Getting Here: The Travel Options

Are you planning on coming to see us?

Whichever way you look at it, Torpoint is a long way down south…

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the South West, we’re well aware that making the trip all the way down to see us here in Torpoint can be a bit of a trek for those living in other areas of England, as well as visitors from overseas. But have no fear! If you’re looking to book a holiday in Cornwall or you’re planning on making Torpoint a destination on you travelling ‘Bucket List’ then you’ll need to know how to get here!

We’ve put together a handy list compiling all of the different ways that you can get to us here at Torpoint, so you’ve got no excuse not to visit us:

By coach

Coaches have got a lot more civilised than they used to be. Where once you’d be at the mercy of the coach driver to let you off to visit the loo, there are now half decent toilets on board! Seats aboard the National Express coaches have also been upgraded, offering more leg room and more cushioning. Add a fairly stable Wi-Fi network for you to connect to, as well as a very affordable price and its a wonder this service isn’t more in demand.

Take a coach from pretty much anywhere in the country to Plymouth, then jump on one of many frequent services to Torpoint.

By car

Although fuel prices might be the highest they’ve ever been, if you’re travelling with a family then jumping in the car and hitting the motorway will probably be your most affordable option of getting down to us. The M5 will only take you as far as Exeter, but the Devon Expressway will be able to take you down to Plymouth (provided you’re not travelling during peak holiday season).

Once you’ve got down to Plymouth you can head down to the ferry to take you over the River Tamar to Torpoint.

By train

For most, taking the train is fast becoming a form of transport that is simply not practical. Prices for tickets have been steadily increasing for the last decade without any discernible improvement in service – but there are a few exceptions. If you’re travelling from London (and don’t mind paying an extra fee) you can take advantage of the one or two-bed births aboard the Night Riviera Sleeper. Sleep the journey away in comfort and wake up in Plymouth to start your trip early!

Plymouth is connected with the rest of the country by rail, book ahead and make the most of Railcards and other discounts to save money.

By plane

It might seem a little unconventional but flying can often offer better value than most other forms of public transport – especially if you’re travelling from the North. Save money on your trip and cut down on travel time by booking some airport parking, driving to the airport, parking up and flying to Newquay, which is just an hour’s drive away from Torpoint.

Say you were travelling from Manchester, you could drive a quick forty minutes to John Lennon (making sure that you book your Liverpool airport parking first, that is) and then take a direct flight to Newquay shaving hours from your journey.

Always make sure to check a variety of flight operators and hire companies before making your final purchase.

Splash Down In Torpoint This Summer!

Get outside, get down to Torpoint and get in the water.

A team of sailors band together on the high seas.

Our summers are gloriously down here and we like to make the most of them each year!

We love the water here in Cornwall and so do the thousands of visitors that travel down each summer to enjoy our beaches, catch a break on our legendary surf and take a dip in our lovely outdoor pools. During the winter the beaches are a little deserted. Without the summer sun, the majority of the tourists stay inside but you can always guarantee that you’ll see a dedicated crew of surfers throughout this low-season. From April onwards the days get longer and the sea gets warmer; little by little the beaches and the pools begin to come back to life.

If you’re thinking about trying your hand at some watersports this summer, then a useful date for your diary will be the annual Waterports Festival. Head to the Mount Batten Watersports Centre on the 5th May 2018 to take advantage of much cheaper sessions (£5 for a 1.5 hour taster). All you need to bring are an old pair of trainers, a spare t-shirt and a towel – the rest is all provided for you. Try everything from dinghy sailing to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club

Boats line up at the Harbour.

Founded in 1892, you’ll find the friendly members of the Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club just below the Torpoint Ferry, handy if you’re making the crossing for a day trip. They offer a wide variety of courses in watersports including scuba diving, kayaks and dinghy sailing in addition to running a number of community projects focused at getting more people from the local area involved with the club.

Outdoor Swimming Pools

The Royal William Yard’s tidal pool. Photo by Pim Vuik.

If you’d rather have a simple splash around in some water (without having to venture out into the open water) then there are a couple of outdoor swimming pools that offer a safe place to do just that – just be warned, you won’t find any pool heat pumps here, so the water may be a little chilly at first! Mount Wise Swimming Pool is a publicly operated swimming bath that is completely free of charge and only opens during the summer. If you’d prefer something a little saltier you can head to the Royal William Yard’s Tidal Pool. Filled with the warm summer sea, this pool is often warmer than the sea itself.

Hightide Sailing & Racing

Learner get to grips with the tempestuous waves.

Have you ever fancied taking the wheel of a real-life sail boat? Or taking part in a thrilling point-to-point race across open water? The team at Hightide Sailing & Racing are specialists in making that kind of dream come true. Choose from a number of options to fulfil your sailing fantasy: train towards an internationally recognised qualification, simply relax on a fully catered gourmet sailing cruise or plan your very own journey.

Adventure Bay: Surfing

Surfers prepare to hit the waves.

Just a short drive from Torpoint, the guys at Adventure Bay have been operating since 2011, taking scores of eager individuals out on their super-accessible surf lessons. A team of three local lads set up the company and they’ve been offering personal surf lessons with an excellent safety record ever since. You can take your whole family out on a course together or send the kids out by themselves for a string of lessons – so you can take a much needed break.

 

Cheap Eats: Bites, Snacks & Sandwiches

Cornwall isn’t known as the cheapest place to holiday in…

Despite our glorious Summers, abundance of activities and beautiful beaches – it can sometimes be tricky to keep costs low, especially when you’re visiting with a large family.

If you’re trying your best to keep your holiday on a shoestring budget then you’ll want to avoid having dinner in any major tourist town in Cornwall. Towns like Penzance, St. Ives and Mevagissey cottoned on long ago that they could take advantage of the visiting tourist population by overcharging for the simplest of meals. As more houses in these major tourist towns have been commandeered as time-shares or holiday rentals, the prices in these restaurants have only increased – but don’t think that they’re representative of every eatery in Cornwall.

Before you cry out in dismay at the extortionate prices that some restaurants are charging for their food, make a note of these affordable eateries that will help you keep the whole family happy whilst not breaking the bank:

Jolly Jacks

Well situated on the Mayflower Marina, Jolly Jacks is a Cafe Bistro opened by a couple of old friends from Warwickshire. The ever-changing menu at Jolly Jacks provides diners with a wide-range of options from a handful of simple appetisers to a full blown roast dinner. Although the prices certainly aren’t the cheapest on this list, for a well-prepared meal in a lovely environment you could do a lot worse than Jolly Jacks.

Top Shop Fish and Chips

Not to be confused with the hip high-street retailer, Top Shop Fish and Chips is run by Frank and Elaine, a husband and wife team who upped sticks and moved from their home in the North to run this popular chippie. They’re committed to selling quality takeaway food that is made without mechanically reclaimed meat or hydrogenated fat, they’re also advocates of sustainable fishing techniques.

Kilby’s

Serving up tasty, affordable grub for over 15 years, you’ll find Kilby’s at Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club – but don’t worry, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the fantastic food here. There’s everything you’d expect from a quality cafe here, from classics like Garlic Mushrooms and Prawn Cocktail to more adventurous such as Chicken Alfredo and Portuguese Chicken & Mushsroom Bake. A tidy selection of desserts are also available for the whole family.

Hearts Kitchen

One of the more recent additions to Torpoint, Hearts Kitchen has a commanding view across the Tamar and probably serves the best coffee in town. You can buy a cracking breakfast here, including a full English, as well as cream tea and a big selection of sandwiches, toasties and other cafe grub. A bright, clean cafe area makes for a pleasant place to relax in, there’s an area for kids to enjoy as well as a lovely garden terrace – perfect for the summer.

Namaste Cafe

During the evening, the Namaste Cafe opens as a restaurant offering quality Indian and Nepalese food, however during the day you’ll find food that’s much more Anglicised in nature. Full English Breakfasts sit alongside sandwiches and burgers on their cafe menu, although you can also get a taster of the evening menu with their Tikka Massala, Korma and Onion Bhaji featuring on the menu.

Big Events for Caravans & Motorohome Owners

Caravan owners rejoice!

Major music events come to the Torpoint area each year.

What’s the fun in owning a caravan if you don’t get to take it out on the road?

Sometimes the English Summer just isn’t as long as you want it to be. So often the UK can be blighted with grim weather throughout the summer months, leaving motor-home owners wishing they’d simply bought a static caravan in a warmer part of the country. But before you dump your beloved caravan for a deposit on a static holiday home for sale in Lytham St. Annes, perhaps you should see what us Cornish can offer you first.

There really is no need to give up on your dream of enjoying a balmy, fulfilling English summer. Thanks to our extremely southerly position us Cornish folk get to squeeze these warm months for all they’re worth, allowing us to hold some of the UK’s best festivals well into September. Many of these award-winning, family friendly events are just a stone’s throw away from the Torpoint area, so there really is no excuse to drop by and see us whilst you’re down!

Every year there are a raft of fantastic big-ticket events that you can bring your home on wheels along to, here are our absolute favourites:

Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot Festival is a family-friendly event full of colour.

There are few festivals in the UK which allow the revellers free reign to explore the grounds of a historic house and park, Port Eliot Festival is one of them. Set within the idyllic estate grounds, the historic seat of the Lord and Lady St. German is transformed into a playground for culture vultures. In addition to excellent underground and established music artists you can also treat yourself to life-drawing lessons, cookery masterclasses and even a dip in the river!

Where? St. Germans, 17 min drive from Torpoint. When? 26th-29th July 2018

Looe Music Festival

Revellers pack out the seafront each year to enjoy the music.

Calling all caravan owners with a love for a ho-down! For the majority of the year, the sleepy town of Looe quietly goes about its business. Its peaceful cafes and idyllic pubs make it a magnet for holiday makers during the summer months, but the town only gets truly packed out once a year. For one weekend each year 100+ international and national music acts cram themselves onto stages all across the town. Stages are erected on the beaches and in the pubs – you’ll even find music tucked away in secret side alleys…

Where? Looe, 27 min drive from Torpoint. When? 21st-23rd September 2018

Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival

Thousands of pints of cider are drained each year at this popular event.

If there’s one thing that South West is famous for its our delicious cider and the Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival certainly seeks to capitalise on that. Now in its sixth year, this gloriously Cornish fest offers caravan owners the opportunity of parking right next to a massive selection of local ciders and top class music acts. Amongst a dizzying array of apple-based beverages there’s also an impressive lineup of food vendors, as well as a music stage curated by BBC Introducing…

Where? Penhallow, 1 hr drive from Torpoint. When? 14th-16th September 2018

Places to Stay in the Torpoint Area

Our Pick of the Hotels, Inns and B&Bs in the area

The Grand Hotel in Plymouth is just one of many Victorian-era establishments still in business.

Torpoint itself might not be rammed with places to stay but the area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a decent night’s stay in the surrounding area.

Plymouth was once one of the most popular holiday destinations in England and as such it has a well-earned reputation for hospitality. There’s much more on offer here than just bog-standard hotels though. In the Torpoint area you’ll find something for everyone, including cosy inns, aparthotels and pubs.

Edgcumbe Arms

On the banks of the River Tamar lies the Edgcumbe Arms, a wonderful example of a Cornish pub complete with lively locals, tasty ale and great food. With all this to offer you might be surprised that this well-established pub also has some very comfortable rooms for guests. Couples can stay for as little as £70 per night – a price that includes free Wi-Fi and full Cornish breakfast.

Drakes Wharf Aparthotel

One of the hottest properties in the area, the Drakes Wharf Aparthotel sits right on the waterfront offering guests stunning views out over the marina. Situated in Plymouth’s historic Grade 1-listed Royal William Yard this old building has been given a fresh update in recent years, complete with modern internal doors and a clean design aesthetic. Apartments start at £140 for a 2 bed flat.

Pure Serviced

Choose from one of three classy Plymouth locations on offer from Pure Serviced – a company specialising in bespoke apartments that put you right in the heart of this historic city and in the lap of luxury. Stay in the Royal William Yard, Durnford Street or Admirality Street and benefit from huge open spaces, private parking and top of the line services. Rent whole apartments for as little as £216 per night.

The Rusty Anchor

Housed in a Victorian town house just across from the harbour, The Rusty Anchor is an elegant six bedroomed property offering chic, stylish properties that are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Described as ‘shabby chic’ on the website, this is a truly unique place to stay and one that you shouldn’t hesitate to book – if you’re staying in the area. Rooms at The Rusty Anchor start at around £75 per night (including breakfast).

Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

Whilst some may argue that the Copthorne Hotel harks back to a rather retro age of hotels, this is an establishment that can still compete with the best of them. Set right in the centre of Plymouth, this 135-room hotel has more than enough choice and range for most budgets and makes for a great introduction to the area. Rooms start at a very reasonable £55 per night.

The Invicta Hotel

Light, modern, airy and effortlessly cool – this Victoria-era building has been carefully renovated and updated over the years, resulting in the handsome hotel that you’ll find today. Run by the Martins since 2002, they have been showered in praise in recent years from recognised brands such as Trip Advisor, Laterooms.com and the AA. Book a double-room here for as little as £125.

Torpoint Foodie Getaways

Eat your fill and then stay the night.

There are plenty of excellent takeaways in the Torpoint area.

Spring is finally here and there’s never been a better time to take a trip down to Torpoint!

We’re major foodies down here in Torpoint and there’s nothing we like more than a slap-up meal to sort us out at the end of the day. If you’re thinking of making the long trip down to see us here then you should think about booking a table at one of these restaurants before you set off. Whilst there are a wealth of decent takeaways that open late most nights, we also have a handful of cracking restaurants that you should really visit whilst you’re down with us.

These are our favourite Torpoint restaurants along with a comfy place to put your head down – once you’ve got your fill, that is:

The View

The view from this restaurant has to be seen to be believed.

There are very few restaurants in Cornwall that can rival the landscape afforded the aptly name View restaurant. This family-run establishment has been serving precisely cooked, locally sourced meals for the last fifteen years. Chef Matt Corner escaped the world of fine dining to set up his slice of seafood paradise; his restaurant is stylishly subtle, the meals are artfully prepared and the seafood is always fresh. Dinner courses start at around £20, or you can drop in for a fixed 3 course lunch from £18.

Book a couple of nights in at Rame Barton, just a half an hour walk from the restaurant. You can leave the car at this 18th Century farmhouse and stumble home with a torch in hand. Twin suites including breakfast start at £110 p/night.

The Devonport Inn

The Clock Tower Suite at the Westcroft Guesthouse offers this roll top bath.

Renovated in 2010, this immensely popular local pub is ram-packed during the summer but they’re open all year round! Dawn and Jerome Leopold are the owners here and they run a tight ship. Hailing from Lorraine in France, Jerome takes local ingredients and puts a French twist on classic pub grub dishes. Kingsand is a truly picturesque corner of Torpoint and the al fresco dining areas of the Devonport make the most of the tranquillity, with plenty of tables offering gorgeous of the bay. Lunch meals start at £6, whilst mains for dinner are around the £15 mark.

Get the true locals experience by booking into the Westcroft Guesthouse for the weekend. This artfully decorated B&B is just down the road from the Devonport Inn and makes for a fantastic home from home. Room start at a very reasonable £90 p/night.

Pirates Galley Cafe

The Chicken Kebab at the Pirate Galley Cafe is a hidden gem of Torpoint.

Keep it distinctly nautical (and affordable) by diving into the Pirates Galley Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This cosy nautically theme cafe is quintessentially Torpoint: humbly decorated with nice sea-faring touches and mismatching furniture. It’s an unfussy place that makes, amongst many other things, one of the most raved about kebabs in Cornwall. Should you wish to be lazy, you can even call in a food delivery and get this lovely grub delivered right to where you are. Get the much raved about Chicken Kebab for just £5.50.

There aren’t many Airbnb options in Torpoint but the aptly named Captains Quarter is one of them. For just £80 p/night you can stay aboard this converted boat. There’s plenty of room to relax in the cabin, which also has a couple of cosy leather seats to recline in after a day of exploring.