Are you considering a honeymoon in the UK? Then head to the charming coastal idyll of Cornwall for the best of British weather and beaches. Home to some of the finest traditional English pubs, breath-taking scenery and world-class attractions such as the Eden Project and King Arthur’s Castle, Cornwall can certainly give some overseas destinations a run for their money.
Imagine spending your honeymoon in a cosy, secluded cottage on a beautiful cliff-top overlooking the sea. Now you’ve got an idea of the tranquil romantic escapism that Cornwall has to offer...
Thanks to its southerly latitude, Cornwall is able to offer some of the warmest weather in the UK. You’ll get the most sun between June and September, as with the rest of the England, although July, August and the Easter bank holiday can get quite busy. Winter breaks aren’t necessarily a bad idea either, as Cornwall is the warmest place in the country at that time of year.
Motorists can reach Cornwall via the M5 to Exeter and then along the A30. It’s a four to five hour drive from London and the Midlands; if you’re coming from farther we would definitely recommend a stop-over. Or the other option is to fly into Newquay Airport for around £90 return per person.
If you do plan on going ‘car-less’ then the trains are a great way to start enjoying some of the scenic views along the way. Advanced tickets can be purchased from around £75 per person.
Cornwall is renowned for its surfing as well as other water sports or you can hire bikes and stick to dry land for your adventures. As a honeymooning couple though, you may be far more interested in rambling through scenic trails past waterfalls and babbling brooks, or picnicking at your own quiet little cove along the beach.
In terms of sightseeing, Cornwall has many magical and iconic attractions such as St Michael's Mount, the Minack Theatre, Land's End and King Arthur's castle. Cornwall’s sub-tropical climate means that there also several outstanding botanical gardens worth visiting. One of these is the spectacular Eden project, which houses the world’s largest rainforest in captivity.
Besides the delights of Cornish pasties, clotted cream and locally made fudge, Cornwall doesn’t disappoint when it comes to culinary options. If it’s fine dining you want, the coastal town has recently become known for its Michelin starred seafood restaurants. Vegetarians won’t go hungry either as there are cafes, pubs and eateries with something for everyone. Whether you want opulent tea rooms or authentic fish and chips, you’ll find all the ‘best bits’ of English cuisine at your disposal here.
Where to stay
If you opt to stay somewhere central, like Newquay, then all the other attractions are within an hour’s drive. This is your best bet for fantastic beaches, shopping and nightlife but if you want romantic seclusion then your choices are more than ample. For a quieter and more relaxed vibe, Bude, St Austell, St Ives, Falmouth, Fowey and Looe boast some of the most romantic stays in Cornwall. Even so, these are only a handful of the many charming towns and villages that can offer an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
For the luxury of four and five star spa facilities, decadent interiors and breath-taking views, you can expect to pay around £100 per room per night. One of the best (and inexpensive) ways to experience the charms of Cornwall would be to go for a self-catering option. Get your own Cornish cottage, with irresistible extras like a spa bath and open fireplace for the ultimate romantic getaway. A seven day stay can cost between £300 and £500.