We will be spending 3 days in Cornwall in July. We will have a car. Any ideas on a 3 day itinerary that includes any "don't miss" sights?
Tintagel Castle, The Lost Gardens of Heligen, The Edin Project, even with all the commercialism Lands End, maybe St. Michaels Mount, the Minack Open air theatre and any of the lovely coastal towns: Mousehole, St. Ives, Fowey, Polperro, Mevagissy. And of course plenty of cream teas.
Some other suggestions: Men-en-Tol, Zennor, Restormel Castle, the Merry Maidens Stone Circle, Mousehole. Two hotels that are right on the cliffs above the ocean yet aren't super expensive are Housel Bay on the Lizard and the Headlands Hotel near Tintagel.
One of many of my favourite Cornish towns is Boscastle.
We spent 5 days in Mousehole, no car, rented a tiny house. Very beautiful. We hiked along the sea from Mousehole to Lamorna, and ate a delicious Newyln Crab sandwich. Look at www.lamornacove.com for an idea of the surroundings. Cornwall is covered with hiking paths and is a popular destination. Book rooms ahead of your arrival.
We spent a day in St. Ives, which is much larger than Mousehole. It has been an art colony for years. The beach is gorgeous there. St. Ives is a busy holiday town for England, and we enjoyed the bustle of people, compared to Mousehole. We will go back for a vacation in St. Ives.
Penzance wasn't worth more than an afternoon walking around.
Do walk out to St. Michael's Mount, a National Trust Property, near Penzance. When the tide goes out, you can walk along the causeway to the island. Pay attention to the tide table, since the sea comes in very fast.
Land's End was awful. I would not go back. Very little to do or see.
Enjoy the Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream. It is fantastic, as is the fresh Newlyn crab. Everyone in Cornwall was very happy to see Americans. They said people used to come to find ancestors, miners that had emigrated to the USA, but not anymore.
Polperro is a beautiful fishing village that's worth a visit. I agree with Laurel's great ideas.