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Our 6 day Cornwall itinerary

To round up my series of Cornwall posts I’d thought I’d share our full 6 day itinerary. What I had planned originally was a bit different to what we ended up doing, there were a few other places that I had wanted to visit but missed out on due to weather or time constraints. I’d love to plan another trip as there’s so much to see and do, 6 days wasn’t nearly enough time for me but we still got to explore so many beautiful places.

Day 1

After picking up our rental car from Heathrow we drove to Montacute House. We thought this drive would only take around 2 hours but due to traffic and having to make a couple of unscheduled stops it took a lot longer.

Since we were running behind schedule we didn’t have time to stop off at any other attractions on the way. We soldiered on to our Airbnb accommodation in Penzance, making a couple more rest stops along the way as well as a quick trip to M&S to pick up food for dinner. We hit even more traffic due to road works but thankfully we still made it in time to catch this beautiful sunset.

Day 2

Our second day in Cornwall happened to be a Saturday and I was surprised to find out that not many places in Cornwall are open on Saturday! We had to re-think some of our plans for today but there was still plenty to see.

Our first stop was Land’s End, the most westerly point of England.

From there it was a quick drive to visit the Minack Theatre, a unique open-air theatre built into the cliffside at Porthcurno overlooking the ocean.

We then drove for about an hour to Kynance Cove which was one of my favourite spots of the trip. It’s best to visit when the tide is out so try and check this before visiting (the tide was starting to come in while we were there).

Lizard Point is only a couple of minutes drive from Kynance Cove so we made a quick stop there too. Unfortunately Lizard Lighthouse was closed, otherwise I would have liked to climb to the top!

We then returned to our accommodation in Penzance for one more night.

Day 3

After checking out of our accommodation we drove around the corner to visit Geevor Tin Mine, one of the largest preserved mine sites in England.

We then drove to St Michael’s Mount. Since it was closed on Saturday this was the only chance we had to see it before driving to Bodmin where we’d be staying for the next 3 nights. Unfortunately the weather on this day was pretty miserable so it put a bit of a damper on our visit.

We decided it wasn’t worth stopping off anywhere else due to the rain so we drove straight to Bodmin from St Michael’s Mount to check in to our new accommodation.

Day 4

We spent most of the day visiting the Eden Project, exploring the biomes and trying out some of the adventure activities.

On our way back to Bodmin we stopped off at Lanhydrock which was only a short drive from our Airbnb accommodation.

Day 5

In the morning we drove to a small fishing village called Polperro. We spent a few hours exploring the town and enjoyed a pub lunch.

We then drove precariously along some narrow country lanes to the nearby Lantivet Bay.

We stopped at Restormel Castle on the way back to our accommodation and managed to get in just before closing time.

Day 6

We left early in the morning to try and avoid traffic as people started heading to Glastonbury music festival. On our way back to Heathrow we took a bit of a detour via Waddesdon Manor.

If you’re keen to retrace our steps I’ve plotted all the places we visited on the map below.

 

Have you been to Cornwall? What were your favourite spots?

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