Beaches in Cornwall

Beaches Hundreds of beaches to discover

Cornwall's beaches are rated among the best in the world. Thanks to the our unique position on the UK's south west peninsula, 80% of Cornwall is surrounded by the sea with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK at 476km. On this website you can browse through more than one hundred beaches by using the left-hand filters to refine your search and help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Water quality
The Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide tested 82 beaches in Cornwall in 2014 for water quality with a 100% pass rate, and 91% scoring the highest marks avaialable. 

Beach safety
The RNLI provide a life-guard service at the most popular beaches during the busiest months, however visitors are advised to check beforehand for more detailed information at RNLI website.  Be careful when exploring beaches at low tide, don't get cut off, check tide times too before you visit. Safety information notices are provided on site at the most popular beaches.

If you're looking for a dog-friendly beach...
Some beaches are dog friendly year round, other beaches operate a seasonal dog ban usually from Easter to October. Activate the dog-friendly filter on the left-hand side to find dog-friendly beaches, checking each beach for seasonal ban details. For further information see Dog Friendly holidays in Cornwall 

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  1. Crackington Haven Beach, Bude, Cornwall

    Crackington Haven Beach


    Crackington Haven is a lovely cove dominated by majestic cliffs and offering a stretch of golden sand when the tide is out along with many rock pools.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

  2. Godrevy Beach, Hayle, Cornwall

    Godrevy Beach


    Hayle boasts three miles of golden sand and owing to its northern-most position Godrevy, owned by the National Trust,  takes the brunt of the Atlantic swell and is one of the more exposed beaches of the North coast.

  3. Trebarwith Strand Beach, Tintagel, Cornwall

    Trebarwith Strand Beach


    Trebarwith Strand is just over two miles from Tintagel along the north Cornwall heritage coastline landmarked by Gull Rock.  

  4. Charlestown East Beach, St Austell, Cornwall

    Charlestown Beach

    St Austell

    Charlestown beach is a south-facing sloping shingle beach with the eastern beach accessed by steps from the historic harbour, home to the Tall Ships and the western beach via a slipway.  Dogs are not permitted on this beach at any time.

  5. Readymoney Cove Beach, Fowey, Cornwall

    Readymoney Cove Beach


    Readymoney Cove is a south-east facing sandy beach to the south of the harbour town of Fowey.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.



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