Holiday Park North Cornwall Close to Beaches

Memorable holidays in Cornwall start at Harlyn Sands

Enjoy magical holidays in Cornwall at Harlyn Sands Holiday Park, on the stunning North Cornish coast near Padstow. We are located in one of the most beautiful regions of Cornwall, with sea views that leave most other caravan and camping sites in the shade…

For touring, camping and caravan holidays in Cornwall in a truly breathtaking location, look no further than Harlyn Sands. We are located just a stone’s throw from Harlyn beach, with its spectacular golden sands and turquoise waters. And if beaches are your thing then we are are close to some of Cornwall’s finest – Mother Ivey’s Bay, Constantine Bay and Booby’s Bay are all nearby.

We are also close to Padstow – made famous as the home town of celebrity chef Rick Stein – and only a short drive from the vibrant resort of Newquay, which boasts an array of magnificent beaches and is packed with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. From our Cornwall holiday park there is so much to see and do, whether you have a passion for walking, exploring, beach holidays or want to visit some top family attractions.

To help you decide how to spend your time during your stay with us we’ve put together a handy guide to holidays in Cornwall at Harlyn Sands…

Port Issac by Adam Gibbard / Visit CornwallNorth Cornwall and the local area

Places to go

There’s so much to see and do nearby, you really will be spoilt for choice. A visit to Padstow is a must; wander around this pretty harbour town with its narrow streets and many shops. Padstow is also a great place to eat, with fresh locally caught fish at the top of most menus. Further along the River Camel Estuary is Wadebridge, a small town that is thriving with its independent shops. For those who fancy a little bit of retail therapy, a visit to Wadebridge should be on the cards. Further along the north coast, head to Port Isaac – better known to some as Portwenn, where TV show Doc Martin is filmed. Further up the coast are the towns of Boscastle, Tintagel and Bude, which all have their own unique and different feel and are well worth a visit.

Things to do

The Camel Trail runs from Bodmin to Padstow via Wadebridge and Wenfordbridge. This 18-mile trail runs on a former railway line and takes in some breathtaking scenery. Hire some bikes from Padstow and cycle this stretch on a clear blue day to see Cornwall at its very best. Did you pack your walking boots? Well, legendary Bodmin Moor is only a short distance away and it would be a shame not to put your best foot forward and explore this impressive landscape. Climb the peaks of Roughtor and Brownwilly or visit the ancient Hurlers stone circles and Cheeswring granite tor.

Eating out

If there’s one thing holidays in Cornwall can be remembered for it’s the vast choice of top quality places to eat out – whatever your budget may be. Padstow is packed full of restaurants, from Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant to the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6. There’s also a great mix of pubs and cafes – and those all-important fish and chip shops… Elsewhere try the Cornish Arms and St Merryn or the St Mabyn Inn for a proper Cornish pub feel, with great food to boot.

Holywell Bay by Adam Gibbard / Visit CornwallNewquay and mid Cornwall

Places to go

Newquay is widely regarded as Cornwall’s party capital and it’s easy to see why. Here there’s a high concentration of bars, pubs and clubs where you can let your hair down and have a great time. But Newquay is also a resort that prides itself on having some of the best beaches in Cornwall. There’s no fewer than seven beaches to visit, including the iconic Fistral Beach, a surfing hotspot. On the south coast, the pretty towns of Fowey, Looe, Polruan and Polperro are also worth a visit.
Truro is Cornwall’s only city, and it’s a small one at that. But it’s beautiful and a visit here is great for shopaholics as the city is packed full of big brands and independent traders. It also has a glorious cathedral.

Things to do

In Newquay you can visit some top family attractions such as Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay Zoo and Pirate’s Quest and also a new cinema. Crealy Adventure Park is also close by. Or, if you’re in the mood for adventure why not try coasteering with an organised group or have a surfing lesson at Fistral Beach?
Heading south, a visit to the Eden Project is well worth it. Here you can spend your time wandering around this educational charity and exploring the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes.

Eating out

Again, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and pubs. Fancy some pukka grub, Jamie Oliver style? Head to Watergate Bay and his Fifteen Cornwall restaurant . Or how about a Mexican or Indian? Well, Newquay is the place be… try the Maharaja indian restaurant on Cliff Road.

St Michaels Mount by Adam Gibbard  / Visit CornwallWest Cornwall

Places to go

Head west for some truly spectacular scenery. This more remote part of the county is worth a day trip – or maybe more – all of its own. Visit stunning Sennen Cove in the far reaches of the county and wander along the beach as the waves crash in. Visit St Ives and Penzance, the region’s two largest towns. Here you can explore the shops and beautiful yet contrasting coastlines where these two towns sit. The Lizard Peninsula, home to the UK’s most southerly point, is home to many picture postcard towns and villages. Visit Cadgwith Cove and Mullion on this peninsula, which are great spots for unch.

Things to do

If you’re in West Cornwall then you simply have to take a trip to St Michael’s Mount at Marazion, near Penzance. Walk out to this Medieval island castle along the Causeway at low tide or take a boat trip across at high tide. While in this region, Land’s End could also be on your list. The most Westerly point of the UK mainland is a legendary destination and here you’ll find plenty of things to, with a museum and exhibitions. You can also have your photo taken next to that signpost. West Cornwall is also home to many gardens that are open to the public. Some are owned by the National Trust and are well worth a visit; try Glendurgan and Trebah gardens.

Eating out

Visit St Ives for a great selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes. This seaside town is popular and has plenty of choice for the whole family. Porthleven is another pretty harbour town in the West Cornwall area. Here there is a great mix of restaurants and pubs offering great value food and drink. Try the Ship Inn, Amelies, Rick Stein’s restaurant and the Harbour Inn.



From Plymouth:

  • Take the A38 through Liskeard to Bodmin.
  • Then take the A389 to Wadebridge then continue to Padstow.
  • Before reaching Padstow, turn off for St Merryn and follow signs for Harlyn Sands.

From Exeter:

  • Take the A30 to Bodmin.
  • Then take the A389 to Wadebridge then continue to Padstow.
  • Before reaching Padstow, turn off for St Merryn and follow signs for Harlyn Sands.

If towing a caravan when you reach St Merryn, please head for Constantine, then turn off for Trevose Golf Course. Come through the golf course and turn left for Harlyn Sands.

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