With sandy beaches, picturesque harbours, and fantastic restaurants, Cornwall is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway.
You can visit numerous charming villages or spend the trip at one of the luxury cottages, which this British county is famous for; pubs and hotels are also plentiful. But with so many sights to see and spots to visit, it can be quite confusing, especially if you’re visiting Cornwall for the first time.
That’s why we’ve decided to help you by putting together this informative guide on the best places to visit in Cornwall for couples. This guide will walk you through some of the top spots that are perfect for honeymoons and romantic getaways.
We’ve carefully selected these places to help you make the most of your holidays in Cornwall. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Best Places To Visit In Cornwall For Couples
1. Port Isaac
Did you know that Port Isaac was featured in popular TV series like Poldark and Doc Martin? Situated on the coast of North Cornwall, the incredibly popular Port Isaac is a fishing village with rich history and some scenic spots. There are several cottages that line the narrow streets of the village, leading to the massively busy harbour.
And if you and your other half want to experience the best local cuisines, this port is the perfect place to try lip-smacking dishes.
There are several incredible restaurants in the area, such as Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen and Outlaw’s New Road, both owned by the well-known chef Nathan Outlaw. These restaurants specialise in fish-based dishes that taste heavenly, so you’re sure to have a memorable meal.
Summer is usually a very busy time for this village, as the locals host several events, activities, and festivals. And for couples looking for a romantic retreat near Port Isaac, Cider Barn, with a comfortable lounge and a fully equipped kitchen, is a good option. Its bathroom is also excellent and has a freestanding bath, perfect for two people.
2. St. Michael’s Mount
Situated across the town of Marazion, St. Michael’s Mount is a tidal island with a fascinating history. Often compared to Mont-Saint-Michel in France, this island has plenty of legends and myths surrounding it and is a splendid destination for couples.
One of the most famous things on the island is the 12th Century castle, which provides impressive views of Mount’s Bay. You can also stroll through sub-tropical gardens and explore the chapel and charming fishing villages whose picturesque beauty is sure to catch your attention.
Also, the locals hold special events during the summer months, which you can enjoy if you visit Cornwall between June and August. And you can visit Marazion town and witness its stunning gardens and breathtaking beaches using the island boat. There is also a causeway that can be used for this purpose when the tide is low.
3. Kynance Cove
For couples planning to visit South West Cornwall, Kynance Cove, situated on the Lizard Peninsula, is worth checking out. It is among the most beautiful spots not only in Cornwall, but also in England, with rocky outcrops and sparkling clear water.
The best time to visit this cove is on a sunny day during low tide, so you can spend time with your partner walking on the scenic beach. There are also several rock pools and caves, providing an excellent opportunity for couples to spend time exploring the surrounding coast path.
Alternatively, you can walk along the South West Coast Path, which goes from the Cove to Lizard Village, located three miles away. It also provides amazing views of Asparagus Island and Portreath Beach, further adding to the experience.
Just make sure to check the timing of the tide before visiting the beach since it can only be explored during low tide. Also, like many other spots, Kynance Cove tends to be very busy during the summer months, so plan your vacation accordingly.
4. Tintagel Castle
Perhaps most famously known as the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, Tintagel Castle is located on the high cliffs of North Cornwall. This means that you can enjoy some of the best views with your partner after exploring the ruins.
The Tintagel Castle Bridge connects the two parts of the castle situated on different cliffs and offers a great opportunity to soak up the picturesque scenery. Couples can take a shuttle to travel up and down the steep path. Not to forget, there is a statue of King Arthur as well as a cave aptly named Merlin’s Cave that you must visit.
If you or your partner wants to learn interesting facts about the legend of King Arthur, pay a visit to King Arthur’s Great Halls, located nearby in Tintagel. However, you’ll be able to explore it only if you visit Cornwall between March and October– the months when King Arthur’s Great Halls are open to the general public.
5. Minack Theatre
Minack Theatre, located on the Cornish cliffs, is an excellent spot to visit if you and your partner enjoy performances of original and renowned plays. It is an open-air amphitheatre built using granite and carved into the cliff rocks, which makes for a unique experience.
The location of the theatre is distinctive, and the weather and vistas decide the backdrop for each performance. As such, couples must check the website of the theatre to know which plays are scheduled when planning their visit.
There are over 200 live performances held every year, including plays, musicals and operas. If you want, you can enjoy a guided tour of the theatre. Minack Theatre is also one of the spots on this list with a rich and interesting history. Constructed in the 1900s, it was used as a lookout during the Second World War, and currently, it serves as a unique entertainment venue.
And there are several romantic places nearby where you can stay with your partner, such as The Kiddleywink, located in the Lamorna Valley. The Kiddleywink is a barn conversion that has charming terraces and comfortable interiors with a rustic touch. Close to the barn is Lamorna Cove, where you can go on a walk with your partner and reach Mousehole if you join the South West Coast Path.
Cornwall has several beautiful villages, and choosing between them can be hard. But most people agree that Polperro is among the top choices when it comes to scenic views. Situated on the southern coast of Cornwall, this fishing village has several tiny cottages lining the winding, traffic-free streets, making it a perfect destination for visiting with your partner.
There is also a fishing cove, where you can see colourful boats bobbing on the water at all times of the day. The village is famous for serving as a smuggler’s hideout in the old days and has also witnessed quite a few shipwrecks. There are other exciting features as well, such as the Saxon and Roman bridges and a beautiful sandy beach.
This beach has a tidal sea pool, which adventurous couples can access by climbing down the cliffs to get a wonderful view of the village. And for a more intimate experience, pleasure or fishing cruises can be booked from the quay.
Cornwall has some of the largest towns in England, and Newquay is one of them. Its size also makes it a very busy spot frequented by families, shoppers, surfers, and others. This town is best suited for those who prefer a more active getaway.
One reason for this is that Fistral Beach, well-known as an excellent beach for surfers, is located in this town. Additionally, Newquay is a great choice if you and your partner are shopaholics and like collecting souvenirs. There are numerous independent boutiques to check out that deal in clothing inspired by nautical elements and sell gifts and accessories.
The town is also a favourite among digital nomads, and there are many places that provide Buddha bowls and milk lattes, which makes it worth checking out. And for partners looking to enjoy a fun date activity, don’t forget to take a round of crazy golf.
Padstow is a fishing port located on the northern coast of Cornwall and has many features that make it an excellent destination for couples. You can take a sightseeing boat and explore the Cornish coastline, which is famous for its extensive wildlife and rugged beauty.
There is also the Camel Trail, which is 18 miles long; as such, couples can take a walk along to enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes. Also, this trail does not witness any traffic, which is why it is among the most romantic places in Cornwall for spending time with your partner.
Or you can take the Black Tor Ferry from Padstow and visit Rock, a favourite spot for the rich and famous and often visited by the royal family.
9. Carbis Bay
Best known for its secluded golden beaches, Carbis Bay, located two miles from St. Ives, is another excellent place where couples can spend their romantic break. What makes this spot so special is that the water here is calmer than in other areas, so you can enjoy an intimate dip with your partner.
The beach has picturesque cliffs at each end, while Hawkes Point is located at the eastern end. Below that is Porthkidney Sands, a beach famous for its outstanding natural beauty– so don’t forget to plan a day to Carbis Bay.
On sunny days, the beach looks stunning because the sun’s rays illuminate the turquoise water. As a piece of advice– bring a DSLR camera when coming to Carbis Bay, so you can capture a few memories with your partner on the beach.
10. Eden Project
Located close to St. Austell in Boldeva, the Eden Project is another exciting place in North Cornwall that is worth visiting with your partner. This spot is known for being the largest captive rainforest in a biome, so nature lovers must pay a visit.
You can take a walk with your beloved on a canopy walkway situated over treetops or visit the Outdoor Garden, which is spread across 30 acres. There is also a second biome that showcases the magnificent flora of the Mediterranean.
What’s more, several workshops are held that are open to all age groups. For more details, you can check the website of the Eden Project, where you’ll get everything from timings to the charity number. While the Eden Project has been created for educational purposes, it also makes for a great romantic couples’ getaway.
11. St. Ives
St. Ives is a must-visit destination for couples who love art; as such, visitors from all around the world come to check out the amazing art galleries. Of all the places, we recommend visiting Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum first because they have a stunning collection of artworks.
Apart from that, there is a Sculpture Garden, where artworks are arranged beautifully through which you can take a walk with your other half. Besides the most spectacular beaches in Cornwall, there are a few food shops where you can enjoy some delicious Cornish cuisine.
Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, a refreshing cocktail, or just your favourite flavoured ice cream, this spot has it all. And those planning to spend a day or two at St. Ives must book accommodation ahead of travel for peace of mind.
If you cannot decide which hotel you should book for a night’s stay, simply book The Sun Deck, whose compact style makes it perfect for couples.
Recently declared the best coastal town of Britain, Falmouth, located on the southern coast of Cornwall, is another excellent destination for couples. The town is divided into two sides and can be easily explored on foot. Besides docks and a busy harbour, there is the National Maritime Museum, where you’ll come across ancient pottery, tools, toys and whatnot.
Or, for a more casual getaway, you can visit the other side, which is famous for its sandy beaches, including Gyllyngvase Beach. But the main attraction here is the Pendennis Castle, built in the 16th century by King Henry VIII, which sits between the two sides.
Another spot worth visiting in Falmouth is Jacob’s Ladder, which is a large stairway that connects to the main square, the Moor. The town also hosts many festivals, which you can attend and make your trip memorable.
If you’re planning to visit the southern coast of Cornwall, make sure you plan a day to Mousehole. This beautiful fishing village has an old-world charm, with thin streets and a traditional harbour.
You can stroll around the walls of the harbour, taking in scenic views across the channel to St. Clements Island. Or visit various art galleries lining the streets while stopping for a coffee. Not to forget, buy a few souvenirs, so you can reminisce about the time spent in Cornwall a few years from now.
One of the specialities of this region is the Stargazy Pie, perhaps a famous Cornish dish that contains several types of fish. And pubs like The Ship Inn are great places where you can indulge in this mouth-watering dish.
For those planning to stay overnight, The Old Market House is an ideal choice. It has a king-size bed and open-plan downstairs, so you can comfortably relax with your other half.
Cornwall has several areas that have a rich history, and Bodmin is one of them. Besides stately-looking homes and two museums, this town has a 15th-century parish church which you must visit when vacationing in Cornwall.
Another attraction is the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, where couples can take a ride on the steam train. This is the best way to enjoy various sights and learn about interesting places, such as the Bodmin Jail and the old county courtroom.
Or you can visit Bodmin Moor, which lies on the eastern side of the town, and is known for its natural beauty. There are ceremonial circles like the Hurlers Stone Circles, tall oak trees, large granite boulders, and a plethora of walking trails. Not many know that Bodmin served as an inspiration for the famous novelist Daphne du Maurier in her novel Jamaica Inn.
Spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of life exploring the nooks and crannies of Cornwall sounds like a perfect vacation– doesn’t it? Cornwall is a region that has got almost everything– spectacular beaches, charming villages and towns, history and, of course, great food!
Now that you know some of the best places to visit, are you ready to book air tickets to this historic county?
Nevertheless, making reservations and other necessary arrangements beforehand is a good idea to ensure a hassle-free vacation. With that said, it is time to conclude this guide. Until next time!
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