What to Pack for a Trip to Cornwall?

Cornwall Staycation Packing Guide

Cornwall sits at the most southwestern point of England and is one of the most picturesque counties in the UK. Home to Land’s End and the southernmost Lizard point, the county has the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the English ocean to the south. Cornwall has a population of more than half a million people and a land mass in excess of 3,500 square kilometres. Tourism brings in 24% of Cornwall’s total income, over five million tourists will pack their bags for a trip to Cornwall each year, much of the tourism comes from within the UK.

This page covers the key attractions, along with a guide to what to pack to get the best from your Cornwall trip. With only one commercial airport (Newquay), most visitors arrive by car – this means no hassles with checked in luggage or hand-luggage sizes.

Pack for the Main Attractions in Cornwall

Whether you go to relax, walk in the beautiful scenery, or to enjoy family time on the beaches – there are many attractions worth visiting. Best of all, the more you visit, the more ‘hidden gems’ you will find. Below are the attractions that every visitor should check out:

The Eden Project

Based in St. Austell, the Eden Project offers an unforgettable nature experience. Huge biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity. You will find the fruits of the Mediterranean, flowers from South Africa and California, and much, much more.

This global garden is the size of 30 football pitches and it’s a great place to take the children. Play equipment, outdoor trails and adventure activities all take place at the Eden Centre. All of the family can enjoy the Rainforest Canopy Walkway, where you climb above the tops of the trees. Dogs are also welcome at the site, although will not be permitted to any of the indoor areas.

Concerts have been a regular feature in the summer evenings – you might want to pack some tickets as these events are popular for residents of Cornwall and visitors alike.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

For one of the best family days out in Cornwall, the recently undiscovered Lost Gardens of Heligan is a must visit. Up until 1990, the gardens were completely lost under weeds and brambles. What was found was over 200 acres of wildlife and ancient woodlands with a mix of traditional and rare breeds. Winding paths that were laid out two centuries ago can be walked. You will have an opportunity of traversing through bamboo tunnels and walking under incredible tree ferns. Considered to be one of the best family playgrounds ever.

Land’s End

Over the centuries, it’s been a rite of passage for many to make the trip to Land’s End. There’s stunning scenery at this westernmost point of Cornwall. Like many visitors, stop to have your picture taken under the famous sign. You can even even customise the snap with the number of miles to your hometown. On heading to Land’s End as a tourist, it is suggested that you pre-book your parking place.

Lands End sign

Pendennis Castle

With a history stretching all the way back to Tudor times, Pendennis Castle is a fortress that has played a major role in the history of England. It was a coastal fortress for King Henry VIII and was called into action for both of the World Wars in the 20th century. Climb to the top of the keep and you can enjoy a panoramic view of both the sea and the surrounding wildlife. Read first-hand accounts of the first World War and explore the tunnels and the underground magazines.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Located in Gweek, the Seal Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates pups from the coastline. Hear all about the dramatic rescues that are bought to life during your visit. The sanctuary also plays host to otters, penguins, ponies, goats, and a rock pool hosting a series of marine animals.

Seal Sanctuary Cornwall

What to Pack for Cornwall: Must Pack Items List

Suitable Footwear: There are some fantastic walks in Cornwall. If you are the explorer type, ensure you take either comfortable shoes or footwear specifically designed for walking (for example, hiking boots). Wellies can also be a good idea in certain circumstances. If you are hiking, a rucksack like the Berghaus Arrow 30 will fit the bill perfectly.

Mixed Clothing Options: The weather in Cornwall can be a mixed bag. During the summer months, you can see temperatures that rival the Mediterranean. While a rain shower is never too far away. Rain jackets are therefore always a good idea – with layered clothing where possible. Cornwall gets hot in simmer – so remember lighter clothing during the hot summer months.

Water Sport Equipment: Many will head to Cornwall to experience a mix of water sports each year. This county is the capital of UK surfing. You’ll be able to hire equipment around the beaches. Better still, pack your surfboard, kayak, paddle board, and that trusty wet suit before your trip. A big beach towel is always a good idea. If you’re not the sporty type and just want to lounge and watch the action.

Camera: There are an incredible number of picturesque locations throughout Cornwall, so ensure to take a camera, or a smartphone with a high-quality camera. Capturing those incredible sights will extend your holiday long after you arrive back home. Just ensure you have your charger too – nothing more frustrating than not being able to use your camera because you left the charger in the drawer.

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