Spend a Day In...
Cornwall’s a county filled with stunning, exciting, cultural towns – you’re spoilt for choice when deciding where to spend the day!
To help you decide, this new section will feature different places for you to explore next time you visit, we’ll show you the best things to do, see, eat and drink wherever you decide to spend the day in Cornwall.
Just over half an hour from St Merryn is Cornwall’s only city! Defined so because of it’s spectacular Cathedral. Truro is the shopping hub of Cornwall, next to the water and complete with cobbled streets. Full of places to eat and drink and also a hub of night life at weekend.
A half an hour drive from St Merryn Park heading down towards the South coast takes you to the old market town of St Austell. As one of Cornwall’s biggest towns, it’s no surprise St Austell boasts a great day out for all the family. Charlestown beach has been made famous for its appearances in Poldark, but St Austell is also a hub of history from china clay to shipwrecks and even beer, as well as being home to popular tourist attractions such as the St Austell Brewery – that stakes claim to many of the pubs and free-houses dotted around Cornwall, the mystical expanse of creativity that is Lost Gardens of Heligan, and, of course, the now iconic biome domes at the Eden Project.
An hour’s drive from St Merryn Park down to the South Coast takes you to the famous maritime town of Falmouth. Falmouth boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world, surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town draws people in like a magnet. The town sprawls out towards four beaches, with festivals and events occurring throughout the year, maritime history abounds with the likes of Henry VIII’s Pendennis castle, the National Maritime Museum, and Falmouth Docks. Two universities now share campuses in Falmouth, enhancing the town as a hub of student life, creativity, art, and music. Home to numerous family and dog friendly harbour side pubs, quirky shops as well as chain stores, regular boat trips, and quite possibly the best beach cafe in the UK, Falmouth is a popular day out and no stranger to celebrity visits.
Less than half an hours drive from St Merryn Park lies the iconic seaside town of Newquay. Widely regarded as the surf capital of the UK, Newquay has nine long and accessible sandy beaches, including the famous Fistral. Expansive and lively, the town hosts many of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions, watersports, tons of family activities as well some of the best nightlife and Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant.
St Merryn Park is situated only a stone’s throw from the popular and picturesque harbour town of Padstow. Nestled in a narrow gulley on the western side of the River Camel estuary, Padstow is sheltered from the prevailing winds and the air is generally soft and balmy. Town life clusters around the harbour, providing a mixture of houses, quays, boat slips, inns, cafés and restaurants, quirky shops as well as chain stores, ice cream stands, brass bands and, of course, Rick Stein.