How far? 4 hours, 50 minutes to Penzance.
Why go? There’s nowhere else quite like Cornwall, with its rugged, windswept coastline, surfers’ beaches and pretty ports. Spend a weekend here and you’ll discover quirky attractions, natural delights and creativity by the bucket (and spade) load.
Do this: Discover the art Cornwall’s coastal light has inspired at Tate St Ives. Then try donning your walking boots and heading off along the coastal path towards Zennor, passing tiny hamlets and ancient stone monuments as you go, or riding the waves with St Ives Surf School on Porthmeor Beach. Jump back in the car and drive to Land’s End for awe-inspiring isolation before visiting the Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium perched on the cliffs with the ocean as its backdrop. It’s stunning even if there isn’t a play on the day you visit.
Eat this: You can’t visit this county without eating a traditional Cornish pasty. Grab one from tiny SH Ferrell & Son in St Ives. Feast on fresh crab sandwiches with an incredible view from the Island Cafe on St Michael’s Mount. And for sustainable and ethically sourced seafood, spend a dreamy evening at The Shore in Penzance, where the menu changes each day.
Stay here: Cosy up in Artists Residence Penzance, where all the rooms are decked out with eclectic furniture, plush soft furnishings and fun, original artworks. Bag The Lookout for sea views, a log burner and a lush freestanding tub.