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15th May 2017 | Regional News

Cornwall’s Top Towns

From bustling market squares to quaint fishing villages, Cornwall is home to some amazing towns that are definitely worth a visit. The region has a fascinating history, and every town you visit has a different story to tell.

From treating yourself to some traditional cuisine to visiting popular tourist attractions, there’s plenty to see and do in one of Cornwall’s amazing towns.


Less than 5 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park, the beautiful fishing port of Looe has been a popular tourist destination since Victorian times.

Situated on both sides of the River Looe, it was once two separate towns during Medieval times. Today, it’s joined by a seven-arched bridge that crosses over the river that runs through the centre, and each side has something different to offer. East Looe is home to the bustling harbour and market centre, and West Looe is full of relaxed restaurants, shops and picturesque winding streets.

From treasure trails to castles and palaces, there are plenty of adventures to be had in Looe. Take a boat trip to the historic Looe Island, or head out onto the high seas for an exciting fishing trip. Visit Looe’s glorious sandy beach, which is a great spot for swimming, and discover the fascinating tales of Looe’s smuggling past with a visit to the Looe museum or by following the magical Smuggler’s Way.

The harbour is a great spot for crabbing, and for watching the fishing boats coming in after a day at sea. Looe is famous for its amazing collection of seafood eateries, serving up delicious fresh fish, including The Coddy Shack and Trawlers on the Quay.

Video sourced from Looe Drone


Just under 30 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park is Padstow, a town based in the heart of Cornwall. Still a thriving fishing port, Padstow is a pretty little town surrounded by beautiful beaches. It’s the perfect location for walking, and is the ideal base for exploring the South West Coastal path. It’s also the start and finish of the Camel Cycle Trail, which boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Cornwall.

Padstow became a busy fishing port during Elizabethan times, and the fishing industry is still very much at the centre of this town. Even the buildings in Padstow are marine-inspired, dotted with fishermen’s cottages and merchant houses. You can head out to sea on boat trips with local fishermen, where you can catch some fresh fish for yourself.

Around Padstow you’ll find seven glorious sandy beaches and lots of beautiful coves, all within a 5 minute drive of the town centre. Constantine Bay is one of the best surfing beaches in the area, and this part of the coastline is ideal for water sports lovers. The nearby Trevone Beach is the perfect location for families, with its golden sands, rock pools and a large tidal pool, which is perfect for splashing around in.

A visit to Padstow wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some of the delicious food on offer at one of the town’s famous eateries. Dine outside one of the waterside cafes, cosy up in a welcoming pub or sit on the seashore with some traditional fish and chips.

Video sourced from 360° Beaches Cornwall


Penzance can feel as though you’ve stepped into an exotic paradise, with its collection of tropical plants and towering palm trees. Located in West Cornwall, and only 40 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park, there’s lots to discover in one of Cornwall’s most famous towns.

Penzance has a rich and varied history, full of colourful characters and fascinating stories. The town has set the scene for many adventures, with visits from the Barbary pirates, Spanish raiders and sneaky smugglers who traded in fine silks, spices and wine during the French Revolution.

Wander the town’s streets and explore its unique architecture, soaking up the culture of Penzance with a visit to the statue of local hero Sir Humphry Davy, a famous Cornish chemist and inventor. There are also several art galleries, independent shops and the elaborately decorated Egyptian House to discover. Visit the town’s harbour and watch the boats come in after a day at sea. You can even hop on one yourself, and head out onto the open water for an exciting fishing trip or sea safari, or catch the ferry over to the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

A trip to the Jubilee Lido is a great way to spend a summers day. There’s no better way to enjoy the sun, than by swimming in Penzance’s outdoor pool, set on the promenade looking out over Mount’s Bay. You can also visit one of the beautiful nearby beaches, including Praa Sands, Perranuthnoe and Lamorna Cove. There’s also the picturesque scenery of the South West Coast Path to explore, with lots of walking opportunities along the St Ives to Penzance route.

Video sourced from fuutott


Newquay is one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns, perched on the clifftops and surrounded by 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches. Under 30 minutes from several of our holiday parks in Cornwall, there’s lots to see and do on a visit to this vibrant town.

Often referred to as the surfing capital of Cornwall, if you’re looking to try out water sports then Newquay is the place for you. Visit one of the many sports centres dotted around the town, where you can try your hand at everything from paddle boarding, to coasteering, to kayaking.

There’s lots to enjoy in Newquay, and with an exciting calendar of events there’s always something to do. For families, Newquay Zoo and the town’s Aquarium make great days out, and a visit to the town’s leisure centre is sure to keep the kids entertained, with its selection of pools and exciting waterslides.

For a more relaxing family activity, head to Trenance Boating Lake, which sits within the charming Trenance Park. Explore over 26 acres of gardens and play areas, where you can hire pedaloes and rowing boats and head out on the water.

Video sourced from Our Little Big Adventures

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