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The best of Cornwall
PLEASE NOTE: Overnight stays are currently not allowed. Facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention will be closed at the moment. Government advice is to avoid public transport so don’t travel by train. Please be mindful of the people who live locally. Check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social distancing guidelines on your walks. UPDATED JUNE 2020. Looking for sea, sand and (finger and toes crossed) sun? Then look no further. Here’s the definitive list of the best beaches in Cornwall. The UK’s most south-westerly county (some locals prefer to call it a country) has always been synonymous with that quintessential English holiday. But it’s not all buckets and spades and pasties: Cornwall has 300 miles of coastline that includes some of the best beaches in the UK. There are sweeping swathes of pale sand, thrill-factor waves, secluded coves, dramatic cliffs, quaint fishing villages and hypnotic views. And when the sun shines it can feel more like the Bahamas than Blighty. Oh, and there are pasties, did we mention the pasties? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Cornwall
Everyone has their own preferred list of things to do in Cornwall. The surfers call out the beaches of Newquay, Praa Sands, Porthtowan and the rest. The foodies (and London escapees) have Rick Stein's Padstow and artsy St. Ives. Families opt for the Eden Project, the campsites and bucket-and-spade promenades. And the quieter souls have the sub-tropical gardens of Trebah and all the cream teas in Falmouth and beyond. But Kernow (as the Cornish call it) is also a country with a strong sense of its own identity. This ruggedly beautiful tip of the south west has its own flag and language, plus a history filled with myths, legends and romantic folklore. Be warned: Cornwall will steal your heart. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.