Cornwall Road Trip Guide

There’s nothing more liberating than jumping into the car and heading off into the sunset to explore pastures new, something we should all do at least once.

But what if you’re a little apprehensive about totally throwing caution to the wind, I hear you say. Well I have created a Cornwall Road Trip Guide, ensuring your drive of a lifetime runs smoothly. Starting from the incredible Tamar Valley and ending in Wadebridge on the north coast, this is one of the best UK road trips, in our opinion.

Planning the route may seem daunting when you’re not even sure which places to visit, but with our handy guide you’ll be well on your way in no time.

Tamar Valley

First stop is Tamar Valley on the border of Devon and Cornwall and has a rich mining heritage, which is evident in its buildings. The scenery here is just stunning and there are countless walking trails available. Throughout the year organised events take place so there is always something to see and do.

Where to stay: Pentillie Castle Estate, Saltash


Head west from Tamar Valley to Bodmin, a popular town in north Cornwall most famous for its rugged moor and rich history. There are many places to visit but Bodmin Jail is a definite must see. The former prison was originally built in 1779 for King George III and offers a paranormal ghost walk.

St Austell

Journeying in a southward direction, begin your drive to St Austell on the Cornish Riviera, one of the largest towns in Cornwall. As well as exploring the coast, one of the country’s greatest attractions is just a couple of miles away. The Eden Project is a giant garden with artificial biodomes, where you can see plants from around the globe.

Eden Project

Alternatively, why not visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which have different areas to explore within the magnificent 200 acres. The gardens were discovered 25 years ago and have since been transformed into this magical place.

Where to stay: Natural Retreats, Trewhiddle

Roseland Peninsula

The Lugger Sea View

Continue to The Roseland Heritage Coast, where you can discover secret coves and steep cliffs on the peninsula, a setting that would rival some of the most beautiful places on Earth. There are several villages and hamlets in the area that are filled with shops, pubs, restaurants and pretty cottages.

Where to stay: The Lugger Hotel, Portloe


Just an hour’s drive from Portloe, Falmouth is home to the wonderful Trebah Garden, a colourful paradise of sub-tropical plants and flowers. This is one of the most magnificent gardens in Cornwall and is well worth the trip.

St Ives

From Falmouth drive to St Ives, where award winning beaches and a wealth of attractions await. Porthmeor and Porthminster beaches are among the most beautiful, with miles of golden sand and deep blue ocean.

Tate St Ives is an incredible gallery that houses contemporary art, The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, making it a great day out for visitors of all ages.

Just a short drive from St Ives St Michael’s Mount can be found at Marazion, where you can take a boat to the island and climb up the castle for the staggering views.

St Michael's Mount

Where to stay: Carbis Bay or Headland House, St Ives


The last leg of the road trip takes in some of the most phenomenal scenery as you journey towards Cornwall’s north coast to Wadebridge. From here you can jump on board a boat to the lively fishing port of Padstow, where you can amble around the shops and enjoy lunch at one of the bars or restaurants. If you’re a bit of a foodie, you might want to venture over to Watergate Bay and sample the gourmet delights at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant.

If you prefer to delve into the area’s history, Tintagel Castle is just further up the coast. Learn about the myths that surround the castle, which is associated with the Legend of King Arthur, and explore the ancient ruins overlooking the dramatic coastline.

Where to stay: St Moritz Hotel, Wadebridge

If you would like us to arrange a road trip of Cornwall for you or you would like further information on where to stay, please contact us at [email protected] or on 01257 570502.

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