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Towns in Cornwall

Towns in Cornwall

There are so many places to visit when you stay at one of our Cornish Holiday Parks we have made a list of our favourite Towns & Cities to help you choose where to go while you holiday with us in Cornwall.

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Mevagissy is an old traditional fishing town which has now become an attractive tourist town which still has a working fishing harbour.

The narrow streets have are now filled with gift and craft shops and fantastic fish restaurants’. As well as the great views and the harbour Mevagissy hosts a folk museum, aquarium and a world of model railway exhibition.

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Added by Sandra Yarnall on 20/10/2011 23:13:02

Had a great day there, visited the museum, entrance was free and it was a most interesting place. Also went to the aquarium again that was very interesting too. We sat by the harbour and had the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. The town was nice and clean, we had a thoroughly enjoyable day there.

Added by Andy Clegg on 19/10/2011 15:46:16

Charming place. Loved the harbour and its front. Went twice during our stay and will be going back.

Added by Carolyn on 25/09/2011 15:48:43

Fabulous harbour.

Added by Valerie Boden on 02/06/2011 19:49:02

This is my kind of place, olde world feeling with quaint gift shops and lovely tea houses.

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St Ives

St Ives use to be a town dependant on its large fishing industry however this now took a large back step due to the towns thriving touring industry. The opening of the Tate Gallery has led to a number of galleries being opened and for St Ives to become known as one of Cornwall's most cultured towns.

The long narrow streets of St Ives are also filled with local shops, cafes and restaurants. St Ives is also home to some beautiful sandy beaches which offer some great surfing conditions.

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Added by LizC on 22/09/2011 21:37:13

Always rather busy, it's best to park and ride on the train, about a five minute journey but expensive at £8 each plus £2 for the car park. However, easier than parking in St Ives. Picturesque as ever and they have culled the most aggressive seagulls so a more pleasant experience than my last visit.

Added by Beth on 30/06/2011 08:24:08

A beautiful place to visit, I stayed in Mullion but spent the whole time here, next time will defiantly stay in St Ives, it has great places to eat, has good parking at affordable prices and has many tourist attracts, as well as beautiful beaches, is well worth the trip down the steep hills around it and there is a bus that will take you back to the car park if you don't feel like walking up.

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Looe town is situated on each side of the River Looe and is connected by a bridge from both sides. The east side of the town is the busiest with the Harbour and main shopping centre being situated there, on the west side it is a lot quieter with a few shops but nice restaurants.

Looe harbour is at the centre of what goes on in this town with local fish being caught every day then being served up in the local restaurants. Another attraction of the harbour is the boat trips which go out each day which give you the chance to explore a bit of the ocean.

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Added by Dan Flanders on 10/05/2012 12:36:25

Just to tell you that I regard Looe and especially Polperro as my most favourite part of Cornwall which of course I will visit again at some other time in the future. I have been down this area many times during the past 10 years based from Looe Bay Holiday Park, and I have actually went by boat from Polperro to Looe for the first time ever and thought it was a terrific experience!

Added by Heather on 26/10/2011 09:20:40

Very quaint, excellent choice of cream teas, fantastic beach, good walks. Lots of affordable parking.

Added by Andy Clegg on 19/10/2011 15:44:58


Added by Trisha on 26/09/2011 17:36:33

What a delight, lovely shops and bars people are very helpful and friendly, would definitely go again. Went into four pubs which were all very different. All served food and made us very welcome, in a word glorious.

Added by Carolyn on 25/09/2011 15:50:22

My favourite place in Cornwall - lovely harbour, excellent beach and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Highly recommend Rivercroft for a meal.

Added by Richard on 04/08/2011 10:56:35

Lovely town and historic fishing harbour, had great fun crabbing with the family, great selection of shops and places to eat and drink. Very good clean beach.

Added by Paulyne Hutchins on 13/07/2011 20:25:20

Lovely traditional town. Great choice of restaurants.

Added by David Davies on 16/06/2011 10:33:49

I thought Looe was a great place to visit, good places to eat and plenty of car parking available at a price you can meet. It is also, a very safe beach for children to swim and play.

Added by Sandra Yarnall on 20/10/2011 23:26:36

There is a good variety of shops in Looe and some good eating places. There is a nice beach although it was too cold when we were there to go and sit on the beach .W e found parking was no problem as it was end of season when we visited but I think parking could be an issue in high season. Overall though a lovely little town.

Added by Angela Osborne on 16/10/2011 16:49:29

Love Looe very relaxing

Added by Paul Weeks on 12/10/2011 11:05:54

Very busy not able to park, so did not walk round, have done so before, liked town.

Added by K Murray on 09/06/2011 10:58:22

Lots of tourist type shops. There is a nice beach for the kids. We stayed at Looe Bay and attempted to walk into the town, not advisable. Very steep climb, not too bad walking down but a killer trying to walk back!! There is a bus from the caravan site that we could have used. Parking is a nightmare in the town at peak times.

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Padstow is one of Cornwall's most vibrant and well known fishing towns, the fisherman pile into the harbour supplying local traders and restaurants with fresh fish.

Fish restaurants are becoming the trend in Padstow with many fine and popular restaurants opening, the most well-known has to be Rick Stein's. Boat trips are also very popular in Padstow especially across the river to the gorgeous town of Rock, now known as Little Chelsea due to the influx of young and posh socialites.

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Added by Angela Osborne on 16/10/2011 16:56:16

Just as we remembered revisiting after thirty odd years. Great fishing village and quaint shops, had gorgeous cream tea in restaurant on the harbour front. They were very friendly and newly refurbished run by a Daughter and Mum. Can’t remember what it was called.

Added by Anne Whiting on 12/10/2011 14:04:31

Padstow is absolutely lovely; we sat at the harbour side and munched pasties from the shop round the corner – delicious. Don’t taste the same anywhere else. It was a nice day and we wandered up and down the quaint old streets, went in one of Rick Stein’s gift shops and bought a little present. A lovely day out! Would visit more often if we lived a bit nearer (bit far - Lancashire).

Added by Karen on 01/10/2011 07:21:34

A beautiful harbour, busy for the time of year, pasty shops a plenty with the yummy smells inviting you in. An extremely overpriced and overrated chip shop on the harbour front. I spent a few happy hours crabbing in the harbour, looking forward to my next visit.

Added by Miss Lisa Warwick on 05/04/2012 15:38:23

My family and I really liked Padstow; it’s a really nice little town, lovely beach and lovely shops.

Added by Karmann on 08/09/2011 18:37:59

Can't help it but just love Padstow could walk around it all day and then meander along the Camel Trail to eat my fish and chips. Unfortunately the one drawback is the parking!!!

Added by Paul Weeks on 12/10/2011 11:08:57

Very picturesque and interesting town, been many times before. Difficult to park, very expensive, very few reasonably priced places to eat; we can't all afford Mr. Stein's prices.

Added by LizC on 22/09/2011 21:29:37

We quite like Padstein as it's fondly referred to by locals. Quaint, with some good photo opportunities and the gift shops are a little more up market although with prices to match. You can park and ride which is a good option if you want to take a seal watching boat trip but the main car park with a steep walk down to the village wasn't busy.

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Penzance is an ancient market town surrounded by an area of outstanding beauty and Cornish culture.

The town has plenty for tourists to do including, beaches, a grand promenade, 400 shop and a huge variety of restaurants.

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Added by LizC on 22/09/2011 21:32:47

Nice to combine Penzance with St Ives and to have a meal at the Trevaskis Farm shop at Gwinear, Hayle. TR27 5JQ if you have satnav. Penzance is charming and has a large car park on the quay. Nice place to stroll around and the townsfolk are very friendly. Always worth a visit.

Added by Becky and Family on 11/08/2011 10:11:26

Stop off to checkout the pirate ship and shopping centre and a bite to eat. We would highly recommend a visit to St Michael's Mount, wait for the tide to go out and take the path over to the house and beautiful gardens. Be warned wear suitable shoes for walking though as it is steep and rocky. The views are spectacular. The house is great help the kids complete the quiz for little gift at the end.

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