Up to a third of Britons now travel solo and we can understand why. The freedom to meet new people, explore, and experience new places while travelling alone is a fantastic thing and Cornwall is the perfect destination to begin your journey. With sub tropical climates throughout the county, incredible beaches along a beautiful coastline, and a quieter, slower pace of living Cornwall is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of your usual routine. So we’ve put together this list of the best things to do when travelling solo in Cornwall.
Let’s start local. Our home town is in a great location to enjoy the best of both worlds in Cornwall. With St Austell Bay as well as incredible gardens like the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell is a fantastic base for your travels.
Just down the road from St Austell you will find Charlestown; a gorgeous Georgian harbour town famed for its starring roll in films such as The Three Musketeers and most recently in Poldark. We recommend checking out the Shipwreck, Rescue, and Heritage Centre to step back in time and experience Charlestown’s maritime past through a series of impressive exhibits.
A little further afield Falmouth is a city full of culture and history. Explore the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Glendurgan Garden, the Falmouth Art Gallery and Henry VIII’s huge coastal castle, Pendennis Castle.
A great destination for theatre and history lovers, Penzance is home to the best open air amphitheatre in Cornwall, Minack Theatre. Producing high quality plays throughout the day including classics like Shakespeare, workshops for children, and brand new productions. You can also take a tour of the theatre and learn its fascinating history. Penzance is also home to Lizard Point – a must see for beach and nature lovers!
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, St Ives is a classic British seaside town. Full of quaint shops, narrow cobbled streets, some of the best fish around, and breathtaking views St Ives is a must do for all solo travellers in Cornwall. It is also home to a Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Home to the Boardmasters festival and some of the best waves in the UK, Newquay is an incredible destination with plenty to do. From the Blue Reef Aquarium to Fistral Beach, and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway to Newquay Zoo, this is a destination not to be missed on your solo adventure around Cornwall.
So when you’re planning your next solo adventure don’t forget the beauty that is right on your doorstep. Cornwall is a fantastic place to begin your journey. Sub tropical temperatures, incredible views, fascinating history and a cleaner, nicer way of living. Make The Cornwall Hotel, St Austell, your base for solo travelling in Cornwall.