6 places to see in Cornwall
P A D S T O W
Our first stop in Cornwall was Padstow, a charming little port filled to the brim with cute fishing boats, places to eat (most of which are owned by Rick Stein!) and shops. We didn't have long in Padstow, just enough time to have a wander around, browse a few art shops and of course, stop off for some of Stein's famous fish & chips!
And yes, they alone are worth a visit to Padstow! But I promise there are other reasons too...
C H A R L E S T O W N
Our visit to Charlestown was a bleak one - it positively poured it down. But that didn't stop us from enjoying our time in this little harbour. Mum liked it because it's where they filmed Poldark; I liked it because there was a boat named 'Lady Claire'. I think has a certain ring to it, no?
Hiding from the storm outside, we took refuge in a cute little deli-cafe called Short & Strong and warmed up over some nibbles and hot drinks before braving it outside once more, heading on our way down to Penzance.
C A D G W I T H C O V E
A quick google of places to visit nearby came up with Cadgwith and, although there's not a great deal going on there, it's well worth a visit on your trip round Cornwall.
Cadgwih is a tiny picturesque village and fishing port on the Lizard Peninsula. We parked up at the car park the sat nav directed us to and made it on foot down through the valley along the winding path till things came to an open, and this charming little village was all around us to see. Filled with beautiful cottages, houses and holiday homes, it was a tranquil little spot that almost felt cut-off from the rest of the world.
There's a restaurant, a gift shop and a pub - what more do you need?
P O R T I S A A C
I have quite a soft spot for Port Isaac, a little traditional fishing village in North Cornwall with its narrow winding streets and whitewashed cottages that end in the harbour where local fisherman catch their daily feed. Fans of the TV series Doc Martin will recognise the village no doubt and any foodie will have undoubtedly heard of Nathan Outlaw who has his restaurant Outlaw's here. Go there if you have the time, otherwise walk up the hill to a charming tea room and order yourself a Cornish Cream Tea.
Remember, jam then cream. That's the Cornish way.
M O U S E H O L E
The night we stopped over in Penzance (see where we stayed here) we had the task of picking somewhere nearby to eat for dinner. I did some quick research and liked the look of French-style bistro, 2 Fore Street, in nearby Mousehole (pronounced 'Mowzal') which was a quick five minute drive away.
Mousehole itself is as cute as it sounds. We arrived just before the sun went down and had a quick walk around the village before stepping inside 2 Fore Street for, honestly, one of the best meals I've had in a long time. I absolutely loved it and urge you to go!
M I N A C K T H E A T R E
Finally, a visit to the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is a must!
The Minack Theatre is a beautiful open-air theatre carved into the cliff side with views overlooking Porthcurno Bay. Performances still run from May to September (you might just have to pray for good weather) but you can come during the months of April and October just to have a snoop around. And I strongly recommend you do.