Cornwall: Your Guide to the Best Beaches, Ice Cream and Cider

Ah, a summer holiday in Cornwall. Is there anything more quintessentially British than that? A bucket and spade, a drive through narrow country lanes and a spot of crabbing if you’re handy with a line is perhaps one of the loveliest way to enjoy a week in August, come rain or shine. But do you know where to go, and where to find the best treasures Cornwall has to offer? Here’s a quick guide to the best beaches, where you can find the best ice cream and cider, and a few suggestions on where to stay.

Where to go

First, bear in mind that Cornwall is a pretty big place. Stretching from just outside of Plymouth to the wild cliff edges at Penzance, you’ve a lot of a places to choose from.

Popular spots that are firm favourite of tourists are the destinations closest to Devon, including the likes of Looe and Polperro on the south coast (Polperro boasts a beautiful harbour), and Port Isaac on the north coast (with a shingle beach, or an excellent surfing beach at Polzeath only four miles away).

Venture further into Cornwall for beaches that are equally as beautiful – if not more so – but a little less tourist-heavy, including Perranporth, Sennen (at Whitsand Bay), Kynance Cove (near Lizard Point) and Porthmeor (at St Ives).

Where to find ice cream

You couldn’t go all the way to Cornwall without trying some proper Cornish ice cream, right? Treleavens ice cream is sold throughout Cornwall in cafes, parlours and farm shops, and they offer a real smorgasbord of flavours. There are lots of smaller producers too such as Roskilly’s Organic Farm and Callestick Farm, who both feed cows on luscious Cornish grass to produce milk that’s turned into some of the most mouth-watering ice cream in the country.

Where to find the best cider

If there’s another thing Cornwall is famous for, it’s the traditional scrumpy cider. Cider was once the staple drink of farm workers in Cornwall, so it’s no surprise that Cornwall is still home to a number of excellent cider farms.


Head to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm in Truro if you fancy trying some for yourself – you can enter for free or book onto a distillery and cellar tour for less than £40 a person. Haye Farm Cider is excellent too, on account of the fact cider has been made on the farm since the 1200s, and they still use many of the 800-year old processes to this day.

Where to stay

Finally, you’re going to need to decide where to stay. From camping and caravanning, to glamping, youth hostels, hotels and B&B’s, there’s something to suit every budget. Consider booking yourself a charming Cornish cottage through somewhere like if you like the idea of staying somewhere that has all the creature comforts of home – though perhaps with a sea view!

As you can see, there’s so much to try in Cornwall. Where you end up choosing to stay, eat and drink will largely depend on where you choose to explore (as you won’t be able to fit it all into one holiday!), but rest assured you’ll have a brilliant time with such excellent options on offer.

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1 thought on “Cornwall: Your Guide to the Best Beaches, Ice Cream and Cider”

  1. It’s been a long time i have been to any beach and I am planning to hit the beach soon and I am glad that you shared this article with us it’s very helpful. Thanks!


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