The ultimate lover’s guide to romantic things to do in Cornwall
Looking for romantic things to do in Cornwall to charm your date or to spend a private couples weekend away?
Cornwall is filled with dreamy places to spend a special weekend with the one you love. The wild rolling hills, vast open beaches and intimate sheltered coves of the county all make for some magical romantic places in Cornwall.
From fine wining and dining to heart-racing cliff tops, see what you can find to sweep your date off their feet on a romantic break in Cornwall.
Perfect for planning a romantic long weekend in Cornwall, read on to choose your ideal date from these romantic places in Cornwall.
Our favourite romantic places in Cornwall
- Sunsets & stargazing at Land’s End
- Magical memories at the Minack Theatre
- A lover’s lunch at Porthmeor Beach Cafe
- BBQ with your beau at Gwithian Sands
- Adventure together at WeSUP Paddleboarding Centre
- A winter picnic next to St Michael’s Mount
- A festive stroll around Mousehole Harbour
- Wrap up warm for a romantic beach walk
- A tasty roast dinner with a roaring fire
- Ice skating at the Eden Project
- Wild weather watching from the comfort of a cosy cafe
- Book a table for two at a romantic restaurant
- Share in artistic passion at The Tate
Romantic things to do in Cornwall in Summer
1. Sunsets & stargazing at Land’s End
Head down to Land’s End to catch one of the most spectacular sunsets in Cornwall. The coastal road from St Ives to Land’s End is one of the most scenic in the country. This part of West Cornwall is wild, rugged and sparsely populated, so you may not meet many other cars, particularly during the evenings.
The fact that it’s so unspoilt and there’s very little light pollution means that there are uninterrupted views out to sea, the sunsets are more vivid and it’s perfect for stargazing on a clear night. After your romantic road trip, head into the First & Last Inn in Sennen or the Gurnards Head in Zennor for a cosy pint on the way back to St Ives.
2. Magical memories at the Minack Theatre
Going to the theatre is a classic date destination, but the world-famous, open-air Minack Theatre is a whole different experience. Sit hand in hand and overlook the Minack headland where a theatre has been carved into the cliff-face overlooking Porthcurno. Cuddle with each other under the stars and watch a talented performance, you might even catch a play about love.
Wander down the steps past the rows of theatre seats carved into the cliff and enjoy a Cornish pasty or cream tea in the cafe with breathtaking sea views. Apparently the Minack has become one of Cornwall’s top proposal spots and it’s easy to see why…
3. A lover’s lunch at Porthmeor Beach Cafe
Open daily from 12 pm – 4 pm, treat your date to a table for two at Porthmeor Beach Café for a charming lunchtime experience. The perfect romantic place in Cornwall for a late-night weekend date, dine with the sun setting from 6 pm – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Indulge in champagnes from Cornwall, Italy and France and treat yourself to high-quality cuisine as you share a few plates from the creative tapas selection.
4. BBQ with your beau at Gwithian Sands
If you were thinking of treating your partner to a romantic meal and impressing them with your culinary skills, then why not find a private spot in the romantic Gwithian Sand dunes, layout a thick blanket and cook a meal for two over a beach fire with a glass of celebratory bubbly?
With golden-white sand, a turquoise sea and a romantic sunset, Gwithian is up there as one of the romantic most places in Cornwall.
5. Adventure together at WeSUP Paddleboarding Centre
While it might not be your traditional romantic place in Cornwall, the WeSUP paddleboarding centre at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth is ideal for more active couples. Learning new skills together is exciting, and Stand Up Paddleboarding aka (SUP) is a water activity like no other.
WeSUP provides world-class experiences based on Gylly Beach in Falmouth from beginner lessons to Cornish coastline tours and open from 9 am in Spring/Summer and 11 am in Autumn/Winter. You can even give WeSUP to your date as a gift with WeSUP’s popular gift vouchers.
Romantic things to do in Cornwall in Winter
Wrap up warm for a romantic stroll, visit some of the most idyllic spots, and get cosy in a Cornish cafe or a pub with a roaring fire. Read on to discover some of the most romantic things to do in Cornwall in the colder months.
6. A winter picnic next to St Michael’s Mount
Winter picnics can be fun if you pick a dry day, wear warm clothes and bring a hot flask with you. Find a spot on Marazion beach to lay out your picnic blanket and enjoy some tasty food with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount.
Snuggle up as you gaze across to the magical castle on the island in the sea and create special moments with your loved one. Warm-up after your feast with a walk across the cobbled causeway to the mount, or catch the boat if it’s high tide, or take a stroll along the south-west coast path towards Penzance.
7. A festive stroll around Mousehole Harbour
Mousehole harbour is pretty at any time of year but even more so during the winter when it’s lit up by festive lights. Walk along the harbour wall and down to the beach to see the fantastic festive lights from every angle.
From Christmas crackers to a whale in the water and the iconic ‘Mouzer’ cat, this wonderful display is a treat for the eyes. The reflections of the lights on the water make the harbour look really magical and it’s a lovely setting for a romantic evening stroll.
8. Wrap up warm for a romantic beach walk
There’s no better way to enjoy a crisp winter’s day than by walking hand in hand across one of the beautiful sandy beaches in St Ives. Grab your scarf, hat and gloves and explore the Cornish coastline along St Ives Bay. There are lots of beaches to choose from including Carbis Bay, Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden.
Search for shells, make sculptures from pretty pebbles and skim stones at the shoreline. Watch the waves lap the shore as you wander along the water’s edge before searching for a pub to warm up in with a drink.
9. A tasty roast dinner with a roaring fire
Sundays were made for outdoor adventures and roast dinners. In St Ives, there are lots of cosy pubs to warm up in with roaring fires and tasty Cornish ales on tap. After an invigorating walk on the beach, exploring the cobbled streets of St Ives or a lazy morning in your holiday cottage, grab a table in a cosy pub for Sunday lunch.
Some of the best places for a delicious roast dinner in St Ives are The Sloop Inn, the Lifeboat Inn and the Badger Inn. Tuck into some locally sourced homemade food with your favourite drinks and enjoy a relaxing afternoon together.
10. Ice skating at the Eden Project
The fantastic ice rink at the Eden Project is open from October until February and has pretty sparkly snowflake decorations, turning it into a winter wonderland. Have a skate around the rink and then enjoy some seasonal food in the cafe or browse the gift shop.
The Eden Project is a bit of a drive from St Ives, so it might be worth trying it in with your inward or outward journey. Make the most of your visit by exploring the gardens and biomes too.
11. Wild weather watching from the comfort of a cosy cafe
There’s plenty of great storm watching spots in West Cornwall, including Mousehole, Penzance, Porthleven and St Ives itself. Snuggle up in a cosy cafe and enjoy the wild weather displays from a warm and safe spot.
Always respect the power of mother nature and don’t wander too close to the sea during stormy conditions. Enjoy a walk from a safe distance and then retreat into a cosy coffee shop for a warming drink.
12. Book a table for two at a romantic restaurant
No romantic break in Cornwall would be complete without a candlelit meal for two. St Ives has a great selection of romantic places to eat, including the Firehouse Bar & Grill which has stunning views out over the harbour, The Loft restaurant and the Seafood Cafe.
There are plenty of romantic things to do in Cornwall during the winter, making it the perfect setting for your couple’s escape. Some of our holiday homes and cottages in St Ives have hot tubs and log burners and all of them are cosy and close to the sea.
13. Share in artistic passion at The Tate
Nothing has inspired more artists and been the focus of iconic pieces of art than love. So, what better way to spend a romantic day in Cornwall than taking in art with your love? Take a stroll through subtropical gardens littered with monumental bronze, stone and wood sculptures inspired by the coastal environment around St Ives in one of the most creative and romantic places in Cornwall.
Barbara Hepworth is one of Cornwall’s most eminent artists, and a walk through her studio and sculpture gardens invites you to experience her passion and love for this stunning landscape. Get joint entry into the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Tate St Ives, and complete your art tour with a tipple at the sea-view café on the top floor of the Tate.
Take a romantic break in Cornwall, staying in one of Carbis Bay Holidays’ cottages for couples in the St Ives area. We’ve got boutique boltholes, honeymoon hideaways and little love nests to choose from.