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Travel in Cornwall

Our family of 4 adults and 2 small children (5 & 1.5 yrs old) will be spending a few days (2-4?) of our 10 day trip to England in Cornwall.

Is it best to set ourselves up in one city or move around to different accomodations?

Can we see the sites (pre-historic, beaches, St Michael's Mount) without a car and use buses and trains instead?

I'd like us to stick around the Penzance, St Ives and Truro sections.

Any insights would be appreciated.

Posted by
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We stayed in a B&B in Mevagissy where we could see the sea from our bedroom. I've always found that staying in one place is preferrable to moving around. Especially in as small an area as this where day day trips to the places you mention plus Lands End, Tintagel and The Lost Gardens of Heligen and even The Eden Project are very easy drives. Will you have a car for any of your trip? If not, I'm sure there are others who will advise you about public transport to these places but I think with 6 people and one of them a baby, having a car would be much more comfortable. This is a beautiful part of England.

Posted by
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Hi Erica,

We recenlty spent 3 days in Penzance. Great spot. Didn't have a car. The local bus service is excellent. You can get to St.Michaels Mount, Lands End, St. Ives etc. using this service. The terminal for all the bus service sis adjacent ot he railway station

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Where did you stay in Penzance?

Thanks for the info on the transportation. I'm on the fence about car rental. If we don't need it, I don't want the hassle.