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. Prussia Cove, Penzance, Cornwall

    Prussia Cove Beach


    Secluded and romantic, with small coves of sand and shingle revealed at low tide, Prussia Cove has an olde-world poetic feel.

  2. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall - Wikipedia

    Porthminster Beach

    St Ives

    This crescent of golden sand, framed by a glittering bay, has glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

  3. Towan Beach - The Roseland

    Towan Beach - The Roseland

    The Roseland

    Towan Beach is a quiet, south east facing beach near St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula. Towan is a sand and shingle beach, with rock pools revealed at low tide.

  4. Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

    Lusty Glaze Beach


    Newquay's hidden gem of a sandy beach, well sheltered by surrounding high cliffs, with loads of activities for everyone. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

  5. Porthcothan Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall

    Porthcothan Bay Beach


    Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. 



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