PLaces to visit

Take a spin around Cornwall

Conveniently located, equidistant from the wild beaches of the north Cornish coast, the sandy coves of the south coast and the thriving city of Truro, The Plume of Feathers, Mitchell, is the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall. Step out on the South West Coast Path, tour Poldark filming locations, try surfing on a string of nearby beaches, or get behind the wheel and explore an abundance of historic towns, picturesque fishing villages and secluded coves.

Local cities / towns

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NEWQUAY

The UK’s unofficial surfing capital is well-endowed with beaches, making it the perfect location to hit the waves and lap up the laidback beach culture. As well as being famous for its après surf party scene, Newquay is fast becoming known as a bit of a foodie mecca, with big names such as Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein behind some of the area’s award-winning eateries.

www.visitnewquay.org

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PADSTOW

Having been at the heart of the UK’s foodie revolution since the opening of Rick Stein’s flagship Seafood Restaurant, this picturesque fishing village should be on any gastronome’s radar. However, Stein is no longer the only celeb in town – the abundance of sumptuous local produce has lured a number of talented chefs to town. In addition to its gourmet attractions, Padstow also serves up whopping helpings of coastal scenery, with a string of pearly beaches and a glistening estuary bordered by the Camel Trail – the county’s most popular, family-friendly cycle route.

www.padstowlive.com

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TRURO

Equidistant between the north and south coasts, cosmopolitan Truro is a charming, pint-sized city boasting eye-catching Georgian architecture. As well as the attractions of the cathedral, theatre, museum, galleries and farmers’ markets, the cobbled streets are lined with cool cafés, independent boutiques and a unique character influenced by contemporary coastal living. Once a bustling port built on the wealth of a historic shipping industry, these days the only boats that dock here do so to ferry tourists along the river to maritime Falmouth.

www.visittruro.org.uk

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ST IVES

A former artists’ colony and fishing village, these days St Ives is one of the UK’s favourite coastal holiday destinations, with pearly beaches, pumping surf, beachfront dining and a thriving arts scene. Here you can enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine, hit the waves, and visit the Tate St Ives and other world-famous galleries. Or you can simply soak up the British seaside culture, eat ice cream on the beach and squander your change in the amusement arcades.

www.stives-cornwall.co.uk