7 Places to Visit in Cornwall

 St. Agnes

St. Agnes

St. Agnes. August in Cornwall, and, yes, I'm wearing a jacket and scarf. So cold, but oh so beautiful. We rented a car and stayed at a mix of hotels and AirBnBs. We booked rather last minute, though, and the choices were slim. We spent the first day in St. Agnes and ate lunch at Genki Cafe, which was 👌

 St. Ives

St. Ives

St. Ives. My favorite place to stay in Cornwall. Walk around on a sunny day and you'll think you're in Portugal. Then there are loads of cute places to eat, plus a Tate museum. What more could you ask for? We also ate our best meal here, at The Halsetown Inn

 St. Ives Bakery

St. Ives Bakery

 St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael’s Mount. This little island is so cool it inspired me to purchase a membership card to the National Trust. You can walk here during low tide from Marazion (where we had lunch at Chapel Rock Cafe). The St. Aubyn family still lives in the castle (they have a 999-year lease, a concept I still find bizarre). 

Despite the cold weather, I slathered myself with suncream, and then it rained on us and I looked like a horrible white monster. After years of living in England, why do I keep resisting carrying an umbrella? 

 Land's End

Land's End

Land’s End. Definitely a contender for most gorgeous place on Earth. You can wander here for hours. A must-see place in England.

 Porthcurno

Porthcurno

Porthcurno. Here you'll find a beautiful, albeit chilly, beach. Seriously, this photo could be mistaken for Italy, couldn't it?

 Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre

And every summer you can watch performances at the open-air Minack Theatre. Overlooking the sea, it resembles an ancient Roman amphitheater but it's really a labor of love that was carved out by local Rowena Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, in the 1900s. 

 

 Mousehole

Mousehole

Mousehole. First of all, this place is called Mousehole, a more charming name you will not find. But don't pronounce it Mouse-Hole as I did, or you'll sound like a twat. It's 'mowzel.' Have a wander, drink a coffee, check out the shops. 

 Penzance

Penzance

Penzance. Meh. Penzance is not the greatest after you've been to all the other charming villages. It can serve as a decent base, though. The most attractive thing for me was the Night Rivera Sleeper train. I had to get back to work, so I split off from my friends in Penzance and took a sleeper car back to London. I didn't expect much rest, but I slept great and woke up in Paddington to a waiter knocking on my door with coffee and a croissant! This is such a convenient way to sneak in an extra day of travel, roll out of your train car bed, and head straight to the office.