20 Reasons to Visit Cornwall in 2024

20 reasons to visit Cornwall in 2024 with South West 660!
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Here are Greenbank Hotel’s top 20 reasons to visit Cornwall in 2024. Here we have listed their top recommendations to tick off the bucket list this year on your South West 660 road trip!


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The beaches

First and foremost are the beaches! From sweeping stretches of sandy shores, to dramatic steep-cliffed coves with wild waves crashing, there’s over 400 tip-top beaches to keep you occupied in Cornwall.




From pier to point, Falmouth combines fascinating maritime heritage with modern creativity and culture.


Needing little introduction, the recent BBC series has resurrected Winston Graham’s classic historical novels. Die-hard fans can tick off many a film location such as Charlestown, Porthgwarra, St Agnes and Kynance Cove.

History and heritage

Think shipwrecks, smuggling, and a booming tin mining past thrown in for good measure. From abandoned engine houses, to stone circles, museums and a rich maritime heritage – visiting Cornwall is an archaeologist’s heaven.


Sub-tropical gardens

Thanks to our balmy climate, Cornwall’s sub-tropical gardens are something to write home about. Discover the world’s largest greenhouses at The Eden Project, get lost under ancient canopies at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, or fall in love with the exotic paradises of Trebah and Glendurgan who each have their own secluded beach.


Of course, Cornwall is famous for its surfing scene due to the county’s impressive Atlantic swell. But being surrounded by coastline also means there’s an opportunity to wild swim, sail, paddle board, kayak or hitch a ride on a boat trip, wherever you’re based.


Cornwall loves an excuse to celebrate and its vibrant festival calendar grows every year. Be it boats, food, ales, art, music or sea shanties – we’re guaranteed to have an event dedicated in its honour. Visit Cornwall any month of the year and you’ll find a festival within your reach.


The southwest coast path

Whether it’s a blustery clifftop ramble completed by a cosy pub fire, a saunter to a quaint fishing village, or a foraging hunt on a warm summer’s day – we have a whopping 296 miles of diverse coastline in Cornwall.

Myths and legends

From mermaids and pesky piskies, to giants, saints, and Merlin – there’s more legends than you can shake a stick at. Explore King Arthur’s Tintagel, marvel at the curiosities in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, and keep your eyes peeled for the Beast of Bodmin Moor.

Hidden spots

There is always something undiscovered around every crooked lane, secluded creek and footprint free beach. Cornwall surprises even its most knowledgeable locals time and time again.


Arts and culture

Cornwall has been a natural home to inspiration, art and ideas since the early 19th century. So much so that, apart from London, you’ll find nowhere in the country that’s host to more artists. Get the Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens on your to-do list.


Expect mighty coastal fortresses, rugged hilltop castles and a whole load of ancestral houses. We thoroughly recommend a day trip with a picnic to St Michaels Mount, Pendennis Castle, St Mawes or Tintagel.

A crowd pleaser

Whether it’s a bucket and spade holiday for the whole family, a romantic staycation for just the two of you, or you’re packing your pooch for a dog-friendly adventure – Cornwall ticks every box. It’s also well connected thanks to Newquay Airport and an efficient train line.

Marine wildlife

Ignore that pesky seagull pestering your pasty and look further afield. Book a sea safari and pack your binoculars to spot dolphins, whales, basking sharks, seals and all kinds of seabirds.


For all the foodie fans out there, these are for you…

The Cornish pasties

No visit to Cornwall is complete without a daily pasty. Once the nifty packed lunch of Cornish tin miners, our perfectly crimped national dish is filled to the brim with veg and huge hunks of beef. A few to get on your radar: Philps in Hayle, Ann’s Pasties on The Lizard, and Choak’s in Falmouth.

Cornish clotted cream

First created in 1890 by the great-great-grandmother of Rodda’s owners, Cornish clotted cream is rich, unctuous and thoroughly dollopable. A Cornish cream tea is quite the ceremony and you must always remember: jam first!


Tregothnan tea

Tea, of course, goes hand in hand with the above. Did you know Cornwall is home to England’s only tea plantation? The Tregothnan estate, on the banks of the Fal River, began supplying England’s first home-grown tea in 2005. You can visit Tregothnan by booking one of their private garden tours, or heading to their annual charity weekend when they open their gates.

The foodie scene

Attracting a clutch of celebrity chefs such as the likes of Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, it one of the best county’s to stuff your face. Fact.

Fresh seafood

We promise that this is our last food-related reason, but it’s a must! Thoughts of Cornwall evoke images of Falmouth Bay oysters, fresh crab, lobsters, pilchards and mussels – caught daily by local fisherman and delivered to every kind of eatery. One to try: the award-winning Harbour Lights just down the road from us, for the ultimate fish and chips.

Cornish Tipples

And what to wash all that scrumptious food down with? We’ve got Cornish craft beers, ciders, ales, the world’s best gin and even our own take on Champagne from the Camel Valley to name but a few.


Start your route

Where will you start your Cornish adventure?

Start your journey in
the heart of the Duchy

Portloe to Falmouth

St Austell - Penzance

Cornish rocky shore

Penzance - St Ives

Padstow Harbour

St Ives - Padstow


Padstow - Clovelly

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