7 of the Prettiest Towns and Villages in Cornwall

Posted by Select Cornwall

on 15/12/2020

It is no surprise that Cornwall has some of the prettiest towns and villages in the UK. With breath taking coastal locations, discover a few of our favourite towns and villages to visit when in Cornwall!


Charlestown is a small fishing village, located on the South Coast of Cornwall. It is well known for its Georgian port, which was constructed by Charles Rashleigh in the early 1800s. The port and many properties in the village still retain their Georgian features. It is by far one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall, full of history and character.

Fun fact… did you know that Charlestown harbour features in the popular Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland? The harbour has also been featured in the Cornish film, Bait, and the popular TV programme Poldark!

Pretty Villages in Cornwall | Charlestown

St Ives

St Ives is without a doubt one of the prettiest seaside towns in Cornwall. Not only has it been voted “Best Family Holiday Destination” by Coast Magazine, it features two of only seven Blue Flag Beaches in Cornwall! Between 2019 – 2020, St Ives had a whopping 270,000 visitors!

St Ives has stunning beaches, award-winning restaurants and fantastic art galleries. It’s a truly unique location, filled with hilltop houses, cosy sea view cottages, all with a beautiful ocean backdrop. The town has its own sub-tropical microclimate, with dazzling turquoise waters and tropical plants. St Ives is certainly one of the prettiest towns in Cornwall, no matter what time of the year you visit! Take a look at some of our favourite things to do in St Ives during winter!

St Ives | Pretty towns in Cornwall

Port Isaac

Port Isaac is a fishing village located in North Cornwall, which has a vibrant community and is home the popular TV show, Doc Martin. In the TV show, the village is known as “Port Wenn” and features the actor Martin Clunes. The village is also home to the sea-shanty singing group, Fisherman’s Friends.

By far one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall, Port Isaac is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a unique Cornish style, with white-washed cottages and granted slate fronted houses. It’s a traditional Cornish village, with narrow winding roads and characterful buildings. 

Pretty Villages in Cornwall | Port Isaac


Looe is a beautiful coastal town located in South East Cornwall, with a working fishing port right at the heart of it. It prides itself on its fresh fish, with a number of fantastic restaurants with gourmet menus made with local produce. The unique town features a small harbour and two rivers; the East Looe River and the West Looe River.

Did you know that in medieval times, Looe was split into two separate towns? The two areas are now joined together by a seven-arched bridge, which was built in 1853.

Looe | Pretty Villages and Towns in Cornwall

St Just in Roseland

St Just in Roseland is a small village and civil parish, with beautifully manicured gardens and quaint cottages. It’s located just a few miles from St Mawes, surrounded by woodlands that lead to pretty creeks along the Percuil river.

The tranquil village lies within an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. You can find some unique flora and sub-tropical plants in the village’s church and churchyard, which has views over the creek. It’s a truly beautiful and peaceful place to visit.

St Just in Roseland


Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s largest towns. It is most commonly known for its harbour, forming the third deepest natural harbour in the world! It’s also known for being a popular holiday destination. It has a number of beautiful sandy beaches, a bustling town and a wide variety of restaurants.

There’s plenty to do in this pretty town, from taking boat trips, to exploring sub-tropical gardens. Falmouth is also full of history, with Pendennis Castle, situated on the headland, which was built by Henry VIII!  

Falmouth | Pretty towns in Cornwall


Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village near Penzance. It has narrow streets, filled with small shops, art galleries and fantastic restaurants. The homes within the village are mostly quaint cottages, built using finely grained Lamorna granite.

The last reported person to speak only the Cornish language lived in Mousehole. Her name was Dolly Pentreath and she died 200 year ago.

Mousehole is particularly popular at Christmas time, with up to 30,000 people visiting the beautiful village to view the Mousehole Harbour Lights. The village is filled with beautiful twinkling lights. To read more about the history of the Mousehole Harbour Lights, click here!

Mousehole | Pretty Cornish Villages


Let us know some of your favourite towns and villages to visit when in Cornwall!