My Cornwall Travel Bucket List

If there’s one place I could instantly transport myself to in the UK right now, it would be Cornwall. The soft sand beaches, the laid-back atmosphere, the surf culture, the palm trees, the fresh seafood, the coastlines; there are many reasons why Cornwall feels a world away from the rest of the UK. I can totally understand why staycations in Cornwall have boomed since the Covid travel restrictions were put in place and I’ve been working on my Cornwall Bucket list for when I can return.

The Pentire Headland, Newquay

In collaboration with, but all views are my own

My first visit to Cornwall was in 2018 and at the end of the trip, I already couldn’t wait to return. We stayed in a hotel overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay, which had the most amazing balcony views. Every morning I would wake up and watch the Firstral Beach surfers. The trip was during my pregnancy with our son Theo, and I had visions of how amazing Cornwall would be for a future family holiday destination.

From a combination of recommendations and research, I have been putting together a mental Cornwall travel bucket list for when we return. Now that Theo is two, I’d love to plan a holiday to Cornwall and start working on my list. I’d also revisit some of the best places from my first Cornwall trip. Here’s my Cornwall bucket list so far;

My Cornwall Bucket List

  • Visit the village of Padstow
  • Explore and / or stay in Peranporth
  • A surf lesson at Fistral Beach
  • A trip to the village of Veryan, the place my Mum is named after
  • Snorkelling at Kynance Cove
  • A day on Lusty Glaze beach
  • Take my son on the Lappa Valley Steam Railway
  • Visit Falmouth Harbour
  • Bedruthen Steps
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • The Zip Line at The Eden Project
  • Watch an open-air show at the Minack Theatre
  • Visit the romantic St Michaels Mount
  • Go on a ghost tour at Bodmin Jail
  • Stand at Land’s End

Bedruthan Steps
Minack Theatre Cornwall
Port Issac Cornwall
St Michaels Mount Cornwall

Things I have already done in Cornwall that I would love to experience again

  • The Eden Project
  • Revisit St Ives and spend time exploring the galleries
  • Take in the views at the Pentire Headland
  • Staying on Fistral Beach

Have you been to Cornwall before or are you planning your first trip? Is there anything else you think I should add to my bucket list? Leave me a comment in the box below and let me know! Jess x

Photos my own excluding final grid of 4 images, sourced on Unsplash by Greg Wilson, Pascal Buchal, Benjamin Elliot, Nick Fewings 


Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.


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