Cornwall´s Top Towns

Cornwall is more famous for beaches and cliffs rather than towns. However, some of them attract a lot of well-deserved attention. Here are the ones we consider no one should miss visiting.


Truro, Cornwall´s capital city is also the main shopping hub. The centre is pedestrianised and houses all major chains and stores, as well as plenty of small shops on the narrow back streets. Truro´s cathedral rises to the skyline. The Royal Cornwall Museum with its archaeological exhibits is a can´t miss cultural spot. For night-time entertainment, there are some pubs and bars where to have some drinks while listening to music, although night-life seems to finish pretty early.

St. Ives

A precious town that has everything! Located at a colourful harbour area, with fantastic beaches and plenty of bars, cafe terraces, restaurants, shops and galleries (including the renown Tate Gallery and Hepworth Museum) there´s always something to do in St. Ives, a place where surfers, artists, photographers, and tourists meet in any of the many eateries to enjoy local culinary delights. Narrow winding streets, a busy fishing port, and picturesque fisherman´s cottages contribute to its uniqueness and charm.


Located on the coast, it is a historic market town. Penzance is the primary commercial centre for the Land´s End peninsula and is famous for its farmer´s market. Penzance´s views over Mount´s Bay and St. Michael´s Mount are just magnificent. There are plenty of historic pubs, small shops, children´s playgrounds, restaurants, and art galleries (such as the Penlee House and the Newlyn Galleries) that art lovers will adore.


Newquay attracts thousands of visitors, including a big percentage of young visitors that are attracted not only for its spectacular golden sandy beaches, but also for being one of Europe´s top surf centre, and for the impressive coastal scenery and for its thriving night-life. Being one of the country´s favourite seaside town, Newquay is a place where the entire family will get to relax and find suitable entertaining activities.

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