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Captivating Cornwall

4.3 stars(3 reviews)

Discover just what makes Cornwall so captivating

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2021 Tour code: 21CWS

About the tour

With its dramatic coastline and idyllic fishing villages, discover just what makes Cornwall so captivating to those who visit. Enjoy fascinating history, amazing natural landscapes, and scenic rail journeys.


What’s included


Day 1 - Newquay

Your holiday begins as you meet your group and Tour Manager at the Beresford hotel in Newquay. The 3* Beresford is situated in a superb position on the seafront, with marvellous views over Tolcarne Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Breakfast
Day 2 - St Ives & Penzance

After breakfast, we travel by coach to St Ives. On arrival in St Ives, you have some free time to explore. Nestled on a bay on the northern coast of Cornwall, St Ives is one of the UK's favourite coastal towns, and for good reason. Historically a fishing town, the arrival of the railway in later years cemented St Ives' place as a go-to seaside destination. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along the golden beach, explore the cobbled alleyways and lanes of the town, or visit an art gallery here. St Ives is known as the art centre of Cornwall, and there's plenty of galleries and artist's studios open to visitors.

Next, transfer by coach along the beautiful rocky promontory, enjoying the pretty seascape as it passes by. Arrive at Land's End, the most westerly point of England, for some free time to soak up the scenic views. Land's End is surrounded by ocean, the English Channel to the east and the Celtic Sea to the west, and the uninterrupted vistas that can be enjoyed from here are truly breathtaking. Your last stop of the day is Penzance, one of Cornwall's most beautiful seaside towns, where you could enjoy a walk down the seafront Victorian promenade, or stop in one of the excellent pubs for a drink before you return to your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Take a step back in time with a delightful return railway journey on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. This heritage railway takes you along a leisurely 13-mile-long route through the beautiful Cornish countryside, passing pretty meadows and rolling hills.

Next, transfer by coach to Lanhydrock House. This beautiful house is the epitome of a stately home, with incredible architecture in both the main house and the gatehouse. The majority of the structures were built in Victorian times, but some parts date as far back as the 17th century. The interior showcases the luxury of living an aristocratic Victorian lifestyle, and there's plenty of time to look around before visiting the port town of Fowey by the Fowey Estuary. This historic town sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is best known as the home of author Daphne du Maurier. The small yet bustling harbour is surrounded by medieval and Georgian buildings, home to wonderful boutiques, coffee shops, and pubs, making the town a pleasure to explore on foot.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Tintagel

Today, explore more of the incredible scenery of Cornwall, beginning your day at Bedruthan Steps. This stretch of coastline overlooks a stunning sandy beach with some beautiful, striking rock formations, that, legend has it, were put there by a giant who used them as stepping stones.

After time to absorb the beauty of the area, transfer to Tintagel, which boasts gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and incredible ruins with links to the legendary King Arthur. Here, you have the option to walk to the famous ruins, where entrance is included. Alternatively, you may like to visit Arthur's Great Hall and view the stunning stained glass windows. Continue to Boscastle, a quaint village with a picturesque harbour, where you can visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Later, join the Launceston Steam Railway for a delightful return journey to Newmills. This railway dates back to the 1800s and features lovingly restored Victorian steam engines, the oldest of which, Lillian, dates back to 1883.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast this morning, your tour ends, and you are free to depart.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Beresford Hotel, Newquay

Beresford Hotel, Newquay

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 3 reviews

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Mr H Bryden

4 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2019

Everything was of a standard we expected

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Mr M Sprackling

4 stars

Submitted 27 Jul 2019

Good hotel, pleasant company, interesting visits

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Mr P Braley

5 stars

Submitted 20 Jul 2019

Good holiday, excellent hotel, good weather!

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Captivating Cornwall

Discover just what makes Cornwall so captivating


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