Visiting All the English Counties 21/48 – Our Road Trip Around Cornwall, England

Last month, G and I took a jolly little road trip around Cornwall…there were only two places that were set in stone that we wanted to visit and the rest of the time it was just wherever we fancied and a few naps in-between as we were on holiday after all and napping is compulsory…the salty air works wonders for insomnia, trust me.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

So without further ado here is what we managed to visit during our road trip around Cornwall…drum roll please…

Eden Project

This was sitting on G’s bucket list for ages, apparently he saw a TV documentary on the Eden Project a number of years ago and wanted to visit.  After checking out the visitor information I worked out that entrance was £27.50 per person so I found a cheap way of visiting…my frugal tendencies are showing and I’m not sorry (find out how to do the same in the travel tip section below…I’m going to make you scroll baby, right to the end).

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The Eden Project is a great place to visit to learn more about the environment, plants and how we all need to work together to live on this planet….I’ve really taken to gardening this year and have made sure that most of our plants feed the local bees as without bees we can’t exist…get rid of those succulents and start planting flowers folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

I’m in total two minds about the Eden Project and will do a post later on due to the reasons why…but it’s amazing to see the changes from my first visit to the Eden Project so many moons ago.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Port Isaac

I’m a big fan of Doc Martin…strangely G is very similar to the Doc in personality and mannerisms, his Mum and even G agrees with this statement…his matter of fact nature does make me laugh and roll my eyes.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Visiting Port Isaac was on my bucket list and it didn’t disappoint; you will need to walk down and back up a rather large hill to get into the fishing village but it’s totally worth it.  I loved this little fishing village as it’s not as touristy as I imagined it was going to be and it wasn’t overcrowded which was a right old blessing on the day we visited.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Charlestown

I’ve never watched Poldark however Charlestown is used in filming due to its small historic port so it’s becoming a hot little tourist destination in Cornwall…plus it’s rather cute hence why we visited.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The village is rather small however it’s a tad bit more touristy that Port Isaac with a few restaurants, an antique shop and little galleries to enjoy a spot of shopping here and there.

G sat down and watched the RNLI rescue two teenagers that managed to get stuck on the rocks during high tide while I photographed the tall ship and colourful houses…that’s how we roll in our house.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Mevagissey

Now this was high on my list and we ventured to Mevagissey on the Sunday which was our first big mistake…second was visiting this part of the world during the British school holidays…we drove through the town and stopped further around the coast for a drink by the seaside. Hopefully we will venture back as it looked like a lovely spot to visit and I was actually looking at staying here but thankfully I booked a much quieter location.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

^^Cornish Tight Squeezes!  The smaller the car, the better

Travel Tips for Road Trip Around Cornwall

  • When choosing where you want to visit, make sure you check out the route that is on offer as you don’t want to take tiny country roads especially if you’re a nervous driving…some of the country lanes around Cornwall are pretty hairy for the most experienced of drivers.
  • A little car is better than a huge beast of a vehicle as the roads through some villages are pretty narrow…and for parking!
  • Cornwall is a rather large county so focus on a particular area and explore that area in detail rather than spending ages sitting inside of your car.
  • We stayed at a great little B&B and the owners were super lovely and it was in a very convenient location for our travels…Cornwall is all about great hospitality so make sure you try and support local business folks while in the area.  Check out www.booking.com for all your accommodation needs in Cornwall…there is something for everyone’s budget or taste.
  • If you want to keep your accommodation costs down then I would avoid travelling through July and August as it’s school holiday time here in the UK so prices sky rocket.
  • There are a number of National Trust and Historic Houses to check out in Cornwall…why not check out this post on Which British Heritage Pass you should buy for you and your family.
  • If you are looking for a load of tips on Cornwall then I would suggest checking out Anna’a blog;  Anna’s Cornwall Directory post is a great starting point and she will point you in the direction of some right old gems.
  •  Gluten free in Cornwall is easy peasy; I had no problems anywhere which makes travelling gluten free stress free…I even found a gluten free Cornish Pasty in Port Isaac (well it was a Pasty Pie however I couldn’t eat it as it was laden with onions…onions and I aren’t friends).  Just google “Gluten Free Cornwall” and there are bajillion recommendations for you to try.
  • You can book your tickets in advance to get a cheaper entrance price into the Eden Project however if you buy the May Gardeners’ World magazine you will be able to gain 2 for 1 entry saving you a massive £27.50 at the Eden Project alone!  The magazine is only £5.99 and there a number of discounts on offer for gardens around the UK…Kew Gardens is also included in the 2 for 1 offer however not during in July and August.
  • If you fancy reading some more posts about Cornwall on this blog then why not check out my visit to Charlestown.

Where are your favourite places to visit on your road trip around Cornwall?

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

xx

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16 Comments

  1. August 16, 2017 / 9:33 PM

    I did almost exactly the same locations on a trip last year – though right in the depth of winter so there were a few more jumpers involved! We stayed in Charlestown and did the Eden Project and Port Isaac, I’m going to have to go back though to get my money’s worth from the Eden Project annual ticket.
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    • August 17, 2017 / 7:11 AM

      You totally do Lucy, those Eden Project tickets are super expensive. Ohhh loved Charlestown, so many gluten free options there as well xx

  2. August 16, 2017 / 11:51 PM

    You’re so right about sticking to one general area on a Cornwall road trip. It’s way too big to cover it all unless you’ve got a month’s holiday. We stayed in south-western Cornwall, so I haven’t seen any of these places yet. Port Isaac looks so beautiful!
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    • August 17, 2017 / 7:10 AM

      There’s so much to see and you’re right you really need a month in cornwall to explore everything so we just focussed on things that were 30 mins at most from our b&b. Port Isaac is gorgeous xx

  3. August 17, 2017 / 6:51 AM

    So glad you loved this visit, and that you found quiet bits in summer too! I love Charlestown! And country roads are so cute on cornwall!!
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    • August 17, 2017 / 7:09 AM

      Snap so do I Anna! They are cute but could be a bit hairy at times xx

  4. August 17, 2017 / 2:59 PM

    Cornwall looks SO, so pretty, and it’s been on my travel wishlist for ages now! I especially love the look of Charlestown – I haven’t watched Poldark either but really want to. Maybe I’ll watch it first and then travel to Cornwall to take it all in! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure
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    • August 18, 2017 / 9:06 AM

      Charlestown was really sweet, I love places like this that aren’t too touristy. Also check out Doc Martin as it’s showcases Port Isaac which is another really lovely spot to visit xx

    • August 18, 2017 / 9:04 AM

      You’ll get there one day Tanja…but you have a really great adventure around the corner, not much longer I’m guessing! xx

    • August 18, 2017 / 9:04 AM

      You should Jennifer especially as you have free accommodation hehe! It’s a beautiful area of England and I hope you get to visit one day xx

    • September 3, 2017 / 5:55 PM

      It’s really lovely; my first attempt I wasn’t a fan but Cornwall did improve on this visit…you just need to remember to avoid the school holidays !xx

  5. September 3, 2017 / 12:22 PM

    I really want to do a road trip around Cornwall – I’m always put off by just how far it is from London but I will get there one day soon! And thanks for the tip… will definitely avoid school holidays when I do :)
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    • September 3, 2017 / 5:54 PM

      Haha I know what you mean; we had to break the trip up over two days however you can fly down to Newquay and rent a car which might be an easier option – I had a friend who did this and they had a great time and less hassle with the journey down to Cornwall as it gave them another day to play with basically. yes avoid the school holidays! xx