The Eden Project

The Eden Project

South Cornwall is one of the region's most popular spots for family holidays, containing famous gardens like the Lost Gardens of Heligan and top UK attraction the Eden Project. The gentle beaches of St Austell Bay are a favourite with families, and the bay also features a string of pretty fishing villages like Mevagissey. The region has close links with the author Daphne du Maurier who adored the coastline around Fowey and lived in the area for many years. Fowey celebrates its links to this great popular author of famous novels made into films, including Rebecca, with an annual arts and literary festival.

Porthleven Harbour, Mount's Bay

Porthleven Harbour, Mount's Bay

Where estuaries push far inland on the south coast you'll find top sailing locations like Fowey and Falmouth - the National Maritime Museum is situated on Falmouth's beautiful marina waterfront. Peninsula headlands like Roseland feature dramatic perched castles like St Mawes and at Cornwall's most southerly point sits spectacular coastal walking, hidden cove beaches and best diving around The Lizard Peninsula. Beyond The Lizard is the great sweeping St Mount's Bay, home to pretty fishing harbours like Porthleven and off shore island St Michael's Mount with medieval castle, gardens, shops restaurants and more.

The Lizard Coast

The Lizard Coast

Inland Cornish capital Truro is accessible by boat trip up the estuary from Falmouth and is a real Cornish centre for the arts, featuring The Royal Cornwall Museum housing some of Cornwall's greatest archaeological and fine art treasures. The region's largest entertainment venue - The Hall For Cornwall - is also here and dominating the centre is the beautiful Victorian Gothic revival Truro Cathedral.

Readymoney Cove Beach, Fowey

Readymoney Cove Beach, Fowey

Where to Stay

South Cornwall cottage, holiday home and villa choice is exceptional around the beach bays, estuaries and inland on pretty working farms surrounding capital Truro. Choose a budget accommodation option from caravan parks to camping and friendly B&Bs on The Lizard. You'll also find some beautiful country house hotels in the area, ideal for parties and gatherings. Book a great family holiday park around St Austell Bay just a short walk from beaches and right on the doorstep of the Eden Project. Pretty guest houses and B&Bs are across the South Cornwall coast and countryside, and include a number of award-winners. This part of Cornwall has long been welcoming guests, and the range of accommodation options caters for all tastes. You'll find some fantastic luxury apartments with estuary views from balconies in the Falmouth area or stay is something different like an old 18th century Cornish inn with rooms on The Lizard in the most southerly village in the country!

Accommodation in South Cornwall

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    A warm and friendly guest house in Falmouth, just a few minutes walk from the centre and beach. Nine guest bedrooms, three with en-suite facilities.
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    Friendly hostel in Falmouth within walking distance of the town centre and beach. 4 & 6 bed dorms, double, twin & single occupancy rooms. Free breakfast, WiFi and parking.
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  • Carlyon Bay
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    Coastal styled B&B room at Carlyon Bay, a short stroll from Charlestown harbour via the coast path. Breakfast served direct to your room. WiFi, Sky TV, private parking & garden.
     
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    Beautifully restored 4 Star cottage near Truro & Falmouth. Green Tourism Gold award-winner with outstanding eco-friendly facilities. Families welcome. Woodburning stove
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  • Falmouth
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    Tudor style accommodation with bay views, situated a short walk from the beach, and catering to adults only. Bed and breakfast service available. Lovely gardens. Free WIFI access
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    Idyllic 4 Star Green Tourism Gold cottage near Truro & Falmouth, within a working farm. Family facilities, ample boat & car parking, wifi, gardens & eco-friendly. Sleeps 4/5.
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    Stay 7 nights and get 5% discount
    Falmouth B&B offering coastal accommodation, sea views and individually furnished rooms. Well suited for families, with good facilities including WiFi. Free parking. Pet friendly.
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    Stylish holiday apartment in St Austell with bay views. Short stays from 1 night available. Close to all attractions with free Wi-Fi and secure parking. Families welcome.
     
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    4 star award winning, Bed and Breakfast near St Mawes, Cornwall. Beautiful views, with family rooms. Food prepared from local produce. Just 25 miles from Truro.
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    Spectacularly situated camping and caravan pitches on the edge of Polruan village just a few metres from the coast path with WiFi, on-site shop, laundry room and hot showers.
     
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