Cornwall Coast

Places to stay in Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall

With beautiful beaches, legendary castles, pretty harbour towns and world heritage sites, there's nowhere quite like Cornwall.

If you have your heart set on a trip to Cornwall, YHA have got you covered with hostels lining much of the county's unique coastline. From Boscastle in the north, to Lizard and Land's End in the south and west, our hostels will place you at the heart of some of the county's best features and attractions. Step out of our front doors to enjoy its majesty for yourself.

YHA hostels in Cornwall

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YHA Boscastle

Self-catering kitchen
Wheelchair accessible
Garden / grounds
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YHA Boswinger

Garden / grounds
YHA Exclusive Hire
Private rooms available

Things to do in Cornwall

Five Free Things To Do in Cornwall

Kynance Cove

Managed by the National Trust, this sandy beach only appears when the tide is low, and is regularly named as the most beautiful stretch of the British coastline. Popular with Alfred Lord Tennyson, among other famous names, it is now maintained by the National Trust.

St Michael's Mount

This island is one of the most visually-stunning sights in the UK, and takes the form of a fantasy-like mountain with a castle at the very top. It is connected by a tidal causeway to Marazion, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and the oldest chartered town in Britain, granted this status by King Henry III in 1257.

St Ives

Named the Best UK Seaside Town in the 2010 and 2011 British Travel Awards, St Ives is filled with free things to do - the most famous being the Tate Gallery, which sits next to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Meanwhile, Porthgwidden Beach - the smallest beach in St Ives, and an east-facing sun trap - is very popular among visitors due to its sheltered nature.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle offers a historical day out for people of all tastes, owing to its amazing location high on the rugged North Cornwall coast. With fascinating ruins, dramatic views and brilliant beach café, it is not without mystery - it is claimed that Tintagel is birthplace of King Arthur.

Isles of Scilly

While the islands are technically separate from Cornwall, this tourist favourite is still part of the ceremonial county, and is directly connected to Penzance via ferry.

There's nowhere in the world quite like Cornwall

Cornwall is famous for its diversity of activities, entertainment and sights to see. As the haven for domestic summer holidays - as well as the cultural homeland of Britain's surfers - it is also the traditional homeland of the Cornish people and a recognised Celtic nation, and this cultural identity is extremely important to the past, present and future of its community.

From the stunning island of St Michael's Mount to Truro, the county's only city, there is no shortage of stunning countryside, rolling hills and thick forests to appeal to those looking for an outdoors escape. For those looking for more of a nightlife experience, there's the famous club scene of Newquay, which plays host to countless celebrations throughout the year.

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BF Adventure

Get outdoors and have fun at this exciting activity centre. As a charity, they help hundreds of disadvantaged children in Cornwall too.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Dive into a breathtaking 3D underwater world and be transported below the ocean's surface to watch some of the planet's fascinating creatures.

Climbing at YHA Lands End

Climbing at Lands End

If you are looking to combine water sports with climbing then Coasteering is for you.

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Coasteering in Land's End

If you are looking to combine water sports with climbing then Coasteering is for you. Kernow Coasteering offer coasteering adventures on the rocky coastline close to YHA Land’s End.

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Cornwall Surf Academy

Don't miss out on something the area is famous for! Try an action packed surf lesson and take to the waves.

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Cycling around the Eden Project

The Cornish Way forms part of the National Cycle Network, a network of attractive places to cycle throughout the UK. Two thirds of the route is traffic free with the rest taking place on quiet roads.

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Cycling in Land's End

Nothing beats cycling down the old green lane to Nanjizal - one of the more secluded beaches in Cornwall.

Falmouth Maritime Museum

Falmouth Maritime Museum

Love boats, the sea and Cornwall? You'll find all things nautical at this amazing museum - packed with interesting exhibits for all the family.

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

Made famous in the recent Poldark BBC series, this beautiful sandy beach has a little church at one end, jutting out of the cliffs.

Holywell Bay Fun Park

Holywell Bay Fun Park

Cornwall’s best 18 hole pitch and putt, go-karts, blaster boats, thunder racing and much more! Great fun for families.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

This picture postcard beach has spectacular rock formations, white sands and clear blue waters.