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Dramatic vistas, wide-open spaces and an alluring end-of-the-world otherliness: West Cornwall presents a wild, breathtakingly beautiful and historic holiday destination. From the sweetly scenic beside-the-sea holiday hotspot of St Ives and the windswept remote villages of Zennor and Morvah to the end-of-the-line bohemian market town of Penzance, every corner of Cornwall's far wild west is crammed with a dazzling range of delights for all types of visitor.

Set foot in the castle atop Mounts Bay's iconic St Michaels Mount, spy the distant Isles of Scilly dotted in the Atlantic off Land's End, soak up some exquisite sun-baked shores and indulge in a Cornish cream tea in sub-tropical gardens: a supremely self-pampering holiday starts here.

Where are the beaches in West Cornwall?

In short: everywhere. The area is an almost-island-like peninsula that is practically surrounded by coastline. From St Ives Bay on the north sweeping west toward the craggy coves of Cape Cornwall, white sands of Sennen and eastward round to the softly lulling southern coast, there's a plethora to pick from.

For families, the northern coast presents miles of golden sands stretching from Gwithian across five, flat dune-backed towans towards the town and estuary of Hayle. Beyond the river mouth lies the expansive and dog-friendly Porthkidney Beach, and past the headland you'll discover the ultimate in sheltered, picture-postcard coves at Carbis Bay.

Round the headland, St Ives offers two main beaches at Porthminster and Porthmoer along with other sandy stretches at the harbour, Lambeth Walk, Bamaluz, Clodgy Point and Porthgwidden. The rest of the northern coast comprises mostly rugged cliff-lines and rocky coves until you reach the magically real Cape Cornwall and nearby Whitesand Bay – or Sennen Cove as it's commonly known.

A surfer's hotspot picking up the Atlantic swells, both beaches are lifeguarded, with Gwenver to the east being less family-friendly due to its lack of facilities and trickier accessibility. However, its neighbouring main beach and waterfront village has various cafés, toilets, shops and wetsuit/watercraft hire.

For those visiting or staying on the south coast, Porthcurno and Pednevounder are both soul-stirring backdrops, but do keep in mind the tidal movements that can on occasion create hazards for those not in-the-know. Penzance presents a long stretch of flat sands at Long Rock and Marazion – also the gateway to St Michael's Mount, while eastward toward the country's most southerly tip at The Lizard, there lies a meandering multitude of beaches including Praa Sands, Porthleven, Mullion and Kynance Coves.

Can couples find peace and quiet while also exploring the main sights?

West Cornwall is recognised as something of a sanctuary away from the hubbub of modern life. Paradoxically, its popularity as an escapist's destination doesn't mean that you can't find your own slice of solitude as there's a bountiful supply of moorlands, seascapes and secluded villages.

Even if you base yourself in one of the holiday hotspots, there's always somewhere off-radar in the vicinity. From St Ives you'll discover panoramic peace at Trencrom Hill or Zennor village, while wooded valleys like Lamorna and Cot Valley quietly wait in West Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) around Penzance.

What are the best options for family days out?

Families can easily pack places to see and things to do into a single day, or stretch out their sightseeing over a week or two.

Land's End signifies the most westerly point of the country and is home to a small shopping village, farm park, free family exhibition, 4D cinema show and bar and restaurant. From here, embark upon the Land's End Heritage Trail, or jump in the car and head toward Porthcurno for some sublime beach time followed by an al fresco matinee show at the famous cliffside Minack Theatre and visit to the National Telegraph Museum.

Further along the coast, Mousehole's fishing village presents a picturesque must-see, while past Newlyn's famous fishing port and art gallery, you'll find its sister art space, The Exchange in Penzance. Take a dip in the art deco open-air lido of Jubilee Pool, discover vintage boutiques and shops in the small cobble-clad town centre and travel onward to Marazion for a walk or boat trip (tide depending) across to the stunning isle of St Michael's Mount.

Toward the eastern edge of West Cornwall lies The Lizard: the country's southernmost tip. Surrounded by beyond-beautiful beaches and crystal-clear coves - Kynance is one of the most spectacularly scenic - the surrounds spill with family attractions such as Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Roskilly's Farm, Trelowarren House and the woodland valleys and creeks of Helford River.

Inland is choc with World Heritage Site (WHS) mining sites throughout Camborne, Redruth and Portreath, which is captured via the 'cultural candy' of central attraction, Heartlands. Here, exhibitions, gardens, art studios and galleries, markets and adventure playground will amuse both kids and adults. On the northern coast, St Ives offers everything from its beaches to Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum. Its variety of watersport tuition and hire includes the St Ives Surf School at Porthmoer and canoeing, snorkelling and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) at Carbis Bay's Ocean Sports Center.

What historical and cultural sites can we see?

If you're after history, it's here in head-spinning abundance. From Mesolithic monuments like Lanyon Quoit to Neolithic stone circles such as the Merry Maidens and Iron Age Settlements Bosporthennis and Bodrifty Round Houses - there's dozens of standing stones, hillforts, cairns and tombs to keep you fascinated and occupied.

In addition, the world-renowned artists colonies of the area include the Newlyn and St Ives Schools, with works showcased at Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Newlyn Art Gallery, and The Exchange, amongst many others.

Where are the best places to drink and dine?

Traditional foodstuffs from pasties to saffron cake and cream teas are ubiquitous and guarantee a brilliant belly fill, especially for families or couples on-the-go.

But for something extra special, there's Michelin-starred chef Ben Tunnicliffe's brilliant (and dog-friendly) restaurant at Newlyn's Tolcarne Inn; the Seafood Café and Porthminster Café in St Ives; and Cornish-Asian gem, Kota Kai at the head of Porthleven's harbour, which is one of the south west's most celebrated, Michelin Bib Gourmant-awarded restaurants.

For award-winning and locally grown wine, cider and juices, Polgoon Vineyard on the sunny slopes outside Penzance presents vineyard tours, tasting and a fully stocked shop, meaning you can taste or take a tipple (or two) of Cornwall's finest flavour home with you.

And explore outdoors?

An abundance of uber pretty gardens and green spaces will allow you to while away some of your time in sweetly sublime style. Featuring various trails, cafés, interactive exhibitions and artworks, West Cornwall's gardens will be adored and appreciated by all of the family.

From the gorgeous Trengwainton Garden to Gulval's tropical-like treasure overlooking Mounts Bay at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, dog-friendly Chygurno Garden and Trevarno Estate (where they also produce a spectacular range of organic skin products) to the walking and cycling wilds of Tehidy Woods, you'll want to remain lost amongst the lush landscape long after your holiday ends.

Molly Muppet

Mousehole - West Coast

Lovingly refurbished and tucked away just two minutes from Mousehole and its the harbour, beach, pub, shops and restaurants, Molly Muppet is cosy bolthole for two or hideaway for one. Sleeps 2

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£319 - £727 per week *

MOLLYM View property

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Fire or Stove
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Outdoor storage space

Fireplace at Sea Thrift Sea Thrift

Mousehole - West Coast

Close to the harbour, beach and other delights of Mousehole, Sea Thrift is a lovely place for 2 people to enjoy time together. Cosy lounge with woodburner, spacious bedroom and well equipped kitchen. 1 dog welcome

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi Available
£314 - £680 per week *

SEATHR View property

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Fire or Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher

Carthew Mill Exterior Carthew Mill Cottage

Penzance - West Coast

Sitting just three miles from Penzance, Carthew Mill cottage is perfect for families with pets with an open plan living room and kitchen with wood burner, as well as local walks, shops and pubs. Sleeps 4

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 Pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£319 - £727 per week *

CARTHE View property

  • Friday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 Pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 3 miles to a pub
  • Countryside Views
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • High chair
  • Travel cot
  • 3 miles to a restaurant
  • 3 miles to a beach
  • Fire or Stove
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Outdoor storage space

Captains Deck exterior Captain's Deck

Penzance - West Coast

With a large patio area that provides glimpses of the sea, this stylish ground floor apartment offers light and spacious accommodation, TV, DVD & , as well as, sunny Al fresco dining. Sleeps 2 + cot

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£251 - £570 per week *

CAPTDE View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.3 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.3 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Fire or Stove
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
  • Outdoor storage space

1 The Chapel exterior 1 The Chapel

Porthleven - West Coast

Close to the coastal path and tidal beach at Rinsey Cove you will find No 1 The Chapel. Stylish and beautifully converted, it sleeps 2 people with the lounge upstairs and surrounded by beautiful, tranquil countryside.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£298 - £680 per week *

1CHAPL View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 2 miles to a pub
  • Countryside Views
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 2 miles to a restaurant
  • 0.4 mile to a beach
  • Sea Views
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Outdoor storage space

Sitting Room View 2 4 Copper Kettle Apartment

St Ives - West Coast

A third floor apartment situated on the harbour front of St Ives, above the Rum and Crab Shack. Sleeps 2, linen and wi-fi provided.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£243 - £505 per week *

PC132A View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Not Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Sea Views

Sitting Room Millie's Cottage

Hayle - West Coast

Set close to the towns of Hayle and Marazion, in a small hamlet overlooking the countryside Millie's cottage is a cosy holiday home for two and perfect for exploring the local area. Sleeps 2 + cot

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi Available
£250 - £595 per week *

P00538 View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 1 mile to a pub
  • Countryside Views
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • High chair
  • Travel cot
  • 1 mile to a restaurant
  • 2.7 miles to a beach
  • Fire or Stove
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
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Lounge and dining area Moonshine

St Ives - West Coast

A bijou, well-equipped, cosy apartment for two in the heart of the old town and just a short walk to the Blue Flag Porthmeor Beach and the Tate St Ives.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Unavailable
£250 - £595 per week *

P00458 View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Unavailable
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • 2 Stars
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
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Chy Milmar

St Ives - West Coast

A well-presented, spacious apartment with parking set away from the busy town centre but easily accessible to make the most of the facilities on offer.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£255 - £607 per week *

P00460 View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.5 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • 3 Stars
  • 0.75 mile to a restaurant
  • 1 mile to a beach
  • Garden/Courtyard
  • Washing Machine
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
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Marina View

Penzance - West Coast

Pretty former artist's studio tucked away off the famous Georgian Chapel Street with views of the marina in Penzance and easy walking distance to all the local facilities.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£275 - £545 per week *

P00522 View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.3 mile to a beach
  • Sea Views

2 Harrys Court - Door on left 2 Harry's Court

St Ives - West Coast

This bijou fishermans terraced cottage, tucked away in a small quiet courtyard, sleeps 2 and is meters from the famous Porthmeor Beach and Tate Gallery.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Unavailable
£281 - £581 per week *

PC002B View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Unavailable
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.2 mile to a pub
  • Towels Not Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.2 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble dryer

Lounge/kitchen/diner with harbour views 2 Copper Kettle Apartment

St Ives - West Coast

A second floor apartment on St Ives harbour front, above the Rum & Crab Shack. Sea Views, sleeps 2, wi-fi and linen provided.

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
£286 - £607 per week *

PC466A View property

  • Saturday Changeover day
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Bed Linen Included
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • Towels Not Included
  • Awaiting Grading
  • 0.1 mile to a restaurant
  • 0.1 mile to a beach
  • Sea Views

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