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Cornwall is one of the U.K.’s most popular holiday destinations with many sandy beaches and good surfing conditions.

In this page you will find practical information to plan a scuba diving trip to Cornwall:

Where to stay?

Cornwall has every type of accommodation from cheap bunk houses to 4 star hotels. An abundance of bed & breakfasts and camp sites all over the region means a budget to suit everyone pockets.

Activities and excursions in Cornwall

The Eden Project has something of interest for most people, it has huge Biomes filled with exotic plants and hosts live music concerts during the summer. Another horticultural attraction is the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Cornwall, In addition to scuba diving, has many attractions including Theme Parks, Ancient ruins, country houses and quaint fishing ports. A few places to visit would include :

  • Eden Project
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Padstow
  • Mevagissey
  • Roche Rock
  • Tintagel Castle
  • Cornish Tin Mines at Chapel Porth
  • Hurlers stone circle
  • Gweek Seal Sanctuary
  • Lanhydrock

Every large town has at least one Nightclub, Newquay being the centre with many pubs, bars and nightclubs.


Best time to visit Cornwall

High season in Cornwall runs in line with the school holidays. The six week summer holiday is the most expensive but usually has the best weather.

Easter, Christmas and New Year are busy as is the Spring Bank holiday which is the start of the summer season. The summer season comes to an abrupt end at the start of September.

Temperatures vary greatly even in the summer, ranging from 15C to 30C. Winter temperatures can drop to below 0C but this is very rare with 8-10C being the norm.

The best time to visit Cornwall is June or September, the weather is usually quite good without everywhere being packed. It is also cheaper than July & August.

Health and Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Cornwall, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Where is Cornwall located in the world?

Cornwall is the most south westerly point of the U.K. The southern tip of the Lizard is the most southerly part of mainland Britain.

How to get to Cornwall?

Cornwall’s only airport is just outside Newquay. There are no international flights to Newquay but it connects with several major U.K. Airports.

Coaches regularly run to and from major cities around the U.K. Trains run from Paddington in London to several stations in Cornwall. The road networks is very good with London being reachable with 4 hours.

Getting Around

Cornwall is quite a long county, by car it would take an hour to drive from one end to the other. Taxis are always available but not cheap, bus routes are not very common but much cheaper than taxis. Cornwall has the lowest insurance premiums in the U.K. meaning that is one of the safest areas.


Pictures and Review by Mark from Atlantic Scuba .

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Scuba diving

You will find all information about sea life, best time to visit, top dive spots, etc. in our review: Cornwall Diving

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Cornwall is steeped in history and legends, from Henry VIII's building of castles to protect the Fal estuary to King Arthur and his Castle at Tintagel. Cornwall also has more coastline and more wrecks than any county in the United Kingdom.

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  1. Went in Sept of 2015 going again this Sept. Weather is great at this time les crowded. Love the landscape and especially the Cornish people..and the food.

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