Here’s a great way to enjoy the rugged scenery of Cornwall’s spectacular Atlantic coast and the Land’s End peninsula. Take any of the scenic bus rides shown on the map to discover panoramic views over land and out to sea that will take your breath away.
Hop on and off where you like to discover pretty villages, craggy headlands and secret coves. There are bus stops along them, but buses will try to stop wherever it’s safe - just raise your arm in good time so the driver sees you.
There are great walks to enjoy and by taking the bus you don’t have to retrace your steps - just hop on another bus further along.
Routes A1, A2, A3 and A4 are run with open top buses and the A5 and A17 are run with closed top buses.
Penzance is charming. Chapel Street is the town’s most historic thoroughfare, and near the top is the Egyptian House, built in 1836 during a national craze for Egyptology, while further down is the Turk’s Head, thought to be the oldest pub in the town.
Close to the harbour is the Dolphin Inn, said to have been the first place in Britain where tobacco was smoked.
You’ll find a wide variety of shops around Market Jew Street, Causeway Head and Chapel Street, with more shops along the alleys and walkways heading out from these.
Artists have been coming here since the 19th century and St Ives has an artistic heritage found nowhere else in South West England. The expanded Tate St Ives has constantly changing exhibitions as well as a remarkable permanent collection. It’s open from 10am to 5pm daily. If you like art, you can also enjoy the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens, Belgrave, St Ives Society of Artists, the Alexandra Dickens Studio Gallery, and Back Road Artworks. Then there’s the famous Leach Pottery, founded in 1920, which has contemporary exhibitions as well as pottery for sale.
The pretty town arcs around the harbour, still with fishing boats bobbing in the harbour with trips round the bay on offer. Get lost in the web of winding cobbled streets to discover charming independent shops, interesting galleries, and great cafés and restaurants, whether you want a quick cappuccino or a relaxing meal. And don’t forget the sandy beaches with sparkling seawater and outstanding facilities, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and, of course, with perfect sand for sandcastles!
It’s the surfing capital of Cornwall with a decidedly boho vibe. Watch the surfers ride the waves as they come rolling in off the Atlantic, especially during surfing festivals where Fistral Beach becomes the centre of the world for many.
Newquay has plenty of other attractions. Discover Newquay’s evolution from fishing port to surf mecca on the town trail, take a boat ride out to sea, browse the eclectic range of shops or get up close to a vast array of marine life at Blue Reef Aquarium.
bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay 01637 878134
daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm)
Enjoy the harbour life, where fishing and pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings, children fish for crabs and quayside inns, cafés, shops and galleries overlook the calm water. It’s so easy to waste a day here!
It’s also a foodie destination, so try some of Rick Stein’s fish and chips, eat in his restaurant or visit Paul Ainesworth at No.6 for some truly delicious food.
Treat yourself to a fishing trip out in the bay, or visit the National Lobster Hatchery to discover the fascinating world of lobsters and their environment.
St Michael's Mount
The rocky island crowned by a medieval church and castle is a spectacular sight out in Mounts Bay off Marazion, and you can walk across at low tide (at high tide there are boats to ferry you).
It’s still home to the St Aubyn family and a small community in the village. Enjoy the astonishing gardens and tour the castle to discover its rich history and strange tales.