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Car-Free Holidays in Cornwall

Getting to Cornwall

Yes, Cornwall is a rural place but that doesn't mean it's difficult to get to! With train stations at Newquay, Bodmin, St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Looe, Penzance and St Ives amongst others, coach and bus services available and the airport at Newquay, getting to Cornwall is a doddle. Depending on where your chosen cottage is, you can make the final leg of your journey by taxi, bus or even on foot! See getting to Cornwall.

Car free destinations

All the below places have something different to make them each perfect for a car free holiday. Read about the areas below or browse our car free cottages throughout Cornwall.

St Ives

There’s no need to leave the town, St Ives boasts enough restaurants, pubs and shops for 10 holidays!  St Ives is the ultimate foodie heaven but, fear not, opportunities to burn calories abound with walks, leisure centre, golf and watersports including surfing and coasteering.  With beaches, supermarkets, train station, cinema, theatre, galleries, Tate St Ives and more all in town this is the ultimate car free holiday. See more about St Ives.


The train arrives on the outskirts of the small, harbour town with its safe beaches, wide choice of restaurants, pubs and live entertainment, excellent walking routes and much more to keep the whole family entertained. Out on the water – Looe has a thriving sailing club or take a boat or fishing trip. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try snorkelling or even diving one of the wrecks along the coast. See more about Looe.


With a vast array of cottages situated in the heart of town, you'll be just yards away from everything you need. Pubs, restaurants and shops on your doorstep; fabulous sandy beaches; daily ferry to Rock and the famous Camel Trail cycle path providing a road-free route to explore Wadebridge. Plus, with a Spar shop in the middle of town, your groceries are right on your doorstep too! See more about Padstow.


Enjoy the 5 fantastic beaches all within walking distance of town - perfect for bucket and spade holidays or surfing breaks. Newquay has the pubs, cafes and shops you'd expect but also a boating lake, zoo, aquarium, riding stables, leisure centre and cinema. The little land train provides transport around the town and is great fun for kids. Sainsbury's provides a shopping bus or order in your groceries. See more about Newquay.


Wadebridge is the ideal base for a walking or cycling holiday. The Camel Trail follows the route of the old railway line taking you to Bodmin in one direction and Padstow (where you can catch the ferry across to Rock) in the other. It passes right through the town where you can hire bikes. Wadebridge has pubs, restaurants, shops, tennis courts, a leisure centre, a bowling green and a cinema. More about Wadebridge.

Falmouth and Penryn

An energetic and artistic harbour town, Falmouth has a long nautical history exhibited in the National Maritime Museum located right on the quay. The arty vibe and independent shops combined with beautiful local rivers and estuaries create the perfect holiday destination. Explore local gardens and beaches, beautiful walks, art galleries, family activities and festivals and events held throughout the year.  See more about Falmouth.

Benefits of a car free holiday

* Turn up to the station and let the train do all the hard work
* Reduce your carbon footprint
* Fantastic grocery delivery available - no need to trawl the supermarkets and trying to find that elusive parking space will be a thing of the past
* The world famous Eden Project offers discounts to those arriving by public transport
* Walk, cycle, horse ride - great ways to truly enjoy the area. Enjoy a slower pace of life. Why not be like the Cornish and do things dreckly?
* You can still hire a car for a couple of days. Why not try Cornwall Classic Car Hire?

Can't live without your car? Try offsetting your journey to Cornwall instead. You can do this on our offset your journey page or when you get to our Padstow office.

View our cottages that are great for a car free holiday.  Leave the car behind and let the train or plane take the strain!

Car free cottages

View our cottages that are great for a car free holiday. Leave the car behind and let the train or plane take the strain!

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