10 Reasons why Cornwall Deserves the UK's Best Holiday Destination Title at The British Travel Awards

Porthminster, St Ives

Cornwall is in the running to hold onto its title as the Best UK Holiday Destination for an incredible tenth successive year, at the prestigious British Travel Awards 2018 (BTAs).

The award is voted for by the public, so to help the Duchy defend its title, everyone with a love for Cornwall is being urged to show its support by clicking here.

The incredible weather that we have been having this year has meant that people have been flocking in their thousands to the Cornish coast for a summer of beaching, tanning and exploring what the beautiful county has to offer.

So why does Cornwall deserve to win the title for the tenth year in a row?


1 - Cornwall has the most beautiful beaches in the UK, if not Europe.

From the lively beaches and dramatic coastline on the North coast to the secluded coves and tranquil scenery on the west coast, every beach along the cornish coastline has it's very own reason to be loved. 

 Pedn Vounder, Cornwall 


 2 - The Cornish cuisine is seriously special.

Of course there's the iconic cornish pasty, fresh from the harbour seafood, indulgent cream tea (jam first) and tonnes of incredible local produce. Find restaurants perched on a cliff over looking the Atlantic or a michelin star restaurant in the foodie heaven of Padstow -  Cornwall has something for everyone when it comes to choosing a spot for good food.

 Rick Stein, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow


3 - The Minack Theatre - the open aired theatre.

Constructed in the thirties on a rocky outcrop above Porthcurno Bay, the Minack Theatre's dramatic location has drawn visitors for generations. The views are breathtaking and the shows are always a great watch.

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno


4 - Cornwall is home to the sub-tropics. Move over Kew Gardens.

There are several gardens in Cornwall that hold a variety of flowers and plants that aren't able to flourish in the rest of the country due to the mild maritime climate (thank you Gulf Stream). Try the Lost Gardens of HeliganTrebah GardensEden Project and Abbey Garden on the Isles of Scilly. 

Abbey Garden, The Isles of Scilly


5 - Picturesque fishing villages and quirky harbour towns. 

A postcard-perfect town. Think traditional character, pastel coloured houses and bobbing fishing boats. 

Looe, North Cornwall


6- The creative art scene.

There is a vibrant thriving contemporary art scene in Cornwall and the county is home to some of the best galleries in the UK. Think Tate, St Ives and Barbara Hepworth, then the independent quirky art galleries tucked away on quaint town back streets. 

The Tate, St Ives


7 - The surfing and water sports - the UK's surf capital.

Wave chasers from all over the UK descend on Cornwall every summer to take advantage of its impressive Atlantic swell. Cornwall also hosts some of the biggest pro surfing competition in Europe. 

 Porthcurno, Cornwall - Photo Credit: Visit Cornwall



Cornwall hosts a vast array of festivals throughout the year. From live music, pro surfing and extreme sports at Boardmasters, to literature and arts at Port Elliot and food, food, food at Porthleven Food Festival. The list goes on!

Boardmasters, Newquay - Photo Credit: Boardmasters


9 - There is history everywhere you turn. 

The history of Cornwall began with the pre-Roman inhabitants. King Arthur was said to have been born in Tintagel in a rugged castle on top of windswept cliffs. The history of St Michaels Mount is over a thousand years old. Pendennis Castle is an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII.

Tintagel Castle, Tintagel - Photo Credit: Visit Cornwall


10 - There views are one of a kind.

Wait, are we in the Caribbean or Cornwall?

 Pedn Vounder, Cornwall 


So, do you agree that Cornwall deserves the title for the best UK holiday destination for the tenth year running? We think so! Head over to https://www.britishtravelawards.com to cast your vote!

For more inspiration on why you should head to Cornwall for a holiday, then visit https://www.visitcornwall.com.

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