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Autumn is one of the best times to take a holiday to Cornwall, especially for adults who want a quiet mini-break. The kids are back at school, crowds are thinner at the top attractions, there is delicious food on restaurant menus, and you can usually find an excellent offer at one of the luxury hotels in Cornwall – we currently have a discount for October and November! 

Feet in autumn leaves in Cornwall

If you are searching for an autumn break destination, Cornwall is the place to go, and if you need a little more persuasion, just read on!

Better Weather

UK weather can be unpredictable, but the autumn is usually a time of decent weather, as long as a storm hasn’t hit our shores. The next couple of months are often blessed with balmy weather and clear blue skies. Though winter coats might need to be brought out of hiding after the glorious summer we have had, and hats and scarves are required for the windy clifftops, you can guarantee less rainfall in the autumn than the spring! All the good weather makes it all the better for heading outdoors and enjoying beautiful sunsets on the coast.

Storm Watching

Saying that, the autumn is prime storm time for the Atlantic Ocean and west of Britain! Though the north coast of Cornwall often gets the brunt of it, you can still head to the coast on the south near our Fowey hotel to see the powerful waves crash on the rocks. Seeing the stormy weather is best from the protection of a cosy café or pub where you can sip on beer or hot chocolate as you watch the wild weather rage! We also recommend beachcombing after a storm, as there are all sorts of interesting things to find after a storm has been.

Stormy waves off Cornwall coast

Colourful Scenery

Cornwall transforms into a rainbow of reds, oranges, yellows and browns in the autumn months, and it is a stunning sight to behold. Head off on a countryside walk, in woodlands or along the coast to see the colour change at its best. You won’t be able to resist the urge to mess around in the fallen leaves either, trying to find the crunchiest leaf to step on! Some of the best places to see the gorgeous autumn colours are the gardens, country estates and rugged Bodmin Moors. 

Autumn Light

The sunshine seems to know the view on the ground is different in autumn, as the golden light makes the autumn foliage look even better! This makes it the perfect time for photographers, so be sure to have a camera or smartphone with you when you come to Cornwall to capture those atmospheric shots! 

Light through tree in autumn

Cheaper Prices

In regards to prices, autumn is the best time of year to go on holiday in the UK. Prices are cheaper on accommodation, or offers are in place, and availability is often better too. You may also find that tourist honeypot destinations, such as Cornwall, will have a lower price on activities and attractions in the off-peak season and car park prices are lower, which is always a benefit for visitors!


On dry, bright days, walking is the perfect way to spend your time. The beautiful scenery, a flask of a hot drink in your bag and the promise of a delicious dinner at the end of your day. For recommendations of walks to do in autumn, take a look at our blog on the best walks near Fowey.

Food Foraging

The autumn is a time for quality food, which can be celebrated at food festivals and at award-winning restaurants such as our own. In addition to dining out and eating seasonal local produce, you can head out food foraging too. A quick Google search will give you lots of foraging and cooking course weekends. Fat Hen is one of the best available based in West Cornwall, and designed for people interested in wild food foraging and cooking what you find.

sloe berries in autumn

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today or book online for what is sure to be a fantastic mini-break this autumn!

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