time from London to Stonehenge: between 2 and 2.5 hours

And the great thing about taking this route out towards Devon and Cornwall is that the A303 goes straight past one of England’s most famous landmarks, the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge .

Having driven past the beautiful spot, numerous times, James had never ventured in to actually wander around Stonehenge as it’s very visible from the drive. But it is definitely worth taking some time to get up close to these behemoth stones and find out more about the history of this iconic monument.

And just in case you’re not sure what Stonehenge is – this prehistoric monument, built near to Amesbury in Wiltshire was constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, so is at least 4,000 years old!

One of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, Stonehenge was built by the Neolithic people for a purpose which is, unfortunately, unknown. With no known records there are many theories around Stonehenge but what’s known is that it’s a ring of standing stones that most modern scholars agree was a burial ground, and was a destination for religious pilgrims.

What’s so astonishing is that some of the stones are 4m high and 2m wide, weighing up to 25 tons and were transported over 18 miles from where they were cut; and the bluestones might have originated more than 200 miles away. As there are no written records, it’s still up in the air as to how they managed to achieve this feat all that time ago.

Make sure that you look to book a timeslot at Stonehenge, rather than just turning up. We booked the first timeslot at 9.30am and were very pleasantly surprised to find out that it was empty. We were actually the first to walk to the stones (it’s about 1.5km walk from the visitor’s carpark) – and it was really special to have the whole place to ourselves – defintely up there with one of the best things to do in the UK .

Tickets for Stonehenge are (in our opinion) a little steep at £21.10 (27.00 USD) per person, but if you’re members of English Heritage you get in for free! And at GBP 109 (140 USD) for an annual family membership, it almost pays for itself on that one visit!

Places to stop on the way to cornwall - Stonehenge

Stonehenge Location: Stonehenge Visitors Centre

Glastonbury Tor

Stonehenge to Glastonbury Tor distance: 67.5 km (42 miles)

Driving time from Stonehenge to Glastonbury Tor: between 1 and 1.5 hours

Next on your road trip is a little bit of a cross-country detour (not back on the A303 but across Wiltshire and into Somerset) to a land famous for its ciders, and the hedonistic Glastonbury Festival. But instead of heading into the town of Glastonbury, instead we’d recommend that you head to its outskirts to find another really unique landmark – Glastonbury Tor .

We won’t lie to you, this isn’t somewhere we’d even heard about until relatively recently! But on one of our last road trips, we found the lone tower on this hill, and we think it should be on everyone’s route from London to Cornwall – after all it’s not a major detour – and visiting it is totally free!

The National Trust Glastonbury Tor is actually a conical hill, and not (often mistakenly) the tower that sits on its summit. But it is a combination of the hill and St Michael’s Tower that draws many visitors to walk up the relatively steep hill to reach its top.

Linked in old English mythology to the great King Arthur, the Tor makes for a great place to break up your London to Cornwall road trip, take yourself a small picnic and once you’ve reached the summit, sit back and enjoy one of the very best places to have your lunch and enjoy the sweeping views.

London to Cornwall road trip - Glastonbury Tor

Location: Glastonbury Tor

Top tip: Make sure that when you’re travelling to Glastonbury that you haven’t chosen to travel this route over the legendary Glastonbury Festival dates… otherwise you could be in for a very long road trip!

Cornwall (heading towards Penzance)

Distance from Glastonbury Tor to Penzance: 275 km (170 miles)

Drive time: around 3.5 hours

And to continue the road trip into Cornwall, from Glastonbury Tor hit the M5 south towards Exeter, then when you reach Exeter, merge onto the A30 towards Penzance. This will take you towards most places in Cornwall – pretty much splitting the county in two – so head off wherever suits you best for your overnight accommodation.

If you’re planning on travelling as far into Cornwall as possible, our itinerary takes you all the way to Land’s End. And with that on the plans for day 2, we prefer to get the majority of the long driving out of the way in one stint. So, we’d recommend that you carry on down as close to Penzance as you can.

Where to stay in Cornwall

There’s an abundance of amazing campsites in Cornwall – you really are spoilt for choice if this is your preferred accommodation option – but realistically, you only want to be camping from April through to end September… unless you are much more hardy than us!

We always look for campsites that are located near to the next days’ activities and so for your first night’s accommodation, have a look in and around the Penzance and Marazion areas.

We stayed at the Tremorvu Campsite , which was only a 15 minute drive from St Michael’s Mount, and highly recommend looking at it!

Driving in cornwall - finding the perfect camping spot

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Accommodation

And alongside heaps of cracking campsite options, there are also a number of brilliant backpackers, B&B and hotels in and around Penzance. Here are a couple of options that get amazing reviews:

Budget: Right in the heart of Penzance (and only 3 miles from St Michael’s Mount) if you want a budget option with amazing reviews, a social atmosphere and even a garden to BBQ in, then check out EasyPZ Backpackers.

High-end: Or at the other end of the spectrum, the Artist Residence Hotel offers beautiful rooms and what’s more has an award-winning breakfast…

St Michael’s Mount

Not the earliest of starts for day 2 of your Cornwall itinerary if you managed to find accommodation not far from Penzance, as the first stop for today is visiting St Michael’s Mount , the island and castle just off the southern Cornwall coast.

St Michael’s Mount can be reached in two ways: via the causeway which links it to the mainland, or via a more pricey private boat rides (which don’t always run, so are a slightly dubious option). We’ve definitely punt for the walk, which means the Mount can only be reached at low tide when the causeway is exposed. Keep that in mind, since the opening times of the island do vary depending on what time it becomes accessible.

Not as large (or probably as famous) as its twin, the French Landmark of Mont Saint Michel, this little Cornish gem has a rich history, with it being the site of a monastery from the 8 th century until at least the 11 th century, when it was then given to the Benedictine order by Edward the Confessor. And in the mid-1600s it was sold to Colonel St Aubyn, and it remains in the same family to this day.

Before you head, make sure you book online, especially as in the current climate you won’t get in without a pre-booked ticket. We even booked a little late and had to purchase a ‘family’ ticket as individual tickets had sold out – and we went on a non-holiday midweek day in September!

You can purchase tickets for the castle tour or just to visit the spectacular terraced gardens – in our opinion both options are very worthwhile considering.

Day trips from St Ives - visit St Michaels Mount

Location: St Michael’s Mount

Top tip: Head out early if you are a keen photographer to try and get some epic sunrise shots of the island.

Minack Theatre

Distance from St Michael’s Mount to the Minack Theatre: 21 km (13 miles)

Drive time: 30 minutes

On your way between St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End is a great short little detour – and another one of those places that we had no idea about until we did our own Cornwall itinerary planning!

The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre, but with its coastal setting it has been voted as one of the most spectacular theatres on the planet. 

It is an active theatre with performances running from May to September each year, but we think that unless you’re an avid theatregoer, it’s just worth heading to the spot to see the site. Although you must book in advance – check out here for the latest on tickets.

Initially built in 1932, it was continually improved each year by the owner Rowena Cade to something resembling what you’ll see today.

Cornwall itinerary from London - check out the Minack Theatre

Location: Minack Theatre

Top tip: If you are keen on hiking then there is a great little spot to venture off along the South West Coast Path – either head east towards Penberth Cove (around 30 – 40 minutes) or west to Porthchapel Beach and Porthgwarra Beach (also around 30 mins).

Distance from the Minack Theatre to Land’s End: 6.5 km (4 miles)

Drive time: 15 minutes

And for your final stop of the day, meander to one end of the country, Land’s End – the most south-westerly point on mainland UK (the most Southern accolade actually goes to Lizard Point – more on that later).

So, why is Land’s End on our Cornwall itinerary? It has a few buildings, but otherwise is a nondescript piece of coastline which doesn’t seem to have much to offer?

We’d punt for it since, with tourists pretty much continuously visiting Land’s End for over 300 years, it has a bit of a special place in many peoples’ hearts. Plus, you could always get that cheesy photo in front of the Land’s End signpost to put on your Facebook feed.

It’s also the starting point (or finishing) for the Land’s End to John O’Groats trail (from the far south west of Britain to the far north east of mainland Britain). A route that we one day would love to do!

Cornwall Itinerary - London to Cornwall road trip - Lands End

Location: Land’s End

Top tip: If you want a great hike from Land’s End, head north from Land’s End on the South West Coast Path until you reach Sennen Cove. It’ll only take you around 30 minutes by foot or, if you’re not feeling too athletic, then you can always drive over in a few minutes.

Continue on to St Ives

Distance to St Ives from Land’s End: approx. 32 km (20 miles)

Drive time: about 1.5 hrs on the B3306 (or 40 mins on the faster route)

After finishing in Land’s End, head up the coast towards St Ives. Make sure that you take the slower B3306 road, which although takes at least double the time and is on bendy country lanes, you can stop in numerous places and hike various parts of the South West Coast Path.

There are a surprising number of castle and building remains, lighthouses, coves and beaches to explore. The perfect way to spend the rest of your afternoon!

Cornwall Itinerary - London to Cornwall road trip - St Ives Sign

Where to stay near St Ives

There is also a plethora of campsites in and around St Ives for you to pitch, but again make sure you book well in advance, especially if you’re planning on going over the busy summer months.

If we had to pick one out of the many outstanding campsites for you to try and get a spot at, it would have to be Sandy Acres – which also has some wonderful cabins, glamping options and even a surf school!

Maybe not quite as many options as in Penzance, but still a healthy selection of accommodation options to suit all budget levels if camping ain’t your thing.

Budget: Our budget pick has to go to the Cohort Hostel – great location and clean rooms all at an affordable price.

High-end: If they have availability, and you’ve got a healthy budget, then you’ll definitely want to check out 27 The Terrace – beautifully appointed rooms in a fantastic location.

Kick off day 3 of your Cornwall itinerary and road trip by exploring St Ives. This awesome little seaside town has bags of charm and a wonderful chilled vibe.

We’d suggest that you spend at least half your day checking out the town, either taking in a little culture at the Tate or Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden , chilling at a beach café or enjoying the beaches. Or if you haven’t given it a go before, why not try your hand at surfing?

St Ives is a great stop on any UK road trip

Distance from Saint Ives to Port Isaac: 88 km (55 miles)

Travel time: around 90 minutes

So, after your relaxing morning, hit the tarmac again for your longest stint of the day, heading over to the charming seaside town of Port Isaac.

The walled cove with its hill-perched town really offers that picture-perfect opportunity… wander around the town and soak in that tiny seaside village atmosphere.

Cornwall Itinerary - London to Cornwall road trip - Port Isaac

Photo Credit @ Searoom SF / Flickr

Added extra: If you’d like to add another location to your Cornwall itinerary, and like to travel relatively quickly, you could easily add in a stop in Newquay on your way between St Ives and Port Isaac!

Tintagel Castle

Distance from Port Isaac to Tintagel Castle: 16 km (10 miles)

And after Port Isaac, it’s on to the star of today: the legendary Tintagel Castle. And what’s even better is that this is another English Heritage location, so if you’ve got your annual membership it’s free to enter!

The castle, which now lies in ruins, was built by the 1 st Earl of Cornwall in the 13 th century, but its history long pre-dates that and is one of the locations thought to be the home of King Arthur. While the castle itself doesn’t offer much in the way of facades, there’s a looming statue of the King plus an entirely magnificent footbridge out to the castle remains. And don’t forget to take in Tintagel Beach and Merlin’s Cave while you’re there!

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Location: Tintagel Castle

Tip: Make sure that you book in advance. Tickets to the castle often sell out and at the moment if you have to book online in advance!

Distance to Boscastle from Tintagel: 7km (4.5 miles)

And onto your final stop for the day, on to the beautiful Cornish village of Boscastle.

Nestled in a coastal inlet, this harbour village boasts a natural port. Perched on the water’s edge, it’s a lovely little town, filled with quaint white-washed houses and humble thatched roofs. The village almost feels like time has stood still and, while it might not offer much in the way of ‘attractions’ (beyond the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic) it’s a gorgeous village to stop in and soak up that Cornish charm.

Cornwall destinations - Boscastle

Photo Credit @ Tom Parnell / Flickr

Location: Boscastle

Once you’re done at Boscastle, it’s time to make your way back towards St Austell as you’ll definitely have more accommodation options around there, and it will get you closer to your activities on day 4!

Distance from Boscastle to St Austell: 45 km (28 miles)

Drive time: 60 minutes

Where to stay near St Austell

Once again you are spoilt for choice when it comes to campsites to choose from, whether you decide to stay up near Port Isaac, across the county or around St Austell. But, for us, we’d have to plump for Doubletrees Farm as one of the best in the area.

There are also heaps of great accommodation options up near to Port Isaac and across towards Newquay, but we’d suggest that you head towards St Austell where there are a few terrific options. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Budget: Excellent reviews from everyone who has stayed, Gunnado offers a little luxury apartment at a wallet-friendly price.

High-end: You won’t get a better location than at the Carlyon Bay Hotel – overlooking the rugged coastline, then to top it all off you have a spa, swimming pool, golf course and tennis courts… total luxury.

Eden Project

Distance from Bodmin to the Eden Project: 16 km (10 miles)

When it was first suggested that we head over to the Eden Project, our first thoughts were – really is it worth it, especially given it’s a little bit spenny? And boy are we so glad that we decided to bite the bullet and pay to visit this slice of botanist heaven, as it definitely didn’t disappoint

A cross between Kew Gardens and the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore , the Eden Project is a major educational project which aims to showcase flora from diverse environments. Punctuated by two massive biomes dedicated to mimicking a rainforest, as well as more Mediterranean climes, it’s not just a lesson in plant history but an almost overwhelming experience – it’s even got a global claim to fame, as the largest indoor rainforest in the world.

We can understand why, at 28.50 GBP per person (36.50 USD), it maybe doesn’t make everyone’s list, but if you plan to head out west more than once in a year, it becomes even more worthwhile, given that your tickets are valid for a year!

Make sure that you book your time slot at the Eden Project online, and to make the most of your final day in Cornwall, try and be some of the first in the park (at time of writing, the earliest slots were at 9.30am). And allow yourself at least a couple of hours to get around the various biomes and walkways.

Check out Eden Project - a great Cornwall landmark

Location: Eden Project

And with Eden Project, that ends our activities in Cornwall. But, fear not, as with the London to Cornwall Road Trip, there is always the return leg!

We’d suggest that you make the journey a little more interesting, heading back along the coastal route so that you can ‘tick off’ another huge UK landmark on the route back to London – Durdle Door.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Distance from Eden Project to Lulworth Cove: 225 km (140 miles)

Drive time: around 3 hours

Although you can park just above Durdle Door , you’d actually missing a bit of a trick (and a lovely coastal hike) if you don’t instead look to park at Lulworth Cove.

Lulworth Cove is one of the places to stop en route to Cornwall

Lulworth Cove is a very scenic seaside village on its own, and has a couple of short interesting walks to also take in a bit more of the famous Jurassic Coast. Top of the list in this former fishing village is a short walk to see the Stair Hole and another must-do is the slightly more taxing trip to the Fossil Forest – so make sure you don’t miss those.

But once you’ve parked up in Lulworth Cove, head out the car park westwards onto the South West coastal path, up and over the hill (it’s relatively steep and long, hence calling it a hike rather than a walk – so no flip flops) and down the other side towards the beautiful Man O’War beach. This beach is an easy walk down, and well worth visiting – often deserted in comparison to Durdle Door.

Then back up those steps and just the other side of Man O’War beach is the stunning Durdle Door. This natural limestone arch is one of the most famous features of the Jurassic Coast so you’ll definitely want to get your camera ready, as it’s an exquisite, scenic spot.

Cornwall itinerary from London - stop in to Durdle Door

After you’ve had your fill of relaxing on the beach or hills above, head on back over to Lulworth Cove.

Location: Lulworth Cove parking

And, just like that, your road trip between London and Cornwall has come to end. Once you’re safely seated in your car after visiting Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, it’s back to London swinging past Southampton and onto the M3.

Distance from Lulworth Cove back to London: 205 km (128 miles)

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Lizard Point and Kynance Cove

It’s the most southerly point of the UK, Lizard Point – part of the Lizard National Park and Lizard peninsula – is the perfect place to watch the waves, and take in some of the country’s most rugged coastline. Think looming granite cliffs, sandy shores but also some spectacular flowers and plant life.

If you’re in that area, you could also add a stop at Kynance Cove to your itinerary. The cove is one of the most photographed places in Cornwall, for its juxtaposition between white sandy shores and the aquamarine sea.

4 days in Cornwall - Kynance Cove

Photo Credit @ Robert P i ttman / Flickr

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Got more than a passing interest in ships? Definitely make your way to Falmouth and check out the harbourside haven of the National Maritime Museum. There you’ll find a rich history of the sea, it’s boats and the maritime industry in Cornwall on offer, including some very notable boats like Waterlily (A Thames steamboat from 1886), Curlew (the famous vessel which saw Tim and Pauline Carr sail the Atlantic) and a bevy of smaller boats and dinghies.

Pendennis Castle

Also in Falmouth is the awesome artillery fort of Pendennis Castle. This photogenic location was built by Henry VIII sometime in the mid 1500’s, as part of the defence systems against the Romans and the French. It has a colourful war history, later expanded to protect against the Spanish, modernised to allay the French again in the 1730’s and a key location for both World Wars.

London to Cornwall by car - stop at Pendennis Castle

Photo Credit @ Darren Shilson / Flickr

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

If you didn’t get your garden fix at the Eden Project, definitely swing past the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a stone’s throw from the town of Mevagissey. Some of the most popular gardens in the country, you’ll be transported into a forgotten world of oversized camellias, gardens from across the European continent and even a series of woodland walkways and bridges, great for kids and adults alike.

Bodmin Moor

It’s an almost otherworldly area; the ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ of Bodmin Moor. Think almost barren yet heather-coloured hills punctuated by charcoal granite structures and you’ve got the feel for this unusual area.

Bodmin Moor also boasts two of the highest peaks in Cornwall – Rough Tor and Brown Willy – along with other Stonehenge-type monuments and circles, to name just a few attractions.

Cornwall itinerary 4 days - Bodmin Moor

When is the best time of year to visit Cornwall?

If you’re looking for the best weather in Cornwall, then May and June actually have the most sunshine hours of all the months.

The warmest months are July and August but that’s also peak summer holiday season, and everything gets super booked up. So make sure that you look to book well in advance if you plan to try out a Cornwall itinerary over those months.

We personally love September! It’s quieter, but you can often still get cracking weather and if you are keen on swimming in the ocean, has slightly warmer seas than May & June thanks to the warming over the summer months.

Driving around cornwall - head to Land's End

So, what do you think about our 4 day Cornwall road trip itinerary? If you think we’ve missed off any must-visit spots off this Cornwall travel guide, then we’d love to hear from you in the comments below, or if you’d like any advice, drop us an email.

And once you’re back from your London to Cornwall road trip and explore the many London landmarks , we’ve also got some perfect quotes about London to light up your Insta feed.

What to pack for your Cornwall trip

Just in case you are considering camping, but you haven’t been that often (or maybe it’s your first time), here are a few things that you’ll definitely need!

  • Get yourself a decent tent, and make sure you know how to put it up – we saw a number of people struggling and taking hours to set up their tents. If you’re a couple, have a 3-man tent so you have a bit more room. We love our Coleman Coastline tent as it’s super easy to put up but will stand up to pretty strong winds (we had 35 mph gusts on our last outing and still managed some good sleep).
  • It’s essential to have comfy sleeping bags , and a good inflatable mat will do wonders for your sleep, but a top tip is to take your own pillows – so much more comfy.
  • A couple of decent foldable chairs so you can sit comfortably around a campfire or your BBQ – we take a small BBQ and a gas cooker for that mandatory morning cuppa.
  • A torch is essential, but a head torch even more so…
  • Pots & pans, pen knife , cutlery, black bags, kitchen towels, washing up stuff, toilet roll etc…
  • And lastly, have a great cool box and ice packs. A lot of campsites boast facilities to re-freeze these, so you can keep your food fresh for a number of days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which sights should a first time visitor to Cornwall see?

A first-timer to Cornwall should definitely make time to see St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre, the Eden Project, Land’s End and Tintagel Castle.

How far is Cornwall from London?

The distance from London to Cornwall is approximately 261 miles or 421 kilometres.

How long is the drive from Cornwall to London?

Driving from London to Cornwall along A303 and A30 is approximately 5 hours without stops.

What are the best places to stop on the way to Cornwall?

This depends on your route, but you could add Stonehenge and the Glastonbury Tor. If you decide to take the coastal road, check out Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset.

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You can get to Edinburgh from London by train or flight. It takes around 4.5 hours either way, so it’s up to you how you prefer to travel.

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It’s also home to Beatrix Potter’s house and pretty villages with gingerbread shops. Towns like Windermere and Keswick make this one of my favorite 3-day breaks in the UK, too.

You can get to the Lake District from London by train or car (if you choose the former, here are my top tips for visiting the Lake District without a car ). You can also take a tour with Rabbie’s. You can book their 3-day Lake District tour here .

Once there, my top pick for a place to stay for 3 days in the Lake District is Forest Side Hotel . I stayed in a beautiful room here once and loved the restaurant. You can book here .

Coniston, Lake District, England

3. Cornwall

Out west, Cornwall is the next place on my list of 3-day trips from London. There are plenty of places to visit here, from pretty St Ives with its beaches and world-class art museums to surf-friendly Newquay and foodie Padstow.

Once in Cornwall, there’s a lot to do and see. From coastal walks to big beaches, lovers of the outdoors are spoiled for choice when it come to 3-day tours of England here.

There are also historic highlights like St Michael’s Mount and unique attractions like the Eden Project. And that’s to say nothing of Land’s End, the westernmost point in Cornwall.

You can get to Cornwall by train (I took the overnight train once), flight, or car. Once there, my favorite place to stay is St Ives. You can book a hotel in St Ives here .

Cottages in St Ives, Cornwall

4. The Cotswolds

It’s no secret that I love the Cotswolds. From villages like Bibury to landmarks like Broadway Tower, there’s a lot to love about this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

While you can do it in a day, taking a 3-day trip from London to the Cotswolds is a great way to see a range of places in the area and take in some of the surrounding cities and National Trust properties in the Cotswolds as well.

3 days is enough time to visit Cotswolds villages like Castle Combe and Chipping Campden, and also explore Bath , Cheltenham , Cirencester , and/or Oxford . You can also take your time and go for walks in places like Moreton-in-Marsh and Burford .

You can get to the Cotswolds by train or car (if you choose the former, my guide to visiting the Cotswolds without a car can help). You can also do a tour with Rabbie’s. You can book their Cotswolds tour here .

Once there, my favorite place to stay is Painswick . You can book a hotel in Painswick here .

Kingham, Cotswolds, England

5. Yorkshire Dales National Park

Another great place for 3-day trips from London is the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This stunning area in the north of England has rock formations that lend it an otherworldly atmosphere, and waterfalls galore.

There are peaks to climb for the ambitious, and villages to explore for those who prefer a slower pace. There are Harry Potter filming locations like Malham Cove, too.

You can get to the Yorkshire Dales from London by train or car. Once in the area, having a car is a good idea.

My favorite place to stay for 3 days in the Yorkshire Dales is Inglefall Cottage in the village of Ingleton. It’s a lovely accommodation in an ideal location, and I had a great time there. You can book it here .

Camper van in the Yorkshire Dales, England

6. Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route

Over in Northern Ireland, Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route is another of the best 3-day trips from London. This part of the UK often gets overlooked, but it’s worth a special trip.

I love Belfast for its lively nightlife, friendly locals, and rich history, and I adore the coast around it for its stunning scenery. The Causeway Coastal Route starts in Belfast and runs north through the nine Glens of Antrim and along the waterfront.

From medieval castles and precarious rope bridges to distilleries and Game of Thrones filming locations, there’s a lot to discover along it.

And that’s to say nothing of the Giant’s Causeway, where interlocking basalt columns form a beautiful natural phenomenon. It’s worth a visit on a 3-day getaway from London.

You can get to Belfast from London by plane. You can also fly to Dublin and take a Rabbie’s tour. You can book their 3-day Northern Ireland tour here .

If you travel independently, you can book accommodation in Northern Ireland here . There are lots of good places to stay.

Sculpture in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Glasgow is another of my favorite 3-day trips from London. I’ve been visiting this Scottish city all my life (my grandmother was from here), and its independent spirit, eye-catching architecture, and friendly locals win my heart every time.

I love exploring the lanes in the West End, soaking up the history in Merchant City, and wandering through the over-the-top tombs in the Necropolis. And that’s to say nothing of the restaurants and bars in Finnieston, which are some of the best in the UK.

You can get to Glasgow by train or flight from London. My top pick for a place to stay for 3 days in Glasgow is the citizenM Glasgow . It’s stylish and centrally located. You can book a room here .

Building in Glasgow, Scotland

8. Scottish Highlands

North of Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands are another of the top 3-day trips from London. It’s hard to beat this part of Britain when it comes to natural beauty. The hills and glens, lochs and coos all make for a rugged beauty rarely seen outside Scotland.

Add to that medieval castles, legendary monsters (in Loch Ness, anyway), and tragic history, and the Scottish Highlands are not to be missed.

Cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Whether you want to visit the Hebridean islands , the Cairngorms National Park, Inverness , Aberdeen , the Isle of Skye or Glen Coe, there are a lot of options for places to travel here.

If you need inspiration, you can take a look at my guide to a 3-day Scottish Highlands tour .

Depending where you want to go, you can get to the Scottish Highlands from London by flight to Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, or other airports.

From there you can travel by train, car, or bus to get to where you want to visit. You can also go on a Rabbie’s tour. You can see all their 3-day Scottish Highlands tours here .

If you want to travel independently, you can book accommodation here . There are lots of great places to stay in the Highlands.

Isle of Skye in Scotland

9. The Peak District and Derbyshire

Another place with stunning scenery, England’s Derbyshire is not only full of natural beauty but also some of the most famous stately homes in the UK. It’s one of my favorite 3-day trips from London.

Chatsworth House is renowned in its own right, and it’s also known for being a filming location for Pride & Prejudice and other movies set in England .

Other stately homes in the Peak District have been used as filming locations for houses from Bronte sister novels. Towns like Bakewell and Matlock are lovely, too.

You can get to Derbyshire by train or car from London. My top pick for a place to stay in the area is The Cow Dalbury . It’s stylish and you can book it here .

Chatsworth House, England

10. South Wales

Another of the best 3-day trips from London is South Wales. From Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula , Brecon Beacons, and Pembrokeshire, there are lots of great places to visit here.

Cardiff has an amazing castle, the Gower shows the Welsh coastline at its finest, the Brecon Beacons National Park has amazing hiking, and Pembrokeshire has some of the best beaches in Britain.

Worm’s Head and Rhossili Beach are particularly beautiful spots, Castell Coch is a fairy-tale, and hiking Pen-y-Fan is a great experience.

You can take a look at my guide to weekend breaks in Wales or my itinerary for this part of Wales if you want more ideas.

You can get to South Wales by train or car from London. Once there, it’s best to get around by car. You can book accommodation here .

Worm's Head, Wales

11. North Norfolk

Next on my list of 3-day trips from London is North Norfolk. From Burnham Market to Wells-next-the-Sea , this area is brimming with places to visit. Whether you love shopping, beaches, stately homes, or pubs, there’s something for you.

Its proximity to London also makes this part of England one of my favorite places for a long weekend in Norfolk .

It’s easy to get to North Norfolk from London by car or train, but it’s best to have a car once you arrive in the area. You can book accommodation here .

House in Burnham Market, Norfolk, England

13. The Eden Valley

Up north near the Lake District, the Eden Valley in England is another of my favorite 3-day trips from London.

This part of the UK is just as pretty as its better-known neighbor, but it’s free of the tourist crowds that can make the Lake District overwhelming in high season.

I visited this area one summer, and I had the most amazing time walking through the countryside, communing with sheep, and falling in love with historic pubs. I even saw a red squirrel.

You can get to the Eden Valley by train or car (the Settle-Carlisle railway is incredibly scenic, and I highly recommend it). You can book accommodation in the Eden Valley here .

View of the Eden Valley, Cumbria, England

14. Northumberland

Northumberland comes next on my list of 3-day trips from London. I used to spend a lot of time in this county in the north of England, and it remains one of my favorite under-the-radar places to visit in the UK .

There’s a lot you can do in Northumberland. From castles by the sea to country walks, the priory on Holy Island to the fortified walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed , there’s something for everyone.

Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England

My 3-day Northumberland itinerary will show you everything from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh, and my list of Northumberland destinations can help inspire you, too.

You can get to Northumberland by train or car. It’s easiest to get around by car once you’re there. My top pick for a place to stay is The Cookie Jar in Alnwick. I loved the interiors as soon as I walked in, and the breakfast is great. You can book it here .

Cottages in Northumberland

15. Yorkshire Coast

The coast in Yorkshire is another of the best 3-day trips from London. There are beautiful places to visit along the North Sea here, from fishing villages with smuggling lore to abbeys with Dracula connections.

There are lots of places you can visit on the Yorkshire Coast, including Robin Hood’s Bay , a seaside village with pretty cottages, narrow paths, and wood-paneled pubs.

Whitby is full of scenic views and hilltop ruins, and Scarborough has sandy beaches and a castle. There’s a lot to do during 3-day breaks in the UK here.

You can get to the Yorkshire Coast by train or car. Once there, it’s easiest to get around by car. You can book accommodation in the area here .

Street in Robin Hood's Bay Village in England

16. Fife, Scotland

Just north of Edinburgh, Fife is another of my top picks for 3-day trips from London. This county features everything from stunning coastline to famous universities and pretty villages.

There are lots of places you can visit in Fife, including Falkland , which was an Outlander filming location, Pittenweem, a pretty coastal village, and St Andrews , which has a historic university, golf courses, and cathedral ruins. Auchterarder and Gleneagles are great, too.

You can get to Fife by train or plane from London. I recommend taking the train (or flying to Edinburgh) to get there, then driving while you’re in the area.

My top pick for a place to stay in Fife is The Gleneagles Hotel . I loved my visit to this famous place, and you can book a room here .

St Andrews Cathedral

17. Scottish Borders

I used to spend a lot of time in the Scottish Borders, and I still consider it the most underrated place in the UK.

Just south of Edinburgh, this area is deserving of 3-day trips from London for its beautiful landscapes, stately homes, pretty coastline, and historic abbey ruins.

From coastal walks in St Abbs to Walter Scott’s fairy-tale house at Abbotsford and the famous ruins of Melrose Abbey, there’s a lot to love here. Villages like St Boswells are fun to explore, and Floors Castle is stunning.

I’ve written about the Scottish Borders a lot, and you can take a look at my guide to places to visit in the Scottish Borders if you want more ideas.

You can get to the Scottish Borders from London by taking a train to Berwick-upon-Tweed, a flight to Edinburgh, or by car. Once there, driving is the best way to get around.

I recommend staying at SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel in the Borders. I’ve had great experiences at this place, and you can book a room here .

Garden of Abbotsford House in Scotland

Next on my list of 3-day trips from London is Devon. This county in the south of England is known for its stunning coastline and beautiful landscapes, and it’s worth a special trip.

There are lots of great places to visit in Devon, from the seaside in Salcombe to the tower in Glastonbury . National Parks like Dartmoor and cities like Exeter are lovely, too.

You can read more in my blog post about a tour of Devon . I went with Rabbie’s, and you can book the tour I went on here .

If you go independently, you can get to Devon by train or car. Once there, it’s easiest to get around by driving. You can book accommodation in Devon here .

Glastonbury Tor

Next on my list of 3-day trips from London is Dorset. Right next to Devon, this county is known for its dramatic coastline and scenic interior.

There’s no shortage of places to spend 3 days in Dorset. From the Jurassic Coast on the English Channel to the ancient stone arch at Durdle Door and the cliffs at Lulworth Cove, it’s a seaside-lover’s paradise.

Places like Poole, Weymouth, and Swanage have sandy beaches, and Bournemouth is a popular resort town.

You can get to Dorset by train or car from London. Once there, it’s easiest to get around by car. You can book accommodation in Dorset here .

White Cliffs at Durdle Door, England

20. Channel Islands

Another of my favorite 3-day trips from London is the Channel Islands. Just off the coast of France, these isles are known for their aquamarine water, beautiful beaches, pretty towns, and unique history.

I’ve enjoyed visits to Guernsey and Sark , and Jersey and other islands in the archipelago are equally worth visiting.

You can get to the Channel Islands on a flight from London. Once there, it’s easiest to get around by car.

My favorite place to stay in the Channel Islands is the Duke of Richmond Hotel in Guernsey. It’s a beautiful place in a great location in St Peter Port. You can book a room here .

St Peter Port in Guernsey

21. Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is another of the best 3-day trips from London. This island off the south coast of England is famous for everything from sailing to stately homes.

I visited for the annual regatta during Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight , but it’s a great place to travel at other times of year as well. From Queen Victoria’s Osborne House to miles of walking paths, there’s a lot to entertain here.

You can travel to the Isle of Wight from London by train and ferry. Once there, it’s easiest to get around with a car. You can also go on a tour with Rabbie’s. You can book their 3-day Isle of Wight tour here .

If you travel to the Isle of Wight independently, you can book accommodation here .

People in the Streets on the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week

22. North Wales

North Wales is another of the top 3-day trips from London. This part of the UK is known for its dramatic landscapes, fairy-tale castles , and stunning coastline.

There are a lot of places you can visit in North Wales. Snowdonia is great for hiking, Llandudno is a fun resort town, Anglesey has beautiful island scenery, Caernarfon has a huge castle, and Portmeirion feels like an Italian village on the Welsh seaside.

You can read more in my blog post about a road trip in North Wales . It has lots of ideas for places to visit in the region.

You can get to North Wales from London by car or train to Chester . Once there, it’s easiest to get around by driving. You can also take a tour with Rabbie’s. You can book their 3-day North Wales tour here .

If you travel independently, you can book accommodation in North Wales here .

Portmeirion, Wales

Last on my list of 3-day trips from London is Paris. I know, I know. It’s not in the UK.

But given it’s one of the most popular places to travel from London (all my travel planning clients want to go there on a twin-city trip with the UK capital), I can’t help including it in my list.

The City of Light has enough to do for a lifetime, but 3 days in Paris is enough time to see the sights and take in some of the cultural highlights. From Paris landmarks to events and exhibitions, you’re spoiled for choice.

You can get to Paris by train or flight from London. You can see my top picks for accommodation on my guide to the best area to stay in Paris .

Seine in Paris

I hope you’ve had fun reading about these 3-day trips from London, and that you enjoy visiting the ones that appeal to you most. They’re great places to discover, and they make for fun getaways.

If you want more inspiration, take a look at my blog posts about scenic drives near London and weekend trips in the UK . My post about 4-day trips from London can help, too. Happy travels!

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Tour Cornwall

Best of Cornwall

If you have more time to explore Cornwall, then this five-day private tour combines the best that Cornwall has to offer. We’ve taken the best bits from the day tours and added Cornwall’s must-see attractions. We help you choose your accommodation, then pick you up each day after breakfast, show you the sights, stopping for lunch in the best spots and then drop you back safe in the knowledge you haven’t missed anything!

We can also offer transfers to and from Cornwall to make your trip completely hassle free.

Price: £375 per day plus entrance fees and accommodation

These are private tours with your own guide and transport, and we can carry up to 8 passengers. Accommodation needs to be booked separately and entrance fees are not included, so you’ll need to pay them as we go. You’ll also need a little money for a delicious Cornish Pasty, or maybe a fresh Crab sandwich, or how about a Cornish Cream Tea?

We start the week with a trip up the coast to explore North Cornwall. First stop will be the 14th century Huers hut in Newquay to enjoy the view up the coast and learn a little about the life of a pilchard fisherman. After a drive through the vibrant streets of Europe’s surfing capital, we whisk you away to the quiet Monastic village of St Mawgan to expore the 13th century church and Carmolite Convent. The perfect Cornish village! Then we head Just up the road to the famous beauty spot of Bedruthan Steps with it’s dramatic clifftop views, we’ll take a short stroll on the cliffs before heading to Padstow. Made famous by Rick Stein and the Seafood Restauant, this charming harbour town is normally bustling with visitors enjoying the fine mix of shops, cafes and restaurants all set around the water.

Our next stop is around the other side of the estuary, and also our lunch stop. Port Quin is a picturesque tiny cove with Fiona’s cafe making the best crab sandwiches on the planet! (probably!!). We have the option here to walk up the coast path and get some more great views of the coastline.

Port Isaac, or ‘Port Wenn’ as it’s known in Doc Martin is only a mile up the road, and you’ll be dropped at the bottom by the harbour to explore the tiny streets and possibly bump into the grumpy doctor himself!

Following a drive along some spectacularly tiny roads we get to Tintagel, and possibly the most famous tale to come out of Cornwall. Reputed to be King Arthurs birth place, we get a spectacular view of the island and ruins from the coast path, whilst we fill you in on the stories that make up this famous legend.

Our last stop of the day, is Boscastle, with its steep sided valley and natural harbour entrance, it’s an ideal spot to get a cream tea and reflect on the day.

Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall

We visit the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. This glorious Victorian garden went to sleep following the first world war and has been lovingly pieced back together and restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Gardners and volunteers. You’ll get a personal guided tour before we take lunch in the Garden restaurant, full of their home grown produce.

The Eden project is our destination for the afternoon. This engineering marvel is built in a disused China clay pit, and is composed of two large Biomes, one full of tropical rainforest and the other a fragrant mediterranean temperate zone. Designed to be not only a tourist destination, Eden is also all about education and research. We’ll give you a personal guided tour so you don’t miss anything.

Best of Cornwall 1

We stay in the upper part of Cornwall for day 3, and our first stop is the Jewel in the National trust crown in Cornwall… Lanhydrock House and Gardens. Built in 1620 and rebuilt in the late 19th century after a fire, this house has everthing you’d expect from an English country house, and on a grand scale. You’ll be left to the expert guides onhand to explore the house and grounds. We’ll head off before lunch, and up onto Bodmin moor, to the little village of Minions. Here we’ll grab a snack to take with us on our walk on the moors. This is true moorland, with wild Dartmoor ponies, impressive rock stacks called Tors, and the added bonus of the Hurlers stone circle and several derelict Cornish Tin mines. Its easy to see why they chose to film some of the Poldark series up here!!

Our last stop of the day will be a guided tour of the ancient maritime port of Fowey, where you’ll get a chance to wander the narrow streets before we head back to your hotel.

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We’ll start the day in Cornwall’s capital city of Truro. The smallest city in England, and with a cosmopoiitan mix of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, set amidst cobbled streets and grand buildings, it’s worthy of a stop. You’ll even have time to see the beautiful Victorian Cathedral. We are heading South today, and the next stop on route is the old thatched pub on the esturay at Restronguet called the Pandora. One of the finest places for a morning coffee, sitting on the pontoon on the water…. stunning.

We’ll drive through Falmouth, past the famous shipyard and Pendennis castle and following the tiny coast road to the Helford estuary. Set on the estuary is a our next stop.. Trebah Gardens. You’ll get a guided tour of these sub tropical gardens. Famous for one of the finest collections of plants from all over the world collected by plant hunters in the 19th and early 20th century, the garden also has a hidden past to do with Omaha and the D Day landings.

Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Lizard Peninsula, and first stop is Ann’s Pasty shop to pick up our lunch. We’ll take it down to Lizard point to enjoy the spectacular view off Britains most Southerly point, hoping to spot Seals basking on ther rocks below.

We’ll have a photo-stop at the famous Kynance Cove before we visit Cadgewith, an unspoilt traditional fishing village, where we can watch the fishing boats come and go, and maybe grab a well earned pint in the local pub!

We’ll end the day with a scenic drive through Mullion, Poldu and Porthleven.

Fishing boats at Penberth, Cornwall boats

We start the day down at Marazion visiting the famous St Michaels Mount. Steeped in fascinating history, with amazing views over Mounts Bay, and still the family home of the St Aubyns, with its little fishing harbour and tidal causeway the Mount holds plenty to see and explore. After the mount we take a scenic drive around the bay to Mousehole, take a little wander then head off around the Lands End peninsula with a mix of Ancient stones, fishing coves, the amazing Minack Theatre, mines and stunning sea and coastal views. We end the day in the Artist mecca of St Ives where you can wander around this picturesque fishing town and peruse the Shops and Art galleries.

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Why TOUR CORNWALL

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  • Experience: Over 20 years
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  • Expert Guides: Over 20 years Extensive knowledge of Cornwall and its wildlife

What You Get

Tour Cornwall offers bespoke adventures in private vehicles with the service of knowledgeable guides.

  • Private Tour: Your own itinerary, at your own pace
  • Transportation: Executive car or people carrier, from one to eight passengers
  • Guided Sightseeing: Learn all about the amazing destinations you visit en-route
  • 2-5 Day Tours from London >

5 Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group Tour from London

5 Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group Tour from London

Our 5-day classic Devon & Cornwall Tour departing from London will take you to the southwestern part of England, where we will explore some of the most spectacular places in the UK. Travel in a small group of up to 16 people in an executive Mercedes mini coach. Highlights of our 5-day tour include visits to Winchester, Stonehenge, Dartmoor, Exeter, Porthcurno, Lands End & Glastonbury. Led by a dedicated, experienced, and friendly guide, you will stay two nights in the Roman city of Exeter and two nights in the harbor town of Falmouth.

Our 5-day classic Devon & Cornwall Tour is an enjoyable way to get an authentic feel for England and a great way to see a considerable number of attractions in a short space of time.

The tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the spring and summer. During fall and winter, the tour runs on Fridays and some Wednesdays.

Stone Circles at Stonehenge

Stone Circles at Stonehenge

  • Depart London at 9.15am and start the day with a drive through the old kingdom of Wessex, an ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom
  • Visit Winchester, the ancient capital of the Wessex kingdom. Discover its medieval streets, impressive cathedral, and historic Great Hall, home to King Arthur’s legendary Round Table. Don’t miss the vibrant local markets and charming cafes for a taste of local culture
  • Head to Stonehenge, an extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site that inspires visitors with its mystical stone circles that date back over 5,000 years.  Visit the Neolithic Village and learn more about Stonehenge in the Visitor’s Center.  There is also an excellent cafe on site
  • Drive to Exeter, an ancient Cathedral city that dates back to Roman times
  • Overnight in Exeter

Exeter Cathedral: Top Places to Visit in Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

  • Depart Exeter on this 5-day classic Devon & Cornwall Tour and drive into the beautiful Dartmoor countryside, known for its rugged terrain, craggy landscapes and Dartmoor ponies
  • View the ancient 14th Century Clapper Bridge at Postbridge, one of the iconic landmarks of the area
  • Discover the colorful market town of Tavistock with its bustling stores and local crafts.  The town was once home to Sir Francis Drake, the famous explorer and naval commander
  • Return to Exeter and spend the early afternoon discovering this Roman Town. Highlights of Exeter include the ancient Roman City Walls and the 12th-century Cathedral with its impressive Gothic architecture. Explore the Royal Albert Memorial Museum with its fascinating exhibits, including ancient artifacts from the Roman and prehistoric periods and natural history displays. In the evening, enjoy the vibrant shopping and dining scene in the bustling Princesshay area.

Boscastle, Cornwall

  • Start the morning with a drive west into Cornwall, one of the Celtic Kingdoms and home to the Cornish People
  • Learn of the dramatic Arthurian tales & legends that are tied to the Celtic region, such as the Beast of Bodmin and the tale of Piskies and Spriggins
  • Visit Boscastle, a romantic coastal village in Cornwall famous for its stunning harbor and dramatic coastal scenery, which has inspired many writers and poets, including Thomas Hardy. Choose to visit the unique Museum of Witchcraft and Magic or enjoy scenic walks along the South West Coast Path with breathtaking views. The charming village also offers quaint cafes and local artisan shops to explore
  • Head to nearby Tintagel Castle. Tintagel Castle is associated with the legends of King Arthur and is believed to have been his birthplace. It is also linked with the mythical Camelot. Wander across the dramatic footbridge connecting the island to the mainland, offering stunning coastal views.
  • After lunch, visit the fishing village of Port Isaac, which plays the fictional village of Portwenn in the Doc Martin TV series.  Viewers will recognize the pretty harbor with its shingle beach
  • End the day with a final stop at the seaside town of Falmouth. Falmouth is famous for its deep natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, and the historic Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII
  • Overnight in Falmouth

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

  • Day four of this 5-day classic Devon & Cornwall Tour takes you to the most westerly tip of England, which boasts stunning views of the surrounding English countryside and dramatic coastline. Take a brief stop to look at the island community of St Michael’s Mount
  • Visit the extraordinary open-air Minack Theater, built by the Romans and still used today. It is considered to be one of the world’s most spectacular theaters that juts into the ocean. Due to availability, you may be unable to visit this theater. Your guide will let you know
  • Stop off at Porthcurno Beach, with its fine golden sands and deep blue waters
  • Pass by Lands End, one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, and used in the filming of the Poldark TV series
  • Visit St Ives, famous for its art galleries.  Wander through the charming cobblestone streets filled with boutique shops and cafes
  • Return to Falmouth for an overnight stay

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

  • Depart Falmouth and drive across Bodmin Moor, the highest part of Cornwall and an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Continue this scenic drive into the Devon countryside before arriving at Glastonbury
  • Glastonbury is famed for its annual music festival. Discover the 7th-century Abbey, rumored to be King Arthurs’s burial place, and enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes. Climb up the hillside to reach Glastonbury Tor, topped by the roofless St. Michael’s Tower with fabulous sweeping views over the surrounding English countryside
  • Return to London, arriving in the capital at approximately 7.30pm

information: 5-Day Classic Devon & Cornwall Tour

  • The tour departs at 9.00am from Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If arriving by foot, access the terminal through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH
  • The tour returns to London, arriving in the capital at approximately 7.30pm
  • It includes a driver/guide and transportation in a 16-seater  air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach
  • 4 nights hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation is included. You can see additional information regarding accommodation here
  • Entry fees to Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle are included
  • The tour does not include lunch, dinner, snacks, and additional entrance fees to sites, which can be purchased on the day.  Please note that Stonehenge is closed on June 21 due to the summer solstice
  • Luggage. You are restricted to 14 kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items
  • Cancel up to 21 days in advance to receive a full refund. Admin fees may apply

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Sign up for a whirlwind adventure on this popular England trip through Devon and Cornwall. Learn how the monks of Buckfast Abbey have lived for centuries, before indulging in a traditional cream tea or Cornish pasty.

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6 days itinerary trip from London to London visiting 1 country and 13 cities

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Sightseeing highlights.

Discover Stonehenge, St. Ives, Plymouth, Bath, Bristol and Windsor

Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Exeter Cathedral, the artists' colony of St. Ives, Buckfast Abbey, the Roman Baths and Royal Windsor.

View St. Michael's Mount, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, Capability Brown landscaped parkland at Longleat and Windsor Castle.

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Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar

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Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

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Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Optional Experiences and free time

On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

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Travel knowing our 4-point climate action plan will ensure net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Your tour directly supports local communities by visiting family-run businesses, UNESCO sites and places of cultural significance.

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