Four days and three nights exploring Cornwall without a car is indeed possible! Me and my friends have struggled searching online if our holiday would be feasible since most people recommended travelling via car. I decided to post this blog for future reference of lost souls who loves travelling but doesn’t drive like us. Below is just an overview of our itinerary and I will post the details and pictures of my best Summer holiday (yet) in England soon! Hope it helps!
0900- Arrival at Penzance
1030- Brunch at The Front Room
1240- Departure to Land’s End
1330-Arrival at Land’s End (exploring and walking up to Sennen Beach)
1730-Departure back to Penzance
You can get to Cornwall via coach or train depending on where you are coming from. We took the coach from Guildford to London Victoria, then change to another coach going to Penzance and traveled overnight. If we took the train, we have to travel early in the morning to make the most out of our first day. Penzance is in the middle of Cornwall and has access to most scenic spots. Through Airbnb, we found a cozy place to stay which is conveniently located 5 minutes from the train and coach stations. EasyPZ Backpackers offers free breakfast and access to the kitchen and lounge that are very useful for your stay.
Cornwall has a centralized bus pass that covers majority of the top places to see in the area, you can get a 3 day or 7 day pass for 24 and 26 pounds respectively. We bought the 7 day pass and our transportation for the rest of our stay was sorted.
There is no entrance fee in Land’s End. The breathtaking view while enjoying a walk or even just by sitting on the grass is surreal.
You can also do a short trek to see Sennen Beach which is just nearby. You can trek back to Land’s End to take the bus to Penzance or ride another bus to Land’s End (which is what we did).
A photo besides the famous signpost would cost you a tenner for one picture so we just took a photo of it from afar and used the ten pounds to buy ice cream and it is so worth it.
0940-Departure to Minack Theatre
1040- Arrival at Minack Theatre (walking/trekking and photo op)
1200-Lunch at Kiosk
1330- Watched Emperor’s New Clothes Theatre Play
1600- Walking/Trekking to Porthcurno beach
1615- Beach bumming
1855- Departure back to Penzance
On our second day, we rode a bus from Penzance to Minack theatre. From the bus stop, you can either take the easy 7 minute trail to the theatre or do an adventurous hike on the side of the cliff (which we accidentally did as we didn’t know the way!haha). It turned out well as the beautiful Porthcurno beach unfold in front of our eyes on our way up.
There is a five pound entrance fee if you just want to explore the theatre sitting on top of the cliff and facing the majestic sea (it will make you feel like you are in Greece). Currently they are running theatre acts which close the place for public so do check their timetable here. We arrived just before lunch to explore the place and take pictures, then ate lunch at the kiosk outside. You can pre order hot meals on their restaurant or just bring your own as there are chairs and table to eat. We watched the Emperor’s New Clothes in the afternoon and the experience is very different from watching theatre plays in West End. The open theatre, sitting on the carved terraces along the cliff, and with the sea as the backdrop takes you back in the Victorian era. This is, for me, the highlight of our trip.
After the play and some more pictures, we trekked down to the Porthcurno beach nearby (again there is an easier way, but where’s the thrill in that eh? haha!). Be extra cautious as the trail is very steep and narrow. We did not bring any swimwear so just soaked or feet and basked under the sun until the next bus to Penzance arrived.
0900-Departure to Eden Project
1035- Arrival at Eden Project (exploring time)
*side trip to Lost Garden of Heligans and St Austell Brewery is also possible
1700- Departure back to Penzance
1900-Departure from Penzance to St Michael’s Mount
1930- Beach walking and photo op at St. Michael’s Mount (low tide)
2200-Departure to Penzance
0900- Penzance city walking tour and souvenir shopping
1300- Departure back to Guildford.
The time schedule is just a rough estimate (google maps is your bestfriend!). I will soon post the details of the fare and which public transportation to use and of course the pictures of lovely Cornwall will be posted soon. =)