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30 Minute Day Trips From The Alverton

The Alverton is a hop, skip and jump away from Cornwall’s best attractions and most beautiful destinations. We've hand-picked our five favourite day trips in Cornwall - all less than a 30 minute drive away.



20 minute drive from The Alverton

Home to our sister hotel, The Greenbank. Falmouth is an incredible coastal town that has a buzz to it all year round. We love Falmouth for its amazing selection of independent shops, fantastic eateries and award-winning arts and culture offering.

Our Falmouth day trip itinerary includes:

Discover Falmouth’s marine history: Unearth the fascinating stories of Falmouth’s sailing heritage at the award-winning National Maritime Museum in Events Square.

Explore Falmouth’s offering of independent shops: From crafters, makers and creators, Falmouth’s high street is filled to the brim with incredible treasures waiting to be discovered.

Head to The Working Boat pub for smooth brews and harbour views: Take in the pub’s waterfront views of the River Fal from their private quay. And savour a brew from their huge selection of Cornish ales and lagers!

Take in Falmouth’s sea views with a coastal walk: Wander along the town’s stunning coast path while taking in breath-taking views from Gylly beach all the way to Maenporth. On the way back, a quick pit-stop to indulge in a well-deserved ‘quirky’ ice-cream at Swanpool Beach Cafe is essential.

St Agnes


20 minute drive from The Alverton

A trip to this popular north coast spot is always a must when visiting Cornwall. St Agnes is known amongst locals and tourists alike for its quirky qualities, mining heritage and excellent waves, making it well worth the short trip north.

Our St Agnes day trip itinerary includes:

Catch a wave at the beach: With four beaches to explore, St Agnes has become a popular surfing spot amongst locals because of its amazing north coast waves. Throw on a wet suit, hire a board and hit the surf.

Head to the cliffs for a one-of-a-kind coastal walk: The rugged coastline creates a dazzling backdrop no matter the time of year. And there’s plenty of mining heritage to be discovered along the way.

Savour coffee and cake with a beach view: St Agnes is home to some fantastic cafés including The Sorting Office, which is the perfect place to get a well-deserved sweet treat post walk.

Immerse yourself in art and culture: Discover the talented work of St Agnes’ creators by perusing the town’s incredible galleries. Don’t miss The Loft Studio and Jo Polack Studio Gallery.

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28 minute drive from The Alverton

Known for being one of England’s most picturesque areas, a trip to The Roseland should be on the top of your to-do list whilst in Cornwall. The tucked away village of Portscatho is less than 30 minutes’ drive from The Alverton, and is a great spot for a day of exploring.

Our Portscatho day trip itinerary includes:

Take to the seas with a unique watersports experience: Explore the Roseland peninsula with a sailing course from Paddle and Sail. Learn the tips and tricks of the sport, while exploring the area’s coastline.

Pick up lunch at one of Cornwall’s worst kept secrets: The Hidden Hut is a unique beach hut café that is incredibly popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Their delicious dishes are sure to keep you fuelled up for a day of exploring. Just make sure to get there early to beat the queues.

Discover Cornwall’s incredible food and wine producers: Pay a visit to The Old Garage, a delicatessen know for their selection of fine Cornish wines and delicious local delicacies. It’s the perfect pit-stop to pick up tantalising treasures to take home.

Take you cooking skills up a notch: Head to the Philleigh Way Cookery School for a culinary learning experience like no other. This well-known school offers a selection of courses that’ll make you a wiz in the kitchen, including pasta making, sushi and fish preparation courses.

📷: Visit Cornwall 



28 minute drive from The Alverton

Based on the edge of St Austell, a visit to Charlestown feels like taking a step back into Cornwall’s historic past. As you walk through this popular town, you’ll come across ancient ships, and the remains of a Georgian port, making this a great Cornish day trip for history buffs.

Our Charlestown day trip itinerary includes:

Discover ancient treasures: Head to the Shipwreck Treasure Museum for the chance to search for gold. Think like a pirate while wandering around this impressive museum, which offers an insight into what lies at the bottom of the sea.

Immerse yourself in Poldark history: For fans of the TV show, a Poldark tour is a must. The show used the historic spot of Charlestown as a filming location for season two, so fans will love meandering the streets and spotting the sites of where the story took place.

Explore Charlestown’s tall ships: Immerse yourself in the town’s fascinating history by spotting its impressive tall ships. Once used for travel and trade, these ships now stand tall in the town’s port.

Peruse the pottery: While Charlestown may be small in size, it’s not short on amazing crafters and makers. It’s particularly known for its pottery makers who incorporate St Austell’s famous china clay into their work. Head to The Craft Kiln to pick up a unique piece.

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30 minute drive from The Alverton

This famous spot in Cornwall may be just over 30 minutes from The Alverton. But don’t let that put you off. Newquay is a thriving coastal town and is known for having lots going on all year round.

Our Newquay day trip itinerary includes:

Hit the waves at Fistral: Known as the home of British surfing, the surf is always up at this spot. Feel like a champ as you ride these famous waves.

Peruse the shops: Newquay town is filled to the brim with a selection of amazing boutiques that sell everything from clothing, jewellery and of course lots of great holiday keepsakes to take home too.

Explore Healey’s Cyder Farm: No trip to Cornwall is complete without trying Healey’s Cyder. And where better to try this popular brew, then at the farm itself? Sample the cider, tour the grounds and discover the cyder making process. And be sure to visit their well-stocked farm shop before you leave.

Discover exotic flora in the Japanese Garden: Explore this authentic Japanese Garden, based on the outskirts of Newquay. With tranquil and idyllic vibes, this destination is the perfect place to spend a few moments relaxing in the midst of a busy day.

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